Network Operations and Internet Security @ UChicago

Internet2 Innovation Award on SDN Internet Exchanges

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Congratulations to Muhammad Shahbaz and Arpit Gupta, winners of a new Internet2 Internet Innovation award.

Internet2 recently announced the winners of its 2013 Innovative Application Awards program. Each finalist was awarded a $10K grant to support their work building applications using Software Defined Networking (SDN) that solve the challenges faced by research, education and business networks. We are excited to recognize that two of the eight winning proposals were written by current Georgia Tech PhD students.
Muhammad Shahbaz and Arpit Gupta are working with their advisor Nick Feamster and Russ Clark, Ron Hutchins and others to build a working, commercial Internet exchange in Atlanta based on SDN technology that will finally address some of the shortcomings of BGP.
 Shahbaz and Arpit are working with Russ Clark, Ron Hutchins, and others from ColoATL to build an Internet exchange downtown at 55 Marietta Street based on SDN technology.  A preliminary deployment is already in place, and Arpit and Shahbaz are spending the summer building an SDN controller for the exchange and several new interdomain routing applications.  We’re finally giving BGP a run for its money!
Read the full press release here.

SDX March 2013

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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