Ellis Michael

Ellis Michael


I am a Ph.D. student in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where I work in the Systems Lab and am advised by Dan Ports and Tom Anderson. My interests lie in the theory and practice of distributed systems.

My work at UW has been generously supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship as well as Jeff Dean - Heidi Hopper and Gary Kildall Fellowships.

Before coming to UW, I attended the University of Texas at Austin, where I received bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Plan II Honors and was a member of the Dean's Scholars and Turing Scholars honors programs.


  • 22 Mar 2019

    I'm excited to announce that I've been named as a 2019 IBM PhD Fellow.

  • 21 Dec 2018

    The DSLabs paper on teaching distributed systems with efficient model checking will appear at EuroSys 2019 in Dresden, Germany.

  • 02 Jun 2018

    DSLabs, the framework and lab assignments I built for UW's distributed systems class, is now available on GitHub.

  • 27 Apr 2018

    I recently attended PaPoC '18 and presented our short paper on providing efficient causal message delivery in datacenters using programmable network hardware.

  • 07 Mar 2018

    The source code for Eris, our network-integrated distributed transaction processing protocol, is now available.

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