SJSU CS Systems Group

this is a brief description of the projects going on in the systems group in the computer science department at SJSU. please contact ben reed if you would like to get involved. some students work on projects for a master's thesis or independent study (CS 180), while others get involved just for fun.

future projects (love to find people interested in)


realtime linux on pi's to drive 3D printers

hard realtime used to be something that people wanted from linux, but over the years hardware has become so fast and operating systems so efficient that responsiveness is good enough. however, we still have devices, such as 3D printers, that need hard realtime to drive hardware, such as 3D printer motors. today, rather than trying to make something like linux drive the motors directly, microcontrollers are used with dedicated firmware to drive the motors. i'd love to work with some students to experiment with realtime extensions to drive 3D printing directly from a raspberry pi running linux.

actively looking for people

GPU event simulation

WRF-SFIRE is a forecasting model written in FORTRAN. it is setup to run on multiple machines using MPI. we want see what it will take to get it working on GPUs using CUDA.

canvas quiz creator

canvas has become a important tool for assessment of learning, but the question management system is horrible. there is a python utility for creating canvas quizes using markdown text files, but it doesn't support the latest functionality of canvas. we need to write a new utility to parse markdown and generate QTI 2.1 files.

disconnected data distribution

we live in a connected world, and we have come to count on connectivity to do even the most basic things in life. unfortunately, much of the world lacks connectivity. even in locations with good connectivity, natural disasters can knock out critical infrastructure. this project explores how to use intermittently connected transports to provide needed data connectivity. this project helps students gain experience in network protocols and file formats.

well staffed


cat tracks

in california, the biggest killer of mountain lions is cars. we would like to collect more data on where lions, and animals in general, are being killed. we are developing an app and data collection backend to collect information on animal activity near roads to allow researchers to better understand where wildlife is coming into contact with roads and what kind of wildlife is being affected. this project helps students gain experience in mobile app development, network protocols, and cloud development. (we are in great need of students interested in android and iOS development!)

ZooKeeper historical performance

this project tracks the performance of ZooKeeper over time. we use a local cluster made up of raspberry pis and intel servers to run benchmarks. this project helps students gain experience in distributed systems and performance analysis.

wrapping up


write-ahead transaction log performance

write-ahead logs are key to the reliability of data management systems. they are designed to use dedicated storage systems. unfortunately, they don't always get deployed that way. this project explores how we can improve the performance of write-ahead logs on shared devices. this project helps students gain experience in storage system and the linux kernel.