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Scalable Systems for Large Scale Dynamic Connected Data Processing


As the proliferation of sensors rapidly make the Internet-of-Things (IoT) a reality, the devices and sensors in this ecosystem—such as smartphones, video cameras, home automation systems, and autonomous vehicles—constantly map out the real-world producing unprecedented amounts of dynamic, connected data that captures complex and diverse relations. Unfortunately, existing big data processing and machine learning frameworks are ill-suited for analyzing such dynamic connected data and face several challenges when employed for this purpose.

This dissertation focuses on the design and implementation of scalable systems for dynamic connected data processing. We discuss simple abstractions that make it easy to operate on such data, efficient data structures for state management, and computation models that reduce redundant work. We also describe how bridging theory and practice with algorithms and techniques that leverage approximation and streaming theory can significantly speed up connected data computations. The systems described in this dissertation achieve more than an order of magnitude improvement over the state-of-the-art.

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