The University of Arizona

Events & News

Distinguished Lecture

DateThursday, March 11, 2010
Time11:00 am
LocationGS 906
SpeakerLarry Peterson
TitleRobert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science
AffiliationPrinceton University

Reinventing the Internet

Abstract: PlanetLab is a global platform for evaluating and deploying network services. It currently includes over 1000 nodes spanning nearly 50 countries, and hosts over 600 experimental services. While PlanetLab is primarily known as a research testbed, it has many "touch points" with the greater Internet, which in turn provide visibility into the many forces shaping tomorow's Internet. This talk describes some of those forces and the effect they are likely to have, viewed from the perspective of broadband users, network operators, and policy makers, among others.


Larry Peterson is the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science
and Director of the Princeton-hosted PlanetLab Consortium. He served as Chair of the CS Department from 2003-2009. Peterson is co-author of the best selling networking textbook Computer Networks: A Systems Approach, and chaired the initial planning efforts that led to NSF's GENI initiative. His research focuses on the design and implementation of networked systems.

Professor Peterson recently served as Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Computer Systems, he has been on the Editorial Board for the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and the IEEE Journal on Select areas in Communication, and he has served as program chair for SOSP, NSDI, and HotNets. Peterson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE, and the 2010 recipient of the IEEE Kobayahi Computer and Communication Award. He received his Ph.D. degree from Purdue University in 1985.