I plan to use this blog to praise, complain, rant about software, CS, academia, research, systems, and whatever interests me. This will also be a way for me to document my PhD journey.


Hi, my name is Devashish Purandare, but you can call me Dev (like they’ve) !

I am a PhD student in the Computer Science department at University of California Santa Cruz. Since Spring 2017, I have been a part of the Storage Systems Research Center and the Center for Research in Storage Systems. Since 2017, I have worked with CERN on Trace Analysis of large scale archives.

I will soon be starting a new project on Quad-Level-Cell (QLC) flash and how to reason about limited durability. My reseach interests lie broadly in storage, operating systems, programming languages and distributed systems. Further, I love to work with graphics, image processing, and machine learning.

You can see my research details here : research

On the side, I am working on making tech more accessible, and easy, the projects for which can be found here and here.

You can reach me at email or Twitter @dev14e.

My LinkedIn is devashishp and so is my github.

My research profile is available on the SSRC website and my google scholar profile will be here once I populate it.

Last updated : 9th July 2018


I completed Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering from the University of Pune in 2016. My senior project involved improving an image similarity algorithm to much faster while trading off some accuracy. Parts of the project which are public are available here.

I can speak Marathi, Hindi, and English with native fluency, and can understand Sanskrit and Spanish and most north Indian languages. I love taking pictures, and hiking.

Ancient History

I was born in 1994 in Pune, India. I grew up with a 486 machine, with Windows 3.11. I used to spend my days in a Net Café (pre 2011) and on internet at my home when we got it in 2011.

I picked CS for high school, then for Bachelor’s, Master’s and now PhD. There might be a pattern here. I spent my free time being an editor for the school magazine and learning spanish.