Theory of Distributed Systems (TDS)

Kishori Konwar and Prakash Nayarana Moorthy: A Layered Architecture for Erasure-Coded Consistent Distributed Storage
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Motivated by emerging applications to the \emph{edge computing} paradigm, we introduce a two-layer erasure-coded fault-tolerant distributed storage system offering atomic access for read and write operations.

Johannes Bill: Unsupervised learning in spiking neural networks with memristor synapses
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Abstract: In an increasingly data-rich world, brain-inspired computing concepts operating neuromorphic hardware have shown great promise for processing large datasets within tight volume and power budgets.

Nicholas Schiefer: Computation and Construction in the Chemical Reaction Network-Controlled Tile Assembly Model
Friday, December 9, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Tile-based self-assembly and chemical reaction networks provide two well-studied models of scalable molecular computation.

Hsin-Hao Su: Distributed Degree Splitting, Edge Coloring, and Orientations
Friday, December 2, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
We consider a family of closely-related distributed graph problems, which we call degree splitting, where roughly  speaking the objective is to partition (or orient) the edges such that each node's degree is split almost unifo
Fernando Benavides: Introduction to Discrete Morse Theory for Distributed Computing
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Explain what is discrete Morse theory and how to use it to analyse distributed read/write wait-free algorithms.
Nisha Panwar: On the Fly Authentication in Vehicular Networks
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Autonomous vehicles will establish a spontaneous connection over a wireless radio channel while coordinating actions and information.

Merav Parter and Cameron Musco: Computational Tradeoffs in Biological Neural Networks: Self-Stabilizing Winner-Take-All Networks
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

We initiate a line of investigation into biological neural networks from an algorithmic perspective.

Alkida Balliu: Local Distribution Verification
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

We are considering distributed network computing, in which computing entities are connected by a network modeled as a connected graph. These entities are located at the nodes of the graph, and they exchange information by message-passing along its edges.

Sergio Rajsbaum: Specifying Concurrent Problems: Beyond Linearizability and up to Tasks
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Tasks and objects are two predominant ways of specifying distributed problems. A task specifies for each set of processes (which may run concurrently) the valid outputs of the processes. An object specifies the outputs the object may produce when it is accessed sequentially.

Gopal Pandurangan: Distributed Computation of Large-scale Graph Problems
Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Abstract: Motivated by the increasing need for fast distributed processing of large-scale graphs such as the Web graph, biological networks and various social networks, we study a number of fundamental graph problems

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