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Peter Steenkiste

Professor, School of Computer Science and of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Peter Steenkiste

Research Areas

Mobility, Next Generation Secure and Available Networks


Peter Steenkiste is a Professor of Computer Science and of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. His current research is in the areas of future Internet architecture and wireless networking.

His research interests are in the areas of networking and distributed computing. While at CMU, Peter Steenkiste worked on Nectar, the first workstation clusters built around a high-performance, switch-based local area network. He contributed both to the optimization of the communication subsystem and to the development of programming tools for workstation clusters. The optimization of application-level communication performance over commodity networks was further explored in the Gigabit Nectar and Credit Net projects. All these projects developed prototype systems that were used by a wide range of application groups, allowing a realistic evaluation of the research.

Peter Steenkiste is a member of the ACM and a Fellow of the IEEE. He has been on many program committees and he was co-chair for the OPENSIG'99 workshop and the "Eight International Workshop on Quality of Service (IWQOS'00)". He was also program chair for HPDC'2000 and general co-chair for ACM SIGCOMM'02. More recently, he was program co-chair for MobiCom 2008. He has been an associated editor for IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (1998-1999), IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (2000-2003), and Cluster Computing (2000-2004), and he is currently on the editorial board of the "Journal of Grid Computing".


PhD, 1987. Electrical Engineering,Stanford University
MS, 1983. Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
BS, 1982. Electrical Engineering, Ghent University

Research Projects

Diagnosing and Locating Wireless Disruption

Research Area: Mobility | Next Generation Secure and Available Networks
Researchers: Srinivasan Seshan, Peter Steenkiste, Dave Andersen

Access Control for Pervasive Computing Information

Researcher: Peter Steenkiste

Self-Configuring Wireless Networks

Researchers: Srinivasan Seshan, Peter Steenkiste


"TVR: Tall Vehicle Relaying in Vehicular Networks". M. Boban, R. Meireles, J. Barros, P. Steenkiste, and O. Tonguz, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 1118-1131, 2014.

"The Cost of the 'S' in HTTPS". D. Naylor, A. Finamore, I. Leontiadis, Y. Grunenberger, M. Mellia, M. Munafo, K. Papagiannaki, P. Steenkiste, 10th ACM International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies (CoNEXT 2014), Sydney, December 2014 

"Balancing Accountability and Privacy in the Network". David Naylor, Matthew Mukerjee, and Peter Steenkiste, ACM Sigcomm Conference, Chicago, Ill, August 2014. Best paper award. 

"Centralized, Measurement-based Spectrum Management for Environments with Heterogeneous Wireless Networks". George Nychis, Srini Seshan, and Peter Steenkiste, IEEE DySPAN 2014 Conference, McLean, VA, April 2014. 

"Understanding Tradeoffs in Incremental Deployment of New Network Architectures". Matthew Mukerjee, Donsu Han, Srini Seshan, Peter Steenkiste, 9th ACM International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies (CoNEXT 2013), Santa Barbara, December 2013.