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Keynote Speach

Reaching the Unreached: Bridging the Technical and Cultural Network Architecture Divide

by Kevin Fall (Intel Research Berkeley, Intel Corporation)

Abstract: Data communications enabled by the rapid proliferation of wireless cellular and WiFi infrastructure has brought email, the web, voice, and other services to millions of users around the globe. Despite this revolution, many people remain unreached, either because of physical connectivity and performance issues or because of a lack of support for cultural diversity within the network architecture. In this talk I will review the modern evolution in our understanding of data communications, considering the current interest in new Internet architectures and content-oriented networking services. I will also briefly discuss some of the challenges remaining in bridging the cultural gap manifested in the present Internet architecture. These issues are formidable, including many that extend beyond traditional networking problems; concerted attention is needed to ensure the future global network realizes its full culturally-diverse potential.

Kevin Fall is a principal engineer at Intel Corporation’s research laboratory in Berkeley, California, USA. He is co-chair of the Delay Tolerant Networking Research Group (DTNRG), part of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) and was elected to the IETF's Internet Architecture Board (IAB) in March 2006. He is also a visiting scholar at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Recently, he was the technical program chair for the first-ever ACM Workshop on Underwater Networking. His research interests include methods for data communication in challenging environments, network architecture, and simulation. Earlier in his career, he was a principal architect of the network simulator NS2 in the mid 90's and author of the open source version of the BSD Unix cat program. Kevin received his academic training from UC Berkeley and UCSD, also he was a postdoctoral scholar for both UCSD and MIT. Kevin helped to start NetBoost Corp which was acquired by Intel in 1999.

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