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

All Publications

itmlogic: The Irregular Terrain Model by Longley and Rice

Edward J. Oughton, Tom Russell, Joel Johnson, Caglar Yardim, Julius Kusuma

Journal of Open Source Software Blog - July 6, 2020

WES: Agent-based User Interaction Simulation on Real Infrastructure

John Ahlgren, Maria Eugenia Berezin, Kinga Bojarczuk, Elena Dulskyte, Inna Dvortsova, Johann George, Natalija Gucevska, Mark Harman, Ralf Lämmel, Erik Meijer, Silvia Sapora, Justin Spahr-Summers

Genetic Improvement Workshop - April 29, 2020

Trajectory Optimization of Solar-Powered High-Altitude Long Endurance Aircraft

Jack Marriott, Birce Tezel, Zhang Liu, Nicolas Stier

ICCAR - April 20, 2020

Aeroelastic Preliminary-Design Optimization of Communication Tower Structures

Vishvas Suryakumar, Paul Varkey, Ben Thomsen, Jack Marriott, David Liu, Abhishek Tiwari

AIAA Scitech - January 6, 2020

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