Cornell Systems-Industry Workshop

November 19-20, 2014
Bill & Melinda Gates Hall
Cornell University


The goal of the Cornell Systems-Industry Workshop is to further connections between the Cornell Systems group and a small number of leading technology companies. The agenda for the meeting will include presentations about a number of projects by Cornell faculty, panel discussions on technology trends and industry-academia collaboration, a tour of our new building, and a presentation on Cornell Tech. There is a large group of systems researchers at Cornell: Ken Birman, Deborah Estrin, Nate Foster, Johannes Gerhke, Andrew Myers, Fred Schneider, Gun Sirer, Robbert van Renesse, and Hakim Weatherspoon. So there will be much to discuss and many to discuss with! The workshop is invitation-only and there is no fee to attend. We are happy to provide assistance in making travel arrangements.


Wednesday, November 19th

Taverna Banfi
Castello Room

Thursday, November 20th

Gates Hall 122


Gates Hall 114

Jon Kleinberg 8:45am-9:00am
Jon Kleinberg
Opening Remarks

Session on Cloud Computing Infrastructure

Gates Hall 114

Andrew Myers 9:00am-9:15am
Andrew Myers
Warranties for Fast Serializable Transactions

Robbert Van Renesse 9:15am-9:30am
Robbert Van Renesse
Building Reliable Distributed Systems Using "Transformations"

Ken Birman 9:30am-9:45am
Ken Birman
Cloud-Hosted Computing for Demanding Real-Time Settings

9:45am-10:15am Panel Discussion

Gates Hall 122

Session on Networking

Gates Hall 114

Nate Foster 10:45am-11:00am
Nate Foster
Network Programming Languages

Hakim Weatherspoon Hakim Weatherspoon
From the Cloud to SoNIC: A case for diversity in the cloud and control of the network.

Emin Gün Sirer 11:15am-11:30am
Emin Gün Sirer
Next-Generation NoSQL: Consistent, Fault-tolerant and Fast

Panel Discussion

Gates Hall 122

PhD Posters and Demos

Workday Systems Lab, Gates 440

Session on Cornell Tech

Gates Hall 114

Cornell Tech 2:00pm-2:15pm
Rajit Manohar
Cornell Tech Overview

Rajit Manohar 2:15-2:30pm
Rajit Manohar
Energy-Proportional Computing

Ari Juels 2:30pm-2:45pm
Ari Juels
Red Boxes for Cloud-Supported Authentication

Serge Belongie 2:45pm-3:00pm
Serge Belongie
Visipedia: Capturing and Sharing Visual Knowledge

3:00pm-3:30pm Panel Discussion


Gates Hall 114

Fred Schneider 3:30pm-3:45pm
Fred Schneider
Closing Remarks

CS Colloquium

New Visions, Gates 416

Ulfar Erlingsson 4:15pm-5:30pm
Ulfar Erlingsson (PhD '04)
Macaroons: Decentralized Authorization using Cookies with Caveats

Mia Restaurant


Ithaca is served by Ithaca Tompkins (ITH) and Syracuse Hancock (SYR) airports. The Ithaca airport is about 10 minutes from campus while Syracuse is about an hour and 10 minutes away. Currently, US Airways has flights to Ithaca via Philadelphia, United has flights via Newark, and Delta has flights via Detroit. It is most convenient to fly to the Ithaca airport, but Syracuse has more options.

For visitors coming from within a five to six hour radius of Ithaca, it may be simplest to drive. From the south or east (e.g., Boston, NYC), take I-81 to NY-79 West to Ithaca. In town, take a right on Pine Tree, a left on NY-366, and continue straight on Hoy Rd. From the north (e.g., Rochester, Toronto), take I-90 to 81-South, to NY-212 South, to US-13 South, to NY-366, and continue straight on Hoy Rd.

For visitors coming from New York City, another good option is to take Cornell's Campus-to-Campus Shuttle. The shuttle takes about four hours and the bus is equipped with comfortable seats, a work table, wireless Internet, and a snack bar.

Local Information


A campus map is available here.


Parking on campus is limited. Parking garage "G" located on Hoy Rd, is the closest garage to Gates Hall and is free after 5pm. If you choose to park there before 5pm you must purchase a visitor parking pass from the parking hut located next to the garage. The Statler Hotel also offers valet parking. For more information regarding parking on campus, visit Cornell Transportation.


We recommend booking a room at one of the following hotels.


This workshop is being organized by Nate Foster, Fred Schneider, and Robbert Van Renesse, with assistance from Jessie White. Please feel free to contact us with any questions about travel, local arrangements, or any details about the meeting itself.