25 Years of Storage Research and Education: A Retrospective

Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau, University of Wisconsin—Madison


In the midst of graduate school (around 25 years ago), I worked on a final project in a database class, which served as my first (serious) introduction to I/O and storage, and soon I was hooked. Since that time, I have dedicated most of my research career to storage systems, including work on single-disk systems, disk-based RAIDs, large-scale distributed storage and data-processing systems, and modern storage devices, focusing largely on performance and reliability throughout. In this talk, I will discuss research highlights from many years of work in this space, and draw lessons for young researchers who are embarking upon their own research careers.

Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau, University of Wisconsin—Madison

Remzi is the Grace Wahba professor and Chair of Computer Sciences at UW-Madison. He co-leads a group with Professor Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau. Together, they have graduated 27 Ph.D. students and won numerous best-paper awards; many of our innovations are used by commercial systems. For their work, Andrea and Remzi received the 2018 ACM-SIGOPS Weiser award for "outstanding leadership, innovation, and impact in storage and computer systems research" and were named an ACM Fellow in 2020 for "contributions to storage and computer systems". Remzi has won the SACM Professor-of-the-Year award six times, the Rosner "Excellent Educator" award, and the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award. The operating systems book Andrea and Remzi co-wrote (www.ostep.org) is downloaded millions of times yearly and used at hundreds of institutions worldwide.

@conference {277852,
author = {Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau},
title = {25 Years of Storage Research and Education: A Retrospective},
year = {2022},
address = {Santa Clara, CA},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = feb

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