Tom Chen, PH.D.
Project - Network Computing
School of Engineering
Southern Methodist University
- PhD in Electrical Engineering, University of California,
- MS and BS in Electrical Engineering, MIT, 1984
Scott McNealy of Sun Microsystems is famous for saying that the "network
is the computer" for several years before most people understood what
it meant. This observation was remarkable in predicting the profound
impact of the Internet on modern computing. This research project
is directed towards a vision of Internet computing where the Internet
will evolve to a coordinated collection of high-performance networks,
distributed computers, storage systems, and middleware (sometimes
called a computation grid). In this vision, the internet will be a
powerful and pervasive computing utility, where access to the combined
distributed computing resources of the network will be as simple and
commonplace as electric power or telephony today. Many of the necessary
basic technologies - high performance networks, distributed databases,
supercomputers - exist today but have not been designed for the enormous
scale and heterogeneity of the Internet environment. Resource management
in high performance networks is a major activity in this research
project. Another major research activity is in middleware, the crucial
layer of software for discovering and coordinating resources in support
of distributed applications.
Accomplishments and Awards
- Network traffic characterization and measurement-based
- Internet traffic monitoring and application-aware networking
- Active/programmable networks and mobile code for network
- IP switching (MPLS)
- Founding editor, IEEE ComSoc E-Newsletter, (retired).
- Founding editor, IEEE Communications Surveys (retired).
- Senior technical editor, IEEE Network.
- Senior technical editor, IEEE Communications Magazine.
- Guest editor, IEEE Communications Magazine special issue
on "Network traffic measurements and experiments," May 2000.
- General chair, 2001 IEEE Workshop on High Performance
Switching and Routing, Dallas, Texas, May 28-31, 2001.
- T. Chen, S. Liu, "Method and apparatus for performance
monitoring in electronic communications networks," US patent
no. 5,793,976, issued August 11, 1998.
- T. Chen, S. Liu, M. Procanik, "Method and system for monitoring
broadband quality of services," US patent no. 6,097,699,
issued August 1, 2000.
- IEEE Communications Society's Fred W. Ellersick best paper
- Associate Editor, ACM Transactions on Internet Technology
- T. Oh, T. Chen, J. Kennington, Nov. 27-30,
2000, "Fault restoration and spare capacity allocation with
QoS constraints for MPLS networks," IEEE Globecom 2000,
San Francisco, Nov. 27-30.
- T. Chen, W. Wu, Nov. 6-8, 2000, "Multi-protocol lambda
switching for IP over optical networks," SPIE Conf., Boston.
- T. Chen, March 2000, "Evolution to the programmable
Internet," IEEE Communications Mag., vol. 38, pp. 124-129.