Computer Sciences Department
College of Letters and Sciences
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Mike Swift is an professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in the Department of Computer Sciences.
ResearchMy research focuses on bridging the growing gap between hardware and operating systems. My work seeks to improve the reliability and performance of hardware access while simplifying the programmer’s task.
I frequently collaborate with computer architecture researchers to investigate new processor technologies, such as transactional memory, heterogeneous processors, and hardware accelerators. Our research has demonstrated how relatively modest changes to existing operating systems could greatly improve the efficiency of these new hardware designs.
Most recently, my work has expanded to new storage technologies. Solid-state storage technologies, such as flash and Intel's 3D Xpoint memory promise large-capacity storage at speeds much faster than disk. My ongoing work focuses on how these technologies change system software, and specifically, on how to expose it to applications.
I also have research projects on high-speed data center networking in collaboration with Professor Aditya Akella at UW--Madison, and cloud computing security with Professor Jeff Chase at Duke University.
My graduate work focused on device-driver reliability and showed how operating systems could be made robust against crashes in this critical piece of code. We then expanded upon this work to focus on how to simplify coding device drivers, how to make operating systems tolerate failures of attached devices and how to simplify the testing process for driver code.
BackgroundPrior to arriving in Wisconsin, I received a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2006 under advisors Hank Levy and Brian Bershad. Before entering graduate school, I worked at Microsoft in the Windows NT group, where I implemetned authentication and access control functionality in Windows Cairo, Windows NT and Windows 2000. I attended Cornell University and earned a B.A. in Computer Science in 1992.
Research groupsI lead the Sonar research group and co-lead the Multifacet group. I'm also part of the Wisconsin Institute on Software-defined Datacenters in Madison (WISDoM).
2019-20 committee assignmentsInstructional Program Director
Curriculum and eduction committee member
Space committee chair
Diversity, equity, and inclusion committee chair
My research covers interaction of operating systems and hardware, including devices and new processor/memory technologies.
- New memory technology. New uses and interfaces to flash and storage class memory.
- Cloud computing. Investigating security issues in cloud computing
- Heterogeneous and accelerated processors. System and scheduling support for accelerators and dynamically heterogeneous processors.
- Data-center networking. End-host network scheduling. congestion control for RDMA and software offloads to smart NICs.
- Transactional memory. Making transactions and the operating system work together.
- Device drivers. Improving driver code and design through new architectures, better understanding, and bug finding.
- Mark Mansi and Michael M. Swift. Preparing systems software for a world with terabyte-scale memories with 0sim. To appear in Proceedings of the 25h ACM International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS 2020), March 2020.
- Swapnil Haris, Mark D. Hill and Michael M. Swift. MOD: Minimally Ordered Durable Datastructures for Persistent Memory. To appear in Proceedings of the 25h ACM International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS 2020), March 2020.
- Anjali, Tyler Caraza-Harter and Michael M. Swift. Blending Containers and Virtual Machines: A Study of Firecracker and gVisor. To appear in Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Virtual Execution Environments (VEE '20). March, 2020.
- Jie Zhang, Miryeong Kwon, Michael Swift and Myoungsoo Jung. Scalable Parallel Flash Firmware for Many-core Architectures. To appear in Proceedings of 18th Usenix Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST), February 2020.
- Yanfang Le, Mojtaba Malekpourshahraki, Brent Stephens, Aditya Akella, Michael M. Swift. On the Impact of Cluster Configuration on RoCE Application Design. In Proceedings of the 3rd Asia-Pacific Workshop on Networking, August 2109. Best paper award!
- Akhil Guliani and Michael M. Swift. Per-application Power Delivery. In Proceedings of Eurosys, March 2019.
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7369 Computer Sciences
Computer Sciences Department
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1210 West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53706-1685 USA