Distributed File Systems – Part 1


June 6, 2012


Distributed file systems allow a collection of nodes to share persistent, named data. These lectures will examine fundamental challenges of distributed computing such as consistency, availability, and scalability, and it will explore how these challenges play out for LAN, mobile, and cluster file systems.


Mike Dahlin

Mike Dahlin’s research interests include Internet- and large-scale services, fault tolerance, security, operating systems, distributed systems, and file systems. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995 under the supervision of professors Tom Anderson and Dave Patterson, and he joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin in 1996. He received the NSF CAREER award in 1998, received the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 2000, held a departmental Faculty Fellowship in Computer Science in 1999-2002 and 2004-2007, was inducted as an IEEE Fellow in 2010, and was inducted as an ACM Fellow in 2010. Professor Dahlin has published over 50 scholarly works, including three award papers at SOSP, two at WWW, and one at each of USENIX, SASO, and WCW.