Modularity as a Systems Design Principle

Research output: ThesisDissertation (external)


Computing systems are increasingly becoming dynamic. One example is cloud computing and its property of elasticity. On cloud platforms, resources in the form of additional nodes can be added and removed at any time. Software systems expected to run in such environments, on the other hand, are not nearly as elastic and flexible. Another example is the clearly visible trend towards incorporating an increasing number of processor cores into modern computer systems. In the future, it is likely that not all of these cores will have a uniform instruction set anymore but specialized units are used to accelerate certain tasks. At the same time, however, the power envelope of computer systems is increasingly becoming an issue so that probably not all cores can run at the same time anymore. Software written for such systems is thereby required to adapt to a changing pool of resources, a situation that today’s software is hardly prepared for.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • ETH Zürich
  • Alonso, Gustavo, Advisor, External person
  • Roscoe, Timothy, Supervisor, External person
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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