Masters by Research Scholarship in Applications of Coding Theory for Distributed Storage Systems

This project aims to investigate advanced techniques in the theory of erasure correcting codes that help speed up the failure recovery process of distributed storage systems.

This scholarship requires a strong background in computer science and/or mathematics. The candidate may choose to develop the theory or dive into the practical codes used in popular storage systems such as HDFS or GFS.  

$31,000 AUD per annum for 2 years.

Applicants need to have a background in microbiology, biotechnology molecular biology or another relevant biological science.

Interested candidates may send an email with CV, Bachelor/Master degrees/transcripts to Dr. Son Hoang Dau at

Applications are open now.

Applications will close when a candidate is selected.

The project addresses fundamental theoretical questions about the structure of erasure codes, in particular, Reed-Solomon codes, with respect to their repair capability and limitation, as well as tackles the practical problem of improving the recovery performance of distributed storage systems. We focus on reducing the repair bandwidth and the disk I/O, the two most constrained resources during the recovery process. The proposed project builds upon our recent research in which we obtained a noticeable 30% reduction in the repair bandwidth for the Reed-Solomon code currently employed by Facebook’s f4 storage system. See Advanced Coding Techniques for Fast Failure Recovery in Distributed Storage Systems for a full description of the project.

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