Comprehensive Network Management

March 24, 2017 - 11:15am to 12:15pm
University of Texas (Austin)
Keller Hall 3-180
Zhi-Li Zhang

ABSTRACT: Computer networks are essential to the success of modern computing ecosystems. New applications such as the Internet of Things, cyber-physical systems, and big data analytics push the limits of networks by requiring pervasive, fast, responsive, low-cost, and energy-efficient access. These challenges make administering modern networks an increasingly difficult task. As a result, my research develops a comprehensive approach to network management by designing, analyzing, and deploying techniques to ensure the operational efficiency of the network.  This talk first describes my work in datacenter network management. Specifically, I highlight how administrators can deploy simple, lightweight changes at the edge of their networks to increase performance in multi-tenant datacenters. These techniques minimize the impact of network congestion, which has been shown to severely impact performance, by effectively load balancing the network at fast speeds and virtualizing TCP congestion control. Next, I briefly overview my past research in mobile computing and wireless network management. Finally, I conclude by showing how my past experiences will drive future avenues of research.

BIO: Eric Rozner is currently a Research Staff Member and Master Inventor at IBM Research in Austin, Texas. Eric obtained his BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. After graduation, Eric worked as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff - Research at AT&T Labs Research in Florham Park, NJ. Eric’s interests are broadly defined in the areas of systems and networking, but he has specific interests in network management, datacenter networking, software-defined networking, wireless networking, and mobile computing. He has published over 20 technical documents in esteemed international conferences, workshops and journals. He has also filed over 65 patents and regularly serves on technical program committees. In his spare time, Eric enjoys his pets, gardening, running, hiking, craft beer, and Texas BBQ.