Operationalizing machine learning in real world networks

Speaker : Francesco Bronzino
Université de Savoie
Date: 18/05/2022
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: LINCS + Zoom


Applications of machine learning to networking, from performance diagnosis to security, have conventionally relied on models that are trained on offline packet traces, without regard to the limitations of existing measurement systems nor the cost of gathering, computing, and storing the corresponding input features. As a result, there remains a significant gap between the development of statistical models for network operations and their application and systemization in practice. In this talk, we explore the challenges of operationalizing machine learning models in real world networks. First, we develop new models to infer quality metrics (i.e., startup delay and resolution) for encrypted streaming video services and demonstrate the models are practical through a 16-month deployment in 66 homes. Building on the lessons learned, we design and develop Traffic Refinery, a new framework and system that enables a joint evaluation of both the conventional notions of machine learning performance (e.g., model accuracy) and the systems-level costs of different representations of network traffic. Traffic Refinery makes it possible to explore different representations for learning, balancing systems costs related to feature extraction and model training against model accuracy.


Francesco Bronzino is an Assistant Professor (maitre de conference) at Université Savoie Mont Blanc. His research interests broadly focus on the Internet infrastructure and the services that populate it, particularly studying how to leverage emergent technologies to engineer software systems designed to measure and improve network service performance. His work has been published papers in top-tier conferences in this area such as ACM Sigmetrics, IEEE/ACM SEC, and PAM.
Francesco received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from WINLAB at Rutgers University, working on the design of name based services for future Internet and mobile network architectures. Before joining Université Savoie Mont Blanc, he was a Research Scientist at Nokia Bell Labs as well as Post-Doctoral research fellow at Inria Paris focusing on network systems for application quality monitoring and inference.