Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Committee Chair

Borja M. Peleato-Inarrea

Committee Member 1

Chih-Chun Wang

Committee Member 2

David J. Love

Committee Member 3

Vijay Raghunathan


The recent information explosion has created a pressing need for faster and more reliable data storage and transmission schemes. This thesis focuses on two systems: caching networks and non-volatile storage systems. It proposes network protocols to improve the efficiency of information delivery and signal processing schemes to reduce errors at the physical layer as well. This thesis first investigates caching and delivery strategies for content delivery networks. Caching has been investigated as a useful technique to reduce the network burden by prefetching some contents during o˙-peak hours. Coded caching [1] proposed by Maddah-Ali and Niesen is the foundation of our algorithms and it has been shown to be a useful technique which can reduce peak traffic rates by encoding transmissions so that different users can extract different information from the same packet. Content delivery networks store information distributed across multiple servers, so as to balance the load and avoid unrecoverable losses in case of node or disk failures. On one hand, distributed storage limits the capability of combining content from different servers into a single message, causing performance losses in coded caching schemes. But, on the other hand, the inherent redundancy existing in distributed storage systems can be used to improve the performance of those schemes through parallelism. This thesis proposes a scheme combining distributed storage of the content in multiple servers and an efficient coded caching algorithm for delivery to the users. This scheme is shown to reduce the peak transmission rate below that of state-of-the-art algorithms.