Systems Reading Group
Department of Computer Science
The Systems Reading Group is an informal group that meets to read
and discuss two to three systems research papers every week. We
construe "systems" fairly broadly. All members of Northwestern's
computer science department and computer engineering department
are welcome to attend.
Meetings and protocols
Currently, we meet every Wednesday at 12pm in the 3rd floor
conference room at 1890 Maple. We generally talk for 1-1.5 hours,
but people are welcome to come and go as they please.
The general protocol is that we round-robin among the people in
the group to choose the "paper dictator" of the week. The paper
dictator chooses the papers for the week, tells everyone where to
find them, and is responsible for leading the discussion of the
papers when we meet. No formal presentation of the paper is
required. Faculty and systems grad students can recommend papers
if you're not comfortable picking them yourself.
Every week, each member of the group should send a short (a
paragraph at most) comment/summary of each paper to the mailing
This is a low-stress, lets-learn-new-things-together environment.
How do I join (the mailing list)
You can basically just show up if you'd like. To join the mailing
list send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
with a line in the body that says "subscribe systems-reading-group-list youremailaddress".
In general, the papers we read are available online here, but
some papers are only available via hardcopy. In that case, please
see the paper's dictator.
Here are the past, present, and future papers.
Volunteers to present the following papers are needed! Also, please send mail to
to suggest other papers to add to the list.
Here are some places to look for new papers to add to the paper queue.
Jason A. Skicewicz
Last modified: Tue Jul 1 14:44:19 CDT 2003