Zizhong Cao Wins Best Paper Award


Zizhong Cao, Ph.D. student studying with Prof. Shivendra Panwar at Polytechnic School of Engineering, New York University, has won the IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM) 2014 Best Paper Award. IEEE INFOCOM is a top conference that addresses key topics and issues related to computer communications, with emphasis on traffic management and protocols for both wired and wireless networks, and its highly competitive Best Paper Award is a very prestigious achievement in academia.

The award wining paper titled “Joint Static and Dynamic Traffic Scheduling in Data Center Networks” is a joint work with Murali Kodialam and T.V. Lakshman during a summer internship at Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent. The authors make use of the observation that the traffic in a data center is a mixture of relatively static and rapidly fluctuating components, and develop a combined scheduler for both these components using a generalization of the load-balanced scheduler. Evaluations show that this scheduler works very well without using a central scheduler for making packet-by-packet scheduling decisions.