Portrait of Muthian Sivathanu

Muthian Sivathanu

Principal Researcher


I work at Microsoft Research India as part of the systems research group.  My interests lie broadly in the space of large-scale distributed systems, operating systems, storage, and systems for deep learning and information retrieval/search.

Prior to joining Microsoft Research, I worked at Google for about 10 years, with a large part of the work focused on building key infrastructure powering Google web search — in particular, the query engine for web search.    In addition, I worked on several other projects such as the web search crawl system, the distributed file system, infrastructure behind Google Drive, and systems for information retrieval and intelligent understanding of enterprise content.

I obtained my Ph.D from University of Wisconsin Madison in 2005 (awarded best thesis by UW CS Dept) in the area of file and storage systems, and a B.E. from CEG, Anna University, in 2000 (awarded University Gold medal).