Paul Polakos

Presentation abstract

(Next Generation) Network Virtualization 

The emergence of cloud computing enabled by server virtualization and VPNs provides parallel technology streams through which strong value is extracted from networks today. In the future, many new applications will benefit by the ability to integrate these streams to enable the allocation of compute and networking resources end-to-end to accomplish their tasks. In this brief talk, we describe an approach to next-generation network virtualization which allows a user (such as an enterprise or a virtual telco) to setup a combination of computing and networking resources based on a high-level specification to achieve this goal.


Paul Polakos is currently Director of Wireless Networking Research at Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent in Murray Hill, NJ and Villarceaux, France.  He has been at Bell Labs for 26 years working in physics and wireless networking research. Over his career, he has led teams that have been instrumental in the creation of key technologies for digital cellular systems including flat-IP cellular networks, the Base Station Router, femtocells, intelligent antennas and MIMO, autonomic networks and dynamic network optimization. Prior to joining Bell Labs, he was a member of the research staff at the Max-Planck Institute for Physics and Astrophysics (Munich) and visiting scientist at CERN and Fermilab. He holds BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Arizona, is a Bell Labs Fellow, author of more than 50 publications and a dozen patents.

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