August 12, 2016

Coding for caching: fundamental limits and practical challenges

  • Niesen U.

Caching is an essential technique to improve throughput and latency in a vast variety of applications. The core idea is to duplicate content in memories distributed across the network, which can then be exploited to deliver requested content with less congestion and delay. The traditional role of cache memories is to deliver the maximal amount of requested content locally rather than from a remote server. While this approach is optimal for single-cache systems, it has recently been shown to be significantly suboptimal for systems with multiple caches (i.e., cache networks). Instead, cache memories should be used to enable a coded multicasting gain. In this article, we survey these recent developments. We discuss both the fundamental performance limits of cache networks and the practical challenges that need to be overcome in real-life scenarios.

View Original Article

Recent Publications

October 30, 2016

43 Years of Actors: a Taxonomy of Actor Models and Their Key Properties

The Actor Model is a message passing concurrency model that avoids common concurrency issues such as low-level data races and deadlocks by construction. This has made the Actor Model an interesting concurrency model that has been used in various concurrency settings both in research as well as in industry, ranging ...

October 01, 2016

Practical Hardware Considerations for the Design of Hybrid Precoding Systems

  • Rulikowski P.
  • Venkateswaran V.

In this paper we describe practical implications of employing communication schemes with analog beamforming networks (ABFN). Specifically, we formulate realistic constraints for standard ABFN based on the S-parameters of the hardware components involved in their implementation. We concentrate on flexible fully-connected ABFN and Butler networks for im- plementing the discrete ...

October 01, 2016

The hydrodynamic and heat transfer behaviour downstream of a channel obstruction in the laminar flow regime

  • Jeffers N.
  • Punch J.
  • Stafford J.
  • Waddell A.

Microfluidic systems have been proposed as potential solutions for the cooling of next-generation Integrated Circuits (ICs) and Photonics Integrated Circuits (PICs). For PICs, integration of microfluidics may enable greater laser-bar array densities and, consequently, greater transmission bandwidth. To cool the micrometer scale hot-spots produced by the laser-bars, a passively actuated ...