Ashok Anand

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Computer Sciences
Google PhD Fellow

Contact: ashok [DOT] anand [AT] gmail [DOT] com
I've graduated and currently at Instart Logic. My thesis is available here.

My CV is available here
(updated: Jan 2014).

Best Paper Award, CoNext 2013, for our work on using information-bound-references for enhancing video accesibility and availability.
Invited to be on the PhD Forum Committee for Comsnets 2014 .
Invited to be on the PC, CoNext 2013 and IWQoS 2013.
My thesis won 2012 ACM Sigcomm Doctoral Dissertation, Runner-up Award.
Recieved Outstanding graduate student thesis award.
Received Google Phd fellowship in networking.

About Me

I am currently at Instart Logic. I graduated with a PhD in Computer Sciences from UW-Madison. My research interests are in networking and systems. During my graduate years, I mostly worked on leveraging redundancy in network traffic for better traffic engineering and improving application latency and performance. I worked with Prof. Aditya Akella. My research work has been supported by a Google PhD Fellowship (2011-2012).

Research Projects

Redundancy Elimination

[pdf] Refactoring Content Overhearing to Improve Wireless Performance.
Shan Hsiang-Shen, Aaron Gember, Ashok Anand and Aditya Akella
[pdf] EndRE: An End-System Redundancy Elimination Service for Enterprises.
Bhavish Aggarwal, Aditya Akella, Ashok Anand, Pushkar Chitnis, Chitra Muthukrishnan, Athula Nair, Ram Ramjee and George Varghese
NSDI 2010
[pdf] SmartRE: An Architecture for Coordinated Network-wide Redundancy Elimination.
Ashok Anand, Vyas Sekar and Aditya Akella.
[pdf] Redundancy in Network Traffic: Findings and Implications.
Ashok Anand, Chitra Muthukrishnan, Aditya Akella and Ramachandran Ramjee.
[pdf] Packet Caches on Routers: The Implications of Universal Redundant Traffic Elimination.
Ashok Anand, Archit Gupta, Aditya Akella, Srinivasan Seshan and Scott Shenker
Demo at GENI GEC 2010 Presented demo of Redundancy elimination work at GENI GEC 2010, where we demonstrated benefits in terms of reducing network footprint and improving video quality-of-experience.

DataCenter Networking and Cloud Computing

[pdf] Harmony: Coordinating Network, Compute, and Storage in Software-Defined Clouds
Robert Grandl, Yizheng Chen, Junaid Khalid, Suli Yang, Ashok Anand, Theophilus Benson, and Aditya Akella.
SOCC 2013 (poster)
[pdf] CloudSSI: Revisiting SSI in cloud era
Mansoor Alicherry, Ashok Anand, Shoban Preeth Chandrabose and Theophilius Benson.
SOCC 2013 (poster)
[pdf] Stratos: A Network-Aware Orchestration Layer for Middleboxes in the Cloud
Aaron Gember, Anand Krishnamurthy, Saul St. John, Robert Grandl, Xiaoyang Gao, Ashok Anand, Theophilus Benson, Aditya Akella, and Vyas Sekar.
[pdf] Adaptive Data Transmission in the Cloud
Wenfei Wu, Yizheng Chen, Ram Durairajan, Dongchan Kim, Ashok Anand and Aditya Akella.
IWQoS 2013
[pdf] MicroTE: Fine Grained Traffic Engineering for Data Centers
Theophilius Benson, Ashok Anand, Aditya Akella and Ming Zhang.
CoNext 2011
[pdf] The Case for Fine-grained Traffic Engineering in Data Centers
Theophilius Benson, Ashok Anand, Aditya Akella and Ming Zhang.
WREN 2010
[pdf] Understanding Data Center Traffic Characteristics
Theophilius Benson, Ashok Anand, Aditya Akella and Ming Zhang.
WREN 2009, Top Ranked Paper

Novel Network Architectures

[pdf] Enhancing multimedia accessibility and availability with information-bound references
Ashok Anand,Athula Balachandran, Vyas Sekar, Aditya Akella and Srinivasan Seshan.
CoNext 2013, Best Paper Award
[pdf] RPT: Re-architecting Loss Protection for Content-Aware Networks
Dongsu Han, Ashok Anand, Aditya Akella and Srinivashan Seshan.
NSDI 2012
[pdf] XIA: An Architecture for an Evolvable and Trustworthy Internet
Dongsu Han, Ashok Anand,Fahad Dogar, Boyan Li, Hyeontaek Lim, Michel Machadoy, Wenfei Wu, Aditya Akella, David Andersen, John Byers, Srinivashan Seshan and Peter Steenkiste.
NSDI 2012
[pdf] A Case for Information-Bound Referencing.
Ashok Anand, Vyas Sekar, Aditya Akella and Srinivasan Seshan.
HotNets 2010

Large Index Designs

[pdf] Generic Design Patterns for Tunable and High-Performance SSD-based Indexes
Ashok Anand, Aaron Gember and Aditya Akella.
[pdf] Cheap and Large CAMs for High-performance Data-intensive Networked Systems
Ashok Anand, Chitra Muthukrishnan, Steven Kappes, Aditya Akella and Suman Nath.
NSDI 2010


[pdf] MiG: Efficient Migration of Desktop VMs Using Semantic Compression
Anshul Rai, Ramachandran Ramjee, Ashok Anand, Venkata N. Padmanabhan and George Varghese.
Usenix ATC 2013
[pdf] Avoiding File System Micromanagement with Range Writes
Ashok Anand, Sayandeep Sen, Andrew Krioukov, Florentina Popovici, Aditya Akella, Andrea Arpaci-Dusseau, Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau and Suman Banerjee.
OSDI 2008


Summer 2011, Google, Mountain View.
Worked with Bob Felderman.
Summer 2010, Microsoft Research, Bangalore.
Worked with Ram Ramjee and Venkat Padmanabhan on efficient migration of desktop VMs.
Summer 2008, Microsoft Research, Bangalore.
Worked with Ram Ramjee and Ranjitha Bhagwan on redundancy characteristics of enterprise traffic.