Duke Computer Science Colloquium

The SCION Inter-Domain Routing Architecture

February 9, -
Speaker(s): Dr. Adrian Perrig


Lunch will be served at 11:45 AM.


With the increase of safety-critical traffic on the Internet, a challenge is to provide high availability in the presence of adversarial actors. The SCION next-generation network architecture has been explicitly designed for security and scalability, applying new ideas and novel concepts for achieving highly resilient control-plane operation and inter-domain end-to-end communication in the face of active attacks. SCION has been in production use for critical infrastructure communication since 2017, with expanding deployments and use cases since then. Operating side-by-side with today's Internet, SCION offers a communication fabric that is largely fault-independent from today's BGP-based infrastructure.

Given this backdrop, this talk will highlight use cases, technical and business aspects of SCION that provide security properties such as geo-fencing and path validation and enable new business models for IPSs. We will also discuss interoperability, how the fault-independence with today's infrastructure is achieved, and how the deployment and co-existence with today's infrastructure is accomplished. Ultimately, we cover the importance of open-source implementations, communities, IXPs, and the SCION Association for the success of a next-generation network architecture.

Speaker Bio

Adrian Perrig is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science at ETH Z├╝rich, Switzerland, where he leads the network security group. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at CyLab, and an Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. From 2002 to 2012, he was a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy, and Computer Science (courtesy) at Carnegie Mellon University. From 2007 to 2012, he served as the technical director for Carnegie Mellon's Cybersecurity Laboratory (CyLab). He earned his MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and spent three years during his PhD at the University of California at Berkeley. He received his BSc degree in Computer Engineering from EPFL. He is a recipient of the ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Innovation Award. Adrian is an ACM and IEEE Fellow. Adrian's research revolves around building secure systems -- in particular his group is working on the SCION secure Internet architecture.


Mike Reiter