Florin Dinu



As of fall 2013 I am a post-doctoral researcher at EPFL in Dr. Willy Zwaenepoel's LABOS group.
You can also check out my EPFL webpage. Nevertheless, this Rice webpage is kept up to date.

In summer 2013 I graduated with a PhD from the systems department at Rice University where my adviser
was Prof. T.S. Eugene Ng. I joined Rice in 2007 and defended my M.S. in 2009. Before coming To Rice
I worked as a junior researcher at the Fokus Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin, Germany. I received my B.S.
in computer science from the Politehnica University in Bucharest, Romania in 2006.

From November 2011 to February 2012 I was a research intern at Microsoft Research, Cambridge UK.
I was part of the Systems and Networking group, working with Christos Gkantsidis.

Conference Publications

Pamela Delgado, Florin Dinu, Anne-Marie Kermarrec, Willy Zwaenepoel
Hawk: Hybrid Datacenter Scheduling
in the 2015 Usenix Annual Technical Conference (USENIX ATC 2015)
Santa Clara, CA, USA, July 2015
(Acceptance rate: 47/221 ~ 21.26%)

Florin Dinu, T. S. Eugene Ng
RCMP: Enabling Efficient Re-computation Based Failure Resilience for Big Data Analytics [PDF] [SLIDES][BIBTEX].
in the 28th IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS 2014)
Phoenix, AZ, USA, May 2014
(Acceptance rate: 114/541 ~ 21.1%)
This work briefly discusses 3+ years of failure traces from two of Rice University's clusters. The traces as well as more details are available here.

Christos Gkantsidis, Dimitris Vytiniotis, Orion Hodson, Dushyanth Narayanan, Florin Dinu, Antony Rowstron
Rhea: Automatic Filtering for Unstructured Cloud Storage [PDF] [VIDEO TALK][SLIDES]
in the 10th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI 2013)
Lombard, IL, USA, April 2013
(Acceptance rate: 38/171 ~ 22.22%)

Florin Dinu, T. S. Eugene Ng
Understanding the Effects and Implications of Compute Node Related Failures in Hadoop [PDF] [SLIDES]
in the 21st International ACM Symposium on High-Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing (HPDC 2012)
Delft, The Netherlands, June 2012
(Acceptance rate: 23/143 ~ 16.08%)
My presentation at HPDC won the Best Presentation Award

Florin Dinu, T. S. Eugene Ng
Inferring a Network Congestion Map with Zero Traffic Overhead [PDF] [SLIDES]
in the 19th IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP 2011)
Vancouver, Canada, October 2011
(Acceptance rate: 31/189 ~ 16.40%)

Zheng Cai, Florin Dinu, Jie Zheng, Alan L. Cox, T. S. Eugene Ng [PDF]
CONTRACT: Incorporating Coordination into the IP Network Control Plane
in the 30th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS 2010)
Genoa, Italy, June 2010
(Acceptance rate: 84/585 ~ 14.35%)

Workshop Publications

Florin Dinu, T. S. Eugene Ng
Synergy2Cloud: Introducing Cross-Sharing of Application Experiences Into the Cloud Management Cycle [PDF] [SLIDES]
in the 2nd USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Management of Internet, Cloud, and Enterprise Networks and Services (Hot-ICE 2012)
San Jose, CA, USA, April 2012
(Acceptance rate: 10/20 ~ 50%)

Florin Dinu, T. S. Eugene Ng
Hadoop's Overload Tolerant Design Exacerbates Failure Detection and Recovery [PDF] [SLIDES]
in the 6th International Workshop on Networking Meets Databases (NETDB 2011)
Athens, Greece, June 2011
(Acceptance rate: 6/14 ~ 42.85%)

Technical Reports

Zheng Cai, Florin Dinu, Jie Zheng, Alan L. Cox, T. S. Eugene Ng [PDF]
The Preliminary Design and Implementation of the Maestro Network Control Platform
Rice University Technical Report TR08-13
October 2008

Interesting links

Best Paper Awards at Major Conferences over the Past Years