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University of California
1156 High Street, MS SOE3
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Admin: Cynthia McCarley
E-mail: elm®ucsc·edu
GTalk: elm®ucsc·edu
Phone: +1 (831) 459-1222
Lab: +1 (831) 459-4458
Cell: +1 (831) 345-4864
FAX: +1 (831) 459-1041
All of my contact info is in this vCard.
Office: 365 Engineering 2
(Winter 2016)
Mon 3:00–4:30 PM
Wed 10:00–11:00 AM

I'm currently looking for 1–3 Ph.D. students interested in research in storage systems and security, including topics such as archival storage, large-scale distributed and cloud storage, storage security, and optimizing the use of next-generation storage technologies such as non-volatile memories and shingled disk. Please read this page if you're interested in working with us on cutting-edge systems research as part of the SSRC and CRSS.

I'm the Director of the NSF I/UCRC Center for Research in Storage Systems (CRSS) and the Associate Director of the Storage Systems Research Center here at UC Santa Cruz, where I explore issues in file and storage systems and, more generally, distributed systems and operating systems. My current projects include archival storage systems, scalable file system indexing, file systems for next-generation storage technologies, file system security, and exascale storage systems. I'm also interested in storage system benchmarks, algorithms to more efficiently manage storage, and information retrieval from very large text and multimedia corpora as well as other problems in computer systems and security.

I was named an ACM Distinguished Scientist in 2013, and an IEEE Fellow in 2014. My Erdös number is 3.

Undergrad advising

If you're an undergrad who's been assigned to me for advising, please come to my office during office hours (see above). Make sure you have copies of all of your relevant transcripts—unofficial copies are fine.

If you're trying to get transfer credit for CMPS 12B/M, you'll need your transcript from the other institution, the syllabus from the class you'd like to transfer, and copies of all the assignments from the class. There are several issues you should be aware of. First, CMPS 12B/M represents a total of 7 credits. If another class is only 5 credits (or equivalent), we may be able to give you credit for 12B but not 12M. Second, CMPS 12B/M both covers data structures and provides an introduction to programming in C. If the course you'd like to transfer doesn't cover C, it's not fully equivalent, since knowledge of C is essential for several upper-division classes.

Contacting me

The best way to contact me is via e-mail (see address above). However, I only read email once or twice per day, so if you need a fast response to a short message, please use instant messaging. Phone messages aren't a good way to reach me, since I rarely check voicemail. If you want to meet me in person or arrange a phone call outside of office hours, please contact our group's admin, Cynthia McCarley, to set up a meeting time.


You can get directions to my office from this Google Map. My office is at 37°00′04″N, 122°03′46″W. You may also find the School of Engineering's directions to be helpful.