Kaushik Veeraraghavan, graduate student in Computer Science and Engineering, won the Best Paper Award at the 8th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST), with co-authors Prof. Jason Flinn and Prof. Brian Noble of Michigan, and Dr. Edmund B. Nightingale of Microsoft Research. Dr. Nightingale received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from Michigan in 2007. The FAST conference took place February 23–26 in San Jose, California.
The paper, entitled "quFiles: The Right File at the Right Time," describes the quFile abstraction which simplifies data management by encapsulating different physical representations of the same logical data. When accessed, the quFile resolves to an appropriate representation depending on access context. The use of "quFiles" is discussed with respect to resource management, copy-on-write versioning, data redaction, resource-aware directories, application-aware adaptation, and platform-specific encoding.
Mr. Veeraraghavan is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate whose work is in Operating Systems, focusing on multiprocessor reply, distributed file systems, and mobility. He works with Prof. Flinn in the Pervasive Computing research group at the Computer Science and Engineering Division of the EECS Department.