Peter Reiher's Home Page
I am an adjunct professor at UCLA.
I am a co-author on a book on Internet denial of service attacks and defenses. The other authors are
and David Dittrich.
My research interests include systems and network security, mobile computing, file systems, distributed operating systems,
ubiquitous computing, and parallel discrete event simulation.
My previous projects at UCLA include:
Long ago, I also worked on the Time Warp Operating System
project while I was at JPL. The Time Warp project developed an
optimistic parallel discrete event simulation engine. The last released
version of that software is available from
UCLA's FTP archive. If you have questions about this subject not
answered by the information provided, I'll be happy to try to
- The Drawbridge project, which investigates using software defined networking to combat distributed denial of service attacks (DHS sponsored).
- A project to investigate the dangers of botnets in vehicular ad hoc networks and to develop methods
to combat this danger.
- The BREATH project, a multi-institutional project involving using wireless mobile medical devices to study childhood asthma (NIH sponsored).
- a project on measuring and improving the power use by various elements
of the operating system (joint with Dr. William Kaiser of the Electrical Engineering department)
project on improving the secure of legacy wireless medical devices (joint with Dr. Majid Sarrafzadeh)
- the Dissuade project (on controlling network characteristics to manage a local
area network, joint with Dr. Leonard Kleinrock)
- the Data Tethers project (using taint tracking in the operating
system to prevent data loss)
- the Panoply project (a project
on middleware for ubiquitous computing, joint with Dr. Leonard Kleinrock and
Dr. Gerald Popek)
- Conquest 2, (a file system
project on new techniques to save power for file system operations, joint
Prof. An-I Wang at Florida State University)
- the DefCOM project (a distributed
defense against DDoS attacks),
a collaborative project on measuring DDoS attack effectiveness and developing
testbed tools to experiment with DDoS attacks
FLAPPS project (a toolkit for
building peer applications)
- the D-WARD project (a source-side
defense system for distributed denial of service attacks)
- the SAVE project (investigating
methods of handling IP spoofing, joint with Dr. Lixia Zhang)
- the Panda project (middleware
supporting active networks)
Conquest project (less complexity and better performance for file systems
by using abundant persistent main memory)
- the Travler project (support
for mobile computing, joint with Dr. Kleinrock, Dr. Popek, and
Dr. Mario Gerla)
- the Ficus
project and Rumor
project (replicated file systems, joint with Dr. Popek) and the
Truffles project (secure replicated file systems, joint with Dr. Popek).
Several of my publications are
available on-line. Others aren't available in electronic form, including
some of those related to the Time Warp Operating
System. If you want those, get in touch with me.
I am the UCLA campus representative for USENIX. USENIX provides
many useful benefits to students, including low-price membership,
stipends to attend conferences, and research support. Check out
Student Outrearch Program.
Apart from my research, I'm quite interested in film. I have some
rather old movie reviews that I
used to post to the net, and some other
miscellaneous writings about film,
if you're interested.
I have discontinued the summer blockbuster contest that I ran for many years, due to
lack of entries. This contest involved predicting the summer grosses of big
Results from past runs of the contest are still available.
For the cat lovers among you, here are some
pictures of my cats.
If you've ever wondered what the proper way to treat elves was,
Morris Bishop beautifully summarized it in a short
poem. The more annoying you find the first few stanzas, the more
you're likely to enjoy it as a whole.