Prof. Raoulf Boutaba

University of Waterloo


Palestra: Dia 27/05/2015 das 11:45às 12:45 – Sala H - 301


Smart Edge: A Software-Defined Infrastructure for Future Application

Abstract: Future application platforms are expected to support a wide range of innovative applications including ultra-low latency high bandwidth cloud-based applications, virtualized network functions, real-time video analytics, augmented reality, and the Internet of Things (IoT). The infrastructure on which future application platforms will be built must be flexible, versatile, and evolvable. In this talk, we describe a project underway in Canada ( to build a research testbed for accelerated application prototyping, deployment and maintenance including large-scale and possibly short-lived distributed applications. The testbed empowers virtualized small-cell wireless access networks connected through optical backhaul to a multi-tier cloud that includes massive- scale datacenters as well as smart converged edges. We particularly discuss our contribution to this project focusing on the smart edge architecture, leveraging virtualization and network softwarization, and on the integrated control and management of its converged heterogeneous resources (computing, programmable hardware, and networking resources).

Biography: Raouf Boutaba ( received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris, in 1990 and 1994, respectively. He is currently a professor of computer science at the University of Waterloo. His primary research interests are in network and service management. He has published extensively in these area and received several journal and conference Best Paper Awards including the IEEE 2008 Fred W. Ellersick Prize Paper Award. He received several other recognitions such as the Premier's Research Excellence Award, the Nortel Research Excellence Award, the Nortel Excellence Award in Technology Transfer, a fellowship of the Faculty of Mathematics, two fellowships of the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science and three outstanding performance awards at the University of Waterloo. He has also received the IEEE Communications Society Hal Sobol Award and the IFIP Silver Core in 2007, the IEEE Communications Society Joe LociCero and the Dan Stokesbury awards in 2009, the IEEE Communications Society Salah Aidarous award in 2012, and the IEEE Canada McNaughton Gold Medal in 2014. He is the founding editor in chief of the IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management (2007-2010) and on the editorial boards of several journals. He served as a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies. He is fellow of the IEEE and the Engineering Institute of Canada.