Clean Slate Research Projects
Flagship projects that are now independent programs and labs
1.) POMI 2020
We are on the verge of another information technology revolution where billions of users will carry smart handheld devices with high-speed wireless network connectivity. This revolution creates an opportunity for new software services and applications not seen since the advent of the World Wide Web. Especially while standards are evolving and infrastructure is still being built, we have a chance to develop an open architecture that will ensure the best environment for innovation,
competition, and user experience.
This is not just a matter of squeezing the PC functionality into a cell phone, but requires a re-thinking of the computing infrastructure from servers, to desktops...
Software-Defined Networking is a new approach to networking that has the potential to have a big impact. Key aspects of SDN include: separation of data and control planes; a uniform vendor agnostic interface called OpenFlow between control and data planes; logically centralized control plane that constructs and presents a logical map of the entire network to services or control applications on top; and slicing and virtualization of the underlying network. In SDN a researcher, network administrator, or third party can introduce a new capability by writing a software program that simply manipulates the logical map of a slice of the network.
Researchers around the world are starting to deploy SDN networks for research and limited production use. It is also gaining lot of traction in the industry among providers and vendors.
The research opportunity is to make significant advances in the fundamental science of networking and to develop and deploy SDN tools and platforms for research and education. This in turn will enable the larger network industry to build networks that offer increasingly sophisticated functionality yet are cheaper and simpler to manage than current networks.
3.) Mobi-social Lab
The MobiSocial Computing Laboratory aims to create disruptive mobile and social computing technology that serves consumers' interests and benefits the economy in the long term. Our goal is to let everyone interact socially with each other, without having to join the same proprietary social network. In addition, we introduce the notion of experience-infused apps--they demonstrate how ultimate personalization can be achieved with access to users' full personal digital archives. Such access is unlikely unless privacy is honored. More information on the Mobisocial Lab is available at http://mobisocial.stanford.edu.
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