Created a new course to provide first and second year
graduate students with an introduction to large-scale multimedia
information systems. This course explores current research
directions and design issues in advanced system architectures for
storage servers. Specifically it concentrate on multimedia
information systems, and explores similar issues in parallel
database systems and scientific computing systems.
The objective of
this course is to bring students up to date on
research directions in large multimedia information
systems and to provide the requisite background for
original research in this area.
Specific topics covered in the course include
(but are not limited to): current (a) storage device technology
and technology trends, (b) interconnect technologies and technology
trends, (c) compression technologies and technology trends,
and their impact on application areas such as multimedia storage
systems; multimedia storage servers; database systems for
multicomputer architectures; I/O intensive scientific computing
Students are required to read the
equivalent of approximately 20 conference/journal
research papers. Grades are based
on a final examination, class participation, and
a term report which includes a class presentation
and a term paper. Most reports are expected to be
critical summaries and reviews of a small collection
of papers in an area relevant to the course. However,
reports describing original research are also
possible. This course can be used by Ph.D. and M.S.
students as part of their comprehensive exams curriculum
in the systems area.