Curriculum Vitae Dr. Lars Eggert

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Dr. Lars Eggert
NetApp Deutschland GmbH
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85551 Kirchheim bei München
Dr. Lars Eggert
Nußbaumstr. 10
80336 Munich
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Lars Eggert is Technical Director for Networking in NetApp’s Office of the CTO, based in Munich, Germany.

Lars is a senior networking technologist with deep expertise in areas such as architectures, system and protocol design, and virtualization. Based on his understanding of technology trends, he drives NetApp’s networking agenda by bridging the gap between academic research and product development through in-house R&D projects as well as university and industry collaborations; leading to product improvements, key IPR, open source contributions, directions for M&A and other funding decisions, and numerous academic publications and standards contributions.

Lars has been leading Internet standardization as part of the steering group, architecture board and as working group chair of the IETF for over a decade, and has chaired the IRTF, the IETF’s research arm. He is a senior member of the ACM and the IEEE, and serves on the program and organization committees of academic conferences such as ACM SIGCOMM and IEEE Infocom, as well as other boards, such as ACM SIGCOMM’s Executive Committee and Industrial Advisory Board.

Lars received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2003. Before joining NetApp in 2011, he was a Principal Scientist at Nokia and served on the corporation’s CTO and CEO Technology Councils of senior technology experts. From 2009-2014, Lars was an Adjunct Professor at Aalto University, Finland’s top technical university. From 2003-2006, he was a senior researcher at NEC Labs.

Employment and Education

2011 – now

Technical Director for Networking, NetApp GmbH, Munich, Germany

Architecting advanced networked system prototypes in the CTO Office with a team of talented engineers, to analyze how to best leverage emerging technologies and protocols (e.g., Datacenter TCP, Multipath TCP, QUIC, netmap, Intel DPDK/SPDK, P4/OpenFlow, Open vSwitch) for building better products, with a focus on hybrid cloud and SDN/NFV deployments (e.g., on OpenStack).

Established NetApp EU R&D team and acquired € 7 million public grant funding to collaborate with top academic (e.g., University of Cambridge, RWTH Aachen, CERN) and industry partners (e.g., Deutsche Telekom, Orange) on strategic cloud and datacenter networking topics. Leading the overall technical development of the resulting R&D collaboration.

Developing open source contributions (e.g., DCTCP, PRR and NewCWV for FreeBSD, StackMap for Linux). Inventing patentable IPR. Performing technology evaluations and due diligence for M&A decisions. Directing EU and US university engagements in networking. Authoring academic publications and standards contributions. Acting as engineering liaison to EU customers. Leading standardization in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Invited speaker at international events. Supervising engineering interns and mentoring Ph.D. students.

2007 – 2011

Principal Scientist and Member of CTO/CEO Technology Councils,
Nokia Oyj, Helsinki, Finland

Leading technical expert on Internet technologies in the CTO Office and member of the CEO and CTO Technology Councils (2009–11), Nokia’s dozen most senior technical experts that provided internal technical consulting. Participated in the development of company-wide technology R&D and standardization strategy. Performed technology evaluation and due diligence for M&A.

Helped to acquire the EU grant (€ 9.2 million project volume) and participated in the award-winning R&D team (with, e.g., Stanford, UCL, BT) that designed Multipath TCP, originated the Linux reference implementation and kicked off the IETF standardization. Designed, implemented, analyzed and standardized various other TCP and Internet protocol extensions, (e.g., TCP UTO) with a focus on improving the Internet experience on mobile devices.

Led architectural teams in other R&D collaborations (volume >€ 25 million) with academic and industry partners. Managed Nokia’s related academic engagements. Invented patentable IPR. Authored academic publications and standards contributions. IETF standardization leader. Invited speaker. Supervised R&D interns.

2003 – 2007

Senior Research Staff Member, NEC Europe Ltd., Heidelberg, Germany

Led architectural teams in EU-funded R&D projects on next-generation internetworking. Participated in project acquisition (volume >€ 20 million). Invented patentable IPR. Authored academic publications and standards contributions. Chaired NEC Europe student recruitment group. Supervised R&D interns.


Ph.D., Computer Science,
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Dissertation: Speculative Use of Idle Resource Capacity, implemented for FreeBSD.
Advisor: J. Touch; committee: J. Heidemann, C. Papadopoulos and J. Silvester

Participated in several DARPA- and NSF-funded research projects on virtual networking and web caching. Co-developed and implemented the underlying virtualization protocol architecture on FreeBSD and Linux.

R&D Collaborations

2015 – now


The Scalable and Secure Infrastructures for Cloud Operations (SSICLOPS, pronounced “cyclops”) project focuses on techniques for the management of federated private cloud infrastructures, in particular cloud networking techniques within software-defined data centers and across wide-area networks. Technical manager of the overall project, which is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon2020 program; project volume € 7 million.

2010 – 2011

Finnish Future Internet ICT SHOK Program

The Finnish Future Internet ICT SHOK Program covers routing, transport and information-networking. Co-funded by TEKES, the Finnish National Science foundation, project volume several €  million.

2008 – 2011

Trilogy Project

Trilogy developed multi-path transport (TCP) and multi-path routing protocols, as well as related economic and policy aspect. Co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Program, project volume € 9.2 million. Winner, EU “Future Internet Award” 2011.

2004 – 2006

Ambient Networks I+II Projects

Ambient Networks worked on internetworking based on dynamic network composition. Co-funded by the European Commission under the 6th Framework Program. Two phases: 2004–05, with a project volume of € 22.1 million; and 2006–07, with a volume of € 21.4 million.

2001 – 2003

DynaBone Project, USC Information Sciences Institute

DynaBone developed denial-of-service protection via network virtualization. Co-funded by DARPA, volume $2M.

2001 – 2003

NetFS Project, USC Information Sciences Institute

NetFS developed networking-through-the-file-system ideas. Co-funded by NSF, project volume $480K.

1998 – 2003

X-Bone and X-Tend Projects, USC Information Sciences Institute

X-Bone and X-TEND developed a rapid deployment system for customized virtual networks, and the underlying virtualization architecture. Co-funded by DARPA and NSF, volume $3M.

Professional Activities

2017 – now

Secretary-Treasurer and Executive Committee Member, ACM SIGCOMM

2012 – now

Advisory Boards and Other Committees
Centre for Advanced Internet Architectures (CAIA) advisory board
ACM SIGCOMM industrial advisory board
EPSRC NaaS project advisory board
EU FP7 RITE project advisory board
EU FP7 STREWS project advisory board
EU FP7 PACE project advisory board
IEEE Internet Award selection committee

2011 – 2017

Chair, Internet Research Task Force (IRTF)

Chartering and managing new research work on latest Internet technologies in the IRTF, the research arm of the IETF, e.g., on software-defined networking (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV), information-centric networking (ICN), or the Internet of Things (IoT). Co-created the Applied Networking Research Workshop (ANRW) series in 2015; serving on the steering committee. Co-created the Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) in 2011; chairing the selection committee.

2011 – 2017

Member, Internet Architecture Board (IAB)

Ex officio member on the IETF IAB, providing architectural oversight of IETF activities, the Internet standards process, the RFC Editor, and parts of ICANN/IANA.

2009 – 2014

Adjunct Professor (“Dosentti”), Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

Area of current and future internetworking architectures and protocols.

2006 – 2011

Area Director and Steering Group Member,
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)

Managed the standardization work in the IETF Transport Area, which covers transport protocols and technologies (e.g., TCP, SCTP, NAT traversal, and path MTU discovery) storage protocols (e.g., NFSv4 and iSCSI) as well as differentiated services, integrated services (RSVP), header compression, and other topics. Served on the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG), which is responsible for technical management of IETF activities and the Internet standards process. Also served as liaison to the IETF Nominations Committee (2007) and the IAB (2008–09).

2005 – now

Working Group and Birds-of-a-Feather Chair,
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
Chair, QUIC BOF and working group
Chair, Transport Area working group

2004 – now

Conference Committee Memberships

Over eighty in total, including:

2016 (chair & steering), 2017 (steering), 2018 (steering)
2012 (general), 2016 (workshop), 2017 (tutorial)
2015 (posters), 2016, 2017
ACM HotMiddlebox
2007, 2008 (PC chair), 2009 (steering), 2010 (+ steering), 2011 (steering), 2012 (steering), 2013 (steering)
2013 (workshop chair)
IEEE Global Internet
2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 (PC chair), 2011, 2012
ACM MobiHeld
2009 (steering), 2010 (steering), 2011 (steering)
ACM ReArch
2008, 2009 (PC chair), 2010 (+ steering)

2000 – now

Professional Society Memberships

ACM (member 2004, senior 2010), IEEE (member 2003, senior 2009), Gesellschaft für Informatik (member 2011), Internet Society (ISOC).

Publications and Patents

Over forty peer-reviewed academic publications, close to twenty Internet RFCs, over twenty articles and posters, multiple granted patents, several more under submission. Selected publications (full bibliography at