Research Blog · Aldrin Montana

I am currently a 1st year PhD student in computer science at UC Santa Cruz, and I am interested in writing frequently to make my thoughts and work available and transparent online!

I will attempt to add new content as bite-sized blog posts, and every so often I will coalesce related posts into a separate “book” format (see mdbook format). This README may not always be kept up to date, but I’ll do my best :) I am going to try separating content into: explorations, readings, and “books”.


Here is a table providing an overview of the various sections, or “explorations”, containing blog posts, or series of blog posts for something research-y or project-based. Some of the series below may also include short and sweet (or not sweet) side projects.

Type Name
Blog Mixing Consistency over programmable storage
Blog Diversifying Consistency in Ceph
Series Series - Programmable Storage
Series Series - Perspectives on Bioinformatics
Series Series - LDFI for Life
Series Series - Domain-Specific Solver-Aided Languages
Series Sidecar working group - Envoyage


This section will include paper reviews, paper presentation materials, and anything else that seems relatively similar in spirit.

To make this area a bit easier to traverse (especially for myself), I am organizing readings into “by-course” directories and “by-date” directories. This will allow me to maintain a Table of Contents, or schedule, for each course and also to keep some semblance of the ordering in which the readings were done, just for convenience. At the top of each schedule, I will have links and information on my paper presentations, which will include links to my presentation slides. Then the rest of the schedule will just be for the course readings.

Reading Queue

My queue of readings to do

Readings by Date

Eventually I’ll keep some number of most recent readings/reviews, but for now, to see reviews by date, simply go to this index: reviews by date. This will be updated periodically, when I need to procrastinate important work or when I feel like it should be updated.

Readings by Group

Principal Investigators (PIs) Group
Peter Alvaro Disorderly Labs
Peter Alvaro and Carlos Maltzahn Declarative Programmable Storage

Readings by Course

First Year · Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
Year Quarter Course
1 Fall 2018 CMPS 278 reviews
1 Fall 2018 CMPS 290S reviews
1 Winter 2019 CMPS 280L
1 Spring 2019 CMPS 229
1 Spring 2019 CMPS 232
1 Spring 2019 CMPS 280O