I am Dave Jing Tian, an (to-be) Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Purdue University working on system security. My research involves embedded systems, operating systems, and trusted computing. All opinions are my own.
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Category Archives: Programming
Found this figure online. The title of this diagram may be biased as it is not the complete I/O stack but a concentration on block devices with a focus on SCSI layer. Some important missing stuffs, in my opinion, include … Continue reading
Brad and I were working on some text similarity computation. One of the most popular string distance functions is the Levenshtein distance, which is also called the edit distance. We use Python for its brevity and widely-library support (OK, I … Continue reading
The original question was how to retrieve the PID of the packet (sender) in the Unix domain socket. As titled, the answer is recvmsg()/sendmsg(). However, the most useful information I could find online is Michael’s man7.org. People keep talking about … Continue reading
This post is NOT initially designed for how to hack Bash. But it does tell the truth that hacking Bash is not that hard, by adding a useful feature to Bash itself – setting CPU affinity support. Have fun and … Continue reading
Recent playing with Python urllib2 reveals an interesting fact that the timeout parameter of urlopen() does not work sometimes. The interesting issue has successfully pushed me deep into the Python source code for debugging. The final debugging, without surprise, shows … Continue reading