The Network Coding and Reliable Communications Group, Professor Muriel Medard


DATE: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 TIME:1:00
Haus Room (36-428)

Admela Jukan
Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig


Abstract: This talk sets the goal to tackle the challenges associated with network capacity upscaling by unifying the research on multipath routing and parallel end-systems on a case study of Ethernet-over-optical networks. In high-speed Ethernet systems today, data can be parallelized and spatially distributed as multiple flows, and sent over multiple optical channels. Up to now, optimal routing was necessary to address the issue of inter-lane skew in Ethernet-over-optical networks, criti­ cal to the Ethernet receiver design. We postulate (and prove) that when multi-lane Ethernet systems deploy random linear network coding (LNC) prior to the optical transmission, the Ethernet receivers can use smaller buffers, — a cost-critical feature in 100Gb/s systems, while the network management systems can relax the condition on routing optimality, and thus significantly simplify the optical path setup, — which is a challenge today. We will present a few early-stage studies of high-speed Ethernet parallel transmission over various optical network technologies, discuss the associated fundamental research challenges as well as emerging application scenarios.

 BIO: Admela Jukan is Chair Professor in Communication Networks at the Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig (Brunswick) in Germany. Prior to that post, she was research and visiting faculty at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) and Georgia Tech (GaTech). In 1999 and 2000, she was a visiting scientist at Bell Labs, Holmdel, NJ. From 2002-2004, she served as Program Director in Computer and Networks System Research at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, VA.
Dr. Jukan is recipient of Award of Excellence for the BMBF/CELTIC project “100Gb Ethernet” and was also awarded IBM Innovation Award (2009) for integration of optical networking and parallel computing. She is the Coordinating Prin­ cipal Investigator of the FP7 EU-Project PACE ( She is Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communication Society, 2015-2017. She serves as Associate Technical Editor for IEEE Communications Magazine and as Senior Editor in the IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications. She is a co-Editor in Chief of the Elsevier Journal on Opti­ cal Switching and Networking (OSN). She is an elected Chair of the IEEE Optical Network Technical Committee, ONTC (2014-2015).
Admela Jukan received her degree (cum laude) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Technische Universität Wien, the M.Sc. degree in Information Technologies from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, and her Dipl. -Ing. degree from the Fakultet Elektrotehnike i Racunarstva (FER), in Zagreb, Croatia.