Curriculum Vitae Dr. Lars Eggert

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Dr. Lars Eggert
Stenbergintie 12 B
02700 Kauniainen
Finland
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Bio

Lars Eggert is the Technical Director for Networking at NetApp and the current chair of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

Lars is an experienced technology leader with deep expertise in distributed systems, network architectures and protocol design, ranging from the Internet to datacenter to IoT/edge environments. He drives NetApp’s networking strategy through academic collaborations with top universities and open source collaborations.

Lars has been leading Internet standardization for two decades as a member of the IETF’s steering group and architecture board. He currently chairs the IETF and the IETF’s QUIC working group. In the past, he chaired the IETF’s research arm, the IRTF. He also serves on the program and organization committees of academic conferences such as ACM SIGCOMM and USENIX NSDI, as well as numerous other boards.

Lars received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2003. Before joining NetApp in 2011, he was a Principal Scientist at Nokia and served on the corporation’s CTO and CEO Technology Councils. In parallel, from 2009-2014, Lars was an Adjunct Professor at Aalto University. From 2003-2006, he was a senior researcher at NEC Labs.

Employment and Education

2018 – now
2011 – 2018

Technical Director for Networking, NetApp Finland Oy, Espoo, Finland
Technical Director for Networking, NetApp Deutschland GmbH, Munich, Germany

Architecting advanced networked system prototypes in the CTO Office with a team of talented engineers, to analyze how to best leverage emerging technologies and protocols (e.g., Datacenter TCP, Multipath TCP, QUIC, netmap, Intel DPDK/SPDK, P4/OpenFlow, Open vSwitch) for building better products, with a focus on hybrid cloud and SDN/NFV deployments (e.g., on OpenStack).

Established NetApp EU R&D team and acquired € 7 million public grant funding to collaborate with top academic (e.g., University of Cambridge, RWTH Aachen, CERN) and industry partners (e.g., Deutsche Telekom, Orange) on strategic cloud and datacenter networking topics. Leading the overall technical development of the resulting R&D collaboration.

Developing open source contributions (e.g., DCTCP, PRR and NewCWV for FreeBSD, StackMap for Linux), IETF QUIC stack for POSIX and embedded IoT use. Inventing patentable IPR. Technology evaluation and due diligence for M&A and partnerships. Directing EU and US university engagements in networking. Authoring academic publications and standards contributions. Acting as engineering liaison to customers. Leading standardization in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Invited speaker at international events. Supervising engineering interns and mentoring Ph.D. students.

2007 – 2011

Principal Scientist and Member of CTO/CEO Technology Councils,
Nokia Oyj, Helsinki, Finland

Leading technical expert on Internet technologies in the CTO Office and member of the CEO and CTO Technology Councils (2009–11), Nokia’s dozen most senior technical experts that provided internal technical consulting. Participated in the development of company-wide technology R&D and standardization strategy. Performed technology evaluation and due diligence for M&A.

Helped to acquire the EU grant (€ 9.2 million project volume) and participated in the award-winning R&D team (with, e.g., Stanford, UCL, BT) that designed Multipath TCP, originated the Linux reference implementation and kicked off the IETF standardization. Designed, implemented, analyzed and standardized various other TCP and Internet protocol extensions, (e.g., TCP UTO) with a focus on improving the Internet experience on mobile devices.

Led architectural teams in other R&D collaborations (volume >€ 25 million) with academic and industry partners. Managed Nokia’s related academic engagements. Invented patentable IPR. Authored academic publications and standards contributions. IETF standardization leader. Invited speaker. Supervised R&D interns.

2003 – 2007

Senior Research Staff Member, NEC Europe Ltd., Heidelberg, Germany

Led architectural teams in EU-funded R&D projects on next-generation internetworking. Participated in project acquisition (volume >€ 20 million). Invented patentable IPR. Authored academic publications and standards contributions. Chaired NEC Europe student recruitment group. Supervised R&D interns.

2003

Ph.D., Computer Science,
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Dissertation: Speculative Use of Idle Resource Capacity, implemented for FreeBSD.
Advisor: J. Touch; committee: J. Heidemann, C. Papadopoulos and J. Silvester

Participated in several DARPA- and NSF-funded research projects on virtual networking and web caching. Co-developed and implemented the underlying virtualization protocol architecture on FreeBSD and Linux.

Professional Activities

2021 – now

Chair, Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)

As part of the IETF Chair role, also chairing the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) and serving as area director (AD) for the General Area, serving on the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) and serving on the Board of Directors of the IETF Administration LLC (IETF LLC).

2017 – now

Secretary-Treasurer and Executive Committee Member, ACM SIGCOMM

2011 – now

Advisory Boards and Other Committees
NWO IN-SIGHT.IT project academic board
2021–
EU H2020 NGI Pointer project advisory board
2020–
IEEE Internet Award selection committee
2012–15, 2018–
ACM SIGCOMM industrial advisory board
2014–
2011–
Internet Society Foundation Independent Review Panel
2019–20
2015–18
Centre for Advanced Internet Architectures (CAIA) advisory board
2015–17
EPSRC NaaS project advisory board
2013–16
EU FP7 RITE project advisory board
2013–15
EU FP7 STREWS project advisory board
2012–15
EU FP7 PACE project advisory board
2012–15

2011 – 2017

Chair, Internet Research Task Force (IRTF)

Chartering and managing new research work on latest Internet technologies in the IRTF, the research arm of the IETF, e.g., on software-defined networking (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV), information-centric networking (ICN), or the Internet of Things (IoT). Co-created the Applied Networking Research Workshop (ANRW) series in 2015; serving on the steering committee. Co-created the Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) in 2011; chairing the selection committee.

2011 – 2017

Member, Internet Architecture Board (IAB)

Ex officio member on the IETF IAB, providing architectural oversight of IETF activities, the Internet standards process, the RFC Editor, and parts of ICANN/IANA.

2009 – 2014

Adjunct Professor (“Dosentti”), Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

Area of current and future internetworking architectures and protocols.

2006 – 2011

Area Director and Steering Group Member,
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)

Managed the standardization work in the IETF Transport Area, which covers transport protocols and technologies (e.g., TCP, SCTP, NAT traversal, and path MTU discovery) storage protocols (e.g., NFSv4 and iSCSI) as well as differentiated services, integrated services (RSVP), header compression, and other topics. Served on the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG), which is responsible for technical management of IETF activities and the Internet standards process. Also served as liaison to the IETF Nominations Committee (2007) and the IAB (2008–09).

2005 – now

Working Group and Birds-of-a-Feather Chair,
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
Chair, QUIC BOF and working group
2016–
2019
2012–15
Chair, Transport Area working group
2006–09
2005–06

2004 – now

Conference Committee Memberships

Over eighty in total, including:

ACM EPIQ
2018 (chair), 2020 (chair)
2016 (chair + steering), 2017 (steering), 2018 (steering), 2019, 2020
2012 (general), 2016 (workshop), 2017 (tutorial), 2019
2016, 2018 (+ steering), 2019 (steering)
NetSys
ITC
DCC
IEEE/IFIP WONS
2015 (posters), 2016, 2017
RAIM
ACM HotMiddlebox
ACM CSWS
2007, 2008 (PC chair), 2009 (steering), 2010 (+ steering), 2011 (steering), 2012 (steering), 2013 (steering)
2013 (workshop)
IEEE Global Internet
2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 (PC chair), 2011, 2012
ACM MobiHeld
2009 (steering), 2010 (steering), 2011 (steering)
ACM ReArch
2008, 2009 (PC chair), 2010 (+ steering)

2000 – now

Professional Society Memberships

ACM (member 2004, senior 2010), IEEE (member 2003, senior 2009), Gesellschaft für Informatik (member 2011), Internet Society (ISOC).

R&D Collaborations

2015 – 2018

SSICLOPS Project

The Scalable and Secure Infrastructures for Cloud Operations (SSICLOPS, pronounced “cyclops”) project focuses on techniques for the management of federated private cloud infrastructures, in particular cloud networking techniques within software-defined data centers and across wide-area networks. Technical manager of the overall project, which is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon2020 program; project volume € 7 million.

2010 – 2011

Finnish Future Internet ICT SHOK Program

The Finnish Future Internet ICT SHOK Program covers routing, transport and information-networking. Co-funded by TEKES, the Finnish National Science foundation, project volume several €  million.

2008 – 2011

Trilogy Project

Trilogy developed multi-path transport (TCP) and multi-path routing protocols, as well as related economic and policy aspect. Co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Program, project volume € 9.2 million. Winner, EU “Future Internet Award” 2011.

2004 – 2006

Ambient Networks I+II Projects

Ambient Networks worked on internetworking based on dynamic network composition. Co-funded by the European Commission under the 6th Framework Program. Two phases: 2004–05, with a project volume of € 22.1 million; and 2006–07, with a volume of € 21.4 million.

2001 – 2003

DynaBone Project, USC Information Sciences Institute

DynaBone developed denial-of-service protection via network virtualization. Co-funded by DARPA, volume $2M.

2001 – 2003

NetFS Project, USC Information Sciences Institute

NetFS developed networking-through-the-file-system ideas. Co-funded by NSF, project volume $480K.

1998 – 2003

X-Bone and X-Tend Projects, USC Information Sciences Institute

X-Bone and X-TEND developed a rapid deployment system for customized virtual networks, and the underlying virtualization architecture. Co-funded by DARPA and NSF, volume $3M.

Selected Publications and Patents

Over forty peer-reviewed academic publications, close to twenty IETF RFCs, over twenty other articles and posters, multiple granted patents. Selected publications (full bibliography at https://eggert.org/):