Hey! I’m Prerit..

.. and I focus on building systems and platforms for the future generation.

It’s evident that technology has changed every aspect of our lives in the last decade and it’ll continue to have an even greater impact moving forward. Anyone who has access to the internet can learn how to code, develop and build applications to create a more promising future. However, the majority of today’s software systems and platforms aren’t built in a manner to accommodate this rapid growth in application deployment - I plan to change that.

What I’m currently doing

I recently received my Masters in Electrical Engineering from University of Colorado - Boulder, where I chose to focus on Network and Embedded Systems under the guidance and mentorship of Professor Eric Keller. This spring, I am continuing to work with Professor Keller in investigating microservices deployment and elasticity in data centers.

I will be attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) starting in Fall ‘20 to pursue a PhD focusing on Operating Systems and Networking under the guidance of Professor Jian Huang.

Also, I’ve recently started to write more regarding my research, books that I’ve read and anything/everything that I’ve found interest in. You can check out some of that writing in my blog.

What I’ve done and built

You can checkout my previous work and a short list of projects on my Github. I’m also actively working on a few side projects and will be updating the list as it becomes more exhaustive.

During the summer of 2019, I worked at Arista Networks in Santa Clara, CA as a software engineering intern. I was on the Packet Processing Pipeline Team, which focused on reliably routing packets through switches in a data center at speeds of up to 100Gb/s. Specifically, I worked on researching and implementing the support of IPv6 forwarding on the Broadcom Strata chips and this is where I realized that I have a very strong interest in data center networking along with building systems at scale and looking at platforms and systems which will power the future generation of cloud applications.

Additionally, for one of my graduate courses, I decided to investigate the concept of kernel bypass techniques such as AF_XDP sockets and research the limitations and performance gains offered by this technique, as well as write a prototype application using AF_XDP sockets, which would mimic the traffic within a data center for serverless workloads. We ultimately benchmarked our custom application and compared that to the applications deployed in Google’s and Microsoft’s data centers to show higher throughput and lower latencies for TCP based connections. Project Repo

During my undergraduate career at CU Boulder, I was a part of many organizations and clubs on campus as well as on the Club Taekwondo Team where I placed 3rd nationally for my weight class and belt ranking. At the time, I received a few honors when graduating:

  • Minors: Leadership Studies, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science
  • Certificates: President’s Leadership Class, Engineering Leadership Program
  • Officer for Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) Electrical Engineering Honors Society
  • Member of Tau Beta Pi (TBP) Engineering Honors Society
  • Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Organization
  • Engineering Fellow - Selection and service as a Fellow is one of the College’s highest Honors.
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief for The Colorado Engineer: a student run publication at CU-Boulder

Let’s Connect!

There are multiple ways to reach out to me if you’re interested in getting in touch!

  • Twitter is where I like to share a lot of everyday thoughts
  • Github is how I keep track of my software projects, including those that ultimately failed.
  • I also have a LinkedIn but don’t check it as often as I should

Finally, I recently learnt about read.gift on Twitter and if you’d like to buy me a book, I’d be very grateful! You can find me at: /u/thepreritoberai.