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Distinguished Lecturer Series


Monday, September 19, 2011
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Computer Science Building, Rooms 150 & 151
Faculty Host: James Kurose

"Bringing Computer Science To Networking "

The Internet architecture and the networking industry are at the beginning of a revolution, in which the behavior of the network will be programmed directly - it will become software-defined. This will have profound consequences on the network, the industry, the standardization process, and the way we use and program networks. In the talk I will outline the trend towards SDN, give an update on the current status, and discuss some of the consequences.

BIO: Nick McKeown is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Faculty Director of the Clean Slate Program, at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. from UC Berkeley in 1995 and 1992 respectively, and his B.E from the Univ. of Leeds in 1986. From 1986-1989, he worked for Hewlett-Packard Labs in Bristol, England. In 1995, he helped architect Cisco’s GSR 12000 router. In 1997, he co-founded Abrizio Inc. (acquired by PMC-Sierra), where he was CTO. He was co-founder and CEO of Nemo (“Network Memory”), which is now part of Cisco.

Prof. McKeown is the STMicroelectronics Faculty Scholar, the Robert Noyce Faculty Fellow, a Fellow of the Powell Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and recipient of a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. In 2000, he received the IEEE Rice Award for the best paper in communications theory. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), Fellow of the IEEE and the ACM. In 2005, he was awarded the British Computer Society Lovelace Medal, and in 2009 the IEEE Kobayashi Computer and Communications Award. Dr. McKeown’s research interests include the architecture of the future Internet, tools and platforms for networking teaching and research.

A reception will be held at 3:10 in the atrium, outside the presentation rooms.