Updates

Jun21
UCLA Dissertation-Year Fellowship

I am honored to be one of final-year doctoral students who received the Dissertation-Year fellowship (DYF) awarded by the UCLA Graduate Division.

May21
On SIGCOMM ' 21 AEC

I am serving on the artifact evaluation committee of the SIGCOMM 2021 conference. Artifact evaluation ensures that the results claimed in research papers are efficiently and accurately reproducible, facilitating further research. This is only the second year since SIGCOMM started artifact evaluation, so consider submitting the supporting artifacts for your research papers.
Deadlines:   27th January (papers)  ·  25th May (artifacts)

May21
Presentation @ DNS-OARC 35
( virtual )

I presented our ongoing work, “So you think your Nameservers are Correct?” : Finding Errors Automatically in Nameserver Implementations at DNS-OARC 35 workshop.
Mentions:  
DNS-OARC Tweet — “Incredible reception from the audience on @SivaKesavaRK presentation. The automation tool received great compliments from the DNS experts”
Tweet from one of the audience — “As usual for DNS-OARC, #OARC35 is packed with interesting, useful DNS stuff. This one sounded impossible before the talk.”

Apr21
Campion SIGCOMM ' 21

Our work on debugging router configuration differences, led by Alan Tang, with Ryan Beckett, Ennan Zhai, Matt Brown, Prof. Todd Millstein, Prof. Yuval Tamir, and Prof. George Varghese, would appear at SIGCOMM 2021.

Apr21
Responsibly Disclosed a Security Vulnerability found with Ferret in Bind

Ferret found a test input that can crash Bind. We reported it confidentially to the Bind security team, which fixed it and released a public disclosure.
Mentions:   CVE Tweet

Apr21
Finalist - Facebook PhD Fellowship

I was a finalist (top 3.5%) of the Facebook PhD fellowship program.

Oct20
APNIC Blog Post

APNIC blog published a post titled, ‘Find bugs in your DNS zone files before deployment’ based on GRoot.
Mentions:  
APNIC TweetDNS engineers have a new #opensource Guardian to help them catch bugs and prevent DNS-related outages,
LinkedIn — Interesting open source software to proactively identify DNS zone file errors,
APNIC Tweet — Zone file errors are all over the #DNS. With billions of potential queries, how can you check before deployment?,
APNIC Tweet — Bugs are everywhere in #DNS zone files. GRoot roots them out.

Sep20
Oral Qualifying Examination

I passed the OQE, and have now advanced to candidacy — one more milestone reached!

Aug20
SIGCOMM Best Student Paper Award

Our GRoot paper received a best student paper award at SIGCOMM 2020. This year $2$ out of the $53$ accepted ($250$ submitted) papers received this award.
In UCLA news:   Computer Science
Other mentions:   MSR tweet

Aug20
Presentation @ SIGCOMM ' 20
( Virtual )

I presented GRoot at both the sessions of SIGCOMM 2020.

Jul20
Talk @ Intentionet
( Virtual )

I presented the GRoot work to the Intentionet team. (Invited by Ratul Mahajan)

Sep20

Jun20
Internship @ Google
( Virtual )

I am interning with Jayaram Mudigonda and Anees Shaikh from the NetInfra group. I am researching into config analysis techniques to uncover potential problems in Google’s metro-networks.

May20
GRoot SIGCOMM ' 20

My research on proactive verification of DNS configurations, with Ryan Beckett and Behnaz Arzani and my advisors Prof. Todd Millstein and Prof. George Varghese, would appear at SIGCOMM 2020.

Feb20
Presentation @ NSDI ' 20
( Santa Clara, CA )

I presented SelfStarter at NSDI 2020.

Dec19
SelfStarter NSDI ' 20

My work on finding network misconfigurations by automatic template inference with Ryan Beckett, Karthick Jayaraman, Prof. Yuval Tamir, and my advisors Prof. Todd Millstein and Prof. George Varghese, would appear at NSDI 2020 — yay! my first paper from PhD

Feb20

Oct19
Applications Developer @ Microsoft Research
( Remote )

As a part-time remote applications developer, I am continuing my internship work to build GRoot, a DNS configuration verification tool with Ryan Beckett, and Behnaz Arzani.

Dec19

Sep19
Graduate TA for CS 118
( Dept. of Computer Science, UCLA )

I am a teaching assistant for the upper-division Computer Network Fundamentals (CS 118) course, taught by my advisor Prof. George Varghese.

Aug19
Talk @ Intentionet
( Seattle, WA )

I presented my initial work on finding network misconfigurations by automatic template inference (SelfStarter) at Intentionet. (Invited by Ratul Mahajan)

Aug19
Poster @ MSR Intern Poster Session
( Redmond, WA )

I presented my first part of the internship work on DNS as a poster during the Microsoft Research Networking intern postern session event.

Sep19

Jun19
Internship @ Microsoft Research
( Redmond, WA )

I am interning with Ryan Beckett from the MNR group led by Victor Bahl. I am developing the first verification tool using static analysis for proactive and exhaustive checking of the DNS configurations (zone files) for common bugs. I am also working with Karthick Jayaraman on finding misconfigurations in Microsoft data center and WAN router configurations and aiming to submit the work to NSDI 2020 fall deadline.

Jun19
Written Qualifying Examination

I passed the WQE — one milestone reached on the journey to my PhD!

Sep18
UCLA Dean’s Graduate Student Researcher Fellowship

I am honored to be the one of the recipients of the Dean’s special fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Sep17
UCLA Graduate Dean’s Scholar Award

I am honored to be the incoming PhD student to receive the prestigious GDSA fellowship by the UCLA Graduate Division.

Sep17
Started PhD in CS @ UCLA
( Los Angeles, CA )

I started my PhD journey at UCLA in the Computer Science department.