H. Jonathan Chao, Kang Xi

There are few things more frustrating to an Internet user than interruptions or slow-downs in service. The complexity of the Internet “backbone,” as the principal routes between large, interconnected networks and routers are sometimes called, makes such occurrences virtually unavoidable, however. Huawei Technologies recently awarded H. Jonathan Chao and Kang Xi, researchers at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering High-Speed Networking Lab, a two-year, $366,700 grant to support their research in the areas of routing, load balancing and resilience design—work that will help to ease the slowdowns.