Data centers power the most demanding interactive, storage, and cloud services in the Internet, all requiring the highest levels of availability. Bandwidth and scale demands are growing exponentially, doubling approximately every year. This makes data center network architecture is a critical and rapidly evolving enabler to new services and programming models in the data center. This talk starts with some background and motivation for some of the problems in data center networking. We conclude by looking at Google's Data Center network software and hardware architecture, which must deliver cost-effective networking to tens of thousands of servers, all while maintaining operational simplicity.
Amin Vahdat is a Google Fellow and Technical Lead for networking at Google. He has contributed to Google's data center, wide area, edge/CDN, and cloud networking infrastructure, with a particular focus on driving vertical integration across large-scale compute, networking, and storage. Vahdat has published more than 150 papers in computer systems, with fundamental contributions to cloud computing, data consistency, energy-efficient computing, data center architecture, and optical networking. In the past, he served as the SAIC Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego and the Director of UCSD's Center for Networked Systems. Vahdat received his PhD from UC Berkeley in Computer Science, is an ACM Fellow and a past recipient of the NSF CAREER award, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and the Duke University David and Janet Vaughn Teaching Award.