Tom Anderson

Open Issues in Organizing Computer Systems Conferences

By: 
Jeffrey C. Mogul and Tom Anderson
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CCR July 2008

The Workshop on Organizing Workshops, Conferences, and Symposia for Computer Systems (WOWCS) was organized to “bring together conference organizers (past, present, and future) and other interested people to discuss the issues they confront.” In conjunction with WOWCS, we survey some previous publications that discuss open issues related to organizing computer systems conferences, especially concerning conduct and management of the review process. We also list some topics about which we wish WOWCS had received submissions, but did not; these could be good topics for future articles.

OpenFlow: Enabling Innovation in Campus Networks

By: 
Nick McKeown, Tom Anderson, Hari Balakrishnan, Guru Parulkar, Larry Peterson, Jennifer Rexford, Scott Shenker, and Jonathan Turner
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CCR April 2008

This whitepaper proposes OpenFlow: a way for researchers to run experimental protocols in the networks they use every day. OpenFlow is based on an Ethernet switch, with an internal flow-table, and a standardized interface to add and remove flow entries. Our goal is to encourage networking vendors to add OpenFlow to their switch products for deployment in college campus backbones and wiring closets.

Achieving Convergence-Free Routing using Failure-Carrying Packets

By: 
Karthik Lakshminarayanan, Matthew Caesar, Murali Rangan, Tom Anderson, Scott Shenker, and Ion Stoica
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CCR October 2007

Current distributed routing paradigms (such as link-state, distancevector, and path-vector) involve a convergence process consisting of an iterative exploration of intermediate routes triggered by certain events such as link failures. The convergence process increases router load, introduces outages and transient loops, and slows reaction to failures. We propose a new routing paradigm where the goal is not to reduce the convergence times but rather to eliminate the convergence process completely.

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