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Hybrid Black-Box Solar Analytics And Their Privacy Implications, Dong Chen Jan 2018

Hybrid Black-Box Solar Analytics And Their Privacy Implications, Dong Chen

Doctoral Dissertations

The aggregate solar capacity in the U.S. is rising rapidly due to continuing decreases in the cost of solar modules. For example, the installed cost per Watt (W) for residential photovoltaics (PVs) decreased by 6X from 2009 to 2018 (from $8/W to $1.2/W), resulting in the installed aggregate solar capacity increasing 128X from 2009 to 2018 (from 435 megawatts to 55.9 gigawatts). This increasing solar capacity is imposing operational challenges on utilities in balancing electricity's real-time supply and demand, as solar generation is more stochastic and less predictable than aggregate demand.

To address this ...


Design And Implementation Of An Economy Plane For The Internet, Xinming Chen Jan 2015

Design And Implementation Of An Economy Plane For The Internet, Xinming Chen

Doctoral Dissertations

The Internet has been very successful in supporting many network applications. As the diversity of uses for the Internet has increased, many protocols and services have been developed by the industry and the research community. However, many of them failed to get deployed in the Internet. One challenge of deploying these novel ideas in operational network is that the network providers need to be involved in the process.

Many novel network protocols and services, like multicast and end-to-end QoS, need the support from network providers. However, since network providers are typically driven by business reasons, if they can not get ...


Energy-Efficient Content Delivery Networks, Vimal Mathew Jan 2015

Energy-Efficient Content Delivery Networks, Vimal Mathew

Doctoral Dissertations

Internet-scale distributed systems such as content delivery networks (CDNs) operate hundreds of thousands of servers deployed in thousands of data center locations around the globe. Since the energy costs of operating such a large IT infrastructure are a significant fraction of the total operating costs, we argue for redesigning them to incorporate energy optimization as a first-order principle. We focus on CDNs and demonstrate techniques to save energy while meeting client-perceived service level agreements (SLAs) and minimizing impact on hardware reliability.

Servers deployed at individual data centers can be switched off at low load to save energy. We show that ...


Reliable And Efficient Multithreading, Tongping Liu May 2014

Reliable And Efficient Multithreading, Tongping Liu

Doctoral Dissertations

The advent of multicore architecture has increased the demand for multithreaded programs. It is notoriously far more challenging to write parallel programs correctly and efficiently than sequential ones because of the wide range of concurrency errors and performance problems. In this thesis, I developed a series of runtime systems and tools to combat concurrency errors and performance problems of multithreaded programs.

The first system, Dthreads, automatically ensures determinism for unmodified C/C++ applications using the pthreads library without requiring programmer intervention and hardware support. Dthreads greatly simplifies the understanding and debugging of multithreaded programs. Dthreads often matches or even exceeds ...