Alex Carrega


Ph.D. IT & Network Engineer


+39 348-74.85.497

TNT Lab @ UniGe


CNIT


via Opera Pia 13, 16154 Genoa, Italy



Research


Main Activities


๐Ÿ’ป Cloud and Edge Computing

Analysis, study and development of solutions, algorithms and criteria for the optimization and dynamic management of environments with a high level of virtualization and distributed computing.
  • The study and development of seamless process / data migration techniques with low overhead / cost.
  • The study of algorithms for the dynamic adaptation of service chains in highly distributed environments and criteria for managing the localization of data and processes.
  • The analysis of hardware offloading techniques for complex operations at the network and/or application level.
  • The creation of interfaces and related information models for the management and orchestration of large-scale fog computing systems.
  • The study of model-driven analytics techniques for anomaly and problem detection, or to optimize the consolidation of processes/data for mobile users.
  • The study of software-defined consolidation and adaptation techniques of virtual objects on heterogeneous computing platforms.
  • Development of energy optimization mechanisms for the dynamic allocation of resources in the cloud and edge computing.
  • Evolution of ๐Ÿ–ฅNFV โˆ and ๐Ÿ–ฅSDN โˆ techniques and paradigms.

๐Ÿ’ป Green Networking

Study and development of technologies and solutions to reduce energy consumption in packet-switched telecommunication networks and equipment.
  • Study, development, analysis and verification of models for the representation of the consumption of software router devices in a multi-core environment.
  • Support for the integration of models defined within energy consumption optimization policies at single device and network level.
  • Analysis and study of prototype power management mechanisms capable of reducing energy consumption, adapting the processing capacity of the internal elements to a network devices to the volume of traffic offered and the established performance constraints.
  • Impact analysis of these technologies when applied to networks of real operators.
  • Use of virtualization and migration techniques for the efficient support of standby capacities.
  • Study of control mechanisms to ensure the best relationship between energy consumption and network performance in single- and multi-core network processors.
  • Mechanisms for sizing and dynamic allocation of resources (and therefore of consumption) in the modular network equipment.
  • Study and extension of standards for the certification of energy consumption of telecommunications equipment.
  • Study of the energy efficiency and potential impact of the universal charger for mobile phones.
  • Development of advanced experimental testbeds for the validation and performance analysis of prototype network solutions for energy efficiency.
  • Study and development of primitives for power-scaling (adaptation of power consumption) and โŒจ๏ธLPI โˆ in different contexts and within different building blocks of network equipment.
  • Design of mathematical models for the control and design of energy saving solutions in network equipment.
  • Development of software modules for the optimization of consumption and energy control of high- and hyper-capacity units.
  • Development of energy optimization mechanisms for the dynamic allocation of resources in the cloud and edge computing.
  • Evaluation of the mechanisms related to the reduction of energy consumption in the data center and dissemination of research results.

๐Ÿ’ป High-end Network Equipment Architecture


This set of activities includes the study, analysis and implementation of mechanisms for:
  • Synthetic generation of heterogeneous traffic in embedded Linux architectures built on general purpose network processors.
  • Design and prototype construction of distributed IP network equipment with high levels of resilience and autonomy.
  • Study and development of techniques and architectures based on the ๐Ÿ–ฅSDN โˆ and ๐Ÿ–ฅNFV โˆ paradigms.
  • Study and prototype development of software platforms for the optimization of ๐Ÿ–ฅSoC โˆ and to allow a high level of programmability.
  • Study and prototype development of software paradigms and architectures for user-space forwarding in many-core processors.
  • Definition of the requirements necessary for the implementation of the innovative development framework for distributed applications.
  • Study and development of energy efficientย ๐Ÿ–ฅICT โˆ architectures for the management of Smart Grids through the use of ๐Ÿ–ฅNCP โˆ.
  • Study and development of simulators for the performance analysis of high speed network devices.
  • Support for the study of software solutions for the development of Highly Distributed applications.

๐Ÿ’ป Cyber-Security


This set of activities includes the study, analysis and implementation of mechanisms for:
  • Study, analysis and development of distributed models and architectures to automate security management and response to threats, security incidents, attacks in cloud/edge environments.
  • Study and development of models for the definition of security graphs to be applied automatically to the service graph characterizing the cloud/edge infrastructure.
  • Implementation and configuration for centralized collection of distributed data log to be used for the automation of ๐Ÿ–ฅIDS โˆ processes.
  • Development and implementation of advanced centralized, distributed and hybridย ๐ŸŽ‡ML โˆ and ๐ŸŽ‡DL โˆ techniques to be used for the automatic identification of potential attacks and anomalies.
  • Development of a distributed framework for the management and configuration of agents, favoring the possibility of live deployment on distributed platforms.
  • Implementation and configuration of modules for the creation and management of ๐Ÿ–ฅeBPF โˆ programs aimed at data collection and automatic application of safety rules.
  • Design and development of a holistic framework for advanced protection of business service chains.