Reinventing Internet with Platforms for Innovations
Speaker:Prof. Guru Parulkar
Clean Slate Program
Stanford University
Date & Time:11 Dec 2009 (Friday) 09:00 - 10:30


Stanford Clean Slate Program ( mission is to reinvent Internet infrastructure and services by creating “platforms for innovations” in networking, computing, and storage with emphasis on mobile computing and making them available to research and user communities.
In this talk I will present key platforms for innovations including OpenFlow that are being pursued and how they would potentially shape Future Internet -- faster than one would imagine.

Guru Parulkar has been the Executive Director of the Clean Slate Internet Design Program and Consulting Professor of EE at Stanford since August 2007. Guru has been in the field of networking for over 20 years and has worked in academia, startups, a large company, and a top tier venture capital firm.

Guru joined NSF in 2003 in its then new Computer and Network Systems Division where he played a key role in creating programs such as Future Internet Design (FIND,, GENI (, and Network of Sensor Systems (NOSS). He received NSF Director's award for Program Management Excellence in 2006.

Prior to NSF, Guru spent several years in Silicon Valley at high-tech startups. He co-founded Growth Networks and served as its CTO and Director. Growth Networks was acquired by Cisco Systems and provided key technologies for Cisco's flagship router product line, CRS. He also co-founded a multimedia wireless company called Sceos Technologies that has since evolved to be Ruckus Wireless. He also played a key role in founding the network security company Nevis Networks. He continues to serve as an advisor to high tech startups.

Prior to Silicon Valley, Guru was a Professor of Computer Science and Director of Applied Research Laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis (1987 to 2001) where he led research and prototyping of high performance networking and multimedia systems.

Guru received PhD in Computer Science from the University of Delaware (1987), M.Tech in EE from IIT Mumbai (1983), and BE in Electronics and Communications from G.S.I.T.S. University of Indore (1981). He is a recipient of Alumni Outstanding Achievement award and Frank A. Pehrson Graduate Student Achievement award from the University of Delaware.