High Performance Networks (HPN) Group
High Performance Networks group (HPN), led by Professor Simeonidou, specialises in the application of advanced hardware and software network technologies to future optical and layer 2 communication networks, and includes 3 academics (Professor D Simeonidou, Drs R Nejabati and G Zervas), two research fellows (Drs S Peng and A Tzanakaki), 26 post-doctoral researchers and numerous PhD students. HPN is an international leader and highly influential in the fields of Optical Networks, Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE), Grid and Cloud computing. Over the years the group has made significant breakthroughs in technology areas such as optical routing, optical packet and burst switching. In the mid-2000’s HPN introduced fundamental concepts regarding the use of optical networking for computational applications building the foundations of High Performance Clouds. More recently the group pioneered the application of Software Defined Networking in optical networks and has actively contributed towards the establishment of the new standards, technology demonstrations with industrial collaborators, and a number of invited journal publications, conferences and plenaries. Since 2008, the group has produced over 250 publications in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences of which many are invited, plenaries, highly prestigious post-deadline papers and several have received best paper awards. HPN has a strong experimental focus and has built an extremely well equipped research lab. The HPN lab is part of UK National Dark Fibre Infrastructure Service (NDFIS) and has dedicated connectivity to the national and international research network infrastructure networks through which has built close collaborations with lead research institutions in Europe, USA, Brazil and Japan. The group has established bilateral research collaboration agreements with several international research institutes including iMinds (Belgium), CPqD (Brazil) and NICT (Japan).
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