Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Computer Science

Document Type



Analysis of Big data to gain better insights has been the focus of researchers in the recent past. Traditional desktop computers or database management systems may not be suitable for efficient and timely analysis, due to the requirement of massive parallel processing. Distributed computing frameworks are being explored as a viable solution. For example, Google proposed MapReduce, which is becoming a de facto computing architecture for Big data solutions. However, scheduling in MapReduce is coarse grained and remains as a challenge for improvement. Related with MapReduce scheduler when configured over distributed clusters, we identify two issues: data locality disruption and random assignment of non-local map tasks. We propose a network aware scheduler to extend the existing rack awareness. The tasks are scheduled in the order of node, rack and any other rack within the same cluster to achieve cluster level data locality. The issue of random assignment non-local map tasks is handled by enhancing the scheduler to consider the network parameters, such as delay, bandwidth and packet loss between remote clusters. As part of Big data analysis at computational biology, we consider two major data intensive applications: indexing genome sequences and de Novo assembly. Both of these applications deal with the massive amount data generated from DNA sequencers. We developed a scalable algorithm to construct sub-trees of a suffix tree in parallel to address huge memory requirements needed for indexing the human genome. For the de Novo assembly, we propose Parallel Giraph based Assembler (PGA) to address the challenges associated with the assembly of large genomes over commodity hardware. PGA uses the de Bruijn graph to represent the data generated from sequencers. Huge memory demands and performance expectations are addressed by developing parallel algorithms based on the distributed graph-processing framework, Apache Giraph.



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Committee Chair

Park, Seung-Jong