SDN and NFV can pave the way to heavier automation and a software-defined infrastructure. But that road is full of obstacles related to visibility, security, and the language used to dictate data-center operations.
Boon Thau Loo
Boon Thau Loo is co-founder and Lead Scientist of Gencore Systems, a SDN startup based in Philadelphia. Gencore Systems develops software tools for monitoring, analyzing, and optimizing data centers and network infrastructures. Dr. Loo is also concurrently an Associate Professor in the Computer and Information Science department at the University of Pennsylvania, where he specializes in networking and databases research.
Dr. Loo received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 2006. Prior to his Ph.D, he received his M.S. degree from Stanford University in 2000, and his B.S. degree with highest honors from UC Berkeley in 1999. He was awarded the 2006 David J. Sakrison Memorial Prize for the most outstanding dissertation research in the Department of EECS at UC Berkeley, and the 2007 ACM SIGMOD Dissertation Award. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award (2009) and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Award (2012).
Dr. Loo has published 100+ peer reviewed publications in premier conferences in networking, operating systems, databases, formal methods, and security. He has graduated 6 Ph.D students, which include current tenure-track faculty members and winners of 2 dissertation awards. At the University of Pennsylvania, his research on declarative networking has been featured in several high-profile projects, including the NSF Future Internet Architecture program, the DARPA SAFER WarFighter communications program, NSF Expeditions in Computer Augmented Program Engineering, and the DARPA-STO Wireless Networks After Next (WNaN) program.