Speaker: Anja Feldmann (Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, TU Berlin)

Title: Current Trends in the Internet Architecture

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Today, new technical abilities enable us to rethink the Internet architecture. In this talk we first highlight how Internet structure and usage has changed in the area of user generated context. Then we explore two technology trends: Cloud networks and open hardware/software interfaces.
Virtualization, a main motor for innovation, decouples services from the underlying infrastructure and allows for resource sharing while ensuring performance guarantees. Server virtualization is widely used, e.g., in the clouds. However, cloud virtualization alone is meaningless without taking into account the network needed to access the cloud resources and data: cloud networks.
Current infrastructures are limited to use the tools provided by the hardware vendors as there are hardly any open software stacks available for network devices in the core. This hurts innovation. However, novel programing interfaces for network devices, e.g., OpenFlow, provide open hardware/software interfaces and may enable us to build a network OS with novel features.


Since 2009 Prof. Anja Feldmann, Ph.D. is the Dean of the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering department the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany and since 2006 she is a full professor at Deutsche Telekom Laboratories an Institute of the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.
From 2000 to 2006 she headed the network architectures group first at Saarland University and then at TU München. Before that (1995 to 1999) she was a member of the Networking and Distributed Systems Center at AT&T Labs -- Research in Florham Park, New Jersey. Her current research interests include Internet measurement, traffic engineering and traffic characterization, network performance debugging, intrusion detection, network architecture. She has published more than 60 papers and has served on more than 50 program committees, including as Co-Chair of ACM SIGCOMM 2003 and ACM IMC 2011 and as Co-PC-Chair of ACM SIGCOMM 2007 and ACM IMC 2009.
She is a recipient of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Preis 2011, the highest honor awarded in German research, and the Berliner Wissenschaftspreis 2011.
Moreover, she is a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the and of the supervisory board of SAP AG, Before that she was on the scientific boards of Inria and the Swiss center on mobile information and communication systems.
She received a M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Paderborn, Paderborn, Germany, in 1990 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA, in 1991 and 1995, respectively.