ESnet’s Mariam Kiran Earns DOE Early Career Award

Mariam Kiran
Mariam Kiran

Mariam Kiran, a research scientist in the Energy Sciences Network’s (ESnet’s) Advanced Network Technologies Group, has received a 2017 Early Career Research Program award from the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science. Now in its eighth year, the award supports exceptional researchers during critical stages of their formative work by funding their research for five years.

Kiran will use her award to advance the state of the art in network research. She will employ methods from machine-learning and parallel computing to work with network research, to optimize traffic and path allocation.

“Networking is an interesting field utilizing multiple hardware and software skills. For example, configuring links involve understanding current network topologies, as well as, anticipating traffic demands and user requirements. ESnet has already been at a forefront of networking research with advanced monitoring tools and network expertise,” Kiran said. “However, as networks grow and become more complex, we have to find new methods to automate some or all of current network tasks. These include anticipating problems in advance and automating the ‘fixes’ to maintain a healthy network environment.”

Mariam Kiran’s demo on “InDI: Intent-based User-defined Service Deployment over Multi-Domain SDN applications” was one of the more popular sessions in the DOE booth at SC16.

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Patrick Dorn to Lead ESnet’s Network Engineering Group


Patrick Dorn, a network engineer who joined ESnet in 2011, has been named the new leader of ESnet’s Network Engineering Group. He has held the job in an acting capacity since last September.

During his time with ESnet, Dorn spent a year at CERN in Switzerland, working to establish high speed links between CERN and the U.S. research community.

Before joining ESnet, Dorn was a senior network engineer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. At NCSA he held both technical and management roles.

While at NCSA, Dorn served as the SC)08 conferencechair for SCinet, the high-speed network that provides wired and wireless connectivity for the thousands of attendees. SCinet is entirely volunteer-driven and takes more than a year to plan and then deploy.