Updated News

  • [Sep 2014] DPRG wins support from another new NSF Grant for our work on key-value stores.
  • [Aug 2014] News article about our industry collaborations! How Close Is Too Close? Industry Courts Computer Scholars, Chronicle of Higher Education (Avi Wolfman-Arent). August 11, 2014.
  • [Aug 2014] PhD Student Mayank Pundir has been selected to the prestigious Siebel Scholars Class of 2015.
  • [Apr 2014] Undergrad Tej Chajed has won the prestigious C. W. Gear Outstanding Undergraduate Award.
  • [Apr 2014] Undergrad Tej Chajed has won the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for 3 years of grad school.
  • [Jan 2014] Muntasir Rahman has won the VMWare Graduate Fellowship for 2014-2015! (one of 4 winners worldwide) Here is the VMWare Press Release.
  • [July 2013] Imranul Hoque has defended his PhD successfully. He moves to work in VMWare, Palo Alto, CA.
  • [July 2013] DPRG work wins support from a new NSF grant.
  • [October 2012] Brian Cho has defended his PhD successfully. He moves to work in Samsung, Seoul.
  • [August 2012] DPRG co-authored paper wins Best Paper Award at BigMine 2012! Here is the paper: Cao, Liangliang, Hyun Duk Kim, Min-Hsuan Tsai, Brian Cho, Zhen Li, Indranil Gupta, ChengXiang Zhai, Thomas S. Huang. "Delta-SimRank Computing on MapReduce." This paper was originally a project in CS525 Spring 2010.
  • [May 2011] DPRG is excited to be part of the new AFOSR/AFRL Assured Cloud Computing University Center of Excellence (PI: Campbell, co-PI: Gupta, Sanders, Nicol, Kalbarczyk, Agha, Meseguer, Bobba, Bashir, and others), 2011-2017 Amount: $6M.
  • [Jul 2010] DPRG's work on cloud computing has been awarded a 4-year NSF grant and a 2-year Beckman Seed Funding grant (see "Support" link on left).
  • [Feb 2010] Indranil Gupta receives Faculty Fellowship from the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership, UIUC
  • [Aug 2009] Congratulations to the first three PhD graduates of DPRG group, all defended and graduating/graduated in 2009:
  • [Jul 2009] DPRG PhD student Steven Y. Ko has accepted an Assistant Professor position at SUNY-Buffalo (CSE Department). He will join Buffalo (deferred) in Fall 2010, after completing a 1 year post-doctorate at Princeton University (2009-2010)!
  • [Jul 2009] DPRG PhD student Ramses Morales has accepted a postdoctorate position at Xerox Research (Webster, NY)!
  • [Jul 17 2009] Steven Y. Ko has successfully defended his PhD thesis.
  • [Jun 25 2009] Ramses V. Morales has successfully defended his PhD thesis.
  • [Apr 2009] Imranul Hoque (DPRG PhD student)'s team wins State Farm Grand Prize in the Siebel Center's Computing Habitat Competition for their project "s-print" (other team members: Sonia Jahid and Md. Ahsan Arefin).
  • [Apr 2009] Jay A. Patel has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis. Jay received his Ph.D. degree in May 2009. Jay is the first Ph.D. alumnus of the DPRG group.
    Next Employment: Self-Employed (Startup).
  • Indranil Gupta has been awarded the Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) Fellowship/Beckman Fellowship for AY 2009-2010.
  • Downloads for systems we have built and traces we have collected are now available (under Illinois Open Source License): see Downloads Page
  • [July 2008] HP, Intel and Yahoo!, in collaboration with NSF announce global Cloud Computing Testbed (CCT) at University of Illinois and other places. The DPRG group is deeply involved in the UIUC effort. NSF has announced a SGER grant (with lead PI: Mike Heath, and co-PIs: Indranil Gupta and Roy Campbell) to support the CCT equipment acquisition and setup. Some articles on effort:
  • [July 2008] DPRG PhD Student Brian Cho wins Cohen Fellowship, 2008-2009 for his 2nd year of Graduate study (Dept. of Computer Science)!
  • [February 2008] Indranil Gupta wins the Xerox Award for Faculty Research, 2008 (UIUC)!
  • [April 2007] New DPRG PhD Student Brian Cho wins Gear Award for best Undergraduate Student, AY ending 2006 (Dept. of Computer Science)!
  • [April 2007] DPRG Alumnus Thadpong Pongthawornkamol wins David J. Kuck Award for Best MS Thesis, AY ending 2006 (Dept. of Computer Science)!
  • [April 2007] New DPRG PhD Student Brian Cho wins the Cohen Fellowship, 2007-2008 for 1st year of Graduate study (Dept. of Computer Science)!

[Cloud Computing Testbed (CCT) at Illinois (Link)]

[Downloads of our Traces and Software (Link)]

Research Overview

Our research group is interested in studying design, implementation, and evaluation issues for large-scale distributed systems such as peer-to-peer systems, the Grid and sensor networks. We work on creative and innovative ideas in the fields of design methodologies, management for distributed systems, malleable and availability-aware distributed computing, socially-inspired distributed computing, probabilistic protocols for sensor networks, and probabilistic distributed systems in general. We are the first to systematically translate certain classes of mathematical differential equations into practical protocols to solve real-life distributed computing problems such as replication, voting, multicast, etc. The nature of our work also mixes into collaboration with other research groups in the department and in the university. We believe in solving real-life problems by building working distributed systems with a strong underlying theoretical foundation. For more information, see the Publications section of this website.

Joining the group (for New and Prospective Graduate Students)

If you're interested in joining us, please read the papers in CS525/CS598IG: Advanced Topics in Distributed Systems.

  • The course covers classical and contemporary papers in three areas of distributed systems - theory, sensor networks, and peer to peer systems. A class of 20+ graduate students reviews, presents, and debates about 80 papers. Projects are turned into conference-quality technical papers.
  • See Course Website.

If you are a prospective graduate student and are interested in joining the DPRG group, please apply to the UIUC CS graduate program first! If you are selected, Prof. Gupta will be able to look at your application folder. Please don't forget to include "Indranil Gupta" as one of your faculty of interest in your graduate application!

At this time, this group is unfortunately not hiring any summer interns.