OSDI '21 Sponsor Events

Wednesday, July 14


1:45 pm–2:30 pm
Sponsored by Google

Join Google for an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) Session to close out OSDI Day 1! Are you interested in learning how research, innovation and engineering interact in the development of next-generation technologies that change how billions of users connect, explore, and interact with information? Are you curious how Google innovates across the entire systems stack, creating and improving platforms, kernels, and distributed systems, like GFS, Spanner, BigQuery, TensorFlow, Kubernetes, Snap and more? Google’s 5 AMA panelists are ready to answer your questions - from their research/backgrounds, to Google’s current project work or job opportunities. See the #21-osdi-sponsor-Google Slack channel for information on how to join the Google Meet video conference on Wednesday, July 14th at 1:45pm PT to kick off a discussion.

See you there!

[Moderator] David Culler (He/Him) is a Distinguished Software Engineer co-leading SystemsResearch@Google. David got his PhD at MIT, was faculty and EECS Chair at UC Berkeley, interim Dean of Data Sciences, and co-founded Intel Research Berkeley.

Aakanksha Chowdhery is an ML Software Engineer in Google Brain, working on the next generation Google-wide system to enable training of very large multi-task language models. Aakanksha received her PhD from Stanford, worked at Microsoft and Princeton, and is an active member of the ML Systems community.

Deniz Altınbüken (She/Her) is a Senior Software Engineer and Tech Lead in the Storage Infrastructure team at Google, working on structured storage and employing Machine Learning to advance systems. Deniz received her PhD from Cornell University in 2017 and is an active member of the Distributed Systems community.

Jeff Mogul (He/Him) is a Principal Software Engineer in Google's Network Infrastructure team, working on improving and expanding our use of model-based system management. Prior to joining Google in 2013, Jeff got a PhD at Stanford and worked in corporate research at DEC and HP.

Hank Levy (He/Him) is a Distinguished Software Engineer co-leading SystemsResearch@Google from Seattle. Hank is faculty and former Head of the Allen School for Computer Science & Engineering at University of Washington, co-founded two startups, and spent his early career at Digital Equipment Corporation.



2:15 pm–3:00 pm
Sponsored by Amazon

Title: Gigabytes in Milliseconds: Bringing Container Support to AWS Lambda Without Adding Latency

Speaker: Marc Brooker, AWS Senior Principal Engineer

Abstract: AWS Lambda offers scalable serverless functions as a service, with the ability to scale up and add capacity in hundreds of milliseconds. When we launched Lambda in 2015, we supported functions up to 250MB in size. In 2020, we set out to allow Lambda customers to bring arbitrary container images, up to 10GBs, without adding additional scale-up latency. This talk covers how we did that, using erasure coding, convergent encryption, deterministic filesystem flattening, and some other unique tools. We’ll cover how our virtualization-based environment, and the Firecracker VMM, allowed us to hide all that magic from customer’s functions.


Thursday, July 15


11:30 am–12:30 pm
Sponsored by Facebook

Interested in learning more about the work Facebook is doing in the Operating Systems space? Curious what our hiring process is like? Facebook recruiters and researchers will be available for a “booth” session via Zoom on Thursday, July 15, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm PST. More information is available in the Facebook Slack channel at OSDI.


Microsoft: Ask-Me-Anything Session

12:30 pm–1:30 pm
Sponsored by Microsoft

Join Srikanth Kandula, Irene Zhang, and Andrew Baumann to learn more about the research presented at OSDI and beyond, and exciting opportunities at Microsoft. See the link to join in the Microsoft Slack channel and VAH.


VMware: Ask-Me-Anything Session

1:30 pm–2:15 pm
Sponsored by VMware

Join VMware Researchers to learn more about our current work, hiring process, and the overall joy of working at our world class research lab. Researchers attending: Jon Howell, Marcos Aguilera, Lalith Suresh, Amy Tai, Aishwarya Ganesan, and Ram Alagappan. Find the link in Slack at #21-osdi-sponsor-vmware.