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Projects

  • Measurement support for enterprise and datacenters
          (e.g.,
    SIGCOMM'14, NSDI'13, NSDI'11)
  • Enterprise and data center management
          (e.g., NSDI'13, SIGCOMM'10, CoNEXT'09, JNSM'14, HotNets'10,CCR'08)
  • Improve the performance of cloud applications and networks
          (e.g., NSDI'14, Eurosys'14)
  • Managing heteragenous data plane (middleboxes, OpenFlow switches, routers)
          (e.g., NSDI'14, SIGCOMM'13, CCR'14, CoNEXT'09)
  • CDN performance
          (e.g., CoNEXT'12, WMUST'11)

  • Publications

      2014

    1. DREAM: Dynamic Resource Allocation for Software-defined Measurement
      Masoud Moshref, Minlan Yu, Ramesh Govindan, Amin Vahdat
      ACM SIGCOMM.
      Chicago, IL, Aug. 2014.
      [
      paper ] [ full tech report ]
      Also presented at Nanog on the road, May 2014.
    2. Flow-level State Transition as a New Switch Primitive for SDN
      Masoud Moshref, Apoorv Bhargava, Adhip Gupta, Minlan Yu, Ramesh Govindan
      ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking (HotSDN).
      Chicago, IL, Aug. 2014.
      [ paper ]
      Also appears at ACM SIGCOMM poster.
      Chicago, IL, Aug. 2014.
    3. A Secure Computation Framework for Software Defined Networks
      Nachikethas A. Jagadeesan, Ranjan Pal, Kaushik Nadikuditi, Yan Huang, Elaine Shi, Minlan Yu
      poster in ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking (HotSDN poster).
      Chicago, IL, Aug. 2014.
      [ abstract ]
    4. NIMBUS: Cloud-scale Attack Detection and Mitigation
      Rui Miao, Minlan Yu, Navendu Jain
      poster in ACM SIGCOMM.
      Chicago, IL, Aug. 2014.
      [ abstract ]
    5. SENSS: Software-defined Security Service
      Minlan Yu, Ying Zhang, Jelena Mirkovic, Abdulla Alwabel
      Open Networking Summit (Research Track).
      Santa Clara, CA, March 2014.
      [ paper ] [ slides ]
      Also appears at ACM SIGCOMM poster.
      Chicago, IL, Aug. 2014.
      Also presented at Nanog on the road, May 2014. (best student poster)
    6. HONE: Joint Host-Network Traffic Management in Software-Defined Networks
      Peng Sun, Minlan Yu, Michael J. Freedman, Jennifer Rexford, David Walker
      Journal of Network and Systems Management (JNSM), special issue on software-defined networking.
      July 2014.
      [ paper ]
    7. NOSIX: A Lightweight Portability Layer for the SDN OS
      Minlan Yu, Andreas Wundsam, Muruganantham Raju
      Computer Communication Review (CCR).
      April 2014.
      [ paper ]
    8. DIBS: Just-in-time Congestion Mitigation for Data Centers
      Kyriakos Zarifis*, Rui Miao*, Matt Calder, Ethan Katz-Bassett, Minlan Yu, Jitu Padhye
      European Conference on Computer Systems (Eurosys).
      Amsterdam, Netherlands, April 2014.
      * indicates co-primary authors
      [ paper ] [ slides ]
    9. Enforcing Network-Wide Policies in the Presence of Dynamic Middlebox Actions using FlowTags
      Seyed Kaveh Fayazbakhsh, Luis Chiang, Vyas Sekar, Minlan Yu, Jeff Mogul
      11th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI).
      Seattle, WA, April 2014.
      [ paper ] [ slides ]
      Also appears at Open Networking Summit (Research Track), Santa Clara, CA, April 2014.
      [ paper ] [ slides ]
    10. GRASS: Trimming Stragglers in Approximation Analytics
      Ganesh Ananthanarayanan, Michael Chien-Chun Hung, Xiaoqi Ren, Ion Stoica, Adam Wierman, Minlan Yu
      11th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI).
      Seattle, WA, April 2014.
      [ paper ] [ slides ]
    11. Jive: Performance Driven Abstraction and Optimization for SDN
      Aggelos Lazaris, Daniel Tahara, Xin Huang, Li Erran Li, Andreas Voellmy, Y. Richard Yang, Minlan Yu
      Open Networking Summit (Research Track).
      Santa Clara, CA, March 2014.
      [ paper ] [ slides ]
    12. Try Before you Buy: SDN Emulation with (Real) Interdomain Routing
      Brandon Schlinker, Kyriakos Zarifis, Italo Cunha, Nick Feamster, Ethan Katz-Bassett, Minlan Yu
      Open Networking Summit (Research Track), Santa Clara, CA, March 2014.
      [ paper ] [ slides ]
      Also appeared at CoNEXT Student Workshop, Santa Barbara, CA, December 2013.
      Towards Impactful Routing Research: Running Your Own (Emulated) AS on the (Real) Internet.
      [ paper ] [ slides ]
    13. The Need for End-to-End Evaluation of Cloud Availability
      Zi Hu, Liang Zhu, Calvin Ardi, Ethan Katz-Bassett, Harsha Madhyastha, John Heidemann, Minlan Yu
      Passive and Active Measurements Conference (PAM).
      Los Angeles, March 2014.
      [ paper ] [ slides ]
    14. 2013

    15. SIMPLE-fying Middlebox Policy Enforcement Using SDN
      Zafar Qazi, Cheng-chun Tu, Luis Chiang, Rui Miao, Vyas Sekar, Minlan Yu
      ACM SIGCOMM.
      Hong Kong, August 2013.
      [ paper ] [ slides ]
      Also appears at Open Networking Summit (Research Track), Santa Clara, CA, April 2013.
      [ abstract ] [ slides ]
    16. Resource/Accuracy Tradeoffs in Software-Defined Measurement
      Masoud Moshref, Minlan Yu, Ramesh Govindan
      ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking (HotSDN).
      Hong Kong, August 2013.
      [ paper ] [ slides ]
    17. FlowTags: Enforcing Network-Wide Policies in the Presence of Dynamic Middlebox Actions
      Seyed Fayazbakhsh, Vyas Sekar, Minlan Yu, Jeff Mogul
      ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Hot Topics in Software Defined Networking (HotSDN).
      Hong Kong, August 2013.
      [ paper ] [ slides ]
    18. Don't Drop, Detour!
      Kyriakos Zarifis, Rui Miao, Matt Calder, Ethan Katz-Bassett, Minlan Yu, Jitendra Padhye
      ACM SIGCOMM poster.
      Hong Kong, August 2013.
      [ abstract ] [ poster ]
    19. NOSIX: A lightweight portability layer for the SDN OS
      Andreas Wundsam, Minlan Yu
      Open Networking Summit (Research Track).
      Santa Clara, CA, April 2013.
      [ abstract ] [ slides ]
    20. Scalable Rule Management for Data Centers
      Masoud Moshref, Minlan Yu, Abhishek Sharma, Ramesh Govindan
      10th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI).
      Lombard, IL, April 2013.
      [ paper ] [ slides ] [ full tech report ]
    21. Software defined traffic measurement with OpenSketch
      Minlan Yu, Lavanya Jose, Rui Miao
      10th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI).
      Lombard, IL, April 2013.
      [ paper ] [ slides ] [ full tech report ]
    22. Software-defined Measurement for Data Centers
      Masoud Moshref, Minlan Yu, Ramesh Govindan
      poster in 10th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI poster).
      Lombard, IL, April 2013.
      [ abstract ] [ poster ]
    23. 2012

    24. Tradeoffs in CDN designs for throughput oriented traffic
      Minlan Yu, Wenjie Jiang, Haoyuan Li, Ion Stoica
      8th ACM International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies (CoNEXT).
      Nice, France, December 2012.
      [ paper ] [ slides ]
    25. VCRIB: Virtualized rule management in the cloud
      Masoud Moshref, Minlan Yu, Abhishek Sharma, Ramesh Govindan
      the 4th USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud Computing (HotCloud).
      Boston, MA, June 2012.
      [ paper ] [ slides ] [ poster ]
    26. NOSIX: A portable switch interface for the network operating system
      Andreas Wundsam, Minlan Yu
      poster in 9th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementations (NSDI poster).
      San Jose, CA, April 2012.
      [ abstract ] [ poster ] [ tech report ]
    27. Latency equalization as a new network service primitive
      Minlan Yu, Marina Thottan, Li Li
      IEEE/ACM Trasactions on Networking (TON).
      Vol. 20, No. 1, Feb 2012.
      [ paper ]
    28. 2011

    29. Scalable management of enterprise and data-center networks
      Minlan Yu
      Ph.D. Thesis (ACM SIGCOMM Doctoral Dissertation Award) .
      August 2011.
      [ paper ] [ slides ]
    30. Identifying performance bottlenecks in CDNs through TCP-level monitoring
      Peng Sun, Minlan Yu, Michael J. Freedman, Jennifer Rexford
      ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Measurements Up the STack (W-MUST).
      Toronto, ON, Canada, August 2011.
      [ paper ] [ slides ]
    31. A Survey of virtual LAN usage in campus networks
      Minlan Yu, Xin Sun, Nick Feamster, Sanjay Rao, Jennifer Rexford
      Network & Service Management Series, IEEE Communications Magazine.
      July 2011.
      [ paper ] [ survey ]
    32. Online measurement of large traffic aggregates on commodity switches
      Lavanya Jose, Minlan Yu, Jennifer Rexford
      Workshop on Hot Topics in Management of Internet, Cloud, and Enterprise Networks and Services (Hot-ICE).
      Boston, MA, March 2011.
      [ paper ] [ slides ]
    33. Profiling network performance for multi-tier data center applications
      Minlan Yu, Albert Greenberg, Dave Maltz, Jennifer Rexford, Lihua Yuan, Srikanth Kandula, Changhoon Kim
      8th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI).
      Boston, MA, March 2011.
      [ paper ] [ slides ] [ video ]
    34. 2010

    35. CloudPolice: Taking access control out of the network
      Lucian Popa, Minlan Yu, Steven Y. Ko, Ion Stoica, Sylvia Ratnasamy
      9th ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks (HotNets-IX).
      Monterey, CA, October 2010.
      [ paper ] [ slides ]
    36. Scalable flow-based networking with DIFANE
      Minlan Yu, Jennifer Rexford, Michael J. Freedman, Jia Wang
      ACM SIGCOMM.
      New Delhi, India, August 2010.
      [ paper ] [ slides ] [ full tech report ]
    37. 2009

    38. BUFFALO: Bloom filter forwarding architecture for large organizations
      Minlan Yu, Alex Fabrikant, Jennifer Rexford
      5th ACM International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies (CoNEXT).
      Rome, Italy, December 2009.
      [ paper ] [ slides ] [ full tech report ]
    39. Virtually Eliminating Router Bugs
      Eric Keller*, Minlan Yu*, Matthew Caesar, Jennifer Rexford
      5th ACM International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies (CoNEXT).
      Rome, Italy, December 2009.
      Also presented at NANOG 46, Philadelphia, PA, June 2009.
      * indicates alphabetical order
      [ paper ] [ slides ]
    40. Hash, don't cache: Fast packet forwarding for enterprise edge routers
      Minlan Yu, Jennifer Rexford
      ACM SIGCOMM Workshop: Research on Enterprise Networking (WREN).
      Barcelona, Spain, August 2009.
      [ paper ] [ slides ]
    41. Fast packet forwarding on commodity platforms
      Minlan Yu, Jennifer Rexford
      poster in 6th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementations (NSDI poster).
      Boston, MA, April 2009.
      [ abstract ] [ poster ]
    42. 2008

    43. Latency equalization: A programmable routing service primitive
      Minlan Yu, Marina Thottan, Li Li
      ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Programmable Routers for Extensible Services of Tomorrow (PRESTO).
      Seattle, WA, August 2008.
      [ paper ] [ slides ]
    44. Rethinking virtual network embedding: Substrate support for path splitting and migration
      Minlan Yu, Yung Yi, Jennifer Rexford, Mung Chiang
      ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review.
      April 2008.
      [ paper ]

    Teaching

    Spring 2014:
    Software Defined Networking
    Fall 2012: CSCI 599 Special Topics: Trends in Cloud Computing and Data Center Networking


    Students

    I'm lucky to work with the following students and others in our NSL lab:
    Rui Miao
    Masoud Moshref (co-advised with Ramesh Govindan)
    Brandon Schlinker (co-advised with Ethan Katz-Bassett)


    Professional Activities

    PC Chair:

    2014 HotCloud

    Program Committee:

    2015 SIGCOMM
    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

    Services:

    2014 SIGCOMM publication chair, NSDI session chair
    2013 CoNext Student workshop panelist, session chair

    Funding

    Currently supported by NSF, Cisco, USC Zumberge, WISE, Google, Samsung, Ericsson

    Software Release

    - 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 in the Computer Science Department at University of Southern Califonia. I co-lead the Networked Systems Lab with Ramesh Govindan and Ethan Katz-Bassett. 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 August 2011, advised by Jennifer Rexford. After that, I was a postdoctoral scholar working with Ion Stoica at UC Berkeley for one year.


    Contact

    E-mail: minlanyu (at) usc (dot) edu
    Address:
    941 Bloom Walk, SAL 228
    University of Southern California, Los Angelos, CA, 90089
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