While visiting the Space Needle in Seattle

Vijay Chidambaram

Assistant Professor,
Department of Computer Science,
The University of Texas at Austin

Office: GDC 6.436,
2317 Speedway, Stop D9500
Austin, TX 78712-1757

Email: vijay@cs.utexas.edu
Twitter: @vj_chidambaram
On Quora

I am broadly interested in systems-ish stuff: operating systems and distributed systems. Most of the work I've done so far has been in file systems, distributed systems, and storage. Recent interests: non-volatile memory, key-value stores, and verification. My CV can be found here.

I am interested in recruiting new students. If you are interested in working with me, please check out my page for prospective students and send me an email (after reading this!). Make sure to apply to the PhD program by the deadline (December 15).

If you are a student considering grad school or applying for grad school, these links may be useful (advice on contacting profs, getting letters of recommendation, etc.)

My research is supported by VMware and Facebook.



Fall 2016: Graduate Operating Systems: CS 380L

Fall 2014: Back at Wisconsin: Introduction to Operating Systems (CS 537)


PC Member for FAST 18, SOCC 17, MASCOTS 17, MSST 17, HotStorage 17, NVMW 17, WWW 17, HotStorage 16, NVMW 16
External Review Committee Member for ASPLOS 17, Eurosys 17
Reviewer for TOCS, TACO, TDSC, TOS


Apr 2017: Three papers accepted to HotStorage 17! Congratulations Jayashree, Dhathri, Santiago, and Ashlie!

Mar 2017: Our paper titled "From Crash Consistency to Transactions" was accepted to HotOS 17!

Mar 2017: Our CCFS paper was featured in the Morning Paper!

Feb 2017: Our FAST 2017 paper won one of the two Best Paper Awards!

Dec 2016: Our work on Application Crash Consistency got accepted to FAST 2017!

Dec 2016: Grateful to Facebook Academic Program for supporting my research!

Nov 2016: Honored to receive the SIGOPS Dennis M. Ritchie Doctoral Dissertation Award!

Oct 2016: Awarded a VMware Early Career Faculty Award!

Sep 2016: NVMove, our work on helping developers port applications to NVM, got accepted to INFLOW 16!

Older News


May 2017. Guest Lecture on Storage at Simon Peter's undergrad class on Multicore Operating Systems Implementation.

Mar 2017. Talked about "Grad School and Research" to undergrads at the College of Engineering, Guindy (my alma mater).

Mar 2017. Guest lecture on Optimistic Crash Consistency at Chris Rossbach's Advanced OS class.

Dec 2016. Presented NVMove to HP engineers.

Oct 2016. Guest Lecture on Storage at Simon Peter's graduate class on Multicore Operating Systems Implementation.


  • Best Paper Award at FAST 17
  • ACM SIGOPS Dennis M. Ritchie Dissertation Award (2016)
  • Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship (2014)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni Scholarship (2009)

Selected Publications

Storage on Your Smartphone Uses More Energy Than You Think
Jayashree Mohan, Dhathri Purohith, Matt Halpern, Vijay Chidambaram, Vijay Janapa Reddi
HotStorage 17
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CrashMonkey: A Framework to Automatically Test File-System Crash Consistency
Ashlie Martinez, Vijay Chidambaram
HotStorage 17
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CC-Log: Drastically Reducing Storage Requirements for Robots Using Classification and Compression
Santiago Gonzalez , Vijay Chidambaram, Jivko Sinapov, Peter Stone
HotStorage 17
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From Crash Consistency to Transactions
Yige Hu, Youngjin Kwon, Vijay Chidambaram, Emmett Witchel
HotOS 17

Application Crash Consistency and Performance with CCFS
Thanumalayan Sankaranarayana Pillai, Ramnatthan Alagappan, Lanyue Lu, Vijay Chidambaram, Andrea C. Arpaci-Dusseau, Remzi H. Arpaci-Dusseau
FAST 2017
PDF  Slides  Bibtex
Best Paper Award
Press: Morning Paper

NVMOVE: Helping Programmers in Moving to Byte-Based Persistence
Himanshu Chauhan, Irina Calciu, Vijay Chidambaram, Eric Schkufza, Onur Mutlu, Pratap Subramanyam
PDF   Slides  Bibtex

Full List of Publications   Google Scholar