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News

• Two papers from our group accepted for publication at OSDI 2020! Congratulations to Jason, Saurabh, Francisco and Suhas!
• Excited to be participating in the live panel sesssion on Machine-learning based approaches to coding" at IEEE ISIT 2020.
• Honored to receive NSF CAREER Award.
• Juncheng (Jason) Yang receives Facebook PhD fellowship. Congratulations, Jason!
• Honored to receive "Prof. Narasimhan Memorial Lecture Award 2020" from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.
• Our work on a new class of storage codes called Convertible codes to appear in ITCS (Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science) 2020.
• Invited talk at AISystems workshop at ACM SOSP 2019.
• Our work on learning-based coded computation for ML inference systems to appear in ACM SOSP 2019.
• Invited talk at Facebook Networking and Communications Faculty Summit 2019.
• Invited talk at ICML 2019 CodML Workshop on "Reslient ML Inference via Coded Computation: A learning-based Approach" (video).
• Our work on social live video streaming to appear in ACM SIGCOMM 2019.
• Google Faculty Research Award 2018.
• NSF CRII 2018.
• Program committee member for USENIX NSDI 2020.
• Invited talk at ITA 2019.
• Invited attendee at Microsoft Systems Faculty Summit 2018.
• Program committee member for USENIX OSDI 2018.
DART used in Top 5 WSDM 2018 Music Recommendation Challenge winner.
• Program committee member for SysML 2018.
• Joined CMU CS as an assistant professor.
• Received Eli Jury Award 2016 for best thesis in the area of Systems, Communications, Control, or Signal Processing at EECS, UC Berkeley.
• Invited talk at ITA Graduation Day 2016.
• Invited talk at Allerton 2015.
• Awarded Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarsihp 2015.
• 'Reducing I/O cost in distributed storage codes' at USENIX FAST 2015. Chosen as the best paper of USENIX FAST 2015 by StorageMojo.
I am an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University, where I am a part of the Systems group and the Theory group. I lead the CMU TheSys research group, and also a part of the Parallel Data Lab (PDL). My research interests broadly lie in two areas: computer/networked systems and information/coding theory. My current focus is on addressing reliability, availability, scalability, and performance challenges in large-scale distributed systems. The key application thrusts include storage and caching systems, systems for machine learning, and live streaming communication.

TheSys (theory + systems) research group


My research group is called "TheSys (Theory + Systems)" since we take a principled and holistic approach towards solving real-world problems considering both theoretical and systems perspectives. We design solutions rooted in fundamental theory as well as build systems that employ the resulting insights and solutions to advance the state-of-the-art. Here is our group's Github.

I am fortunate to be advising and working with the following amazing students at CMU.

PhD students:
Jack Kosaian
Michael Rudow
Saurabh Kadekodi (co-advised with Prof. Greg Ganger)
Francisco Maturana
Juncheng (Jason) Yang

Masters students:
Arvind Sai Krishnan (CMU)
Vilas Bhat (CMU)

Undergraduate students:
Kaige Liu (CMU)
Ian Chiu (CMU)

Past students:

Masters students:
Jiaan Dai (CMU)
Jiaqi Zuo (CMU)
Jiongtao Ye (CMU)
Sai Kiriti Badam (CMU)
Xuren Zhou (CMU)

Undergraduate students:
Chaitanya Mukka (BITS, India)
Eliot Robson (CMU)
Weizhong Zhang (Tsinghua University, China)
Sanya Agarwarl (CMU)

Support:
Our research is generously supported by NSF, Facebook, Google, Amazon, and all members of the PDL Consortium. Support gratefully acknowledged.


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Bio

Rashmi K. Vinayak is an assistant professor in the Computer Science department at Carnegie Mellon University. Rashmi is a recipient of NSF CAREER Award 2020-25, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Memorial Lecture Award 2020, Facebook Distributed Systems Research Award 2019, Google Faculty Research Award 2018, Facebook Communications and Networking Research Award 2017, Eli Jury Award 2016 from UC Berkeley EECS for outstanding achievement in the area of systems, communications, control, or signal processing, IEEE Data Storage Best Paper and Best Student Paper Awards for the years 2011/2012, Facebook Fellowship 2012-13, the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship 2013-15, and the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship 2015-16. Her research interests broadly lie in two areas: computer/networked systems and information/coding theory. Her current focus is on addressing reliability, availability, scalability, and performance challenges in large-scale distributed systems. The key application thrusts include storage and caching systems, systems for machine learning, and live streaming communication.