More than two months after the last entry, I am back. At the moment I write, I am running OSDL database benchmark 1, DBT1 to verify my project's performance. That will be used for my dissertation and also to a paper that I intend to submit (if I have enough time) to SOSP 2003.
Since my last entry, I finished and submitted a paper to Usenix Annual Technical conference (on Nov 18th 2002), but it was rejected (on Jan 22nd 2003). One out of three reviewers did not read the paper carefully, and had some bad impressions about the project and how useful it might be. We think that this reviewer was the one to blame for the rejection, since the other ones wrote positive reviews of the paper. Anyway, there are interesting comments that can be applied to the text in order to improve it.
I am working really hard on my dissertation. Now, since I am working on the experimental results chapter, I am trying to run some new tests to add to my dissertation. Among them, DBT1, which took me quite a while to make it run succesfully. Other tests are piGIMP, httperf and a scientific application that runs in Matlab to calcule the fractal dimension of a image.
Something I've been doing lately is to search for a job. It is really hard to get a nice job. I would like a challenging job, where I could keep working with Linux and open-source software, but it is hard to get a job like this, in particular here in Brazil. I tried some jobs to work in USA, but they do not even reply (I guess they do not want foreigners without work visa). If you have a job for me, please get in contact :-)
Oh, I probably did not comment, but I went to USA to attend OSDI symposium. I got a stipend from Usenix and spend a week there, including 3 days in New York. Nice trip, except for a flu I got before getting to NY, which lasted for over a week.
In this meantime I also tried the IBM Linux Scholar Challenge, but once again I was not among the winners. I do not think my short paper was not commercial enough to convince people it was a nice piece of work.