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Software as a Network

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The networking community’s energy in recent years has focused on making networks and network operations more software-driven. But meanwhile, the applications running on network infrastructure are changing, too, and becoming more like a network. Driven by microservice architectures, this talk will explore how these trends are opening new demands and opportunities for networks, across all layers of the stack, with examples in network performance and in verifying self-driving network infrastructure.

Bio: Brighten Godfrey is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a technical director at VMware. He co-founded and served as CTO of network verification pioneer Veriflow through its 2019 acquisition by VMware. He received his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in 2009. His research interests lie in the design of networked systems and algorithms. He is a winner of the ACM SIGCOMM Rising Star Award, the Sloan Research Fellowship, and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and has chaired several conferences including ACM HotNets 2014, the Symposium on SDN Research 2016, and ACM SIGCOMM 2022 .

This talk is part of the Computer Laboratory Systems Research Group Seminar series.

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