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From Software-Defined Radio to Software-Defined Network -- an Overview of Networking Research at Microsoft Research Area

Event Date: October 14, 2013
Speaker: Dr. Yongguang Zhang
Speaker Affiliation: Department of computer Science and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Joint Colloquium
Sponsor: Department of computer Science and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Joint Colloquium
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: LWSN 3102 A/B
Contact Name: Professor Y. Charlie Hu


Microsoft Research at Beijing, China is one of the best computer science research labs in the world. In this talk, we will introduce two influential networking research projects. First, we have built a powerful software radio platform and have been using it to drive ambitious system research on future wireless networks. The platform, called Sora, won NSDI 2009 Best Paper Award and has been used by over 50 universities and institutes worldwide. It was also used in the evaluations of some industrial and national standards. Second, we introduce our research in data center networking and our current effort in building software-defined networking (SDN) platforms. One component of this work, where we tightly integrated a switch silicon with PC architecture, won Best Paper Award at NSDI 2011. Microsoft Research Asia is hiring full-time researchers and student interns.


Yongguang Zhang is a Purdue alumni (PhD CS’94). He joined Microsoft in 2006 and is now a Principal Researcher, and leads the Wireless & Networking research group at Microsoft Research Asia. From 1994-2006, he was a research scientist at Hughes and HRL Labs. He was also on the faculty of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin between 2001 and 2003. He and his teams have recently won three Best Paper Awards at NSDI’09, CoNEXT’10, NSDI’11, and five Best Demo Awards at SIGCOMM, NSDI, MobiSys, and SenSys conferences. He was an Associate Editor for IEEE transactions on Mobile Computing and has organized and chaired/co-chaired several international conferences, workshops, and an IETF working group. He served as a General Co-Chair of ACM MobiCom 2009.

**Refreshments will be served.**

Please contact Y. Charlie Hu ( or Cristina Nita-Rotaru ( if you have any questions and/or would like to meet with Dr. Zhang.