The Next Decade of Networking: Challenges and Opportunities

Title Of the Talk: “The Next Decade of Networking: Challenges and Opportunities”
Speakers: Aditya Akella
Host Faculty: Dr.Praveen Tammana
Date &Time: Monday, 01 Sep 2023 10:00
Abstract: Networking technology has undergone rapid transformations over the past 1-2 decades, and breakthroughs such as software-defined networking, network virtualization, and programmable switches have led to great improvement in edge, cloud, and data center infrastructure and applications. Networking continues to evolve rapidly, with transformative advances across the stack spurring innovation in a new breed of data and AI/ML-driven applications with extreme demands running at the edge, the cloud, or across geo-distributed data centers. In this talk, I will describe some emerging advances – spanning network transport and congestion control, network switches and interface cards (NICs), and network software stacks – outlining the opportunities they offer and the open challenges that must be overcome to support future applications effectively.


Aditya Akella is a Regents Chair Professor of Computer Science at UT Austin. Aditya received his B. Tech. from IIT Madras (2000), and Ph.D. from CMU (2005). His research spans computer systems and networking, focusing on programmable networks, formal methods in systems, and systems for big data and machine learning. His work has influenced the infrastructure of some of the world’s largest online service providers. Aditya has received many awards for his contributions, including the ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Award (2022), selection as a finalist for the US Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists (2020 and 2021), UW-Madison “Professor of the Year” award (2019 and 2017), IRTF Applied Networking Research Prize (2015), SIGCOMM Rising Star award (2014), NSF CAREER award (2008), and several best paper awards.