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Colgate University
McGregory Hall, 3rd Floor
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346
(tel) 315.228.7719
Charlotte Jablonski, Administrative Assistant

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    Speaker: Doug Murray '94, CEO, Big Switch

    Computer networks have traditionally relied on standard, distributed path computation algorithms to determine how data flows the network. This restricts a network's ability to optimize performance, quickly recover from failures, and achieve many other important objectives. To address these limitations, software-defined networking (SDN) pushes the data forwarding decisions to a centralized, customizable network controller that can exert fine-grained control over network paths. Big Switch develops SDN-based solutions that meet the complex needs of cloud computing and provide increased visibility into a network. This talk will focus on the motivation and basic principles of SDN, as well as the specific ways in which Big Switch is leveraging SDN to address some of the challenges faced by today's computer networks.

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    Speaker: Dr. Joy Lisi Rankin

    Abstract: What does it mean to write American history from the user up? When I was researching A People’s History of Computing in the United States, stories of students and teachers, principals and professors, touch screens and video games – in New Hampshire, Minnesota, and Illinois – jumped off the pages of newsletters, grant reports, and other archival documents. Those are not the people or places that typically come to mind when we think about America’s digital origin stories. This talk focuses on the users of 1960s and 1970s academic computing networks to develop a history of the digital age that emphasizes creativity, collaboration, and community. These students and educators built, accessed, and participated in cooperative digital networks, developing now-quotidian practices of personal computing and social media. In the process, they became what I call “computing citizens.”

    Bio: Dr. Joy Lisi Rankin is a feminist, anti-racist historian, and a Contributing Editor for Lady Science. She is also a consultant for the documentaries The Birth of BASIC and The Queen of Code and for the television show Girls Code. Rankin was an Exchange Scholar at MIT while earning her doctorate in History from Yale University, as well as a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Prior to entering the academy, she had a successful career launching educational programs for students of all ages, which took her around the country. Her website is

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