Wednesday, March 22, 2017

academia uber alles

i hope the eponymous taxi company hasn't got a "business process" Patent on it because there's prior art - the 100% hollowed out notion (gives a whole new life to the idea of shell company or the emperor's new clothes metaphor) has been alive and well in academia for many decades

you know the script, right - you get a missive saying
"here's a paper, we need reviewed - oh, and if you can't do it now, we'll out you on our books for later, and can you recommend someone who can?"

1. the paper was written by an academic, who type set it using software freely avaialble, designed by researchers, and is probably on a web site run by academics, running on software written by researchers, and maintained by academics, etc

2. when the paper is published, good chance some private company will make money by sending it to libraries curated by academics, and it will be read by researchers,

3. we can extend this to MOOCs

4. and graduate students (here's a student, wanna supervise them, then we'll hire them at Company X, having had them trained by you) etc

the "gift" economics is ok when everyone is (as we say in what Tom Lehrer used to call the Ed Biz,I think in that memorable song about Ivan Lobachevsky) collegiate.

but the reality is that there's a mix of behaviours (I'm sure its heavy tailed - like a fox, or whatever) where a few people do a zillion amounts of stuff, and most do doodly squat - after all, most papers are read by between 0 and 1 people (not even the reviewers in some cases) - its true - look at google scholar stats

I'm beginning to believe we are in the world described in Theodore Sturgeon's brilliant story "It Wasn't Syzygy" (see collection e pluribus unicorn) - a wonderful author who should be as well known as Ray Bradbury...

there really should only be 3 universities and 3 computers and 3 queens.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Principles of Communications -- Michaelmas Term 2016....weak ate (to Nov 30)

This week, wra up with Ad hoc Net capacity&coding tricks
+ systems structures
+ Course Overview - including 2 missing pieces
1/ didnt cover shared media (as was done in 1b)
2/ didn't cover traffic engineering&signaling (rsvp) as most the principles already covered in other lectures earlier in term (open & closed loop control, optimisation and fibbing).

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Principles of Communications -- Michaelmas Term 2016....week 7 (to Nov 25)

scheduling & switching last week and this week - some associated info:

huis clos shows up in multicores, routers, and data centers:-)

will not cover shared media, friday, as was done in 1b physical & dala link layer really nicely already, so revise that - 
instead, will move on to ad hoc/mobile networking capacity *might talk about opportunistic networks and firechat too:-)

Friday, November 11, 2016

Principles of Communications -- Michaelmas Term 2016....week 5 (to Nov 11)

This week was feedback control, theory &
optimization (routing and congestion pricing)...a bit math/algebra/calculus heavy methinks (supervisions should work through one or two examples of a PID controller for different systems
and how you show stability&long term operating point) - next week, real world TCP, then scheduling.

Friday, November 04, 2016

Principles of Communications -- Michaelmas Term 2016....week 4 (to Nov 4)

Have  covered Sticky Random Routing (DAR material here) + Network Coding for TCP

see wikipedia for Gaussian Elimination, + Linear Network Coding articles - best source/explanation I can find

And Open Loop Flow Control (including leaky bucket regulators/policiers)

Next week, closed loop/feedback control, and underlying theory for controller design and stability/efficiency analysis.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Principles of Communications -- Michaelmas Term 2016....week 3 (to Oct 21)

Done centralised/hybrid routing/fibbing -- as someone pointed out, forwarding continues if a central controler caches - depends on timeout in openflow added state/fib entries - with fibbing, the timeout will be whatever OSPF Or equiv does - so a comparison is potentially a bit more subtle than as presented.
Also, SDN/Openflow lets you add entries based on 5-tuple, whereas fibbing lets you add by destination potentially more fine grain choices in SDN, even if at the cost of more state - so the "prefix hijack" in fibbing is neat, but not the last word in adding custom routes...(e.g. if you wanted by source, needs more state than can be added by fake Link State Advert - as far as I can see)

rest of week was on BGP - why, what, how, where, when, and why not!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Principles of Communications -- Michaelmas Term 2016....

Finishing up end of week 2 (lecture 4) with Compact routing
having done background graphs & reminder of routing basics.

See the  slides page for lecture material + links to papers with more detail if you want (where not covered in books -

I've also added some more pointers to background book like reading on the course materials page for people that want to read more around the area, as there's no specific single book that covers all the course materials.