My Research Journey: Softrouter, Protocols, and Wireless DDoS

Krishan Sabnani, Columbia University
Host: Johns Hopkins Department of Computer Science

Krishan Sabnani will present a summary of his networking research. His work on Softrouter is a breakthrough in Internet re-design. The main idea behind this work was to separate control functions and complex software from the forwarding portions on Internet routers. This work made it possible for forwarding technologies (e.g., different link layers and switching protocols) to evolve and be deployed independently from control protocols (e.g., routing, security). This contribution is a precursor to the current Software Defined Networking (SDN) revolution. Sabnani will also summarize his work on protocol conformance testing and a new class of DoS attacks that can be launched against cellular networks.

Speaker Biography

Krishan Sabnani is a networking researcher. He has made many seminal contributions to Internet infrastructure design, protocol design, and wireless networks. Krishan was Vice President of Networking Research at Bell Labs from Jan. 2000 to Sept. 2013. In that role, he managed all networking research at Bell Labs, comprising nine departments in seven countries: USA, France, Germany, Ireland, India, Belgium, and South Korea. Krishan is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has won many awards such as the 2005 IEEE Sumner Award and the 2005 IEEE McDowell Award. He is a fellow of IEEE & ACM and a Bell Labs Fellow. He was inducted into the NJ Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.