Welcome to Sasha's page
I'm a PhD candidate at the School of Engineering of the Univeristy of California, Santa Cruz. My ressearch focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of a file systems metadata service and query language interface, based on an attributed graph data model. Previously, I worked on the design and implemntation of the Linking File System, intended to run in storage-class memories (formerly MRAM). My advisor is Prof. Carlos Maltzahn in the Systems Research Lab. Prior to graduate studies, I earned a BA in Computer Science at Columbia University and spent several years in industry (firms in NYC).

My research interests include, but are not limited to: alternative file system data models, query interfaces, user interfaces (HCI) for systems, distributed system architectures, and information retrival.

Refereed/Invited Publications:
Sasha Ames, Maya B. Gokhale, Carlos Maltzahn.QMDS: A File System Metadata Management Service Supporting a Graph Data Model-based Query Language. in Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE Conference on Networking, Architecture, and Storage (NAS 2011). Dalian, China, July 2011.
Brian Van Essen, Roger Pearce, Sasha Ames, Maya Gokhale. On the role of NVRAM in data intensive HPC architectures. Workshop on Emerging Supercomputing Technologies (WEST) at ICS 2011, Tucson, AZ. May 2011
Jonathan Koren, Yi Zhang, Sasha Ames, Andrew Leung, Carlos Maltzahn, Ethan L. Miller. Searching and Navigating Petabyte Scale File Systems Based on Facets. Proceedings of the 2007 ACM Petascale Data Storage Workshop (PDSW 07), November 2007.
Sasha Ames, Nikhil Bobb, Kevin Greenan, Owen Hofmann, Mark W. Storer, Carlos Maltzahn, Ethan L. Miller, Scott A. Brandt. LiFS: An attribute-rich file system for storage class memories. Proceedings of the 23rd IEEE / 14th NASA Goddard~ Conference on Mass Storage Systems and Technologies, May 2006.
Ames, A., Bobb , N., Brandt, S.A., Hiatt, A., Maltzahn, C., Miller, E. L., Neeman, A., Tuteja, D.: Richer File System Metadata Using Links and Attributes , in Proceedings of the 13th NASA Goddard Conference on Mass Storage Systems and Technologies (MSST '05)
Technical Reports:
Sasha Ames, Maya B. Gokhale, Carlos Maltzahn. Design and Implementation of a Metadata-rich File System. Technical Report. UCSC-SOE-10-07. January 2010.
Sasha Ames, Maya B. Gokhale, Carlos Maltzahn. A Metadata-rich File System. Technical Report. UCSC-SOE-09-32. November 2009.
Sasha Ames, Carlos Maltzahn, Ethan L. Miller, Quasar: A Scalable Naming Language for Very Large File Collections, Technical Report UCSC-SSRC-08-04, October 2008.
Sasha Ames, Carlos Maltzahn, Ethan L. Miller, QUASAR: Interaction with File Systems Using a Query and Naming Language, Technical Report UCSC-SSRC-08-03, September 2008.
Sasha Ames, "LiFSBrowse: A Visual, User Environment for the Linking File System," Technical Report UCSC-SSRC-07-08, August 2007. (Masters Project Report)

Graduate Coursework

Email: sasha_@_cse_._ucsc_._edu (remove the _'s)