I earned my Ph.D. in 2013 from University of California, San Diego, working in the Systems and Networking Group under the supervision of Dr. Amin Vahdat. The title of my thesis was "I/O-Efficient Data-Intensive Computing".

Prior to getting my Ph.D., I earned my M.S. in Computer Science from UCSD in 2010, and my B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 2007.


TritonSort: A balanced and energy-efficient large-scale sorting system. Alexander Rasmussen, George Porter, Michael Conley, Harsha Madhyastha, Radhika Niranjan Mysore, Alexander Pucher, and Amin Vahdat, ACM Transactions on Computer Systems 31(1), February 2013.

Themis: An I/O Efficient MapReduce. Alexander Rasmussen, Michael Conley, Rishi Kapoor, Vinh The Lam, George Porter, Amin Vahdat. ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing (SoCC 2012), San Jose, CA. 14 - 17 October, 2012.

TritonSort: A Balanced Large-Scale Sorting System. Alexander Rasmussen, George Porter, Michael Conley, Harsha Madhyastha, Radhika Mysore, Alexander Pucher, Amin Vahdat. Proceedings of the 8th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI 2011), Boston, MA. 30 March - 1 April, 2011.

Short Paper: Improving the Responsiveness of Internet Services with Automatic Cache Placement. Alexander Rasmussen, Emre Kiciman, Benjamin Livshits, Madanlal Musuvathi. 4th European Conference in Computer Systems (EuroSys 2009). Nuremberg, Germany. 30 March - 3 April 2009.

Google's Deep-Web Crawl. Jayant Madhavan, David Ko, Lucja Kot, Vignesh Ganapathy, Alex Rasmussen, Alon Halevy. 34th International Conference on Very Large Databases (VLDB 2008). Auckland, New Zealand. 24-30 August 2008.

Infusing Parallelism into Introductory Computer Science Curriculum using MapReduce. Matthew Johnson, Robert H. Liao, Alexander Rasmussen, Ramesh Sridharan, Dan Garcia and Brian K. Harvey. UC Berkeley Technical Report No. UCB/EECS-2008-34.


Developing and Maintaining High Performance Network Services. Benjamin Livshits, Emre M. Kiciman, Alexander C. Rasmussen, Madanlal Musuvathi. Publication Number US 2010/0153928 A1 (published 6/17/2010), Application Number US 12/335799 (filed 12/16/2008)