Note the new location for the seminar.

Thursday, October 2nd, 2003
Room 202, Packard Building

The Internet Architecture: Its Future and Why It Matters

David Cheriton

Stanford University

About the talk:

The Internet architecture is, to some degree, just the collection of protocols used in the Internet and how they interoperate.  However, more critically, the Internet was designed according to certain principles that seek to provide important properties.   We live in "interesting times" in which the Internet has been amazingly successful yet has departed from some of its original principles, lost some supposedly important properties and is confronting some significant challenges.  Various groups have been busy coming up with "next generation" solutions, such as IPv6, yet it is not clear these solutions solve the real problems.    In this talk, I claim that the Internet architecture is too important to be ignored or wrong, and yet it is both right now.  I further explore what I think are some promising directions for the future, with the usual amount of self-promotion of my own work.


About the speaker:

David Cheriton is a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. His research includes the areas of high-performance scalable distributed systems, Internet architecture and protocols and hardware-software interaction, particularly at the operating system level.  He was the chief designer of the V Distributed system, the VMTP protocol and the ParaDiGM scalable multiprocessor architecture.  Prof. Cheriton was co-founder of Granite Systems,a leading developer of gigabit Ethernet products, acquired lock, stock and barrel by Cisco Systems, where he is now a (part-time) technical advisor.  Prof. Cheriton received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo in 1978. For the past 22 years, he has been at Stanford.  Most recently, he has been technical advisor with, VMware, Kleiner-Perkins, Caufield and Byers and few stealth efforts.