On energy/information cross-layer architectures

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The importance of architectural principles in the design of engineering systems is well-recognized. This paper argues that the traditional separation between energy delivery and information delivery leads to suboptimal systems. To demonstrate this for wireline systems that may use DC powerline communication, a capacity-power-wiring cost function is defined. Signaling strategies that optimize this function deliver patterned energy: a commodity measured in bits and joules such that energy and information are intermixed. Cross-layer design leads to improved performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2012 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory Proceedings, ISIT 2012
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event2012 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2012 - Cambridge, MA, United States
Duration: Jul 1 2012Jul 6 2012

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings


Other2012 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCambridge, MA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Applied Mathematics


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