Ariel ("Ari") RabkinPostdoctoral Researcher
35 Olden st
Princeton, NJ 08540-5233.
I have recently started as a postdoctoral researcher working with Mike Freedman. Currently my time is devoted to a project on wide area streaming data mangagement.
I recently finished my PhD at Berkeley, working in the AMP lab advised by Randy Katz. I graduated in May 2012. My dissertation is posted here.
I am also interested in the software engineering and administration challenges of big-data systems. I am particularly interested in applying program analysis techniques to tasks like log analysis and configuration debugging.
The best way to reach me is probably email to asrabkin at gmail.com
This is an annotated list of things I've worked on, with links to papers. For a straight-up publication list, see below.
I and the folks in Mike Freedman's group at Princeton are planning to build a system called JetStream, for wide-area stream processing. The vision is to build a practical useful system for this new and emerging area. An abstract about the system will be published at LADIS 2012.
Fellow Berkeleyan Leo Meyerovich and I have been looking at social influences on programming language adoption. Most of the visualizations and associated materials are available here. A vision paper is appearing at ONWARD2012 (the "new ideas" track associated with SPLASH/OOPSLA).
My dissertation studied using program analysis to understand software configuration. I particularly looked at two major applications: explaining errors in terms of configuration, and "configuration spellcheck". Error explanation is the problem of finding the option that most usefully explains a failure, given a program and an error message. Configuration spellcheck is the problem of catching configuration errors before the program ever runs.
A paper about automatically finding and classifying options (and hence Configuration Spellcheck) appeared at ICSE 2011. A followup paper about inferring the root cause of error messages appeared at ASE 2011
This work is built on top of JChord, a program analysis framework being primarily developed by Mayur Naik, formerly of Intel Research Berkeley and now of Georgia Tech.
If you're interested in using the Configuration Spellchecker, you should check out the JChord SVN repository and look in the
I'm one of the lead developers for Chukwa, an open-source log collection annd monitoring system. Chukwa was first started while I was working at Yahoo! It's currently an Apache Software Foundation incubation project. It's in use at several companies, including CBS Interactive and Selective Media.
I've also done some work on the question of what to log. I published a paper about graphical representation for log structure at SLAML 2010, the workshop on managing systems via system log analysis and machine learning.
I was a coauthor of Above the Clouds: A Berkeley View of Cloud Computing. This was a white paper written by the RAD Lab faculty and a number of the systems graduate students. It's gotten a great deal of response, and on the whole, we've been very happy with it. A version of this paper later appeared in CACM.
Some while back, I did some work on bank security questions. The paper, published at SOUPS '08, is available here. The tagged data supporting the paper is available [in a gzipped archive] here. Slides for my conference talk are available as PDFs and also in Power Point format.
Ariel Rabkin is a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University. He received his PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley in May 2012. His dissertation research focused on making software systems easier to configure and manage. He is also professionally interested in security and cloud computing. He is formerly from Cornell University (AB 2006, MEng 2007). He is a contributor to several open source projects, including Hadoop, the Chukwa log collection framework, and the JChord program analysis toolset.