Scott C. Karlin

Scott Karlin Senior Manager, Computing Facilities

Department of Computer Science
Princeton University
35 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540-5233

E-mail: scott AT cs DOT princeton DOT edu
Office: 609-258-4673

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  • I manage CS Staff, the group that installs, maintains, and upgrades the computing and networking infrastructure as well as develops and deploys applications for the department-wide academic, research, and administrative needs of the Princeton University Department of Computer Science.
  • Research Interests
  • My technical interests primarily lie near the interface between the hardware and the software in computer systems. I'm specifically interested in operating systems, networking, security & privacy (and related policy), embedded systems, Internet-of-Things (IoT), and home automation.
  • The focus of my thesis was on the low-level aspects of Internet routing and involved the design and implementation of an extensible router using PMC694 network interface cards (NICs) from RAMiX as well as a NIC based on the Intel IXP1200 network processor.
  • I have also tinkering with an FPGA-based Pamette board with the goal of doing portions of packet processing in reconfigurable logic.
  • For my first two years here at Princeton (as a graduate student), I was involved with the SHRIMP Project. I designed a custom hardware performance monitor for the SHRIMP system called the SurfBoard.
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Available Here.
  • Ph.D. Thesis
  • Embedded Computational Elements in Extensible Routers.
  • Advisor: Larry Peterson
  • Teaching
    I've been a preceptor for the following courses. In each case, I led a precept (section), presented in front of the class 2x per week, graded assignments, and held office hours.
  • COS 217, Introduction to Programming Systems, Spring 2016 (Lecturer appointment)
  • COS 126, General Computer Science, Spring 2008
  • COS 217, Introduction to Programming Systems, Fall 1998 (as a graduate student)
  • COS 126, General Computer Science, Spring 1997 (as a graduate student)
  • COS 471, Computer Architecture and Organization, Fall 1996 (as a graduate student)
  • Technical Skills




    Operating System Support for Planetary-Scale Network Services
    Andy Bavier, Mic Bowman, Brent Chun, David Culler, Scott Karlin, Steve Muir, Larry Peterson, Timothy Roscoe, Tammo Spalink, and Mike Wawrzoniak
    Proceedings of the 1st USENIX/ACM Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI '04)
    San Francisco, CA, March 2004
    USENIX Test of Time Award (2014)

    VERA: An Extensible Router Architecture
    Scott Karlin, Larry Peterson.
    Computer Networks, 38(3):277--293, 2002. An earlier version appears in the Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Open Architectures and Network Programming. (April 2001).

    Extensible Routers for Active Networks
    Nadia Shalaby, Larry Peterson, Andy Bavier, Yitzchak Gottlieb, Scott Karlin, Aki Nakao, Xiaohu Qie, Tammo Spalink, Mike Wawrzoniak.
    Proceedings of the DARPA Active Networks Conference and Exposition (May 2002).

    Maximum Packet Rates for Full-Duplex Ethernet
    Scott Karlin and Larry Peterson.
    Princeton University Technical Report TR--645--02 (February 2002).

    Building a Robust Software-Based Router Using Network Processors
    Tammo Spalink, Scott Karlin, Larry Peterson, Yitzchak Gottlieb.
    Proceedings of the 18th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP). (October 2001).

    Scheduling Computations on a Programmable Router
    Xiaohu Qie, Andy Bavier, Larry Peterson, Scott Karlin.
    Proceedings of SIGMETRICS 2001 (June 2001).

    Evaluating Network Processors in IP Forwarding
    Tammo Spalink, Scott Karlin, Larry Peterson.
    Princeton University Technical Report TR-626-00 (November 2000).

    OS Support for General-Purpose Routers
    Larry L. Peterson, Scott C. Karlin, and Kai Li.
    HotOS Workshop (March 1999).

    SurfBoard - A Hardware Performance Monitor for SHRIMP
    Scott C. Karlin, Douglas W. Clark, Margaret Martonosi. Princeton University Technical Report TR-596-99 (March 1999).

    Performance Monitoring Infrastructure in the Shrimp Multicomputers
    Margaret Martonosi, Scott Karlin, Cheng Liao, Douglas W. Clark.
    International Journal of Parallel and Distributed Systems and Networks. Invited paper in the special issue on "Measurement of Program and System Performance". 2(3):126-133, 1999.

    The Traveling Salesman Problem on a Hypercubic, MIMD Computer
    Edward Felten, Scott Karlin, Steve W. Otto.
    Proceedings of the 1985 International Conference on Parallel Processing. (August 1985).

    Sorting on a Hypercubic, MIMD Computer
    Edward Felten, Scott Karlin, Steve W. Otto.
    Caltech Concurrent Computation Project, HM92B (1985).

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