Micah Beck

Min Kao Building, Room 433
1520 Middle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-225

Email: mbeck at utk.edu
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My vita.
Associate Professor
Dept. of Electrical Eng. and Computer Sci.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Is Universal Broadband Service Impossible?

Broadband Internet service is widely expected to be the fundamental universal service for the 21st century. But more than a decade of national and international struggles to close the digital divide between broadband haves and have nots suggest that reaching global universality will be a very difficult task. This paper argues that the strong guarantees made by the current broadband paradigm - low latency and constant availability - are unnecessary obstacles to its adoption as an affordable and universal digital service. We show that there is nonetheless a plausible strategy for deploying a Basic Broadband service that does not require such guarantees and is able to offer, at reasonable cost, almost all the critical and valuable services and applications currently delivered over low latency broadband, synchronous telepresence excepted.

Is Universal Broadband Service Impossible?
Micah Beck, Terry Moore
arXiv:2204.11300, April 2022

A previous paper:
Universal Digital Services Through Basic Broadband
Micah Beck, Terry Moore
arXiv:2107.12269, July 2021

News & Information

To universally connect remote, disrupted and underserved environments/communities it may be necessary to reconsider our definition of "connectivity":
    Firefighters need to access accurate, up-to-date maps in the heat of fight the and on the lines front even when they may be miles from the nearest available network connection. This is the subject of a PSCR Public Safety Innovation Accelerator (PSIAP) awarded project, the Wildland Fire Data Logistics Network (Wildfire DLN), led by Principal Investigator Nancy French of the Michigan Tech Research Institute. Her team's work serves to develop a system intended to deliver rich and informative data to first responders working on the edge - such as firefighters on the front lines of a wildfire.

2019 NIST Public Safety Communications Research Division Broadband Stakeholder Meeting Session Recording
Presented by Nancy French, Ezra Kissel, Jeremy Musser, Ben Hart

Recent Publications

Universal Digital Services Through Basic Broadband
Micah Beck, Terry Moore
arXiv:2107.12269, July 2021

A discussion on LinkedIn
A video discussion on BlandinOnBroadband.org
Deployment Scalability in Exposed Buffer Processing
Micah Beck
17th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-Hoc and Smart Systems (IEEE MASS - 2020)
Delhi NCR, India, December 10-13, 2020 (Virtual conference)

IEEE MASS 2020 presentation, December 2020

"On The Hourglass Model"
Micah Beck
Communications of the ACM, July 2019, Vol. 62 No. 7, Pages 48-57.

Communications of the ACM, July 2019

"Interoperable Convergence of Storage, Networking and Computation"
Micah Beck, Terry Moore, Piotr Luszczek, Anthony Danalis
Future of Information and Communication Conference, 14-15 March 2019, San Francisco.

"Data Logistics: Toolkit and Applications"
Micah Beck, Nancy French, Ezra Kissel, Terry Moore, Martin Swany
GOODTECHS 2019 - 5th EAI International Conference on Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good, 9/25-27/2019, Valencia.

White Papers and Presentations

Balls and Walls: A Compact Unary Coding for Bosonic States
Hatem Barghathi, Caleb Usadi, Micah Beck, Adrian Del Maestro
arXiv:2109.07508, September 2021

Universal Digital Services Through Basic Broadband
Micah Beck, Terry Moore
arXiv:2107.12269, July 2021

Should System Architecture Design be considered part of Computer Science? A discussion on LinkedIn

Cybercosm: New Foundations for a Converged Science Data Ecosystem
Mark Asch, FranMark-ois Bodin, Micah Beck, Terry Moore, Michela Taufer, Jean-Pierre Vilotte
arXiv:2105.10680, June 2021

The Programmable Network Stack
Micah Beck
White paper included in US-Japan Workshop on Programmable Networking
November 16-19, 2020

Exposed Buffer Architecture for Continuum Convergence
Micah Beck & Terry Moore
arXiv:2008.00989, Aug 2020

A discussion on LinkedIn

The Hedge Podcast Episode 27: New directions in network and computing systems
On this episode of the Hedge, Micah Beck joins us to discuss a paper he wrote recently considering a new model of compute, storage, and networking.


Clark's "Funnel" Reconsidered
Micah Beck & Terry Moore
White paper included in the report of the FABRIC Community Visioning Workshop
April 15 & 16, 2020, Chicago IL

Location, Location, Location: The Exposed Buffer Approach to Problems of Data Logistics
Micah Beck & Martin D. Swany
White paper presented at the Large Scale Networking (LSN) Workshop on Huge Data
April 13 & 14, 2020, Chicago IL

"Pervasively Distributed CyberInfrastructure for Yottascale Data Ecosystems"
Micah Beck, Terry Moore
Presented at ASPLOS 2018 Workshop on Inter-displinary Research Challenges in Computer Systems, 3/24-25/2018.

"In Case of Rapture, Can I Have Your Data?"
Micah Beck, talk presented at DLF Forum 2017, 3/23-25/2017.

Some Past Projects

The Sea Squirt

So, yes, in common parlance, the sea squirt eats its own brain such as it is. But since the sea squirt no longer needs its brain to help it swim around or to see, this this isn't a great loss to the creature. It needs to use this now superfluous body material to help develop its digestive, reproductive, and circulatory organs.


Classes Recently Taught

Spring 2022

Fall 2021

Spring 2021