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Internet as a Dynamic System -- Research for Network Engineers and Control Theorists

Now that corporate funding isn't all that abundant and the user demand is still high, Internet service providers are forced to adjust their mind-set -- from 'let's just double the bandwidth' to 'wait a minute; perhaps we should try to re-structure our network.' However, finding a balance between cost and performance isn't easy. The modeling and simulation group in TIK is working towards research themes that will help in the process of finding that balance. We'll start with a quick overview of the group and ongoing research. To carry on in depth and as a subject of relevance, I'd like to discuss various effort on modeling TCP, including work done by control theorists.

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Public Seminar
Dr. Polly Huang
Technische Informatik ETZ G 61.3 ETH Zurich
Jun 18, 2001   17:15

ETH Zentrum, ETZ E6, Gloriastrasse 35, 8006 Zurich
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Biographical Sketch:
Polly Huang received her Ph.D. (1999) and M.S. (1997) in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, and her B.S. (1993) in Mathematics from National Taiwan University. She is currently a senior research scientist at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. She was involved in various projects in multicast routing design (PIM at USC), network simulation (VINT/ns-2 at USC/ISI), and traffic analysis (traffic self-similarity at AT&T Labs-Research). These experiences had nurtured her current interest in understanding dynamics of the Internet and global impact of user- or mechanism-level changes. She is currently the PI of the ETH-funded EvolvNet project, which aims to develop a simulation framework for large-scale network performance analysis.