I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Yale University. I work in the union of distributed systems, storage, and networking.

I was previously at VMware Research until May 2015, and before that at Microsoft Research Silicon Valley until Nov 2014. I got my PhD at Cornell University in 2009 while working with Ken Birman on reliable communication protocols for data centers.


I am teaching CPSC 426/526: Building Decentralized Systems in Spring 2016.


Service:

EuroSys 2017 || FAST 2017 || NSDI 2017 || SOCC 2016 || MaRS 2016 || HotStorage 2016 || ICDCS 2016 || Usenix ATC 2016 || SYSTOR 2016 || NSDI 2016 || EuroSys 2016 (light) || LADIS 2015 (co-chair) || INFLOW 2015 || SOCC 2015 (poster chair) || APSys 2015 || ICDCS 2015 || IPDPS 2015 || CloudDM 2015 || WWW 2015 || INFLOW 2014 || TRIOS 2014 || SFMA 2014 || SOCC 2013 || LADIS 2012 || ICDCS 2010 || SSS 2009

Publications:

SYSTOR
Enabling Space Elasticity in Storage Systems.
Helgi Sigurbjarnarson, Petur Orri Ragnarsson, Juncheng Yang, Ymir Vigfusson, Mahesh Balakrishnan.
In SYSTOR 2016: 9th ACM International Systems and Storage Conference, Haifa, Israel, June 2016 (best student paper).
[paper]

FAST
Isotope: Transactional Isolation for Block Storage.
Ji Yong Shin, Mahesh Balakrishnan, Tudor Marian, Hakim Weatherspoon.
In FAST 2016: 14th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies, San Jose, CA, February 2016.
[paper]

HotStorage
Harmonium: Elastic Cloud Storage via File Motifs.
Helgi Sigurbjarnarson, Petur Orri Ragnarsson, Ymir Vigfusson, Mahesh Balakrishnan.
In HotStorage 2014: 6th Usenix Workshop on Hot Topics in Storage and File Systems, Philadelphia, PA, June 2014.
[paper]

Internet Computing
Contrail: Decentralized and Privacy-Preserving Social Networks on Smartphones.
Patrick Stuedi, Iqbal Mohomed, Mahesh Balakrishnan, Morley Mao, Doug Terry, Ted Wobber.
In IEEE Internet Computing, December 2013.

CCSNA
Hiding behind the Clouds: Efficient, Privacy-Preserving Queries via Cloud Proxies.
Surabhi Gaur, Melody Moh, Mahesh Balakrishnan.
In IEEE Globecom 2013 Workshop on Cloud Computing Systems, Networks, and Applications, Atlanta, GA, December 2013.
[paper]

TOCS
CORFU: A Distributed Shared Log.
Mahesh Balakrishnan, Dahlia Malkhi, John D. Davis, Vijayan Prabhakaran, Michael Wei, Ted Wobber.
In ACM Transactions on Computer Systems (TOCS), 31(4), 10, December 2013 (invited paper)

SOSP
Tango: Distributed Data Structures over a Shared Log.
Mahesh Balakrishnan, Dahlia Malkhi, Ted Wobber, Ming Wu, Vijayan Prabhakaran, Michael Wei, John D. Davis, Sriram Rao, Tao Zou, Aviad Zuck.
In SOSP 2013: The 24th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles.
[paper] [slides] [video]

SOSP
Consistency-Based Service Level Agreements for Cloud Storage.
Douglas Terry, Vijayan Prabhakaran, Rama Kotla, Mahesh Balakrishnan, Marcos K. Aguilera, Hussam Abu-Libdeh.
In SOSP 2013: The 24th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles.
[paper]

SYSTOR
Beyond Block I/O: Implementing a Distributed Shared Log in Hardware.
Michael Wei, John D. Davis, Ted Wobber, Mahesh Balakrishnan, Dahlia Malkhi.
In SYSTOR 2013: 6th International Systems and Storage Conference, Haifa, Israel, June 2013.
[paper]

FAST
Gecko: Contention-Oblivious Disk Arrays for Cloud Storage.
Ji Yong Shin, Mahesh Balakrishnan, Tudor Marian, Hakim Weatherspoon.
In FAST 2013: 11th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies, San Jose, CA, February 2013.
[paper]

HotStorage
Gecko: A Contention-Oblivious Design for Cloud Storage.
Ji Yong Shin, Mahesh Balakrishnan, Lakshmi Ganesh, Tudor Marian, Hakim Weatherspoon.
In HotStorage 2012: 4th Usenix Workshop on Hot Topics in Storage and File Systems, Boston, MA, June 2012.

NSDI
CORFU: A Shared Log Design for Flash Clusters.
Mahesh Balakrishnan, Dahlia Malkhi, Vijayan Prabhakaran, Ted Wobber, Michael Wei, John D. Davis.
In NSDI 2012: 9th Usenix Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation, San Jose, CA, April 2012.
[paper]

OSR
From Paxos to CORFU: A Flash-Speed Shared Log.
Dahlia Malkhi, Mahesh Balakrishnan, John D. Davis, Vijayan Prabhakaran, Ted Wobber.
In ACM SIGOPS Operating Systems Review, Volume 46 Issue 1, January 2012.

Middleware
Contrail: Enabling Decentralized Social Networks on Smartphones.
Patrick Stuedi, Iqbal Mohomed, Mahesh Balakrishnan, Ted Wobber, Doug Terry, Morley Mao.
In Middleware 2011: ACM/IFIP/USENIX 12th International Middleware Conference, Lisboa, Portugal, December 2011 (best paper award).
[paper]

Usenix
Online Migration for Geo-Distributed Storage Systems.
Nguyen Tran, Marcos Aguilera, Mahesh Balakrishnan.
In Usenix 2011: Usenix Annual Technical Conference, Portland, OR, June 2011.
[paper]

TON
Maelstrom: Transparent Error Correction for Communication between Data Centers.
Mahesh Balakrishnan, Tudor Marian, Ken Birman, Hakim Weatherspoon, Lakshmi Ganesh.
In IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, June 2011.

TOS
Differential RAID: Rethinking RAID for SSD Reliability.
Mahesh Balakrishnan, Asim Kadav, Vijayan Prabhakaran, Dahlia Malkhi.
In ACM Transactions on Storage, Volume 6 Issue 2, June 2010 (invited paper)

EuroSys
Differential RAID: Rethinking RAID for SSD Reliability.
Mahesh Balakrishnan, Asim Kadav, Vijayan Prabhakaran, Dahlia Malkhi.
In EuroSys 2010: 5th ACM European Conference on Computer Systems, Paris, France, April 2010.
[paper]

EuroSys
Dr. Multicast: Rx for Data Center Communication Scalability.
Ymir Vigfusson, Hussam Abu-Libdeh, Mahesh Balakrishnan, Ken Birman, Robert Burgess, Gregory Chockler, Haoyuan Li, Yoav Tock.
In EuroSys 2010: 5th ACM European Conference on Computer Systems, Paris, France, April 2010.
[paper]

HotNets
Location, Location, Location! Modeling Data Proximity in the Cloud.
Birjodh Tiwana, Mahesh Balakrishnan, Marcos Aguilera, Hitesh Ballani, Z. Morley Mao.
In HotNets IX: Ninth Workshop on Hot Topics in Networking, Monterey, CA, October 2010.
[paper]

HotStorage
Depletable Storage Systems.
Vijayan Prabhakaran, Mahesh Balakrishnan, Ted Wobber, John Davis.
In HotStorage 2010: 2nd Workshop on Hot Topics in Storage and File Systems, Boston, MA, June 2010.
[paper]

FAST
Extending SSD Lifetimes with Disk-Based Write Caches.
Gokul Soundararajan, Vijayan Prabhakaran, Mahesh Balakrishnan, Ted Wobber.
In FAST 2010: 8th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies, San Jose, CA, February 2010.
[paper]

IMC
Where's that Phone?: Geolocating IP Addresses on 3G Networks.
Mahesh Balakrishnan, Iqbal Mohomed, Venugopalan Ramasubramanian.
In IMC 2009: Internet Measurement Conference, Chicago, IL, November 2009.
[paper]

HotStorage
Differential RAID: Rethinking RAID for SSD Reliability.
Asim Kadav, Mahesh Balakrishnan, Vijayan Prabhakaran, Dahlia Malkhi.
In HotStorage 2009: 1st Workshop on Hot Topics in Storage and File Systems, Big Sky, MT, October 2009 (best paper award). This version also appeared in ACM SIGOPS Operating Systems Review, 44(1), January 2010.
[paper]

SIGMETRICS
On the Treeness of Internet Latency and Bandwidth.
Venugopalan Ramasubramanian, Dahlia Malkhi, Fabian Kuhn, Mahesh Balakrishnan, Archit Gupta, Aditya Akella.
In SIGMETRICS / Performance 2009: Joint International Conference on Measurement and Modeling of Computer Systems, Seattle, WA, June 2009.

FAST
Smoke and Mirrors: Shadowing Files at Remote Locations without Performance Loss.
Hakim Weatherspoon, Lakshmi Ganesh, Tudor Marian, Mahesh Balakrishnan, Ken Birman.
In FAST 2009: 7th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies, San Francisco, CA, February 2009.

HotNets
Dr. Multicast: Rx for Datacenter Communication Scalability.
Ymir Vigfusson, Hussam Abu-Libdeh, Mahesh Balakrishnan, Ken Birman, Yoav Tock.
In HotNets VII: Seventh ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks, Calgary, Canada, October 2008.
[paper]

DSN
Tempest: Soft State Replication in the Service Tier.
Tudor Marian, Mahesh Balakrishnan, Ken Birman, Robbert van Renesse.
In DSN 2008: 38th Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DCCS track), Anchorage, AK, June 2008.
[paper]

NSDI
Maelstrom: Transparent Error Correction for Lambda Networks.
Mahesh Balakrishnan, Tudor Marian, Ken Birman, Hakim Weatherspoon, Einar Vollset.
In NSDI 2008: Fifth Usenix Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation, San Francisco, CA, April 2008.
[paper]

PODC
Reconstructing Approximate Tree Metrics.
Ittai Abraham, Mahesh Balakrishnan, Fabian Kuhn, Dahlia Malkhi, Kunal Talwar, Venugopalan Ramasubramanian.
In PODC 2007: 26th Annual ACM SIGACT-SIGOPS Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing, Portland, OR, August 2007.
[paper]

HotOS
Optimizing Power Consumption in Large Scale Storage Systems.
Lakshmi Ganesh, Hakim Weatherspoon, Mahesh Balakrishnan, Ken Birman.
In HotOS XI: 11th Workshop on Hot Topics in Operating Systems, San Diego, CA, May 2007.
[paper]

NSDI
Ricochet: Lateral Error Correction for Time-Critical Multicast.
Mahesh Balakrishnan, Ken Birman, Amar Phanishayee, Stefan Pleisch.
In NSDI 2007: Fourth Usenix Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation, Cambridge, MA, April 2007.
[paper]

Comsware
Scalable Multicast Platforms for a New Generation of Robust Distributed Applications.
Ken Birman, Mahesh Balakrishnan, Danny Dolev, Tudor Marian, Krzysztof Ostrowski, Amar Phanishayee.
In COMSWARE 2007: 2nd IEEE/Create-Net/ICST International Conference on Communication System Software and Middleware, Bangalore, India, January 2007.

SRDS
PLATO: Predictive Latency-Aware Total Ordering.
Mahesh Balakrishnan, Ken Birman and Amar Phanishayee.
In SRDS 2006: 25th IEEE Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems, Leeds, UK, October 2006.
[paper]

WASR
Reliable Multicast for Time-Critical Systems.
Mahesh Balakrishnan and Ken Birman.
In WASR 2006: 1st IEEE Workshop on Applied Software Reliability, Philadelphia, PA, June 2006.

MobiHoc
Mistral: Efficient Flooding in Mobile Ad-hoc Networks.
Stefan Pleisch, Mahesh Balakrishnan, Ken Birman and Robbert van Renesse.
In MobiHoc 2006: 7th ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing, Florence, Italy, May 2006.
[paper]

NCA
Slingshot: Time-Critical Multicast for Clustered Applications.
Mahesh Balakrishnan, Stefan Pleisch and Ken Birman.
In NCA 2005: 5th IEEE International Symposium on Network Computing and Applications, Boston, MA, July 2005.
[paper]