PhD Defense by Minsung Jang

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    • Tuesday May 12, 2015 - Wednesday May 13, 2015
      12:00 pm - 1:59 pm
  • Location: KACB 3402
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Summary Sentence: Virtual Platforms: System Support to Enrich the Functionality of End Client Devices

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Ph.D. Dissertation Defense Announcement


Title: Virtual Platforms: System Support to Enrich the Functionality of End Client Devices


Minsung Jang

School of Computer Science

College of Computing

Georgia Institute of Technology


Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Location: KACB 3402



Dr. Karsten Schwan (Advisor, School of Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology)

Dr. Umakishore Ramachandran (School of Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology)

Dr. Ling Liu (School of Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology)

Dr. Ada Gavrilovska (School of Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology)

Dr. Omesh Tickoo (Intel Corporation)

Dr. Padmanabhan Pillai (Intel Corporation)



Client devices operating at the edges on the Internet, in homes, cars, offices, and elsewhere, are highly heterogeneous in terms of their hardware configurations, form factors, and capabilities, ranging from small sensors to wearable and mobile devices, to the stationary ones like smart TVs and desktop machines. With recent and future advances in wireless networking allowing all such devices to interact with each other and with the cloud, it becomes possible to combine and augment capabilities of individual devices via services running at the edge - in edge clouds - and/or via services running in remote datacenters. 


The virtual platform approach to combining and enhancing such devices developed in this research makes possible the creation of innovative end user services, using low-latency communications with nearby devices to create for each end user exactly the platform needed for current tasks, guided by permissions and policies controlled by remote, cloud-resident social network services (SNS). To end users, virtual platforms operate beyond the limitations of individual devices, as natural extensions of those devices that offer improved functionality and performance, with ease-of-use provided by cloud-level global context and knowledge.


In the defense exam, I will briefly highlight these technical contributions and focus on presenting the Stratus, PCloud, Stencil and SOUL system for realizing the idea of the virtual platform including system architecture, optimizations, and experimental evaluation.

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