Lei Zhang

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Lei Zhang

Ph.D. Candidate

Claude E. Shannon Communication and Network Group
Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE)
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

About Me

I am a Ph.D. student in the department of EECS at MIT. I work with Professor Vincent Chan in the Claude E. Shannon Communication and Network Group in RLE. I received my M.S. degree from EECS at MIT in 2010. Before coming to MIT, I obtained my B. Eng degree from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in 2007.

My current research is part of the UltraFlow project with joint collaborations from UT Dallus, Stanford, and Bell Labs. This project aims to design and experimentally demonstrate a hybrid future Internet architecture that meets the ever-increasing traffic demand but is significantly more cost effective and energy efficient. My research focuses on joint architecture design and analysis for both data plane and control plane of optical flow-switched networks. In particular, I investigate how network management and control efforts and data plane performances are coupled through the logical topology of the data network and the scheduling algorithm that orchestrates the “ultra flows” across the network. I also look into how fast lightpath switching in mid-span of the WAN leads to power transients and cross-channel power coupling in EDFA-amplified fibers and the implications for the flow scheduling algorithm design and the network management and control.

My research interests include optical networks, data center networks, wireless optical networks, heterogeneous networks, and cross-layer network architecture design and optimizations.


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Cambridge, MA 02139

Email: zhl(at)mit(dot)edu