Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Tennessee
1122 Volunteer Blvd, Suite 203, Knoxville, TN 37996-3450
Office: (865) 974-3548
Fax: (865) 974-4404
Activities and Projects
Dr. Beck has been an active researcher in a number of areas of
computer systems, including distributed operating systems, the theory of
distributed computation, compilers, parallel computation, networking and
storage. He leads the Logistical
Computing and Internetworking Laboratory.
Teaching Spring 2012
CS360 Systems Programming
Logistical Computing and Internetworking (LoCI)
The Logistical Computing and Internetworking (LoCI) Laboratory, is devoted to information logistics in distributed computer systems and networks. Information logistics is the study of the flexible coscheduling of the fundamental physical resources that underpin computer systems: storage, computation, and data transmission. The term is used in analogy to conventional logistics, which focuses on the coscheduling of the movement, storage and processing of military and industrial materiel. The approach taken by LoCI Lab researchers focuses on the application of architectural features of the Internet as a data transmission medium to analogous intrastructure for storage and computation. The core mission of the laboratory is the design and implementation of a Resource Fabric, or generalized information logistics infrastructure, to provide support for advanced applications that are not adequately served by the conventional model of Internetworking.
The Internet Backplane Protocol (IBP) and the exNode
The Internet Backplane Protocol (IBP) is middleware for managing and using remote storage. It was invented to support Logistical Networking in large scale, distributed systems and applications.
One of the important tools in working with IBP in building distributed systems
is the exNode data structure and
the tools based on it.