Professor Farnam Jahanian, Chair of the CSE Division of EECS, has been recognized with the prestigious ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Award for his groundbreaking paper on Internet routing instability. He shares the award with his former students and co-authors, Dr. Robert Malan and Dr. Craig Labovitz.
The Test of Time Award recognizes papers published in the past 10 to 12 years in Computer Communication Review or any SIGCOMM sponsored or co-sponsored conference that is deemed to be an outstanding body of research and whose contents are still a vibrant and useful contribution today.
The paper, entitled "Internet Routing Instability," described deployment of the first backbone routing
probes across major Internet public exchange points in 1995. The analysis of inter-domain
routing behavior based on this data led to the discovery of BGP routing instability and interdomain
delayed convergence. This research on routing stability and convergence properties has
been highly influential within both the network research community and the Internet operational
community. It served as a catalyst for significant changes in commercial Internet routing software
implementation and impacted routing policies employed by Internet service providers throughout
the world. Furthermore, this work was the first research to uncover the fragility of the Internet
routing infrastructure, and led to a body of work that has been built on by numerous networking
infrastructure researchers over the last decade.
In late 2000, Prof. Jahanian and Dr. Malan co-founded Arbor Networks, a network security company, based on research related to this paper. Today, Prof. Jahanian continues his work at the University and is also the Chairman of Arbor Networks. Dr. Malan is Chief Technology Officer at Arbor, and Dr. Labovitz is Arbor’s Chief Scientist.
Prof. Jahanian's research at the University of Michigan is aimed at the study of scalability, dependability and security of networked systems and applications. His interests include distributed computing, network security, and network protocols and architectures. He is affiliated with the CSE Software Systems Lab.