Keynote Talk: Victor Bahl

Micro Datacenter Middleware for Mobile Computing


Resource poverty in mobile devices is a fundamental constraint and not simply a temporary limitation of current technology. In this talk, I will put forth a vision and propose a technology that breaks free of this constraint. In this vision, mobile users seamlessly use nearby micro datacenters to obtain the resource benefits of cloud computing without incurring wide area network delays and jitter. Crisp interactive response for immersive applications that augment human cognition become easier to achieve. While much engineering and research remains, the concepts and ideas introduced open the door to a new world of disaggregated clouds in which seamless cognitive assistance for wireless users and new IoT applications can be delivered anyplace, anytime using the latest and greatest computer science technologies known to us.


Victor Bahl is a Distinguished Scientist and the Director of the Mobility & Networking Research (MNR) Group. He believes that he has one of the best jobs in the industry – pursuing untethered research, shepherding brilliant researchers and helping shape Microsoft’s long-term vision related to networking technologies through research, industry partnerships, and associated policy engagement with governments and research institutions around the world. His personal research spans a variety of topics in mobile computing, wireless systems, cloud services and data center networking & management. Over his career he has built many seminal and highly-cited systems, published prolifically in top conferences and journals, authored over 100 patents, given over 30 keynotes, won many awards and honors, and engaged in significant professional and company-wide leadership activities. 

When not working, Victor loves to read, travel, eat in fine restaurants, watch competitive sports and action movies, and spend time hanging out with friends and family.