Annual Retreat
Fall 2018


The Network Programming Initiative (NPI) conducts annual Retreats to bring together faculty, students, postdocs, and industry partners for a one-day workshop with presentations, panels, and informal discussions related to network programming. Topics include practical use cases and solutions encompassing languages, algorithms and tools.

Fall 2019 (Upcoming)

The Fall 2019 Retreat will be held on Friday, October 11, 2019 in the Tata Innovation Center at the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island. Seating is limited with preferred access to employees of NPI Sponsors. Please register here to apply to attend.

In addition to talks by NPI sponsors, faculty, postdocs and students, we are delighted to host a keynote "Democratizing the Network Edge" by our colleague Larry Peterson, CTO of the Open Networking Foundation and the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus at Princeton University, where he served as Chair from 2003-2009. Professor Peterson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE, the 2010 recipient of the IEEE Kobayashi Computer and Communication Award, and the 2013 recipient of the ACM SIGCOMM Award.

Please check back later for more details and updates to the 2019 Retreat agenda.

Fall 2018

The Fall 2018 Retreat was held on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 in the Tata Innovation Center at the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island. Participation was by invitation only.

2018 NPI Retreat Group photo
Attendees gathered for a group photo at the Reception on October 3rd, 2018 at Cornell Tech in the late afternoon.


We gratefully acknowledge support from our sponsors for the Fall Retreat:

Comcast       VMware


8:00am Registration and Breakfast
9:00am Welcome
Nate Foster (Cornell)
9:30am Keynote: End-to-End SDN Programming with Nerpa
Leonid Ryzhyk (VMWare Research)
10:00am Probabilistic Network Programming
Steffen Smolka (Cornell)
10:30am Coffee
11:00am Internet Video Quality Inference from Encrypted Network Traffic
Paul Schmitt (Princeton)
11:30am Panel Discussion: Network Programmability Use Cases
  • Vignesh Ramamurthy (Infosys)
  • David Stern (DISA)
  • Walter Willinger (NIKSUN)
12:00pm Student Lightning Talks
12:15pm Lunch
2:00pm Keynote: What Network Programming means to Provider Networks
Yiu Liu (Comcast)
3:00pm Sonata: Query-driven streaming network telemetry
Arpit Gupta (Princeton/Columbia)
3:30pm Coffee
4:00pm Enabling programmable transport protocols in high-speed NICs
Mina Tahmasbi Arashloo (Princeton)
4:30pm Wrapup and Next Steps
Nate Foster and Jennifer Rexford (Princeton)
5:00pm Reception