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Building multi-tenant clouds presents a substantial cost and effort that is out of reach for most researchers. This puts realistic research in multi-tenant clouds firmly in the hands of the industry which tend to be closed and use proprietary technologies. As a community, we can benefit from research on multi-tenant clouds that is open and facilitates public discussion of an important topic in computer science. Building on experience of FlowVisor, Dr Ali’s team is building NetVisor a network virtualisation platform enabling infrastructure as a service.
In this talk, Dr. Ali will introduce and describe FlowVisor. He will explain the limitations of flowspace slicing and detail its complexity. Finally, he will describe network virtualization platform, NetVisor, which enables tenants to spawn their own isolated virtual network complete with its own virtual topology and performance guarantees.
Dr. Ali Al-Shabibi is the lead engineer on Network Virtualization at Open Networking Laboratory and maintainer of FlowVisor, a network hypervisor. Previously, he was a post-doc at Stanford University researching OpenFlow and SDNs in Nick McKeown’s group. He received his Ph.D from the University of Heidelberg in Germany in 2011 after performing his doctoral research at CERN (European Centre for Nuclear Research) in the ATLAS (A Toroidal Lhc ApparatuS) Networking group, where he contributed to the design and development of the TDAQ (Trigger and Data Acquisition ) Network. He hold a BSc and MSc degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).