Surprise-Inspired Networking

David Tennenhouse, Independent Researcher


The Information Theory concept of surprisal suggests that, in the future, the most valuable information will be the "new" information entering the cloud from the edge rather than the "prior" information that is stored and processed deeper within the cloud. This talk will discuss the implications of this relatively simple concept for future systems and networks. In particular, it will focus on the role that "near the edge" computing and storage can play in synthesizing the "new" and "old" information.

David Tennenhouse, Independent Researcher

David is passionate about research and innovation and has a track record of embracing high-risk initiatives, such as software-defined networking, software radio, IoT, and data-intensive computing. He has worked in academia, as a faculty member at MIT; in government, at DARPA; in industry at Intel, Amazon/, Microsoft, and VMware; and as a partner in a venture capital firm. Dr. Tennenhouse has championed research related to a wide range of technologies, including networking, distributed computing, blockchain, computer architecture, storage, machine learning, robotics, and nano/biotechnology. David holds a BASc and MASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge.

@conference {280814,
author = {David Tennenhouse},
title = {{Surprise-Inspired} Networking},
year = {2022},
address = {Carlsbad, CA},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = jul,

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