For the last few months, as I’ve been getting ready to finish up grad school, I’ve also spent a lot of time working on figuring out what I’m going to do once I’m done. Many conversations, emails, interviews, and iterations of my job talk1 later, I’m very happy to report that my job search has come to a successful conclusion!
Update (June 14, 2017): Updated with rejections from 2016!
Update (December 1, 2015): I’ve updated this post with a few more recent rejections!
The other day Peter Alvaro made a list of “fond memories of rejection”. People with tons of publications aren’t getting rejected any less often than the rest of us are; they’re making more attempts.
My co-authors Aaron Todd, Sam Tobin-Hochstadt, Ryan Newton, and I have just finished up the camera-ready version of our new paper, “Taming the Parallel Effect Zoo: Extensible Deterministic Parallelism with LVish”, which will appear at PLDI 2014 in Edinburgh this June. In addition to having the paper accepted, we were happy to learn a few weeks ago that our submission passed the PLDI artifact evaluation process.
My research on LVars is all about deterministic parallel programming: writing programs so that they can be scheduled onto parallel hardware with the goal of running faster, and doing so in such a way that the observable results of a program are guaranteed to be the same on every run.
But, as much time as I spend insisting that LVars enforce determinism, there’s actually a huge amount of nondeterminism in LVar programs! For instance, the order in which writes to an LVar occur isn’t deterministic at all. Writes can happen in any order, and, in fact, that’s the whole point.