Microsoft has made significant contributions to the prestigious USENIX NSDI’23 conference, which brings together experts in computer networks and distributed systems. A silver sponsor for the conference, Microsoft is a leader in developing innovative technologies for networking, and we are proud to have contributed to 30 papers accepted this year. Our team members also served on the program committee, highlighting our commitment to advancing the field.
The accepted research papers span a wide range of topics, including networking for AI workloads, cloud networking, WAN, and wireless networks. These papers showcase some of the latest advancements in networking research.
The paper, “DOTE: Rethinking (Predictive) WAN Traffic Engineering”, which revisits traffic engineering in the Wide Area Network (WAN), was selected for one of the Best Paper Awards at the conference. This work was done jointly by researchers at Microsoft, along with academics at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Some other innovations on cloud networking infrastructure include:
Empowering Azure Storage with RDMA, which presents the findings from deploying intra-region Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) to support storage workloads in Azure. Today, around 70% of traffic in Azure is RDMA and intra-region RDMA is supported in all Azure public regions. RDMA helps us achieve significant disk I/O performance improvements and CPU core savings. This research is a testament to Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to providing customers with the best possible user experience.
Disaggregating Stateful Network Functions, which introduces a new approach for better reliability and performance at a lower per-server cost for cloud users. The core idea is to move the network function processing off individual servers and into shared resource pools. This technology is now shipping as part of Microsoft Azure Accelerated Connections.
Our colleagues from Microsoft Research Asia, will present ARK: GPU-driven Code Execution for Distributed Deep Learning, which overcomes the overhead of GPU communication for large deep learning workloads by having GPUs run their code, and handle communication events autonomously, without CPU intervention.
Microsoft’s collective contributions to the USENIX NSDI’23 conference highlight our commitment to advancing the field of networking research and developing innovative solutions to real-world networking problems, leveraging strong academic collaborations. We look forward to continuing to push the boundaries of what is possible in networking research and delivering cutting-edge solutions to our customers.
A complete list of Microsoft papers accepted at USENIX NSDI’23:
- Understanding RDMA Microarchitecture Resources for Performance Isolation, Xinhao Kong and Jingrong Chen, Duke University; Wei Bai, Microsoft; Yechen Xu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Mahmoud Elhaddad, Shachar Raindel, and Jitendra Padhye, Microsoft; Alvin R. Lebeck and Danyang Zhuo, Duke University
- Empowering Azure Storage with RDMA, Wei Bai, Shanim Sainul Abdeen, Ankit Agrawal, Krishan Kumar Attre, Paramvir Bahl, Ameya Bhagat, Gowri Bhaskara, Tanya Brokhman, Lei Cao, Ahmad Cheema, Rebecca Chow, Jeff Cohen, Mahmoud Elhaddad, Vivek Ette, Igal Figlin, Daniel Firestone, Mathew George, Ilya German, Lakhmeet Ghai, Eric Green, Albert Greenberg, Manish Gupta, Randy Haagens, Matthew Hendel, Ridwan Howlader, Neetha John, Julia Johnstone, Tom Jolly, Greg Kramer, David Kruse, Ankit Kumar, Erica Lan, Ivan Lee, Avi Levy, Marina Lipshteyn, Xin Liu, Chen Liu, Guohan Lu, Yuemin Lu, Xiakun Lu, Vadim Makhervaks, Ulad Malashanka, David A. Maltz, Ilias Marinos, Rohan Mehta, Sharda Murthi, Anup Namdhari, Aaron Ogus, Jitendra Padhye, Madhav Pandya, Douglas Phillips, Adrian Power, Suraj Puri, Shachar Raindel, Jordan Rhee, Anthony Russo, Maneesh Sah, Ali Sheriff, Chris Sparacino, Ashutosh Srivastava, Weixiang Sun, Nick Swanson, Fuhou Tian, Lukasz Tomczyk, Vamsi Vadlamuri, Alec Wolman, Ying Xie, Joyce Yom, Lihua Yuan, Yanzhao Zhang, and Brian Zill, Microsoft
- ARK: GPU-driven Code Execution for Distributed Deep Learning, Changho Hwang, KAIST, Microsoft Research; KyoungSoo Park, KAIST; Ran Shu, Xinyuan Qu, Peng Cheng, and Yongqiang Xiong, Microsoft Research
- Hydra: Serialization-Free Network Ordering for Strongly Consistent Distributed Applications, Inho Choi, National University of Singapore; Ellis Michael, University of Washington; Yunfan Li, National University of Singapore; Dan R. K. Ports, Microsoft Research; Jialin Li, National University of Singapore
- Waverunner: An Elegant Approach to Hardware Acceleration of State Machine Replication, Mohammadreza Alimadadi and Hieu Mai, Stony Brook University; Shenghsun Cho, Microsoft; Michael Ferdman, Peter Milder, and Shuai Mu, Stony Brook University
- Scalable Distributed Massive MIMO Baseband Processing, Junzhi Gong, Harvard University; Anuj Kalia, Microsoft; Minlan Yu, Harvard University
- Unlocking unallocated cloud capacity for long, uninterruptible workloads, Anup Agarwal, Carnegie Mellon University; Shadi Noghabi, Microsoft Research; Íñigo Goiri, Azure Systems Research; Srinivasan Seshan, Carnegie Mellon University; Anirudh Badam, Microsoft Research
- Invisinets: Removing Networking from Cloud Networks, Sarah McClure and Zeke Medley, UC Berkeley; Deepak Bansal and Karthick Jayaraman, Microsoft; Ashok Narayanan, Google; Jitendra Padhye, Microsoft; Sylvia Ratnasamy, UC Berkeley and Google; Anees Shaikh, Google; Rishabh Tewari, Microsoft
- Bamboo: Making Preemptible Instances Resilient for Affordable Training of Large DNNs, John Thorpe, Pengzhan Zhao, Jonathan Eyolfson, and Yifan Qiao, UCLA; Zhihao Jia, CMU; Minjia Zhang, Microsoft Research; Ravi Netravali, Princeton University; Guoqing Harry Xu, UCLA
- OneWAN is better than two: Unifying a split WAN architecture, Umesh Krishnaswamy, Microsoft; Rachee Singh, Microsoft and Cornell University; Paul Mattes, Paul-Andre C Bissonnette, Nikolaj Bjørner, Zahira Nasrin, Sonal Kothari, Prabhakar Reddy, John Abeln, Srikanth Kandula, Himanshu Raj, Luis Irun-Briz, Jamie Gaudette, and Erica Lan, Microsoft
- TACCL: Guiding Collective Algorithm Synthesis using Communication Sketches, Aashaka Shah, University of Texas at Austin; Vijay Chidambaram, University of Texas at Austin and VMware Research; Meghan Cowan, Saeed Maleki, Madan Musuvathi, Todd Mytkowicz, Jacob Nelson, and Olli Saarikivi, Microsoft Research; Rachee Singh, Microsoft and Cornell University
- Synthesizing Runtime Programmable Switch Updates, Yiming Qiu, Rice University; Ryan Beckett, Microsoft; Ang Chen, Rice University
- Formal Methods for Network Performance Analysis, Mina Tahmasbi Arashloo, University of Waterloo; Ryan Beckett, Microsoft Research; Rachit Agarwal, Cornell University
- Scalable Tail Latency Estimation for Data Center Networks, Kevin Zhao, University of Washington; Prateesh Goyal, Microsoft Research; Mohammad Alizadeh, MIT CSAIL; Thomas E. Anderson, University of Washington
- Addax: A fast, private, and accountable ad exchange infrastructure, Ke Zhong, Yiping Ma, and Yifeng Mao, University of Pennsylvania; Sebastian Angel, University of Pennsylvania & Microsoft Research
- RECL: Responsive Resource-Efficient Continuous Learning for Video Analytics, Mehrdad Khani, MIT CSAIL and Microsoft; Ganesh Ananthanarayanan and Kevin Hsieh, Microsoft; Junchen Jiang, University of Chicago; Ravi Netravali, Princeton University; Yuanchao Shu, Zhejiang University; Mohammad Alizadeh, MIT CSAIL; Victor Bahl, Microsoft
- Tambur: Efficient loss recovery for videoconferencing via streaming codes, Michael Rudow, Carnegie Mellon University; Francis Y. Yan, Microsoft Research; Abhishek Kumar, Carnegie Mellon University; Ganesh Ananthanarayanan and Martin Ellis, Microsoft; K.V. Rashmi, Carnegie Mellon University
- Gemel: Model Merging for Memory-Efficient, Real-Time Video Analytics at the Edge, Arthi Padmanabhan, UCLA; Neil Agarwal, Princeton University; Anand Iyer and Ganesh Ananthanarayanan, Microsoft Research; Yuanchao Shu, Zhejiang University; Nikolaos Karianakis, Microsoft Research; Guoqing Harry Xu, UCLA; Ravi Netravali, Princeton University
- On Modular Learning of Distributed Systems for Predicting End-to-End Latency, Chieh-Jan Mike Liang, Microsoft Research; Zilin Fang, Carnegie Mellon University; Yuqing Xie, Tsinghua University; Fan Yang, Microsoft Research; Zhao Lucis Li, University of Science and Technology of China; Li Lyna Zhang, Mao Yang, and Lidong Zhou, Microsoft Research
- SelfTune: Tuning Cluster Managers, Ajaykrishna Karthikeyan and Nagarajan Natarajan, Microsoft Research; Gagan Somashekar, Stony Brook University; Lei Zhao, Microsoft; Ranjita Bhagwan, Microsoft Research; Rodrigo Fonseca, Tatiana Racheva, and Yogesh Bansal, Microsoft
- OpenLoRa: Validating LoRa Implementations through an Extensible and Open-sourced Framework, Manan Mishra, Daniel Koch, Muhammad Osama Shahid, and Bhuvana Krishnaswamy, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Krishna Chintalapudi, Microsoft Research; Suman Banerjee, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- ExoPlane: An Operating System for On-Rack Switch Resource Augmentation, Daehyeok Kim, Microsoft and University of Texas at Austin; Vyas Sekar and Srinivasan Seshan, Carnegie Mellon University
- Sketchovsky: Enabling Ensembles of Sketches on Programmable Switches, Hun Namkung, Carnegie Mellon University; Zaoxing Liu, Boston University; Daehyeok Kim, Microsoft Research; Vyas Sekar and Peter Steenkiste, Carnegie Mellon University
- Acoustic Sensing and Communication Using Metasurface, Yongzhao Zhang, Yezhou Wang, and Lanqing Yang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Mei Wang, UT Austin; Yi-Chao Chen, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Microsoft Research Asia; Lili Qiu, UT Austin and Microsoft Research Asia; Yihong Liu, University of Glasgow; Guangtao Xue and Jiadi Yu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
- Disaggregating Stateful Network Functions, Deepak Bansal, Gerald DeGrace, Rishabh Tewari, Michal Zygmunt, and James Grantham, Microsoft; Silvano Gai, Mario Baldi, Krishna Doddapaneni, Arun Selvarajan, Arunkumar Arumugam, and Balakrishnan Raman, AMD Pensando; Avijit Gupta, Sachin Jain, Deven Jagasia, Evan Langlais, Pranjal Srivastava, Rishiraj Hazarika, Neeraj Motwani, Soumya Tiwari, Stewart Grant, Ranveer Chandra, and Srikanth Kandula, Microsoft
- Doing More with Less: Orchestrating Serverless Applications without an Orchestrator, David H. Liu and Amit Levy, Princeton University; Shadi Noghabi and Sebastian Burckhardt, Microsoft Research
- NetPanel: Traffic Measurement of Exchange Online Service, Yu Chen, Microsoft 365, China; Liqun Li and Yu Kang, Microsoft Research, China; Boyang Zheng, Yehan Wang, More Zhou, Yuchao Dai, and Zhenguo Yang, Microsoft 365, China; Brad Rutkowski and Jeff Mealiffe, Microsoft 365, USA; Qingwei Lin, Microsoft Research, China
- DOTE: Rethinking (Predictive) WAN Traffic Engineering, Yarin Perry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Felipe Vieira Frujeri, Microsoft Research; Chaim Hoch, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Srikanth Kandula and Ishai Menache, Microsoft Research; Michael Schapira, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Aviv Tamar, Technion
- Push-Button Reliability Testing for Cloud-Backed Applications with Rainmaker, Yinfang Chen and Xudong Sun, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Suman Nath, Microsoft Research; Ze Yang and Tianyin Xu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Test Coverage for Network Configurations, Xieyang Xu and Weixin Deng, University of Washington; Ryan Beckett, Microsoft; Ratul Mahajan, University of Washington; David Walker, Princeton University
NSDI 2023 Program Committee members:
- Ganesh Ananthanarayanan
- Behnaz Arzani
- Ranveer Chandra
- Paolo Costa
- Prateesh Goyal
- Anand Iyer
- Srikanth Kandula
- Jay Lorch
- Jayashree Mohan
- Siddhartha Sen
- Francis Yan
Members of other committees:
- Francis Yan, Poster Session Co-Chair
- Amar Phanishayee, Test of Time Awards Committee
- Amar Phanishayee, Steering Committee
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