Fulvio Risso


Dipartimento di Automatica e Informatica, 3rd floor, zone 3C (directions)

Politecnico di Torino

Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24

10129 Torino - Italia

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Office hours and appointments for students

I do not schedule fixed office hours. If you need an appointment, please check my calendar and follow the suggestions on that page.

Research interests

My main research interest has always been high-speed packet processing (i.e., 10Gbps and beyond), while maintaining flexibility. With some of my best students, we designed several components that can be used to achieve this vision, from the NetPDL language, the NetVM virtual machine, and their integration in the NetBee library. I also tried to apply these technologies to the problem of Traffic Classification, hence I spent some time on that topic too. With some very smart PhD student we had a look at the word of network processors and multicore/graphical CPU for networking; an interesting result was the iNFAnt pattern matching engine on nVidia graphics cards.

For many years I have explored the world of network processing, a.k.a. how to make the network programmable, until I realized that the networking world was blurring into a bigger cloud&virtualization picture, which represents my new, recent, research interest. As usual, I started some nice open-source projects as well, such as the FROG (Flexible and pROGrammable network device), CrownLabs, to deliver remote computer labs in the months of COVID-19 pandemia, and the new Liquid Computing (Liqo) project, with the ambition to create a computing continuum in which we do no longer care where our applications will be executed. But I did not give up to my original passion, networking: starting in 2017, I began to have fun with the eBPF technology, which enables lightweight network services that are executed directly in the Linux kernel. The (ongoing) result can be seen in the Polycube software framework.

Particularly, Liqo and Polycube may represent a breakthrough in their respective fields and I am eager to see them growing and getting increasingly adopted by a wider community.

Some of my past research activities included Quality of Service in Packet Switched Networks, Scheduling Algorithms (particularly Class Based Queuing), Scheduling, Voice over IP, management of resources in peer-to-peer networks.

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Something about me

Born in Saluzzo (Cuneo, Italy), 15 november 1971. The same day Intel announced the 4004 chip.

BSc in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Torino in July 1995.

PhD in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Torino in January 2000.

Associate Professor at Politecnico di Torino (Technical University of Turin). Responsible for students and staff mobility with the Department of Computer and Control Engineering. Responsible for the Network and Multimedia Lab at Dept. of Control and Computer Engineering.

Married with Daniela (2000), one son (Francesco, 2001), one daughter (Valentina, 2006) and a little puppy, Whisky (2016).

Interests: history; travelling, particularly with my RV.