Friday, June 12, 2015

[Mycolleagues] Open Post-Doc position Bell Labs-INRIA

Dear all,

I would d like to inform you about an open Post-Doc position within a collaboration between Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent and INRIA on Experimental evaluation of software data plane acceleration techniques.
Please feel free to distribute this announcement to interested people.

Best Regards,
Diego Perino

Experimental evaluation of software data plane acceleration techniques.

Network architectures move toward virtualisation of network functions and software programmability to increase flexibility and reduce cost. While substantial work has been done to ease the deployment of fully virtualised/software network, very little is know about the actual impact of software data planes on performance metrics. As a matter of fact, to achieve the highest level of performance it is crucial to eliminate all software bottlenecks (e.g., packet I/O, OS kernel) and leverage hardware accelerators available on commodity platforms (e.g., programmable NICs, GPU).  In addition, it is crucial to maintain the flexibility of software data planes enabling the design of customized L2-L7 network stacks. All such features have to be taken into account which is not always the case with the techniques proposed so far. To fill this gap, we propose a modular data plane providing a collection of network function building blocks that implement the primitives necessary to build any network function (from the lowest to the highest layers). A control plane is then in charge of assembling the different building blocks to construct higher level services.

During this Post-Doc, we will first establish precise network virtualisation and software data plane performance benchmarks. We will then rigorously assess the performance obtained using our architecture, compared to the traditional software techniques but also the traditional monolithic approach still used and deployed in most production environments.

This Post-Doctoral position requires strong background on software system design and network protocols. It also requires experience in performance measurements and modelling. Knowledge on hardware architectures is a plus.

The position is proposed for one year starting from October 2015 in the context of the research common laboratory between Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent and INRIA. Gross salary is around 2600 Euros monthly.

If you are interested please send your resume, a motivation letter, two or three recommendation letters, and two selected publications.

Walid Dabbous (INRIA),
Diego Perino (Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent),