26th Annual
October 29-31, 2018


We are pleased to welcome our PDL Consortium Member Companies
to the 26th Annual Parallel Data Lab Workshop and Retreat.

Retreat Agenda

Monday, October 29: CMU/Bedford Springs Resort
8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:30 am Welcome -- SINGLETON ROOM

Greg Ganger - Parallel Data Lab 2018 Retreat Welcome & Overview

9:30 am - 10:30 am Speaker -- SINGLETON ROOM

Anthony Rowe – The Next Frontier of IoT: Giving the Cloud an Edge

10:30 am - 11:30 am Industry Poster Session -- ROBERTS HALL ATRIUM
11:30 am - 1:45 pm Bus Ride to Bedford Springs & Lunch -- FREW STREET
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Session I: Starting Strong!

Huanchen Zhang - SuRF: Practical Range Query Filtering with Fast Succinct Tries

Saurabh Kadekodi - Gotta have HeART: Exploiting Disk Reliability Heterogeneity in Cluster Storage Systems

Charlie McGuffey - Writeback Aware Caching

Lin Ma - Self-Driving Database Progress

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm Break -- CONSTITUTION HALL
4:15 pm - 6:15 pm Session II: Pipes and Clouds

Aaron Harlap - PipeDream: Pipeline Parallelism for DNN Training

Anuj Kalia - Datacenter RPCs can be General and Fast

Andrew Chung - Stratus: Cost-aware container scheduling in the public cloud

6:15 pm - 7:15 pm Dinner -- EISENHOWER BALLROOM
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm Session III: Short Work-in-Progress Talks

Dominic Chen - TardisTM: Time-Traveling Transaction Repair

Chris Canel & Thomas Kim - Scaling Video Analytics on Constrained Edge Nodes

Giulio Zhou - Finding Objects in Video with Minimal Supervision

Angela Jiang - Faster DNN Training with Selective Backpropagation

Daniel Wong - Evolutionary Weight Sharing For Neural Architecture Search

8:30 pm - 10:30 pm Reception/Poster Session I -- COLONNADE BALLROOM

Tuesday, October 30: Bedford Springs Resort

8:15 am - 9:00 am Full Breakfast -- CRYSTAL DINING ROOM
Continental Breakfast
9:00 am - 10:30 am Session IV: Efficiency and Scale in the Morning

Prashanth Menon - Next Generation Execution Engine for the Database Formerly Known as Peloton

Qing Zheng - Scaling DeltaFS Indexed Massive Directories to 131,072 CPU Cores

10:30 am - 10:45 am Break -- CONSTITUTION HALL
10:45 am - 12:15 pm Session V: Serving Video Queries and ML Models

Jack Kosaian - Resilient ML Inference via Erasure Coding

Kevin Hsieh - Querying Large Video Datasets with Low Latency and Low Cost

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch -- EISENHOWER BALLROOM
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Socializing and Chat-filled Walk -- HOTEL GROUNDS
Wii games room available 1:00 pm to midnight --
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Session VI: Cluster Workloads and Scheduling

Junwoo Park - Distribution-based Cluster Scheduling for Uncertainty

Michael Kuchnik - Rethinking the Use of Machine Learning in Job Scheduling

Andrew Chung - Owl: Data-driven Job Utility Functions

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm Break -- CONSTITUTION HALL
4:15 pm - 6:15 pm Session VII: Memory Enhancement

Rajat Kateja - NVM Storage Needs Lazy Redundancy

Nandita Vijaykumar - Expressive Memory Rethinking the Hardware-Software Contract with Rich Cross-Layer Abstractions

Charlie McGuffey - The Parallel Persistent Memory Model

6:15 pm - 7:30 pm Dinner -- EISENHOWER BALLROOM
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Session VIII: Short Work-In-Progress Talks

Qing Zheng - Future Directions for Exascale Storage with DeltaFS

Saksham Jain - Building DeltaFS Support in Scientific Libraries

Ellango Jothimurugesan - Stochastic Gradient Descent on Streaming Data

Sol Boucher - Lightweight Preemptible Functions

8:30 pm - 10:00 pm Reception/Poster Session II -- COLONNADE BALLROOM

Wednesday, October 31: Bedford Springs Resort
Morning Workshop Talks
8:45am - 9:15am Full Breakfast -- CRYSTAL DINING ROOM
Continental Breakfast
9:15am - 11:30am Session IX: Close Strong!

Daniel Berger - RobinHood: Tail Latency Aware Caching

Jinliang Wei - Automating Dependence-aware Parallelization of Machine Learning Training on Distributed Shared Memory

Chris Fallin & Pratik Fegade - Data-Structure-Aware Program Analysis for Macro-scale Optimizations

Afternoon Feedback, Departure
11:30am - 1:15pm Lunch and Industry Feedback
1:30pm Buses depart for Pittsburgh Airport & CMU (one in each direction)
4:00pm Arrive at Airport
Arrive at CMU


Pittsburgh Accommodations

If you are planning to arrive in Pittsburgh over the weekend preceding the retreat, PDL has several rooms on hold at each of the hotels listed below. When you call the hotel to make reservations, tell them that you'd like a room booked for the PDL Retreat (or quote the appropriate code listed below). You may also book extra nights at the preferred rate if you request them at the time of your booking.

Your room reservations for the nights of the Retreat itself (Oct. 26 and 27) will be taken care of by us, so you will only need a room at one of the following hotels if you are arriving early and/or staying past the Retreat.

Please make your reservations as early as possible, as there are several Pittsburgh events that may also make rooms scarce.

TIP: There have been times when your corporate rate beats the rate we were able to secure.

Accommodations are available at the following hotels:

120 S Whitfield St
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Booking code is good for 15% off of best available rate. Online bookings only.

Reservation deadline: none

Booking Link
Booking Code: PDLRETREAT
5308 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
1-800-321-2211 - Reservations
412-683-3113 - Reservations
412-683-3133 - Fax
Ask for CMU/PDL rate

Reservation deadline: TBA
3315 Hamlet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-681-1000 - Reservations
412-681-3022 - Fax
2 queens $119 + taxse
Parking: $15/day
Breakfast buffet included

Reservation deadline: Oct 1, 2018

Booking code: PDL Retreat October 2018
3454 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-683-2040 - Reservations
412-688-1986 - Fax
$139.00 + tax
Parking: $10.00/day

Reservation deadline: Oct 14, 2018

Booking Link

329 Technology Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
1-412-621-0880 - Reservations

$149.00 + tax
Includes cooked to oder breakfast.
Parking: $18.00/day
Reservation deadline: none

Booking Link
Booking Code: 000011504
1111 Airport Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15231

Booking code: 33514 at any time for 15% off posted rate.
3341 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-621-5600 - Reservations
800-331-3131 - Reservations
412-621-5700 - Fax
King Studio Suite: $159.00 + tax
Parking: $20.00/day
PDL shuttle service available.

Reservation deadline: Oct 1, 2018

Booking Link
3896 Bigelow Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-621-2200 - Reservations
800-331-3131 - Reservations
412-621-0955 - Fax
$119.00 + tax
Parking: $20.00/day
Breakfast included
PDL shuttle service available.

Reservation deadline: Oct 14, 2018

Booking Link
5405 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
412-441-4444 - Reservations
412-687-7312 - FAX

$125 + taxes for Studio Suite
$135 + taxes for One Bedroom Suite
$145 + taxes for Two Bedroom Suite

Parking: included
Wi-Fi: Free

Reservation portal for PDL Visitors
100 Lytton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-682-6200 - Reservations
412-681-4749 - Fax
$149.00 + tax
Parking: $10.00/day
PDL shuttle service available.

Reservation deadline: Oct 7, 2018

Booking Portals:

October 28-29
October 31- November 1



Once in Oakland, most of the hotels we have listed above have shuttle transportation to CMU available. Please request that you be dropped off on the west end of Frew Street, then refer to the attached map for directions to the Singleton Room in Roberts Hall.

OAKLAND AREA Hotel Shuttles and CAB / LIMO Info

Getting to and from the Airport

Please make your own transportation arrangements from the airport to your hotel / CMU. There are several options available for getting to and from the airport:

Rental Car: Available at the airport from all the major companies (not really recommended for the Retreat since we depart CMU to go to a resort that is about two hours away).

Taxi Service (~$60 each way)

Limousine Service

The following driver services cost ~$65 dollars one way (includes tip). The drivers do accept credit card payments. If you want Karen to arrange this for you, please make sure she has your full flight info (date / time / flight number) and your cell phone number.

Airport Sedan Service (Larry Waite)
Advance reservations are required, ~$60 each way
Contact Larry Waite, 412-401-LIMO (5466)

Gateway Limo
Rates: ~$60 from the airport to Downtown, Oakland, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill (sedan). The rate for a van, a 14 passenger vehicle, is $78.00 per hour. Mention CMU when making a reservation.
Call the office at 412-782-5800 (phones answered 24/7) for reservations.
Email: amydemeri@comcast.net

Harper's Transportation
Harper1084@verizon.net - 412-531-1940

Classy Cab – SUV cabs
Phone 412-322-5080
Fax 412-322-5085

Supershuttle - book online

Airport Shuttle (PATransit 28X - Airport Flyer) ($2.75 each way, exact change)
Leaves CMU from the corner of Forbes and Morewood Avenues every 20 minutes starting at 4:25 a.m., last shuttle at 10:55 p.m. Shuttle leaves the airport from the arrivals level, door #6, starting at 5:20 a.m. approximately every 30 minutes.

Pittsburgh Airport Ride Sharing Apps

Getting to CMU from Your Hotel

Most of the hotels have shuttle transportation to CMU available. This is NOT a direct shuttle to CMU and will make other stops in Oakland based on customer needs. If you do choose to use the hotel shuttle, please request that you be dropped off at the RMCIC Building.



Directions to the Singleton Room in Roberts Hall

The Singleton Room, surrounded by the Seagate Technology Atrium, is located on the fourth floor of Roberts Engineering Hall (REH). REH is behind and connected to Hamerschlag Hall and may be approached from two directions:

Through Hamerschlag Hall
Enter the front doors of Hamerschlag Hall from the campus mall. (Hamerschlag is the building with the cupola on top at the west end of campus.) Proceed to the staircase or the elevator at the end of HH first floor. Go down to level "B." Follow signs to REH. You will enter the Atrium next to Singleton.

From outside REH
Pass in front of Scaife Hall and follow the sidewalk on to the covered walkway above the service road. Proceed through the door into REH. The Singleton room will be on your left.

Campus Maps



While we assume most of you will use the shuttle PDL will provide, there are parking machines on Schenley Drive, Frew Street, and Tech Street which are all very near to Roberts Hall. They accept currency and credit cards; it is $3.00 / hour and uses your license plate as the timing factor.There is also parking in the RMCIC Building Garage - P19 on the general campus map (closest) or the East Campus Garage - P7 on the map (further walk but more familiar to some of our guests). Some past attendees have also used the parking lot at the nearby Carnegie Museum (also shown on the map).

If you park in one of the above mentioned areas, particularly Schenley Drive, Frew Street, or Tech Street, please see this map for the Roberts Hall entry location/drop-off point or this map of campus.

Other Handy Maps

Bedford Springs Resort

Bedford Springs Resort is a four season, historically significant destination located on 2,200-acres. It began welcoming guests over 200 years ago when the mineral springs of Bedford Springs, PA became known as a source of rejuvenation. The resort is approximately 90 miles east of Pittsburgh.

CMU Retreat attendees and guests will travel to Bedford Springs on Monday, October 26 and return Wednesday, October 28. We will provide bus transportation to the resort on Monday and back to Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh International airport on Wednesday afternoon.

Participants of the retreat will be members of the PDL Consortium and invited guests. Information on becoming a member of the consortium is available from Karen Lindenfelser, Bill Courtright (PDL Executive Director), or Greg Ganger (PDL Director).

Directions to Bedford Omni Springs Resort



PDL Administrative Manager
School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University
4720 Forbes Avenue - CIC 2209
PITTSBURGH, PA 15213-3891
VOICE: (412)268-6716
FAX: (412)268-3010

Director, Parallel Data Laboratory
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
4720 Forbes Avenue - CIC 2208
PITTSBURGH, PA 15213-3891
VOICE: (412)268-1297
FAX: (412)268-6779

PDL Executive Director
Carnegie Mellon University
4720 Forbes Avenue - CIC 2210
PITTSBURGH, PA 15213-3891
VOICE: (412) 268-5485
FAX: (412)268-3010




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