I graduated from MIT with a PhD in Computer Science in September, 2017, and now I am a Software Engineer at Cockroach Labs. While at MIT, I worked in the Database Group with Mike Stonebraker. My thesis research focused on elastic scalability of DBMSs as well as multi-tenancy in the cloud.
R. Taft, I. Sharif, A. Matei, N. VanBenschoten, J. Lewis, T. Grieger, K. Niemi, A. Woods, A. Birzin, R. Poss, P. Bardea, A. Ranade, B. Darnell, B. Gruneir, J. Jaffray, L. Zhang, and P. Mattis. CockroachDB: The Resilient Geo-Distributed SQL Database. In Proceedings of the 2020 ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data, SIGMOD ’20, pages 1493–1509, 2020.
R. Taft, N. El-Sayed, M. Serafini, Y. Lu, A. Aboulnaga, M. Stonebraker, R. Mayerhofer, and F. Andrade.
R. Taft. Elastic Database Systems. PhD thesis, MIT, Cambridge, 2017.
M. Serafini, R. Taft, A. Elmore, A. Pavlo, A. Aboulnaga, and M. Stonebraker. Clay: Fine-Grained Adaptive Partitioning for General Database Schemas. In Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment, Vol. 10, No. 4, VLDB ’17, pages 445-456, 2016.
R. Taft, W. Lang, J. Duggan, A. Elmore, M. Stonebraker, and D. DeWitt. STeP: Scalable Tenant Placement for Managing Database-as-a-Service Deployments. In Proceedings of the Seventh ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing, SoCC ’16, pages 388-400, 2016.
R. Taft. Predictive Modeling for Management of Database Resources in the Cloud. Master’s thesis, MIT, Cambridge, 2015.
A. Elmore, V. Arora, R. Taft, A. Pavlo, D. Agrawal, and A. El Abbadi. Squall: Fine-Grained Live Reconfiguration for Partitioned Main Memory Databases. In Proceedings of the 2015 ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data, SIGMOD '15, pages 299-313, 2015.
R. Taft, E. Mansour, M. Serafini, J. Duggan, A. Elmore, A. Aboulnaga, A. Pavlo, and M. Stonebraker. E-Store: Fine-Grained Elastic Partitioning for Distributed Transaction Processing Systems. In Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment, Vol. 8, No. 3, VLDB ’15, pages 245-256, 2014.
R. Taft, M. Vartak, N. Satish, N. Sundaram, S. Madden, and M. Stonebraker. GenBase: A Complex Analytics Genomics Benchmark. In Proceedings of the 2014 ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data, SIGMOD ’14, pages 177-188, 2014.
M. Stonebraker, A. Pavlo, R. Taft, and M.L. Brodie. Enterprise Database Applications and the Cloud: A Difficult Road Ahead. In Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering, IC2E ’14, pages 1-6, 2014.