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Senior Research Associate in in-network flow processing

School of Computing and Communications
Salary:   £30,747 to £35,646
Closing Date:   Friday 14 January 2011
Interview Date:   Tuesday 25 January 2011
Reference:  A147

The goal of the EU CHANGE project is to reinvigorate innovation on the Internet, in order to better support current services and applications and enable those of tomorrow. This will be achieved by introducing a common concept of a flow-processing platform, instantiated at critical points in the network. Although the platform and its interfaces are common, the processing performed must be programmable, allowing the network to evolve and support the needs of rapidly changing applications. Such platforms can be built from commodity hardware – e.g. x86 servers and commodity switching chipsets –, and are both scalable and powerful while retaining the flexibility to quickly introduce processing primitives.

These platforms form the basis for CHANGE, but the vision is larger. The goal is an architecture that combines multiple communicating flow processing platforms to provide innovative end-to-end services to applications. Thus, conventional traffic flows can be processed at varying degrees of granularity, and application-specific virtual network overlays can be constructed, without impacting other network services or traffic. The aim is to do this within an architectural framework that allows application developers and network operators to reason about the emergent end-to-end behaviour.

You will join a collaborative team of universities and research institutes in the EU working on the CHANGE project. The position is available to scientists with a PhD in Computer Science or related discipline and with experience in the field of networked systems (including expertise in related areas such as multicore systems, operating systems, virtualization and high-speed network flow processing).

This Senior Research Associate position within the School of Computing & Communications at Lancaster University is effective from January 2010 until 30 September 2013. Informal enquiries to Professor Laurent Mathy, email: or telephone +44 1524 510385.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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