I graduated from the PhD program in 2012. I now work at Google.

I've spent five years as a PhD student at the Department of Computer Science, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University. My research interests are in the area of distributed systems. My advisor was Jinyang Li.

Prior to coming to NYU, I earned a B.Sc in Computer Science and Mathematics from Tel-Aviv University and a B.A. in Musicology (from Tel-Aviv University as well.)


Transactional storage for geo-replicated systems
Yair Sovran, Russell Power, Marcos K. Aguilera, Jinyang Li
ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP '11), October 2011

Flexible, Wide-Area Storage for Distributed Systems with WheelFS
Jeremy Stribling, Yair Sovran, Irene Zhang, Xavid Pretzer, Jinyang Li, M. Frans Kaashoek, and Robert Morris
Proceedings of the 6th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI '09), Boston, MA, April 2009

Pass it on: Social networks stymie censors
Yair Sovran, Alana Libonati, Jinyang Li
Proceedings of the 7th International Workshop on Peer-to-Peer Systems (IPTPS '08), Feb 2008


A list of projects I have worked/am working on (In reverse chronological order):

Walter is a storage system that supports geo-distributed transactions. (web page coming soon)

WheelFS is a wide-area distributed file system with convenient location-independent names that gives applications control over data placement, failure behavior, and consistency.
The project's homepage is here.

Kaleidoscope is a P2P system for discovering proxy servers and securely relaying Web traffic to those proxy servers.
The project's homepage is here.