Kevin Brandstatter receives
CRA Undergraduate Researcher Award 2013
(Honorable Mention). This is an extremely
prestigious and competitive award, given to the best
and brightest undergraduate students. The award is
given based on the student's research work and
results. Kevin is a junior in the Computer Science
program at Illinois Institute of Technology, and has
been an undergraduate research assistant in the
DataSys Laboratory for over 2 years.
He has worked on a variety of projects, ranging
from mobile application development (e.g.
to storage systems in distributed systems (e.g.
NoVoHT and ZHT,
work has lead to 2 research papers and 6 posters
being published in 2012 and 2013. Kevin's major
research contributions revolve around the design and
implementation of NoVoHT, a Lightweight Dynamic
Persistent NoSQL Key/Value Store. NoVoHT’s novel
- Lock-Free: Support for unconventional
operation such as append, allowing the
efficiently support of lock-free concurrent
- Dynamic: Support live migration across
- Lightweight: Micro-benchmarks delivering
over 165K+ operations/second on single-node
deployment up to 32X faster than existing
- Persistent: Combines memory mapped and disk
mapped approaches to deliver both fast data
access and high data resilience at the same time
- Real-System: Adopted by ZHT and deployed on
IBM BlueGene/P supercomputer at 32K-core scales
Kevin has spent his summers outside IIT, getting
exposed to other real world challenges by being an
intern in two world class research labs (Accenture
Technology Labs and Max Planck Institute Germany).
Kevin has done an amazing job learning about
distributed systems, and applying his knowledge to
some of the most challenging research problems in
storage systems and cloud computing!
More information about Kevin can be found at