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Steven Hofmeyr

Steven Hofmeyr
Phone: +1 510 486 4505
Fax: +1 510 486 6900

Research Interests

  • Large-scale, high performance genome assembly.
  • Modeling of complex systems, such as the Internet and financial markets.
  • Information security, particularly understanding the impact of policies and regulations and the dynamic interplay of chronic attack and defense on a large scale.
  • New operating systems for the many-core era.
  • Scheduling and load-balancing for parallel applications.


Talks and panels

  • Fighting unknown attacks (panel). eSecureLive. May 2005.
  • The computer security arms race. Systems and Software Technology Conference. April 2005.
  • The future of security (panel). eFinancial WorldExpo. November 2004.
  • Reflections on adaptable, host-based intrusion prevention systems. Adaptive and Resilient Computer Security Workshop at the Santa Fe Institute. November 2004.
  • What’s next: new threats and new answers. (panel). eWeek Security Summit. September 2004.
  • Acting in milliseconds: why defense processes have to change (panel). Blackhat Briefings. July 2004.
  • Policy-based security: automating intrusion response (panel). eWeek Security Summit. May 2004.
  • Immune system analogues approach. JET Roadmap Workshop. April, 2004.
  • Adaptive intrusion protection. RSA Conference. February, 2004.
  • Emulating the human biosystem to meet cyber security challenges (panel). RSA Conference. February, 2004.
  • Attaining security currency operational, risk, and cost efficiency approaches to patch management (panel). RSA Conference. February, 2004.
  • False positives, intrusion detection, and robust system design. Security and Privacy Vanguard Conference. February, 2004.
  • Preventing intrusions and tolerating false positives. BlackHat Windows Security Briefings. January, 2004.
  • Keynote: Damage-response systems. Adaptive and resilient computing security. Santa Fe Institute Workshop. November, 2003.
  • Change management: secure your applications and live through it. CSI NetSec. November, 2003.
  • Growing a venture-backed security company from New Mexico origins.Coronado Ventures Forum. May, 2003.
  • The solution for today’s security threats? The worlds oldest security system. RSA Conference. April, 2003.
  • Distributed security: lessons from nature. O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference. May, 2002.
  • How to feel secure in an insecure world (panel). PCForum. March, 2002.
  • Is wireless an enabler for global security? (panel) Wireless Systems Design Conference. February, 2002.

Journal Articles

Khaled Z. Ibrahim, Steven Hofmeyr, Costin Iancu, "The Case for Partitioning Virtual Machines on Manycore Architectures", IEEE TPDS, April 17, 2014,

S Hofmeyr, J Colmenares, J Kubiatowicz, C Iancu, "Juggle: Addressing Extrinsic Load Imbalances in SPMD Applications on Multicore Computer", Cluster Computing, 2012,

S. Hofmeyr, "The information security technology arms race", Crosstalk: The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, October 1, 2005,

S. Hofmeyr, "Host intrusion detection: part of the operating system or on top of the operating system", Computers & Security, February 1, 2005,

S. Hofmeyr, "The implications of immunology for secure systems design", Computers & Security, September 1, 2004,

S. Hofmeyr, "A new approach to security: learning from immunology", Information Systems Security, September 1, 2003,

S. Hofmeyr, "Why today's security technologies are so inadequate: history, implications and new approaches", Information Systems Security, January 1, 2003,

S. Forrest, S. Hofmeyr, "Engineering an immune system", Graft, June 1, 2001,

S. Hofmeyr, S. Forrest, "Architecture for an artificial immune system", Evolutionary Computation, December 1, 2000,

S. Hofmeyr, A. Somayaji, S. Forrest, "Intrusion detection using sequences of system calls", Journal of Computer Security, June 1, 1998,

A. P. Kosoresow, S. Hofmeyr, S. Forrest, "Intrusion detection via system call traces", IEEE Software, September 1, 1997,

S. Forrest, S. Hofmeyr, A. Somayaji, "Computer immunology", Communications of the ACM, January 1, 1997,

Conference Papers

Evangelos Georganas, Aydın Buluç, Jarrod Chapman, Steven Hofmeyr,
Chaitanya Aluru, Rob Egan, Leonid Oliker, Daniel Rokhsar, Katherine Yelick,
"HipMer: An Extreme-Scale De Novo Genome Assembler", Proceedings of the International Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC), November 19, 2015,

Benjamin Edwards, Steven Hofmeyr, Stephanie Forrest, "Hype and heavy tails: A closer look at data breaches", The Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (WEIS), 2015,

Benjamin Edwards, Steven Hofmeyr, Stephanie Forrest, Michel Van Eeten, "Analyzing and modeling longitudinal security data: Promise and pitfalls", Proceedings of the 31st Annual Computer Security Applications Conference, 2015, 391--400,

Juan A Colmenares, Gage Eads, Steven Hofmeyr, Sarah Bird, Miquel Moret\ o, David Chou, Brian Gluzman, Eric Roman, Davide B Bartolini, Nitesh Mor, others, "Tessellation: refactoring the OS around explicit resource containers with continuous adaptation", Proceedings of the 50th Annual Design Automation Conference, 2013, 76,

Steven Hofmeyr, Tyler Moore, Stephanie Forrest, Benjamin Edwards, George Stelle, "Modeling internet-scale policies for cleaning up malware", Economics of Information Security and Privacy III, Springer New York, 2013, 149--170,

Benjamin Edwards, Tyler Moore, George Stelle, Steven Hofmeyr, Stephanie Forrest, "Beyond the blacklist: modeling malware spread and the effect of interventions", Proceedings of the 2012 workshop on New security paradigms, January 1, 2012, 53--66,

S. Hofmeyr, T. Moore, S. Forrest, B. Edwards, G. Stelle, "Modeling Internet scale policies for cleaning up malware", Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (WEIS 2011), June 14, 2011,

Steven A. Hofmeyr, Juan A. Colmenares, Costin Iancu, John Kubiatowicz, "Juggle: proactive load balancing on multicore computers", High-Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing (HPDC), 2011,

Khaled Z. Ibrahim, S. Hofmeyr, Eric Roman, "Optimized Pre-Copy Live Migration for Memory Intensive Applications", The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis, 2011,

Khaled Z. Ibrahim, S. Hofmeyr, C. Iancu, "Characterizing the Performance of Parallel Applications on Multi-socket Virtual Machines", Cluster, Cloud and Grid Computing (CCGrid), 2011 11th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on, 2011, 1 -12,

J. A. Colmenares, S. Bird, H. Cook, P. Pearce, D. Zhu, J. Shalf, S. Hofmeyr, K. Asanovic, J. Kubiatowicz, "Resource Management in the Tessellation Manycore OS", 2nd Usenix Workshop on Hot Topics in Parallelism (HotPar), June 15, 2010,

Steven A. Hofmeyr, Costin Iancu, Filip Blagojevic, "Load balancing on speed", Principles and Practice of Parallel Programming (PPoPP), June 6, 2010,

Costin Iancu, Steven A. Hofmeyr, Filip Blagojevic, Yili Zheng, "Oversubscription on multicore processors", International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS), 2010,

R. Liu, K. Klues, S. Bird, S. Hofmeyr, K. Asanovic, J. D. Kubiatowicz, "Tessellation: Space-Time Partitioning in a Manycore Client OS", First USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Parallelism, June 15, 2009,

S. Forrest, S. Hofmeyr, A. Somayaji., "The evolution of system-call monitoring", Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), August 12, 2008,

Costin Iancu, Steven A. Hofmeyr, "Runtime optimization of vector operations on large scale SMP clusters", Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques (PACT), 2008,

S. Hofmeyr, S .Forrest, "Immunity by design: an artificial immune system", GECCO, June 13, 1999,

A. Somayaji, S. Hofmeyr, S. Forrest, "Principles of a computer immune system", New Security Paradigms Workshop (NSPW), September 22, 1998,

S. Hofmeyr, S. Forrest, P. D'haeseleer, "An immunological approach to distributed network intrusion detection", Recent Advances in Intrusion Detection (RAID), September 14, 1998,

S. Forrest, S. Hofmeyr, A. Somayaji, T. A. Longstaff, "A sense of self for UNIX processes", IEEE Symposium on Computer Security and Privacy, May 6, 1994,

Book Chapters

S. Hofmeyr, "An interpretive introduction to the immune system", Design Principles for the Immune System and Other Distributed Autonomous Systems, ( June 14, 2001)

S. Forrest, S. Hofmeyr, "Immunology as information processing", Design Principles for the Immune System and other Distributed Autonomous Systems, ( June 14, 2001)


Yili Zheng, Filip Blagojevic, Dan Bonachea, Paul H. Hargrove, Steven Hofmeyr, Costin Iancu, Seung-Jai Min, Katherine Yelick, Getting Multicore Performance with UPC, SIAM Conference on Parallel Processing for Scientific Computing, February 2010,

Steven Hofmeyr, New approaches to security: lessons from nature, CSI Netsec, June 1, 2005,


Gage Eads, Juan Colmenares, Steven Hofmeyr, Sarah Bird, Davide Bartolini, David Chou, Brian Glutzman, Krste Asanovic, John D Kubiatowicz, "Building an Adaptive Operating System for Predictability and Efficiency", 2014,

Benjamin Edwards, Steven Hofmeyr, George Stelle, Stephanie Forrest, "Internet topology over time", arXiv preprint arXiv:1202.3993, January 1, 2012,


S. Hofmeyr, Stopping the slew of mutating malware, Data Management and Storage Technology Review, July 1, 2005,

S. Hofmeyr, New approaches to security: lessons from nature, Secure Convergence Journal, June 1, 2005,

S. Hofmeyr, Implementing security on server blades, Blade Letter, June 1, 2005,

S. Hofmeyr, Can IT defenses work like the body's?, Security Management, September 1, 2004,

S. Hofmeyr, Who says biology need be destiny?, CNET News, April 13, 2004,

S. Hofmeyr, Technology can learn a lot from biology, Silicon Valley Bizink, December 26, 2003,

S. Hofmeyr, Forward thinking, Security Products, June 1, 2002,