With the advent of cloud computing, we experience an unprecedented innovation in the information technology and a proliferation of online applications that are typically hosted on large scale data centers. Traditionally, the application developers assume that the underlying network has unlimited bandwidth and the latency between the original content and the end user is non-existent. On the other hand, the network does not care what applications or content it is delivering, it only provides a best effort service to the end users. This causes an inevitable divide between the network and the application. In this talk, I will present my current work and future aspirations aimed at closing this gap. My work leverages data analytics techniques to gain insight about how applications, and end users, use the network. It also includes the orchestration of cloud resources and developing application and network aware algorithms. Finally, I will talk about my future research agenda towards the same goal that addresses exciting problems in network functions virtualization and software defined networks.
Utku Günay Acer received his B.S. degree in telecommunications engineering with honors from Sabancı University, Turkey in 2004 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering Department of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2005 and 2009, respectively. From 2009 to 2010, he was a post-doctoral researcher with the National Research Institute of Informatics and Control (INRIA), Sophia-Antipolis, France. In 2010, he joined Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent in Antwerp, Belgium as a Member of Technical Staff in the Scalable Systems Department. His current research at Bell Labs is focused on cloud computing and data analytics.