Research Experience

UC Berkeley AMPLab Berkeley, CA
Undergraduate Research Assistant September 2010 to May 2013

Contributed to Spark, an open source cluster computing framework written in Scala. Advised by Matei Zaharia and Scott Shenker.

  • Led the design and development of Arthur, a distributed replay debugger for Spark programs; gave a talk at the AMPLab Winter 2012 retreat (poster, slides); and wrote a technical report [3]
  • Used Spark to build Bagel, a Pregel-like graph processing framework, and presented a poster at the AMPLab Summer 2011 retreat
  • Coauthored an NSDI 2012 paper [1] on Spark that won Best Paper Award, contributing Bagel and an evaluation of Spark's user-controllable partitioning
Microsoft Research Redmond, WA
Research Intern June to August 2010

Built CloudClustering, a scalable clustering algorithm on the Windows Azure cloud, for Microsoft Research's eXtreme Computing Group using C#. Generalized the design into a set of architectural patterns for data processing using cloud services. Published a workshop paper [2] and gave a talk at DataCloud 2011 (slides).

Industry Experience

Google Mountain View, CA
Software Engineer Intern May to August 2012

Contributed to Google's workflow execution system, which handles collections of processes with dependencies.

  • Designed and implemented an algorithm to improve efficiency at allocating cluster resources for complex workflows
  • Productionized a tool for static analysis of user workflows to help design and prioritize new features
  • Contributed cache-related bugfixes and features to Google's next-generation data processing substrate
Facebook Palo Alto, CA
Software Engineer Intern May to August 2011

Added network usage tracking and limit enforcement to Facebook's cluster manager using C++ and Linux cgroups.


Conference and Workshop Papers

Matei Zaharia, Mosharaf Chowdhury, Tathagata Das, Ankur Dave, Justin Ma, Murphy McCauley, Michael Franklin, Scott Shenker, and Ion Stoica. Resilient Distributed Datasets: A Fault-Tolerant Abstraction for In-Memory Cluster Computing, NSDI 2012, April 2012. Best Paper Award and Honorable Mention for Community Award.
Ankur Dave, Wei Lu, Jared Jackson, and Roger Barga. CloudClustering: Toward an Iterative Data Processing Pattern on the Cloud. DataCloud 2011, May 2011.

Technical Reports

Ankur Dave, Matei Zaharia, Scott Shenker, Ion Stoica. Arthur: Rich Post-Facto Debugging for Production Analytics Applications. January 2013.
Ankur Dave. Optimizing Boggle Boards: An Evaluation of Parallelizable Techniques. IB Extended Essay, January 2009.


University of California, Berkeley Starting August 2013
Ph.D. candidate, Computer Science
University of California, Berkeley August 2010 to May 2013
B.S., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science GPA: 3.79/4.0
Interlake High School September 2006 to June 2010