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Enabling Future-Proof Telemetry for Networked Systems

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Wednesday, March 04, 2020
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Alan (Zaoxing) Liu, Postdoctoral Researcher, Carnegie Mellon University

Today's networked systems, such as data center, cellular, and sensor networks, face increasing demands on security, performance, and reliability. To fulfill these demands, we first need to obtain timely and accurate telemetry information about what is happening in the system. For instance, understanding the volume and the number of distinct network connections can help detect and mitigate network attacks. In storage systems, identifying hot items can help balance the server load. Unfortunately, existing telemetry tools cannot robustly handle multiple telemetry tasks with diverse workloads and resource constraints.

In this talk, I will present my research that focuses on building telemetry systems that are future-proof for current and new telemetry tasks, diverse workloads, and heterogeneous platforms. I will discuss the efficient algorithms and implementations that realize this future-proof vision in network monitoring for hardware and software platforms. I will describe how bridging theory and practice with sketching and sampling algorithms can significantly reduce memory footprints and speedup computations while providing robust results. Finally, I will end the talk with new directions in obtaining future-proof analytics for other types of networked systems, such as low-power sensors and mobile devices, while enhancing energy efficiency and data privacy.

Contact: Ellen Currin