Department of Computer Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Internet’s protocols and hardware were designed primarily to support host-oriented communication. In recent years, a variety of architectural proposals and router vendors have argued for making networks “content-aware”, i.e., design network elements to perform content-aware processing of network traffic. In this talk, I will describe my group’s work on this topic on three different axes: (1) building robust network support for content-aware processing; (2) redesigning network applications and protocols to leverage in-network content awareness; and (3) developing principled approaches for applying content-awareness at the right level of abstraction. I will end the talk with my thoughts on interesting future directions in this space.
Aditya Akella is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his PhD in Computer Science from CMU in 2005, and his B. Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Madras in 2000. Aditya’s research spans a variety of topics in computer networking and systems, including content-aware networks, software-defined systems, data center networking, video quality of experience, network management, and future network architectures. He has published over 50 papers in leading conferences including SIGCOMM and NSDI. Aditya is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award (2008), the NSF Future Internet Architecture Grant (2010), the NetApp Faculty Fellowship (2010), the IBM PhD Fellowship (2003-2005), and several best paper awards (SOCC’13, IMC’10 and COMSNETS’09 and ’10).