Managing the Revolution at the Edge of the Internet

Electrical and Computer Engineering
NYU Community Event

Speaker: Dr. Konstantina Papagiannaki

Faculty Host: Professor Shivendra Panwar


While one could argue about the degree of architectural change in the core of the Internet, such a debate would not even exist in a discussion about edge networks. A tremendous shift in the content produced and consumed inside homes has led to speedy deployments of fiber to the home and changes at the edge of the network to accommodate traffic growth while limiting infrastructure deployment. A second dramatic change at the edge network is the tremendous adoption of 802.11 and other wireless technologies by home users. As a result, delivery of services to the home may no longer be determined by the last mile performance but by that of the home network itself, urging service providers to extend their demarkation point into the home itself. In this talk, I am going to discuss how one could potentially address the challenge of management and control of services delivered to home users while limiting operational cost, drawing the analogy between the evolution of service provider networks and enterprise WLANs. Using my work in the area of centralized WLANs as a starting point I will comment on potential solutions that could balance the cost and performance of advanced services to residential users.

About the Speaker

Konstantina (Dina) Papagiannaki has been a researcher at Intel Labs since January 2004; from 2004 until the end of 2006 in Cambridge and since 2007 in Pittsburgh. From the beginning of 2000 until the end of 2003 she was a member of the IP Group at the Sprint Advanced Technology Labs. She got awarded her PhD from the Computer Science Department of University College London (UCL) in March 2003, receiving the Distinguished Dissertations Award 2003. She got her first degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in October 1998. She has chaired the technical program committee of the premier conferences in her field, authored 65 peer reviewed papers, authored a book on the design and management of large-scale IP networks through Cambridge University Press, has 4 pending and 2 awarded patents, and in 2009 her work received the best paper award at ACM Mobicom 2009. She currently holds an adjunct faculty position in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University and in 2008 she received the rising star award of the computer networking community of ACM. She is an associate editor for IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and ACM Sigcomm Computer Communications Review.