Our team explores all aspects of networking and distributed system research, to design and build the most reliable, highly secured and fastest Cloud networks.
About the team
We constantly evolve cloud networking solutions to provide a great cloud experience to billions of users. Our focus area covers customer-facing networking API design to the network data and control plane programming including HW programming. We exercise the Hybrid Research model by deploying our solutions in the Google Cloud Platform, which is one of the largest and fastest-growing cloud providers in industry.
Our researchers come from diversified backgrounds: networking, distributed systems, network security, kernel programming and algorithms. Many members of our team have extensive research experience with publication in conferences such as SIGCOMM, NSDI, SOSP, and OSDI.
Team focus summaries
Software Defined Networking (SDN)
Cloud networking employs SDN extensively. We are developing the next generation SDN controller platforms that can handle Google’s needs for scale and reliability for providing various network functions such as routing, load balancing, and firewall.
High Performance and Secure Data Plane
We are building the next generation cloud virtual network data plane, which provides low-latency, CPU-efficient, secured communication at line rate. We are exploring both software and hardware techniques for fast, flexible, safe packet processing, including H/W onload, offload, and more.
Network Measurement, Network Analytics
We are investing significantly to build our own network measurement and monitoring platform, to detect traffic anomalies accurately, in near-real-time at global scale. These signals are also used for ML-driven abuse prevention.
Congestion Control, Quality of Service and Traffic Management
We employ state-of-art congestion control and traffic management schemes, over the WAN and in datacenters, to enable high performance as well as isolation across multiple tenants.
Network Modeling and Verification
We are working increasingly towards intent-based networking. We are using techniques such as topology modeling and verification for packet reachability analysis.
We continue to innovate in high performance, reliable, fault-tolerant, and cheap data-driven WAN designs, for connectivity from the data center edge to the Internet, providing support from L3 connectivity to various cloud-level products. We aim to build solutions that are reliable and can provide seamless connectivity to GCP customers, regardless of users’ location.