DATE: Thursday, June 9, 2011
TIME: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
GHC 8102

Wolfgang Richter, CMU

TITLE: Privacy-Sensitive VM Retrospection

We normally think of VM images as executable content, but the practice of archiving VM snapshots in cloud computing suggests that it may also be valuable to view them as "big data.'' Snapshots of a VM image over time represent historical provenance that can be relevant to debugging, troubleshooting, and forensics. We use the term VM retrospection for this ability to pose and answer deep questions about VM images. In contrast to VM introspection, which examines active VM state during execution, retrospection focuses on passive VM state. This talk focuses on the requirements for a framework implementing VM retrospection with a focus on privacy.

I am interested in distributed systems and networking research and my advisor is Satya in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. My research is currently on unindexed search systems, using specifically OpenDiamond as a testbed and research platform. Essentially I am exploring the boundaries of distributed systems by trying to solve problems Google doesn't.

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