• Justine Sherry
  •     Assistant Professor
  •     [CSD] [Cylab] [SNAP]
  •     Carnegie Mellon University

I am a computer scientist interested in everything networked: from protocols and applications to the hardware that carries our data across the Internet. My goal is to make networks faster, more reliable, more secure, and lately, more fair and equitable.


August 11, 2021

Nirav Atre was awarded CMU’s Cylab Presidential Fellowship in support of his work on denial-of-service attacks and algorithmic complexity. Congratulations, Nirav! Read more here.

July 01, 2021

I enjoyed talking with Shira Ovide of the New York Times about how the Internet’s constant ability to adapt to failures and congestion kept things running (more or less) smoothly during COVID stay-at-home orders. Read her article here.

June 03, 2021

Kernel bypass approaches to networking provide very high throughput and low latency, at the cost of ease of administration. Operators lose many debugging, management, and scheduling tools that OS kernels typically offer when packets bypass the kernel altogether. At HotOSXVIII today, Hugo Sadok suggests that we might be able to keep both manageability and high performance by implementing an OS interposition layer on FPGA-based SmartNICs. Read the paper and watch the talk to learn more.

April 12, 2021

When network operators deploy middleboxes like firewalls and proxies, they often do so to comply with regulations and formal policies. But how can a network operator prove to an auditor that their deployment is compliant with these policies? Grace Liu shows how to do this with a system called AuditBox at NSDI 2021 today.

April 02, 2021

Every year the National Science Foundation awards fellowships to around 2000 elite graduate students across all areas of STEM, from physics to mathematics to computer science. This year, Minya Rancic – our former intern through CMU’s REUSE program – was awarded one of these prestigious fellowships. Minya will be joining us at CMU for his PhD this Fall. Congratulations!

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Common Requests

  • Prospective Undergradute Interns: I accept students through the ISR REUSE Program. Read more about how to apply here.
  • Prospective PhD Students: I can advise students in any SCS department and in ECE. Apply to whichever program fits you better (or both). I am not on the admissions committee for any PhD program.
  • Peer Review: I only review for conferences which (a) have an enforced anti-harrasment policy, (b) use double-blind review, and (c) offer open-access proceedings.

Research Talks


Justine Sherry is an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Her interests are in software and hardware networked systems; her work includes middleboxes, FPGA packet processing, measurement, cloud computing, and congestion control. Dr. Sherry received her PhD (2016) and MS (2012) from UC Berkeley, and her BS and BA (2010) from the University of Washington. Her research has been awarded the vmWare Systems Research Award, the Applied Networking Research Prize, the SIGCOMM doctoral dissertation award, the David J. Sakrison prize, and paper awards at USENIX NSDI and ACM SIGCOMM. She is a member of the DARPA ISAT Study Group and the SIGCOMM CARES Committee. Most importantly, she is always on the lookout for a great cappuccino.