CSCI 599 Special Topics: Trends in Cloud Computing and Data Center Networking


In recent years, large investments have been made in massive data centers supporting cloud services, such as map-reduce jobs and online web services, by companies such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, and Facebook. Moreover, some companies like Amazon have provided public cloud services with shared storage, computation, and bandwidth resources. In this course, we will visit the critical technology trends and new challenges in cloud and data center designs for different trade-offs of performance, scalability, manageability, and cost across the application, infrastructure, and network layers. The course will include student presentations, discussions, and lectures. The readings will be selected from recent papers published in top systems and networking conferences.


Lecture time and location: Thursdays 2pm-4:50pm, SOS B37
Lecturer: Minlan Yu (SAL 228, office hour by appointment)


You will be expected to read 2-3 papers a week.
There are no required textbooks for the course.


This class is appropriate for graduate students with previous background in networking.


There are no exams in this class. The course grade will be determined based on:

  • Reviews and class presentations/discussion (50%): Students are expected to write reviews for each class. One or two students will give a presentation and lead the discussions in each class.
  • A research project (50%): The semester-long project is an open-ended systems research project. Project topics are of your choice but should be related to cloud computing and data centers. Projects should be done in groups of two or three and include a systems building component.

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