Dr.-Ing. Matthias Wichtlhuber
Lecturer Dr.-Ing. Matthias Wichtlhuber (DE-CIX)
Title DE-CIX: An Overview of the World’s Largest IXP – Introduction to Operations and Research Activity
Date Thursday 29/11/2018, 9.50 – 11.00
Location S306/51 (HBI) Merckstraße 25, Darmstadt
We start with a definition of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) and provide a 101 on their general architecture and operations,their role in the Internet topology, and their business model. Moreover, we show how IXPs have transformed from small cooperations between a few network providers into critical infrastructure over the last years. After having covered the background, we discuss current research activity with respect to Software Defined Networking (SDN) projects and their relevance to current IXP operations. If time permits, a visual tour of a typical DE-CIX enabled data center and the hardware used can be appended to the talk.
Matthias Wichtlhuber holds a Diploma in Information Systems from Universität Mannheim and a Ph. D. from Technische Universität Darmstadt. His Ph. D. thesis focused on optimizing content delivery on the Internet. During his Ph. D. he worked on numerous EU and nationally funded research projects as well as industrial projects. After his studies, he joined DE-CIX, the operator of the largest Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in the world in Frankfurt. He is a member of the DE-CIX research team and works on product development, system security, future network architectures for Internet exchange points, and large-scale network data analysis.