Networking & Connectivity

Data networks that support the social network

Underlying our applications are networks at scale – and bringing more people online to a faster internet.

Networking is fundamental to the large-scale, distributed systems that power the family of Facebook applications that are used by billions of people. Our Networking researchers focus on making innovative and scalable networking technology by rethinking traditional approaches and designs and collaborating with research and open source communities to develop an ecosystem of open hardware and software. We have developed and shared the details of numerous networking systems. This also includes applications of related disciplines such as machine learning, optimization and algorithmic theory, and formal verification to the networking domain.

Beyond our own infrastructure, Connectivity researchers at Facebook explore new wide area communication models and technologies in multiple domains, including lasers, terrestrial links, wireless networks and high-altitude platforms. Our experts aim to overcome technical challenges, invent new solutions and drastically change the economics of deploying wide-scale internet infrastructure. We work with researchers at universities, government labs and industry to quickly advance these new technologies to become viable solutions for operators and other partners to deploy. For our non-research activities, see the Facebook Connectivity website.

 

Latest Publications

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NSDI - April 12, 2021

Running BGP in Data Centers at Scale

Anubhavnidhi Abhashkumar, Kausik Subramanian, Alexey Andreyev, Hyojeong Kim, Nanda Kishore Salem, Jingyi Yang, Petr Lapukhov, Aditya Akella, James Hongyi Zeng

NSDI - April 12, 2021

A Social Network Under Social Distancing: Risk-Driven Backbone Management During COVID-19 and Beyond

Yiting Xia, Ying Zhang, Zhizhen Zhong, Guanqing Yan, Chiun Lin Lim, Satyajeet Singh Ahuja, Soshant Bali, Alexander Nikolaidis, Kimia Ghobadi, Manya Ghobadi

Telecommunications Policy - March 13, 2021

Revisiting Wireless Internet Connectivity: 5G vs Wi-Fi 6

Edward J. Oughton, William Lehr, Konstantinos Katsaros, Ioannis Selinis, Dean Bubley, Julius Kusuma

"Optica" Published by the Optical Society (OSA) - February 11, 2021

Low-loss, Centimeter-scale Plasmonic Metasurface for Ultrafast Optoelectronics

Andrew J. Traverso, Jiani Huang, Thibault Peyronel, Guoce Yang, Tobias G. Tiecke, Maiken H. Mikkelsen

Open Research Awards

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April 13, 2021

2021 Networking request for proposals: Internet and web services

To foster further innovation in internet and web services, and to deepen our collaboration with academia, Facebook is pleased to invite faculty to respond to this call for research proposals.

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