Austin Donnelly is a Principal Research Software Development Engineer (RSDE) in the Systems group at Microsoft Research, Cambridge. He obtained his B.A. in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge in 1996, and went on to complete his Ph.D. there in 2002.
From 2010 to 2013 he was the Director of Studies in Computer Science for Pembroke College, Cambridge, responsible for admission of new undergraduates, arranging small-group teaching, and monitoring academic progress.
He is currently working on Pelican, a project looking at cold storage for datacentre environments. He is co-author of a paper describing the system which was published in OSDI 2014.
In the past, he worked on security enhancements in the C/C++ compiler and C runtime libraries, which eventually shipped via Windows Update in November 2014.
He has worked on CamCube - a novel topology for data center networks which makes writing efficient key-based services faster and cheaper.
He has also worked on datacenter and enterprise storage, from both a power-management and performance perspective. He helped build a system which can redirect disk writes across a network to allow disks to be spun down for extended periods of time, saving power.
He has worked on the Seaweed project, building a query infrastructure designed for very large datasets distributed over thousands to millions of machines. An example such dataset might result from the Anemone project, where he implemented an endsystem-based network management system.
Previously, he supported work using Magpie for performance analysis of the distributed system underlying MSN Search.
Before this he worked on Ethernet topology discovery, using the hosts in the network to send probe packets and record where they arrive, to infer where switches, hubs, wireless access points and wireless bridges might be. This feature shipped in the Networking Control Panel of Windows Vista (and newer).
His thesis dissertation (titled Resource Control in Network Elements) described how operating systems for active network nodes could provide quality of service guarantees to sandboxed code in an efficient manner, and demonstrated this by way of a prototype implementation.
Austin spent three months working for AT&T's Florham Park research labs in New Jersey, implementing a standards-compliant video streaming and caching system.
You can contact him by emailing austind (at) microsoft (dot) com, or by telephone on +44 1223 479769
- Shobana Balakrishnan, Richard Black, Austin Donnelly, Paul England, Adam Glass, Dave Harper, Sergey Legtchenko, Aaron Ogus, Eric Peterson, and Antony Rowstron, Pelican: A building block for exascale cold data storage, 11th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI '14), 6 October 2014
- Paolo Costa, Austin Donnelly, Greg O'Shea, and Antony Rowstron, CamCubeOS: A Key-based Network Stack for 3D Torus Cluster Topologies, in The 22nd ACM International Symposium on High Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing (HPDC'13), ACM Press, New York, NY, US, June 2013
- Antony Rowstron, Dushyanth Narayanan, Austin Donnelly, Greg O'Shea, and Andrew Douglas, Nobody ever got fired for using Hadoop on a cluster, in 1st International Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud Data Processing (HotCDP 2012), ACM, 10 April 2012
- Paolo Costa, Austin Donnelly, Antony Rowstron, and Greg O'Shea, Camdoop: Exploiting In-network Aggregation for Big Data Applications, in 9th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI'12), USENIX, April 2012
- Eno Thereska, Austin Donnelly, and Dushyanth Narayanan, Sierra: Practical Power-proportionality for Data Center Storage, Proceedings of EuroSys 2011, Salzburg, Austria, April 2011
- Hussam Abu-Libdeh, Paolo Costa, Antony Rowstron, Austin Donnelly, and Greg O'Shea, Symbiotic Routing in Future Data Centers, ACM SIGCOMM, August 2010
- Eno Thereska, Austin Donnelly, and Dushyanth Narayanan, Sierra: a power-proportional, distributed storage system, no. MSR-TR-2009-153, November 2009
- Miguel Castro, Manuel Costa, Jean-Philippe Martin, Marcus Peinado, Periklis Akritidis, Austin Donnelly, Paul Barham, and Richard Black, Fast Byte-Granularity Software Fault Isolation, in ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP), Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., October 2009
- Dushyanth Narayanan, Eno Thereska, Austin Donnelly, Sameh Elnikety, and Antony Rowstron, Migrating enterprise storage to SSDs: analysis of tradeoffs, in Proceedings of EuroSys 2009, ACM, Nuremberg, Germany, March 2009
- Dushyanth Narayanan, Austin Donnelly, Eno Thereska, Sameh Elnikety, and Antony Rowstron, Everest: Scaling down peak loads through I/O off-loading, in Proceedings of 8th USENIX Symposium on Operating Systems Design and Implementation (OSDI ’08), USENIX, San Diego, CA, December 2008
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