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  • Discover USC Open House

    Sun, Nov 18, 2018 @ 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

    Receptions & Special Events

    DISCOVER USC FEATURES: A presentation from Viterbi Admission, Campus Tours, Panel Discussions with Viterbi Students, Lab Tours, the Viterbi Student Organization EXPO and more!

    This full day program will provide you and your family with an opportunity to meet staff from Undergraduate Admission, Financial Aid and the Viterbi School of Engineering, in addition to current Viterbi students and faculty.

    During the Discover USC, the Viterbi School hosts an Engineering Expo. The Expo is an open house for our students, faculty, and staff to showcase the numerous opportunities to get involved. We will host information sessions about academic services and provide tours of the labs used by our undergraduate student design teams and research projects.

    Check out the Viterbi Expo Page to learn more about the event and see all the items we hosted at last years expo!

    Location: George Finley Bovard Administration Building (ADM) - Trousdale Walkway

    Audiences: Prospective Students & Family Members

    Contact: Viterbi Admission

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    Sun, Nov 18, 2018 @ 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Viterbi School of Engineering Student Affairs

    Workshops & Infosessions

    WRIT 340E Professors Choi and Schroeder will be providing grammar lessons and individualized assistance to students currently taking WRIT 340 - Advanced Writing for Engineers.

    Students should bring their WRIT 340E assignments so that they can apply the lessons and also receive detailed feedback on grammar.

    This is the last of the four grammar workshops this semester. LAST CHANCE for grammar help on your 340E assignments and portfolios!

    Food will be served.

    Please be advised that attendance is not related to your grades in your WRIT 340E course.

    More Information: Workshop Flyer.pdf

    Location: Thomas & Dorothy Leavey Library (LVL) - 16

    Audiences: Currently enrolled WRIT340E students

    Contact: Helen Choi

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  • Repeating EventMeet USC: Admission Presentation, Campus Tour, and Engineering Talk

    Mon, Nov 19, 2018

    Viterbi School of Engineering Undergraduate Admission

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    This half day program is designed for prospective freshmen (HS seniors and younger) and family members. Meet USC includes an information session on the University and the Admission process, a student led walking tour of campus, and a meeting with us in the Viterbi School. During the engineering session we will discuss the curriculum, research opportunities, hands-on projects, entrepreneurial support programs, and other aspects of the engineering school. Meet USC is designed to answer all of your questions about USC, the application process, and financial aid.

    Reservations are required for Meet USC. This program occurs twice, once at 8:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.

    Please make sure to check availability and register online for the session you wish to attend. Also, remember to list an Engineering major as your "intended major" on the webform!


    Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) - USC Admission Office

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

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    Contact: Rebecca Kinnon

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  • Seminars in Biomedical Engineering

    Mon, Nov 19, 2018 @ 12:30 PM - 01:50 PM

    Alfred E. Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Benjamin Xu, MD, USC Keck School of Medicine, Assistant Professor Of Clinical Ophthalmology

    Talk Title: AI for glaucoma study

    Host: Qifa Zhou

    Location: Olin Hall of Engineering (OHE) - 122

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Mischalgrace Diasanta

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  • **No Epstein Seminar, ISE 651 This Week (Happy Thanksgiving)**

    Tue, Nov 20, 2018

    Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Grace Owh

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  • PhD Defense - Hieu Nguyen

    Tue, Nov 20, 2018 @ 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

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    Title: Asynchronous Writes in Cache Augmented Data Stores
    Author: Hieu Nguyen

    Date: November 20, 2018 from 1-3pm.
    Location: Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) Room 213.

    Shahram Ghandeharizadeh (Chair)
    Clifford Neuman
    Francois Bar

    Abstract: This dissertation explores processing of writes asynchronously in a cache augmented data store while maintaining the atomicity, consistency, isolation, and durability (ACID) properties of transactions. It enables the caching layer to dictate the overall system performance with both read-heavy and write-heavy workloads, motivating alternative implementations of a write-back policy. A write-back policy buffers writes in the cache and uses background threads to apply them to a data store asynchronously. By doing so, it enhances the overall system performance and enables the application throughput to scale linearly as a function of the number of cache servers. The main limitations of this technique are its increased software complexity and additional memory requirement.

    When the data store is unavailable, a write-back policy buffers writes as long as the caching layer is available. Once the data store becomes available, it applies the buffered writes to the data store asynchronously. We use this idea to introduce TARDIS, a family of techniques to process writes when the data store is unavailable. TARDIS techniques (TAR, TARD, DIS, and TARDIS) differ in how they apply buffered writes to the data store during the recovery mode. While TAR and DIS are simple to implement, other techniques are more complex. TARDIS is most complex and resembles the write-back policy.

    We quantify the tradeoffs associated with the write-back policy and TARDIS family of techniques using YCSB, BG, and TPC-C benchmarks. We compare their performance with alternatives such as write-around and write-through policies that perform writes synchronously. All benchmark results show that asynchronous writes enhance the overall performance and enable the application to scale as a function of the number of nodes in the caching layer. The results also highlight the extra memory required by the proposed techniques to buffer the writes.

    Location: Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) - 213

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Lizsl De Leon

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