2012 Poster Sessions : Making Use of All the Networks Around Us: A Case Study in Android

Student Name : Kok-Kiong Yap
Advisor : Nick McKeown
Research Areas: Computer Systems
Poor connectivity is common when using wireless networks on the go. A natural way to tackle the problem is to use all the networks around us. Afterall, today’s mobile devices are already equipped with multiple wireless interfaces. By using all the networks around, we can perceivably achieve faster connections, seamless connectivity and even lower usage charges. The goal of our project is to explore how well we can make use of all the networks with today’s technology. Specifically, we prototyped a “commercially workable" solution on an Android phone. Using our solution, we demonstrate the benefits of using all the networks around, and discuss the shortcomings that remains.

K.-K. (Kok-Kiong) Yap received his B.Eng. (1st Class) and M.Eng. from National University of Singapore, investigating research problems in wireless communications and wireless networks. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D under supervision of Nick McKeown, Sachin Katti and Guru Parulkar. His research focus on enabling mobile devices to make use of all the networks around. Past efforts include design and implementation of a network architecture that operates over heterogeneous wireless technologies and network virtualization. More recent effort emphasizes on the design of a network stack for the mobile device and understanding the fair use of multiple interfaces.