Stanford Networking Seminar

12:15PM, Thursday March 10, 2011
Gates 104

The Nebula Future Internet Architecture: A Research Agenda

Jonathan Smith
University of Pennsylvania

About the talk:
The Nebula Project is focused on network security for an emerging cloud computing model. We believe that network security requires high availability, evolvability and a capability for policy enforcement. Nebula has architectural elements matched against these challenges: NCore, NVENT and NDP. NCore is a highly reliable core network, interconnecting data centers with redundant paths between ultra-reliable core routers. NVENT is a new control plane allowing virtualization and introduction of new network services. NDP is a data plane that enables decentralized policy enforcement. The combination of these elements in Nebula raises a variety of new research questions.

About the speaker:
Jonathan M. Smith is the Olga and Alberico Pompa Professor of Engineering and Applied Science and a Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a Program Manager at DARPA 2004-2006, and was awarded the OSD Medal for Exceptional Public Service in 2006. He is an IEEE Fellow.
His current research interests range from programmable network infrastructures and cognitive radios to disinformation theory and architectures for computer augmented immune response.