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Feamster Organizes WIRED Workshop

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Nick Feamster organized the Workshop on Internet Routing Evolution and Design.

The Internet routing infrastructure has gained importance over the past few years as the Internet is increasingly becoming a component of our critical communications infrastructure. Despite the importance of Internet routing, we have not reached consensus on the design of an Internet routing system that is easy to manage, control, and secure, yet still scales well and provides good performance guarantees to end hosts.

Researchers and practitioners have identified various problems with today’s Internet routing protocols including, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Scaling (e.g., AS number and prefix exhaustion)
  • Security (e.g., route hijacking, data diversion)
  • Automation (e.g., generation of topology and configuation)
  • Correctness (e.g., misconfiguration, contract violations)
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Performance

The current Internet routing infrastructure was not designed with many of these goals in mind, and solutions to these problems has become more challenging – and crucial – as users demand more availability and better performance from Internet-based services. Solving the problems above requires a unique combination operational expertise and a willingness to consider longer-term solutions. In light of these trends, we’d like to invite you to participate in a workshop on the subject of Internet routing.


Author: Nick Feamster

Nick Feamster is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Princeton University. Before joining the faculty at Princeton, he was a professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in Computer science from MIT in 2005, and his S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2000 and 2001, respectively. His research focuses on many aspects of computer networking and networked systems, including the design, measurement, and analysis of network routing protocols, network operations and security, and anonymous communication systems. In December 2008, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his contributions to cybersecurity, notably spam filtering. His honors include the Technology Review 35 "Top Young Innovators Under 35" award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, the NSF CAREER award, the IBM Faculty Fellowship, and award papers at SIGCOMM 2006 (network-level behavior of spammers), the NSDI 2005 conference (fault detection in router configuration), Usenix Security 2002 (circumventing web censorship using Infranet), and Usenix Security 2001 (web cookie analysis).

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