Sachin Katti : POMI 2020 Workshop


Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Location: Fisher Conference Center, Arrillaga Alumni Center

"Virtualized Wireless Infrastructure"
9:45am - 10:30am


Future mobile networks are faced with three trends: exponentially increasing traffic demand, chaotic network deployments with the advent of femtocells, and demand for supporting heterogeneous services (voice, video, data, smart grid etc). To adapt to these trends, wireless infrastructure has to scale in a cost-effective fashion to meet traffic demand, make it easier to manage chaotic deployments, and be flexible enough to accommodate heterogeneous services.

In this talk, I will articulate our vision for a virtualized wireless infrastructure as the fundamental building block for future wireless networks. Our design approach can be summed up in three steps: separate service definition from infrastructure, design programmable wireless infrastructure fabrics, and enable flexible service definition in software. We argue how the above design approach enables an infrastructure that can be shared among multiple operators to enable cost-effective deployment, simplifies network management by enabling fine grained dynamic macro-resource allocation, and provides flexibility to customize the network for different services in software.


Sachin Katti is currently an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University. He received his PhD in EECS from MIT in 2009. His research focuses on designing and building next generation high capacity wireless networks using techniques from information and coding theory. His dissertation research focused on redesigning wireless mesh networks with network coding as the central unifying design paradigm. The dissertation won the 2008 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award - Honorable Mention, the George Sprowls Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation in EECS at MIT. His work on network coding was also awarded a MIT Deshpande Center Innovation Grant, and won the 2009 William Bennett Prize for Best Paper in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. He has also won the Best Demonstration Award at Mobicom 2010, as well as Hooover, Packard and Terman Faaculy Fellowships. His research interests are in networks, wireless communications, applied coding theory and security.