Starting my first system conference journey, excited! I’d say the first day and the workshop is wonderful.
Generally, I feel it is a very supportive community. Not so-much technique thing, so I could just writing some random staff and take-away.
The most impressive thing is from Kay “Your advisor will tell you to give up and don’t give up before that”. Well, I think I will pretend it to be true. I’m not good at giving up, though I am always not sure that if I could do. Stop worrying about ‘Can I do a phd’ and assumed advisors would do so to notify ‘giving up’.
I talked to a lot of intelligent and nice people. Talked with those researchers did the paper I liked (No-Paxos, Retro, Sparrow etc.) and others in the project I am not very familiar with. Asked apple guys how do they think about their new building for fun.
Some random notes:
talk to industry, put as much as possible work into one paper, more motivation, using old things to do new staff (tech, insight, methodology).
— Pick up project, work on that. Depth First (Totally agree)
— “Facts preceded concepts”
— Learn as much as you can, even the boring staff.
— Use your intuition to ask questions, not to answer questions
— distrust good result
— “You are a scientist”, talk to people hate your work. Assume they are correct, try deeply understand why they say so.
Some tricks for communication:
— Do homework (From the cool night-watch guy)
— Re-introduce yourself
— Good question to ask: ‘how do you get the idea’ (From Shan Lu), ‘criticize the benchmark” (From Jenna)
To summary, owesome, the supportive community, the advice, and the dinner w/ advisor, graduated group members and their students.