We develop innovative software systems spanning mobile devices and the cloud.


We envision a future with pervasive electronic devices enhancing everyday human activity, and we strive to invent key distributed technologies central to that vision.  Our mission is to perform research that substantially advances the state-of-the-art in computing systems and that impacts Samsung’s future products. 

Our current focus is on developing a smart systems platform for the Internet of Things (IoT). We are exploring architectures, software components, algorithms, and services in support of geo-distributed smart applications.  We are addressing the many challenges that arise in building an IoT system that is scalable, robust, secure, consistent, adaptable, predictive, and high-performance.


We are looking for full-time researchers with a PhD in Computer Science or a related field and a proven track record of innovative research.  Click here to apply.

We are also seeking motivated PhD students as summer interns for 2016 to work on a variety of projects in IoT, fault tolerance, data management, cloud computing, machine learning, and theoretical computer science. More details on how to apply are available on our website.  When submitting your resume, be sure to mention your interest in Distributed Systems.


Our team is comprised of top researchers in all aspects of distributed software systems, including experts in cloud computing, mobility, database management, security, and operating systems.  



See how our people and ideas are impacting the research community.

Doug Terry’s paper (with Marvin Theimer, Karin Petersen, Alan Demers, Mike Spreitzer, and Carl Hauser) on Managing Update Conflicts in Bayou, which was presented at the ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP) in 1995, was selected for the 2015 ACM SIGOPS Hall of Fame Award.  This paper defined eventual consistency and introduced application-specific conflict detection.

Guy Rothblum organized the summer 2015 program on Cryptography at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at U.C. Berkeley.  This program brought together about 100 leading researchers in cryptography.

Doug Terry presented the Industrial Keynote at the IEEE International Conference On Computer Engineering (IC2E) IN MARCH 2015.  In his talk, he discussed data consistency in commercial cloud storage services.

Juan Colmenares was a Keynote speaker at the 15th IEEE International Symposium on High Assurance Systems Engineering (HASE) in January 2014.  Juan argued for performance guarantees in cyber-physical systems.


We publish our work in top computing conferences and journals.  Here are a few examples of recent publications:

Masoud Saeida Ardekani and Doug Terry.  A Self-configurable Geo-replicated Cloud Storage System.  Proceedings of the 11th USENIX Symposium on Operating System Design and Implementation (OSDI), October 2014.

Omer Reingold (with Cynthia Dwork, Vitaly Feldman, Moritz Hardt, Toniann Pitassi, and Aaron Roth).  The Reusable Holdout: Preserving Validity in Adaptive Data Analysis.  Science, Vol. 349, No. 6248, August 2015.