My thesis work focuses on building reliable and secure computer systems in the face of configuration errors. Here is some of my recent work.
How Do System Administrators Resolve Access-Denied Issues in the Real World?
Tianyin Xu, Han Min Naing, Le Lu, and Yuanyuan Zhou
To appear in Proceedings of the 35th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'17), May 6-11, 2017, Denver, CO, USA.
Early Detection of Configuration Errors to Reduce Failure Damage [pdf | ps | bib]
Tianyin Xu, Xinxin Jin, Peng Huang, Yuanyuan Zhou, Shan Lu, Long Jin, and Shankar Pasupathy
In Proceedings of the 12th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI'16), Nov. 2-4, 2016, Savannah, GA, USA.
Jay Lepreau Best Paper Award
Hey, You Have Given Me Too Many Knobs! Understanding and Dealing with Over-Designed Configuration in System Software [pdf | ps | bib]
Tianyin Xu, Long Jin, Xuepeng Fan, Yuanyuan Zhou, Shankar Pasupathy, and Rukma Talwadker
In Proceedings of the 10th Joint Meeting of the European Software Engineering Conference and the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (ESEC/FSE'15), Aug. 31-Sep. 4, 2015, Bergamo, Italy.
Systems Approaches to Tackling Configuration Errors: A Survey [pdf | ps | bib]
Tianyin Xu and Yuanyuan Zhou
ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR), Volume 47, Number 4, Article 70, Jul. 2015.
EnCore: Exploiting System Environment and Correlation Information for Misconfiguration Detection [pdf | ps | bib]
Jiaqi Zhang, Lakshminarayanan Renganarayana, Xiaolan Zhang, Niyu Ge, Vasanth Bala, Tianyin Xu, and Yuanyuan Zhou
In Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS'14), Mar. 1-5, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.
Do Not Blame Users for Misconfigurations [pdf | ps | bib]
Tianyin Xu, Jiaqi Zhang, Peng Huang, Jing Zheng, Tianwei Sheng, Ding Yuan, Yuanyuan Zhou, and Shankar Pasupathy
In Proceedings of the 24th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP'13), Nov. 3-6, 2013, Farmington, PA, USA.
I'm broadly interested in systems topics. I also worked on mobile systems, file and storage systems, and social networks. You can find the complete list of my publications at Google Scholar. The following lists some of the work I really enjoyed.
DefDroid: Towards a More Defensive Mobile OS Against Disruptive App Behavior [pdf | ps | bib]
Peng Huang, Tianyin Xu, Xinxin Jin, and Yuanyuan Zhou
In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys'16), Jun. 26-30, 2016, Singapore.
NChecker: Saving Mobile App Developers from Network Disruptions [pdf | ps | bib]
Xinxin Jin, Peng Huang, Tianyin Xu, and Yuanyuan Zhou
In Proceedings of the 11th ACM European Conference on Computer Systems (EuroSys'16), Apr. 18-21, 2016, London, UK.
Exploring Cross-Application Cellular Traffic Optimization with Baidu TrafficGuard [pdf | ps | bib]
Zhenhua Li, Weiwei Wang, Tianyin Xu, Xin Zhong, Xiang-Yang Li, Yunhao Liu, Christo Wilson, and Ben Y. Zhao
In Proceedings of the 13th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI'16), Mar. 16-18, 2016, Santa Clara, CA, USA.
Offline Downloading in China: A Comparative Study [pdf | ps | bib]
Zhenhua Li, Christo Wilson, Tianyin Xu, Yao Liu, Zhen Lu, and Yinlong Wang
In Proceedings of the 15th ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC'15), Oct. 28-30, 2015, Tokyo, Japan.
ALETHEIA: Robust Large-Scale Spectrum Auctions against False-name Bids [pdf | ps | bib]
Qinhui Wang, Baoliu Ye, Bin Tang, Tianyin Xu, Song Guo, Sanglu Lu, and Weihua Zhuang
In Proceedings of the 16th ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (MobiHoc'15), Jun. 22-25, 2015, Hangzhou, China.
Towards Network-level Efficiency for Cloud Storage Services [pdf | ps | bib]
Zhenhua Li, Cheng Jin, Tianyin Xu, Christo Wilson, Yao Liu, Linsong Cheng, Yunhao Liu, Yafei Dai, and Zhi-Li Zhang
In Proceedings of the 14th ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC'14), Nov. 5-7, 2014, Vancouver, Canada.
Scaling Microblogging Services with Divergent Traffic Demands [pdf | ps | bib]
Tianyin Xu, Yang Chen, Lei Jiao, Ben Y. Zhao, Pan Hui, and Xiaoming Fu
In Proceedings of the ACM/IFIP/USENIX 12th International Middleware Conference (Middleware'11), Dec. 12-16, 2011, Lisbon, Portugal.