Date of Award

January 2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Computer Science

First Advisor

Ananth Y Grama

Committee Member 1

Dongyan Xu

Committee Member 2

Sonia Fahmy

Committee Member 3

Mathias Payer

Committee Member 4

Aniket Kate


The success of modern applications depends on the insights they collect from their data repositories. Data repositories for such applications currently exceed exabytes and are rapidly increasing in size, as they collect data from varied sources - web applications, mobile phones, sensors and other connected devices. Distributed storage and data-centric compute frameworks have been invented to store and analyze these large datasets. This dissertation focuses on extending the applicability and improving the efficiency of distributed data-centric compute frameworks.