PETER BAILIS
pdb
I am interested in large-scale data management, distributed systems, and data-intensive computing.
The Stanford Future Data Systems research group is growing!
Bio: Peter Bailis will join Stanford Computer Science as an assistant professor in 2016. His dissertation research at UC Berkeley examined coordination avoidance—the use of as little coordination as possible while ensuring application integrity—in large scale transaction processing, data serving, and statistical analytics tasks. He is the recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, the Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study, and best-of-conference citations for research appearing in SIGMOD and VLDB. He received his A.B. in Computer Science from Harvard College in 2011, where he also received the CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award.
Vitals:
Fall 2015-16:
visiting MIT CSAIL
Fall 2016:
Assistant Professor, Stanford CS

Support

Our group's research is generously supported in part by Toyota.

News

I'm honored to be included in the 2016 Forbes 2016 "30 under 30" in Enterprise Technology. Thanks, Forbes!
01/04/2016
I wrote a new post on why I enjoyed graduate school.
01/01/2016
Our research group site is live!
12/17/2015
Readings in Database Systems, 5th Edition, co-edited with Joe Hellerstein and Mike Stonebraker is now online at redbook.io.
12/7/2015
I'm talking at GOTO Chicago in May 2016.
12/1/2015
Thanks to Toyota for generously supporting our ongoing research on systems for scalable anomaly detection.
11/30/2015
I'm excited to join the editorial board of ACM Queue and help lead a new section on research in practice.
11/23/2015
I've posted my Ph.D. thesis! Many thanks to all who helped make this possible.
10/30/2015
We posted a write-up of our experiences and thoughts regarding asynchronous distributed optimization within a dataflow framework on the arXiv.
10/24/2015
I talked at StrangeLoop about "When Worst is Best (in Distributed Systems Design)"; check out the deck and video!
9/30/2015
I'm looking for graduate students!
9/25/2015
In light of upcoming graduate student fellowship deadlines, I posted about and shared my NSF GRFP materials.
9/3/2015
Posted slide decks from MesosCon (keynote video) and SIGMOD on coordination-avoiding systems design and concurrency control in open source applications.
8/21/2015
Relocated to Cambridge, MA for the year.
7/16/2015
I'm giving a keynote at MesosCon 2015 (August 20-21 in Seattle) on "Silence is Golden: Coordination-Avoiding Systems Design."
6/30/2015
I'll be spending next year visiting the MIT CSAIL DB and systems groups.
6/17/2015
I'll be speaking at Strange Loop 2015 (September 24-26 in St. Louis) on "When Worst is Best (in Distributed Systems Design)."
6/10/2015
Accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position with Stanford Computer Science!
6/8/2015
New website.
6/6/2015

Selected Publications Full List · Google Scholar

2015
Readings in Database Systems, 5th Edition
Feral Concurrency Control: An Empirical Investigation of Modern Application Integrity
Coordination Avoidance in Database Systems
Coordination Avoidance in Distributed Databases
The Missing Piece in Complex Analytics: Low Latency, Scalable Model Management and Serving with Velox
2014
Quantifying Eventual Consistency with PBS
Highly Available Transactions: Virtues and Limitations
Quantifying Eventual Consistency with PBS
The Network is Reliable: An Informal Survey of Real-World Communications Failures
Scalable Atomic Visibility with RAMP Transactions
2013
PBS at Work: Advancing Data Management with Consistency Metrics
HAT, not CAP: Towards Highly Available Transactions
Eventual Consistency Today: Limitations, Extensions, and Beyond
Consistency without Borders
Bolt-on Causal Consistency
2012
Probabilistically Bounded Staleness for Practical Partial Quorums
The Potential Dangers of Causal Consistency and an Explicit Solution
2011
Programming Micro-aerial Vehicle Swarms with Karma
Dimetrodon: Processor-level Preventive Thermal Management via Idle Cycle Injection
2010
Positional Communication and Private Information in Honeybee Foraging Models

You can follow me on Twitter at @pbailis.