Text Box: Department of Computer Science at Cornell University
Text Box: Text Box: The Conway-Walker Lecture is supported by Drs. Richard and Edythe Conway

Richard Conway and Robert Walker were instrumental in the founding of Cornellís Computer Science Department in 1965, convincing senior administrators of the need for a PhD program and securing generous funding from the Sloan Foundation to help launch the fledgling unit.


Richard Conway, during his long and varied career at Cornell, held a faculty position in Computer Science from 1965 to1983, serving as Chair of the Department 1978-79 and 1983-84. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is widely known for his fundamental contributions to scheduling and computer simulation. Dick is a faculty emeritus of the Johnson School of Management.

Robert Walker was a Professor in the Department of Mathematics from 1938 to 1974, serving as its Chair for ten of those years. Bobís interest in computing and its connections to mathematics grew during his career. He held a half-time faculty appointment in the CS Department until 1968. Bob became emeritus in 1974 and died in 1992.



Text Box: Inspired by Barbara Liskov's brilliiant Turing Lecture on "The Power of Abstraction", I will discuss the role of abstraction in networking.  I will show how searching for the appropriate network control abstractions leads to a new approach for network management called Software-Defined Networking (SDN), which is sometimes mistakenly referred to as "OpenFlow".  I will also suggest how defining the appropriate abstractions could lead to a more evolvable Internet architecture.  This talk will not cover any details of SDN or OpenFlow, but will instead try to place these ideas in the context of broader architectural issues. 
Text Box:                The      
                Distinguished Lecture          
Text Box: Thursday
October 6, 2011
Text Box: 4:15 pm
B17 Upson Hall
Reception - 4th Floor Atrium at 3:45pm

Scott Shenker

U.C. Berkeley


Scott Shenker spent his academic youth studying theoretical physics but soon gave up chaos theory for computer science (after a postdoctoral year at Cornell). Continuing to display a remarkably short attention span, his research over the years has wandered from computer performance modeling and computer networks to game theory and economics. Unable to hold a steady job, he currently splits his time between the U. C. Berkeley Computer Science Department and the International Computer Science Institute. 


Text Box: The Future of Networking 
and the Past of Protocols