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Networking in a Heterogeneous, Intermittent World

Kevin Fall

Intel Research Berkeley

Intel Corporation


Our understanding of data networks has conventionally been strongly shaped by a graph theoretic model of communicating parties and connectivity among them. Using this model, we've built the Internet protocols with assumptions of addressing, routing, performance, temporal stability and homogeneity. Now, the Internet and even the underlying graph theory model is showing signs of stress, and there is some agreement that a new model and network architecture that can handle such issues as mobility, disconnection, and heterogeneity, is desirable. In this talk, I will recount how we arrived at the current inflection point for our understanding of data networks, discuss the types of stresses we need to address, and offer some thoughts on possible future directions.
In addition, I will describe how the implications of such an intermittently-connected architecture on the design of multimedia-based applications, which involve the generation and transmission of often high-volume, time-sensitive content.

Short Biography - (Mar 2006)

Kevin Fall

Kevin Fall is a principal engineer at Intel Corporation's Berkeley Research Laboratory. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of California, San Diego. He was co-founder of NetBoost Corporation (now an Intel Company) in 1997 and is now co-chair of the Delay Tolerant Networking Research Group (DTNRG), part of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF). As chair of DTNRG, he has been involved in the formulation of DARPA’s Disruption Tolerant Networking program. Recently, he was elected to the IETF's Internet Architecture Board (IAB), and selected as a member of the DARPA/IDA 2006/2007 Defense Science Study Group (DSSG). He will spend the summer of 2006 at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute as a visiting scholar working on the application of DTN to marine surface and underwater acoustic networks. He has been a technical program committee or chair for various workshops and conferences including Infocom, SIGCOMM Future Directions in Network Architecture, SIGCOMM Workshop on Delay Tolerant Networks, and SIGCOMM Challenged Networks Workshop. He was also a principal architect of the network simulator NS2 in the mid 90's and author of the open source version of the BSD Unix cat program.

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November 19, 2005
November 26, 2005
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February 21, 2006
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