Spring 2019

Time and Location

The lunch seminar is held every Friday from 12:15 to 13:15 at CAB E 72.

Lunch Seminar organizers:

Merve Gürel, Frances Hubis, Simon Kassing, Fabio Maschi


The topic will be announced shortly before the talk.


Date Speaker Institute Topic Food
22.02.2019 Mathias Soeken EPFL Building quantum compilers with logic synthesis Moritz Hoffmann
01.03.2019 Dimitris Sarigiannis ETH Zurich Tera-scale Machine Learning on Distributed Heterogenous Platforms Debopam Bhattacherjee
  Monica Chiosa ETH Zurich Systems and FPGAs  
  David Dao ETH Zurich Machine Learning Systems for Social Good  
08.03.2019 Zhenhao He ETH Zurich Virtual Channels: Enabling Applications on Multi-FPGA Platforms Zaheer Chothia
15.03.2019 Michal Wawrzoniak ETH Zurich   Vojislav Dukic
  Susie Xi Rao ETH Zurich    
  Daniel Schwyn ETH Zurich    
22.03.2019 Vojislav Dukic ETH Zurich Short talk Shaoduo Gan
  Satadal Sengupta ETH Zurich / IIT Kharagpur Short introductory talk  
29.03.2019 Alexander Hedges ETH Zurich ECI (Enzian Coherent Interconnect): Theory and Practice Roni Häcki
  Nikita Lazarev ETH Zurich    
05.04.2019 Mattia Gollub, Eline Bijman ETH Zurich iGEM AROMA Reto Achermann
12.04.2019 Cedric Renggli ETH Zurich Comparison Based Optimization Kaan Kara
  Nora Hollenstein ETH Zurich    
19.04.2019 -- GOOD FRIDAY      
26.04.2019 Ghislain Fourny ETH Zurich Querying JSON on Spark: DataFrames without frames Abishek Ramdas
03.05.2019 Andrea Lattuada ETH Zurich Replicator: coordination-free fault-tolerance in streaming Monica Chiosa
10.05.2019 Rodrigo Bruno ETH Zurich Swiss-Scale Multi-Mode Transport Simulation Renato Marroquín
  Bojan Karlaš ETH Zurich Data Processing Pipelines for Automated Feature Engineering  
17.05.2019 Tim Kraska MIT Towards Learned Algorithms, Data Structures, and Systems Johannes Rausch
24.05.2019 Zeke Wang ETH Zurich Memory representations for machine learning on hardware accelerators Dario Korolija
31.05.2019 Jansen Zhao ETH Zurich   Bojan Karlaš


Fall 2018

Time and Location

The lunch seminar is held every Friday from 12:15 to 13:15 at CAB E 72.

Lunch Seminar organizers:

Vasiliki Kalavri, Melissa Licciardello, Shaoduo Gan, Sabir Akhadov


The topic will be announced shortly before the talk.


Date Speaker Institute Topic Food
 21.09.2018  Can Firtina  ETH Zurich  Biologically inspired computing architectures and their integration with the Brain-Computer Interfaces

Andrea Lattuada


Abishek Ramdas   ETH Zurich  VLSI Testing and Diagnosis
 28.09.2018  Frances Hubis  ETH Zurich  Variational Inference for Dynamic Causal Models Reto Achermann
 Yishay Oltchik  ETH Zurich  Network Topologies and Graph Theory
 Giray Yaglikci  ETH Zurich  Latency and Energy Characteristics of DRAMs
 05.10.2018  Alan Mishchenko  UC Berkeley

FPGA Technology Mapping for LUTs, LUT Structures, and Programmable Cells

 David Sidler
 12.10.2018  Alser  Mohammed H. K. ETH Zurich Title 1: Accelerating Genome Analysis

Title 2: Performance modeling and optimization with artificial intelligence methods

Yishai Oltchik
 Shigang Li
 19.10.2018 Michel Muller  ETH Zurich  Streamlining High Performance Computing  Marcin Copik
 26.10.2018  Müller Ingo  ETH Zurich The Collection Virtual Machine -- An Abstraction for Multi-Frontend Multi-Backend Data Analysis  Lukas Humbel


 09.11.2018 Hantian Zhang  ETH Zurich  Towards an updatable learned index Salvatore Di Girolamo
16.11.2018 Moritz Hoffmann  ETH Zurich  Megaphone: Live state migration for distributed streaming dataflows

Alexandros Ziogas

 23.11.2018 Fabio Maschi  ETH Zurich  Memory Study and Optimisation within a Neural Network Hardware Accelerator Tobias Gysi
 30.11.2018 Reto Achermann  ETH Zurich Mitosis – Transparent Self-Replicating Page Tables for Big Memory Machines  Hasan Hassan
 07.12.2018 Muhsen Owaida  ETH Zurich

Inference of Decision Tree Ensembles on Modern FPGA platforms

Simon Kassing

Vojislav Dukic

 ETH Zurich  Happiness index: Right-sizing the cloud’s tenant-provider interface  Nora Hollenstein


Computing Platforms Seminar Series (COMPASS)

The Computing Platforms Seminar Series (COMPASS) is focused on talks by industry and academia around the general topic of computing platforms.

COMPASS is held on most Thursdays during the semester 10:00-11:00 (with some exceptions) in CAB E 72.

Upcoming Talks:

Friday, 17. May 2019, 12:00-13:00 in CAB E 72

Speaker: Tim Kraska (MIT)

Title: Towards Learned Algorithms, Data Structures, and Systems




All systems and applications are composed from basic data structures and algorithms, such as index structures, priority queues, and sorting algorithms. Most of these primitives have been around since the early beginnings of computer science (CS) and form the basis of every CS intro lecture. Yet, we might soon face an inflection point: recent results show that machine learning has the potential to alter the way those primitives or systems at large are implemented in order to provide optimal performance for specific applications. In this talk, I will provide an overview on how machine learning is changing the way we build systems and outline different ways to build learned algorithms and data structures to achieve “instance-optimality” with a particular focus on data management systems.

Short Bio:

Tim Kraska is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and co-director of the Data System and AI Lab at MIT (DSAIL@CSAIL). Currently, his research focuses on building systems for machine learning, and using machine learning for systems. Before joining MIT, Tim was an Assistant Professor at Brown, spent time at Google Brain, and was a PostDoc in the AMPLab at UC Berkeley after he got his PhD from ETH Zurich. Tim is a 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in computer science and received several awards including the 2018 VLDB Early Career Research Contribution Award, the 2017 VMware Systems Research Award


Past COMPASS Talks:  

Date Speaker Affiliation Talk
25.04.2019 Peter Pietzuch Imperial College London Scaling Deep Learning on Multi-GPU Servers
28.03.2019 Theo Rekatsinas
University of Wisconsin A Machine Learning Perspective on Managing Noisy Data
21.03.2019 Marko Vukolic IBM Research Hyperledger Fabric: a Distributed Operating System for Permissioned Blockchains
28.02.2019 Alberto Lerner University of Fribourg
The Case for Network-Accelerated Query Processing
21.02.2019 Thomas Würthinger Oracle Labs Bringing the Code to the Data with GraalVM
31.01.2019 Irene Zhang Microsoft Research, Redmond Demikernel: An Operating System Architecture for Hardware-Accelerated Datacenter Servers
25.10.2018 Mihnea Andrei SAP HANA Snapshot isolation in HANA - the evolution towards production-grade HTAP
04.10.2018 Philippe Bonnet IT University, Copenhagen, Denmark Near-Data Processing with Open-Channel SSDs
25.09.2018 Nandita Vijaykumar   Carnegie Mellon University Expressive Memory: Rethinking the Hardware-Software Contract with Rich Cross-Layer Abstractions
20.09.2018 Patrick Stüdi IBM Research Data processing at the speed of 100 Gbps using Apache Crail (Incubating)
15.08.2018 Leonid Yavits
Technion Resistive CAM based architectures: Resistive Associative In-Storage Processor and Resistive Address Decoder
06.07.2018 Martin Burtscher Texas State University Automatic Hierarchical Parallelization of Linear Recurrences
15.06.2018 Nitin Agrawal Samsung Research Low-Latency Analytics on Colossal Data Streams with SummaryStore
24.05.2018 Cagri Balkesen Oracle Labs RAPID: In-Memory Analytical Query Processing Engine with Extreme Performance per Watt
16.05.2018 Carsten Binnig TU Darmstadt Towards Interactive Data Exploration
09.05.2018 Bastian Hossbach Oracle Labs Modern programming languages and code generation in the Oracle Database
26.04.2018 Spyros Blanas Ohio State University Scaling database systems to high-performance computers
19.04.2018 Jane Hung MIT The Challenges and Promises of Large-Scale Biological Imaging
12.04.2018 Christoph Hagleitner IBM Research Heterogeneous Computing Systems for Datacenter and HPC Applications
14.03.2018  Eric Sedlar
 Oracle Labs
Why Systems Research Needs Social Science Added to the Computer Science
01.03.2018 Saughata Ghose Carnegie Mellon University How Safe Is Your Storage? A Look at the Reliability and Vulnerability of Modern Solid-State Drives
22.02.2018  Ioannis Koltsidas IBM Research Zurich System software for commodity solid-state storage



Spring 2017

Time and Location

The lunch seminar is held every Friday from 12:15 to 13:15h at CAB E 72 (lunch provided at 12:00).

Lunch Seminar organizers:

Renato Marroquin, Lukas Humbel, Konstantin Taranov, Debopam Bhattacherjee


The topic will be announced shortly before the talk.

Date Speaker Institute Topic Food
24.02.2017 Markus Pilman Snowflake Computing Snowflake - A Data Warehouse built for the Cloud

Ingo Muller


03.03.2017 Vasiliki Kalavri Systems Group Introduction to Apache Flink

Reto Achermann


10.03.2017 Tal Ben Nun Systems Group Memory Access Patterns: The Missing Piece of the GPU Programming Puzzle

Claude Barthels


17.03.2017 Hasan Hasan Systems Group  DRAM Latency Reduction

 Darko Makreshanski

(Grune Lebanon)


Satoshi Matsuoka


Tokyo Institute of Technology FLOPS to BYTES: Accelerating Beyond Moore's Law Roni Häcki 

Aya Fukami

1:00 pm

Carnegie Mellon University

Improving the Reliability of Chip-Off Forensic Analysis of NAND Flash Memory Devices

31.03.2017 Petar Tsankov Information Security Group Programmable Networks with Synthesis Kaan Kara
07.04.2017 Aanjhan Ranganathan System Security Group Securing Next-generation Autonomous Cyber-physical Systems Moritz Hoffmann 
14.04.2017 Good Friday Holiday    
21.04.2017 Darko Makreshanski Systems Group BatchDB: Efficient Isolated Execution of Hybrid OLTP+OLAP Workloads for Interactive Applications Gerd Zellweger
28.04.2017 Debopam Bhattacherjee Systems Group A Cloud-based Content Gathering Network Maciej Besta
05.05.2017 Dimitar Dimitrov Software Reliability Lab Serializability for Eventual Consistency: Criterion, Analysis, and Applications (POPL 2017) Salvatore Di Girolamo
12.05.2017 Alexandr Nigay Systems Group Exploring the idea of virtualizing MPI Sebastian Wicki
19.05.2017 Vojslav Dukic Systems Group Datacenter oracle: Predicting Resource Usage Inside a Data Center  Yaohua Wang
26.05.2017 Salvatore Di Girolamo Systems Group Transparent Caching for RMA Systems

Zaheer Chothia





Spring 2018

Time and Location

The lunch seminar is held every Friday from 12:15 to 13:15 at CAB E 72.

Lunch Seminar organizers:

Hantian Zhang, Alexandros Ziogas, Lukas Arnold, Hasan Hassan


The topic will be announced shortly before the talk.

Date Speaker Institute Topic Food
 23 February

David Dao

Systems Group

AI, meet blockchain - Towards machine learning markets Roni Häcki (Bagel)
Niels Gleinig Systems Group Algebraic analysis of directed graphs
Melissa Licciardello Systems Group Adaptive Bitrate on Video Streaming: a reliable comparison 
Bojan Karlas Systems Group Introduction
 2 March

Sabir Akhadov

Systems Group 

Pyspark at bare-metal speed David Sidler (Pizza)
Johannes Rausch Systems Group Introduction
Kaveh Razavi Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Introduction
 9 March Thomas Lemmin Systems Group Spectral Analysis of Fluorescently Labeled Amyloids Zaheer Chothia (Pizza)
 16 March Tal Ben Nun Systems Group Stateful Dataflow Multigraphs: A Data-Centric Bridge between Imperative and Spatial Programming Kaan Kara (Pizza)
23 March  David Cock Systems Group The Status of the Enzian Project Jeremie Kim (Pasta)
 13 April Konstantin Taranov Systems Group Fast and strongly-consistent per-item resilience in key-value stores Lukas Arnold (Sausage/ Tofu with potato salad)
Nora Hollenstein Systems Group & IBM Natural Language Processing @ DS3Lab
 20 April Gustavo Sutter Universidad Autónoma de Madrid Network traffic monitoring in multi-gigabit Ethernet  Alexandr Nigay (Bagel)
 27 April Can Alkan Bilkent University Characterization of genome structural variation and large inversions using high throughput sequencing Claude Barthels (Wraps)
 4 May

Lukas On Arnold

Systems Group 

Covariance Matrix Calculation on a Hybrid FPGA/CPU System Melissa Licciardello (Pizza)
Marcin Copik Systems Group Introduction
Cédric Renggli Systems Group Introduction
11 May  Maciej Besta Systems Group To Push or To Pull: On Reducing Communication and Synchronzation in Graph Computations Merve Gürel (Dürüm)
 18 May

David Sidler

Systems Group 

Processing-in-Network (PIN): A programmable NIC for data processing offloading Konstantin Taranov (Pizza)
Amit Kulkarni Systems Group Introduction
 25 May Arash Tavakkol Systems Group FLIN: Enabling Fairness and Enhancing Performance in Modern NVMe Solid State Drives Shaoduo Gan (Falafel)
 1 June Arseniy Zaostrovnykh EPFL A Formally Verified NAT J. de Fine Licht (Wraps)


Fall 2016

Time and Location

The lunch seminar is held every Friday from 12:15 to 13:15h at CAB E 72 (lunch provided at 12:00).

Lunch Seminar organizers:

Kaan Kara, Roni Häcki, Claude Barthels and Maciej Besta


The topic will be announced shortly before the talk.

Date Speaker Institute Topic Food
 23.09.  Claude Barthels  Systems Group  Distributed Joins on a Thousand Cores  Ingo Müller (Bagels)
 30.09.  Tim Harris  Oracle Labs  What does the operating system ever do for me?
 David Sidler (Pizza)
 07.10.  Zsolt István  Systems Group

Don’t let the size fool you! Smart distributed storage on specialized

 Lucas Braun (Pie)

 14.10.  Torsten Hoefler  Systems Group

Scientific Benchmarking of Parallel Computing Systems

 Jana Giceva


 21.10.  Desi Dimitrova  Systems Group

Citius, Altius, Fortius: What a network controller should be?

 Simon Gerber


 28.10.  Maciej Besta  Systems Group High-Performance Distributed RMA Locks  Zaheer Chothia
 04.11.  Leo Tam  NVIDIA NVIDIA - Research  Sabela Ramos (Bagels)
 11.11.  Dan Alistarh  ETH Zurich

Architectural Support for Scalable Concurrent Data Structures

 David Cock

 18.11. Antonio Carzinaga USI Lugano

Descriptors, Locators, Identifiers:

Multi-Modal Addressing in the TagNet Information-Centric Networking Architecture

 Desi Dimitrova

 25.11.  Andreas Gerstlauer  UT Austin

Learning-Based System-Level Power and Performance Prediction

 Konstantin Taranov

 02.12.  Lukas Humbel  Systems Group Modeling interrupt systems  Vojislav Dukic (Pie)
 09.12.  Ji Liu University of Rochester Asynchronous parallel optimization for large scale machine learning  Gerd Zellweger (Döner)
 16.12.  Renato Marroquin  Systems Group

READY: Completeness is in the Eye of the Beholder

 Arash Tavakkol


Thesis/Lab Projects Descriptions


Masters/Semester/Lab Projects

 Master Thesis Projects: 

  • Securing the Network [MT/BT] (pdf)

  • Real-time Policy Monitoring for Large-scale Distributed Systems (pdf)

  • Extending Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) with Data Types [MT] (pdf)

  • 100 Gbit/s Key-Value Store [MT] (pdf)

  • Satellite-based low-latency Internet [MT/BT] (pdf)

  • De-anonymizing encrypted video streams [MT] (pdf)

  • Deconstructing YouTube's secret sauce [MT] (pdf)

  • DS3 Lab Project Proposals (Machine Learning, NLP/Computer Vision...)

  • Making machine learning friendlier in the cloud [MT] (pdf)

  • Bringing circuits switching back from the dead [MT] (pdf)

  • Turning Web page delivery upside down [MT or BT] (pdf)

  • Incremental computation and maintenance of the metric backbone for fast graph analytics (pdf)

  • Online OS Profiling with SnailTrail [MT] (pdf)

  • How quick could QUIC be? [MT or BT] (pdf)

  • How un/fair is the Internet? [MT or BT] (pdf)

  • How much does the DC network really matter? [MT or BT] (pdf)

 Bachelor Thesis Projects

See proposals marked [MT or BT] above.



Spring 2016

Time and Location

The lunch seminar is held every Friday from 12:15 to 13:15h at CAB E 72 (lunch provided at 12:00).

Lunch Seminar organizers:

Stefan Kaestle, Anja Gruenheid, David Sidler, Sabela Ramos


The topic will be announced shortly before the talk.

Date Speaker Institute Topic Food

Reto Achermann,

Stefan Kaestle


Smelt: Machine-aware Atomic Broadcast Trees for Multicores

 Haecki, Roni (Bagels)
 04.03.2016 Ingo Müller  SG

Engineering Aggregation Operators for Relational In-Memory Database Systems (PhD Thesis)

 Gysi, Tobias (Pizza)
 11.03.2016 Onur Kocberber  Oracle Labs  Accelerators for Data Processing (PhD Thesis)  Kara, Kaan (Libanese Sandwiches)
 18.03.2016  John Liagouris  SG Explaining Outputs in Modern Data Analytics Nushi, Besmira (Hot Pasta)
 25.03.2016 Good Friday      
 01.04.2016 5 Minute Madness     5 Minute Madness   Marroquin, Renato (Döner)
 08.04.2016 Arthur Grevias  System Security Tampering with the Delivery of Blocks and Transactions in Bitcoin Achermann, Reto (Nordsee)

Zaheer Chothia

 SG Realising real-time session reconstruction   Humbel, Lukas (Pizza)

Maciej Besta

 SG Accelerating Irregular Computations with HardwareTransactional Memory and Active Messages  Di Girolamo, Salvatore (Bagels)
 29.04.2016 Desislava Dimitrova  SG Program me a network  Schneider, Timo (Pasta)
 06.05.2016 David Cock  SG Litmus Testing at Rack Scale  Liagouris, John (Turkish Pizza)

Grzegorz Kwasniewski

 SG A PCIe Congestion-Aware Performance Model for Densely Populated Accelerator Servers

Makreshanski, Darko (Döner)

 20.05.2016 Muhsen Owaida  SG Database Acceleration on CPU-FPGA Shared Memory Platforms Grosser, Tobias (Bagels)
 27.05.2016 Philipp Miedl  TIK On the Capacity of Thermal Covert Channels in Multicores Besta, Maciej
 03.06.2016 Timo Schneider  SG   Owaida, Muhsen


Fall 2015

Time and Location

The lunch seminar is held every Friday from 12:15 to 13:15h at CAB E 72 (lunch provided at 12:00).


Lunch Seminar organizers:

Jonas Pfefferle, Moritz Hoffmann, Besmira Nushi, Tobias Grosser


The topic will be announced shortly before the talk.

Date Speaker Institute Topic Food


Frank McSherry


Differential Dataflow

Kaestle, Stefan (Pizza)


Raychev Veselin


Parallelizing User-Defined Aggregations using Symbolic Execution

Zellweger, Gerd


Lucas Braun


MTSQL - A Relational Algebra for Multi-Tenancy

Barthels, Claude (Bagels)


Arijit Khan


Querying Big-graphs - Streaming and Beyond

Marroquin, Renato  (Doner)


5 Minute Madness


Zsolt Istvan, Edgar Solomonik, David Sidler, Zaheer Chothia, Sabela Ramos, Grzegorz Kwasniewski

Sidler, David (PizzaLemon)


Tobias Gysi


STELLA: A Domain-specific Tool for Structured Grid Methods in Weather and Climate Models

Chothia, Zaheer (Hot Pasta)





István, Zsolt (NordSee)


Akhi Singhania


Unleashing the performance of 10G NICs

Mueller, Stefan (Bagels)


Simon Gerber


Cichlid: Explicit physical memory management for large machines

Shinde, Pravin (LebaneseWrap)


Gerd Zellweger


SpaceJMP: Programming with Multiple Virtual Address Spaces

Roy, Pratanu (PizzaDieci)


Besmira Nushi


Crowdsourcing Component-based Error Diagnosis of Intelligent Systems

Makreshanski, Darko (HotPasta)


Pierre-Evariste Dagand


 Programming with Streams

Giceva, Jana


5 minute madness


 Desislava Dimitrova, Markus Pilman, Renato Marroquin, Moritz Hoffman, David Stolz, Timo Schneider

Gerber, Simon (Bagels)


Jana Giceva


Basslet: OS support for parallel data processing on modern multi-cores

Braun, Lucas