Curriculum Vitae Dr. Lars EggertStenbergintie 12 B, 02700 Kauniainen, Finland
Lars is an experienced technology leader with deep expertise in distributed systems, network architectures and protocol design, ranging from the Internet to datacenter to IoT/edge environments.
Lars has been leading Internet standardization for two decades as a member of the IETF’s steering group and architecture board, and he currently serves as chair of the IETF. In the past, he chaired the IETF’s research arm, the IRTF, and the IETF’s QUIC working group. He also serves on the program and organization committees of academic conferences such as ACM SIGCOMM and USENIX NSDI, as well as numerous other boards.
Lars received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2003. Before joining Mozilla in 2023, he was a Distinguished Engineer at NetApp, a Principal Scientist at Nokia and served Nokia’s CTO and CEO Technology Councils. In parallel, from 2009-2014, Lars was an Adjunct Professor at Aalto University. From 2003-2006, he was a senior researcher at NEC Labs.
Employment and Education
2023 – now
2022 – 2023
2018 – 2022
2011 – 2018
Technical Director, NetApp Finland Oy, Espoo, Finland
Technical Director, NetApp Deutschland 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), IETF QUIC stack for POSIX and embedded IoT use. Technology evaluation and due diligence for M&A and partnerships. Directing EU and US university engagements in networking. Authoring academic publications and standards contributions. Generating IPR. Acting as engineering liaison to 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
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
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.
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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.
1991 – 1995
BS equiv. (“Vordiplom”), Computer Science, Technical University, Darmstadt, Germany
2021 – now
As part of the IETF Chair role, also chairing the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) and serving as area director (AD) for the General Area, serving on the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) and serving on the Board of Directors of the IETF Administration LLC (IETF LLC).
2011 – now
2005 – now
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
2004 – now
Over eighty in total, including:
2000 – now
2017 – 2021
2011 – 2017
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
2009 – 2014
Area of current and future internetworking architectures and protocols.
2006 – 2011
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).
2015 – 2018
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
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
2004 – 2006
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
2001 – 2003
Selected Publications and Patents
Over forty peer-reviewed academic publications, close to twenty IETF RFCs, over twenty other articles and posters, multiple granted patents. Selected publications (full bibliography at https://eggert.org/):
- Prism: Proxies without the Pain. Yutaro Hayakawa, Michio Honda, Douglas Santry and and Lars Eggert. Proc. USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI), Boston, MA, USA, April 12-14, 2021.
- PASTE: A Network Programming Interface for Non-Volatile Main Memory. Michio Honda, Giuseppe Lettieri, Lars Eggert and Douglas Santry. Proc. USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI), Renton, WA, USA, April 9-11, 2018.
- StackMap: Low-Latency Networking with the OS Stack and Dedicated NICs. Kenichi Yasukata, Michio Honda, Douglas Santry, and Lars Eggert. Proc. USENIX Annual Technical Conference (USENIX ATC), Denver, CO, USA, June 22-24, 2016.
- An Experimental Study of Home Gateway Characteristics. Seppo Hätönen, Aki Nyrhinen, Lars Eggert, Stephen Strowes, Pasi Sarolahti and Markku Kojo. Proc. ACM SIGCOMM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), Melbourne, Australia, November 1-3, 2010.
- Idletime Scheduling with Preemption Intervals. Lars Eggert and Joe Touch. Proc. 20th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles (SOSP 2005), Brighton, United Kingdom, October 23-26, 2005, pp. 249-262.