Prospective students: see here

Publications by topics, by date

Selected talks


Spring 2016:
CSCI 551 Computer Communications
Spring 2015: CSCI 551 Computer Communications
Spring 2014: CSCI 694b Software Defined Networking
Fall 2012: CSCI 599 Special Topics: Trends in Cloud Computing and Data Center Networking


I'm lucky to work with the following students and others in our NSL lab:
Omid Alipourfard
Yuliang Li
Rui Miao
Masoud Moshref (co-advised with Ramesh Govindan, Google Fellowship, graduating Spring16)
Mingyang Zhang
Xuemei Liu (MS, graduating Spring16)

Professional Activities

PC Chair:

2014 HotCloud

Guest Editor:

2016 Special issue of IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management (TNSM) on Management of Softwarized Networks

Program Committee:

2017 NSDI
2015 SIGCOMM, SOSR, HotMiddlebox, ONUG Research track
2014 SIGCOMM, CoNEXT, ANCS, ONS Research Track, HotSDN, ICCCN (SDN track)
2013 SIGCOMM poster/demo, EWSDN, HotSDN, HotCloud, NSDI poster/demo
2012 PAM, COMSNET, CoNEXT student workshop


2017 SIGCOMM treasurer
2015 P4 workshop panelist
2014 SIGCOMM publication chair, NSDI session chair, HotNets session chair
2013 CoNext Student workshop panelist, session chair


My research is supported by NSF, DHS, Cisco, USC Zumberge, WISE, Google, Samsung, Ericsson, Facebook. Thanks for their generous support.

Software Release

- DREAM prototype by Masoud Moshref [
- miniNExT by Brandon Schlinker [github]
- DIBS prototype by Rui Miao [github]
- HONE prototype by Peng Sun [github]
- OpenSketch prototype by Lavanya Jose and Rui Miao [github]
- DIFANE prototype [github]
- BUFFALO switch prototype [ github ]
- Virtual Network Embedding Simulator for CCR08 paper [ github ]
- dedup (next-generation compression with data deduplication): Benchmark program for Princeton Application Repository for Shared-Memory Computers (PARSEC) benchmark suite (website)
- Distributed packet monitoring tool (website)

Minlan Yu
I am an assistant professor and Andrew and Erna Viterbi Early Career Chair in the Computer Science Department at University of Southern California. I co-lead the Networked Systems Lab with Ramesh Govindan, Ethan Katz-Bassett, and Wyatt Lloyd. I am interested in data networking, distributed systems, enterprise and data center networks, network virtualization, and software-defined networking.
I received my Ph.D. from Princeton University in Sept. 2011, advised by Jennifer Rexford. After that, I was a postdoctoral scholar working with Ion Stoica at UC Berkeley for one year.
My full bio is here.


E-mail: minlanyu (at) usc (dot) edu
Address: 941 Bloom Walk, SAL 214
University of Southern California, Los Angelos, CA, 90089