About me

I am a fourth year computer science PhD student at UCSB. I work in the Distributed Systems Lab (DSL). My research focuses on building distributed and cloud data management systems. In particular, I am interested in systems that replicate data across data centers for fault-tolerance and availability. My work includes building systems that target minimizing response time while maintaining consistency. Prior to joining UCSB I was a member of the netlab at KAUST working towards my MS degree with Dr. Basem Shihada on the problem of unfairness of wireless mesh networks.


[18] The Challenges of Global-scale Data Management
(SIGMOD 2016 Tutorial)

[17] DB-Risk: The Game of Global Database Placement
(SIGMOD 2016 Demo)

[16] Graph Summarization for Geo-correlated Trends Detection in Social Networks
(SIGMOD 2016 Undergraduate Research Poster Competition)

[15] Minimizing Commit Latency of Transactions in Geo-Replicated Data Stores
(SIGMOD 2015)

[14] Chariots : A Scalable Shared Log for Data Management in Multi-Datacenter Cloud Environments
(EDBT 2015)

[13] Procrastination Beats Prevention: Timely Sufficient Persistence for Efficient Crash Resilience
(EDBT 2015)

[12] High Performance Temporal Indexing on Modern Hardware
(ICDE 2015)

[11] Mind your Ps and Vs: A perspective on the challenges of big data management and privacy concerns
(BigComp 2015)

[10] Zero-Overhead NVM Crash Resilience.
(FAST 2015 WiP Session + Poster session)

[9] Zero-Overhead NVM Crash Resilience
(NVMW 2015)

[8] MaaT: Effective and scalable coordination of distributed transactions in the cloud.
(VLDB 2014)

[7] Fair Packet Scheduling in Wireless Mesh Networks.
(Elsevier Journal of Ad Hoc Networks 2014)

[6] Message Futures: Fast Commitment of Transactions in Multi-datacenter Environments.
(CIDR 2013)

[5] Low-Latency Multi-Datacenter Databases using Replicated Commits.
(VLDB 2013)

[4] Managing Geo-replicated Data in Multi-datacenters.
(Springer Databases in Networked Information Systems 2013)

[3] Serializability, not Serial: Concurrency Control and Availability in Multi-Datacenter Datastores.
(VLDB 2012)

[2] MAC-Layer Protocol for TCP Fairness in Wireless Mesh Networks.
(ICCC 2012)

[1] TMAC: Timestamp-ordered MAC for CSMA/CA Wireless Mesh Networks.
(ICCCN 2011)

[0] TMAC: Timestamp-Ordered MAC Protocol for Wireless Mesh Networks.
(MS Thesis 2011)


E-mail: faisalsyn _aht_ gmail.com
Phone: (805) 570-0710

My bookshelf


[March 2015] Received three travel awards from SIGMOD, ICDE, and UCSB senate.

[October 2014] Awarded the best presentation award at GSWC 2014.

[October 2014] Will serve in the program committee of Tiny ToCS Vol. 3 .

[May 2014] I will be joining HP Labs this year for a summer internship.

[March 2014] Awarded the Outstanding TA award for Fall 2013.