EECS Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

Wednesday, October 17, 2001
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Dr. Frank Kelly

Professor, Statistical Laboratory
Centre for Mathematical Sciences
University of Cambridge

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End-to-end Congestion Control and Differentiated Services




It is a truism that a network built from simple elements may exhibit varieties of complex behaviour. Might this be put to advantage in the design of future networks? This talk explores whether a simple packet network with small FIFO buffers and no explicit resource management, together with end-to-end congestion control, might be able to support a variety of differentiated services.


Frank Kelly is Professor of the Mathematics of Systems in the University of Cambridge, and is visiting Stanford University for the current year.

His main research interests are in random processes, networks and optimization, and especially in applications to the design and control of communication networks. With colleagues at Cambridge and British Telecom, he developed the routing scheme implemented in BT's main digital telephone network. His current research is directed at understanding methods of self-regulation of the Internet.

Frank Kelly has been awarded the Guy Medal in Silver of the Royal Statistical Society, the Lanchester Prize of INFORMS, and the Naylor Prize of the London Mathematical Society. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society.