Section: Highlights of the Year

Highlights of the Year


Guillaume Ducoffe, former PhD student of Coati , is the recipient of the second PhD prize delivered jointly by GDR RSD and Association ACM SIGOPS France (ASF), edition 2018, for his PhD thesis entitled "Metric properties of large graphs".

Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches

Frédéric Giroire has defended his Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches, entitled "Optimisation des infrastructures réseaux. Un peu de vert dans les réseaux et autres problèmes de placement et de gestion de ressources" [1], at Univ. Côte d'Azur on October 23, 2018.

Abstract: Pushed by the new sensitivity of the society, politics, and companies to energy costs and global warming, he investigated the question of how to build green networks. He first studied some practical scenarios to answer the question: how much energy could be saved for Internet Service Providers by putting into practice energy efficient protocols? It led him to study fundamental problems of graph theory.

At the core of these energy efficient methods, there is a dynamic adaptation to the changes of demands, which is impossible to do in legacy networks which are mostly manually operated. The emergence of two new paradigms, software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV), leads to a finer control of networks and thus bears the promise to to put energy efficient solutions into practice. He thus studied how to use SDN to implement dynamic routing.

His approach has been to use theoretical tools to solve problems raised by the introduction of new technologies or new applications. His tools come mainly from combinatorics and in particular from graph theory, algorithmics, optimization and probabilities. When he was able to propose new methods of resolution, he then tried to evaluate their practical impact by numerical evaluation, simulation or experimentation with realistic scenarios.

New team members

  • Alexandre Caminada has been recruited as a University Professor of Univ. Nice Sophia Antipolis since September 2018 and he is now a member of Coati . Since September 2017, he is the director of the Polytech'Nice engineering school of Univ. Nice Sophia Antipolis.

  • Emanuele Natale has been recruited as a Junior researcher at CNRS in 2018. He will join Coati in January 2019.