I am a postdoc at UC Berkeley, working with Ion Stoica, where I lead the Succinct project. Succinct is a distributed data store that enables a wide range of point queries (e.g., search, RegEx, random access) directly on a compressed representation of the input data. Read more about Succinct:
AMPLab Releases Succinct, A New Way to Query Data in Spark Datanami
Making Big Data Really Small GigaOm
Spark Creator AMPLab Speeds Big Data Queries with Compressed Data Store ADTMag
Succinct Spark: Queries on Compressed RDDs AMPLab Blog
Prior to coming to Berkeley, I completed my PhD at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I worked with the awesome duo of Brighten Godfrey and Matt Caesar. During my PhD, I received the 2012 UIUC Rambus Fellowship (for outstanding performance in computer science and engineering research), 2010 UIUC Wang-Chung Research Award (for excellence in research) and was listed in Spring 2010 list of teachers ranked as excellent by their students (for excellence in teaching; Jeff Erickson's undergraduate algorithms course). In an earlier life, I managed to get an award in the form of an undergraduate degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur.
Some of my recent papers are listed below, and a full list can be found here or at Google scholar. Being a researcher, I should always have a particular problem bugging my neurons; I list the most recent problem below as well.
!!I am on the academic job market this year!!
Universal Packet Scheduling (NSDI)
Debugging the Data Plane with Anteater (SIGCOMM)
Slick Packets (SIGMETRICS)
Selected Recent Projects
Currently on my mind?
warning: my interests change more frequently than Irish weather, but this webpage is updated less frequently than Champaign weather!
Queries on Compressed Data: Fundamental limits, Queries on compressed graphs, Queries on compressed and encrypted data
Resource Disaggregated Datacenters: Systems and network support for this emerging hardware trend
I remain interested in theoretical problems arising out of building practical systems
What do I do?
A terrible question to answer:
I still think research is different (and much more enjoyable) than attending classes and writing exams!
I still travel more than I should.
I still do crazier things than most of the my crazy friends. One of my friends considers me as the craziest guy alive (analogous to Morpheus, the most dangerous man alive!)
I still sleep 2-3 hours a day.
I still have my email box opened 24/7. Though I only get to reply to all not-so-urgent emails once in a while.
I still love Apple, Google and Sony products. I use Safari for web-browsing and I own a Dell laptop.
And if you are still interested after reading all this, No, I am no more a PhD Student. I still jump from vertex to vertex on any graph I see, trying to characterize the qualities of these vertices and their edges.
— "I don't play against anybody, I play against the idea of losing!"
— "Love is solving every problem as if its your last!" ("Love is playing every game as if its your last!")