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Bob Briscoe

Bob Briscoe


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Independent Research Consultant on Internet Communications.


Brief Biography


Since 2015 in various capacities Dr Bob Briscoe has been leading transfer of Low Latency Low Loss Scalable throughput (L4S) Internet technology from research to standardization and production. From 2017 to Sep 2019 this work was through a consulting contract with CableLabs. More recently it was funded by an open source development award from Comcast, which allowed him to hire in professional developers. From 2015-2017 he was Chief Research Scientist in Communications Systems with Simula Research Laboratory. Prior to that, he had been BT's Chief Researcher in Network Infrastructure and a member of BT's Network Strategy team. His expertise is in engineering, economic and social control of computer networks. In the late-1980s, he managed the transition to IP of many of BT's R&D Labs. In 2000, he set-up and led the Market Managed Multi-service Internet (M3I) consortium and incubated a start-up that BT absorbed into its Internet QoS products. In 2007 he helped initiate the Trilogy project, which successfully delivered re-definition of the Internet architecture through IETF standardization. 

Full Biography

Since 2015 in various capacities Dr Bob Briscoe has been leading transfer of Low Latency Low Loss Scalable throughput (L4S) Internet technology from research to standardization and production. From 2017 to 2019 this work was through a consulting contract with CableLabs, the Colorado-based not-for-profit research lab for about 60 major cable companies world-wide. Since Sep 2019 an open source development award from Comcast has allowed him to go independent and hire in professional developers. From 2015-2017 he was Chief Research Scientist in Communications Systems with the Oslo-based Simula Research Laboratory. Prior to that, he had been BT's Chief Researcher in Network Infrastructure and a member of BT's Network Strategy team at BT's research labs in the UK. He joined BT in 1980 attaining a degree in engineering from the University of Cambridge in 1984, specialising in economics and industrial sociology. Through part-time study, in 2009 he attained a Computer Science PhD from UCL. The thesis concerned freedom with accountability on the Internet.

In the late-1980s he managed the transition to the Internet Protocol (IP) of many of BT's R&D Labs. in 1994 he moved internally into BT Research and started representing BT on the HTTP working group of the IETF and in the ANSA distributed systems research consortium, which led to the creation of the OMG and CORBA. In 2000 he initiated and was technical director of the Market Managed Multi-service Internet (M3I) consortium, a successful European collaboration that solved the problem of controlling Internet quality using dynamic wholesale pricing, but with flat retail pricing. He also helped incubate Qariba, an on-demand bandwidth start-up that was ultimately re-absorbed into BT to form BT's new Internet access products. Between 2001-2003 he managed BT's Edge Lab which researched the interface between computing applications and networks. In 2003 he initiated the Communications Research Network (CRN), a collaborative initiative to remove technical, commercial and regulatory blockages to the future health of the communications industry. In 2007 he helped initiate and lead the Trilogy project, which won the Future Internet award in 2011 for successfully delivering re-definition of the Internet architecture through IETF standardization. He continues to be heavily involved in generating, exploiting and standardizing research results, including three IETF work areas having been created to standardize his research: Pre-Congestion Notification (PCN, 2007-12), Congestion Exposure (ConEx, 2010-16), Low Latency Low Loss Scalable throughput (L4S, 2016-...) and convening and serving as first chair of the ETSI Network Functions Virtualiation (NFV) Security Expert Group. Among a number of internal BT awards, he earned a special award for the most patents filed in BT's history during the 20-year research part of his career within the company.

His published research, standards contributions and patent filings are in the fields of Internet architecture, loosely coupled distributed systems, scalable network QoS, including both capacity management and cutting latency, virtualization security, group security & charging solutions, managing fixed and wireless network loading using pricing, denial of service resistance, the economic structure of communications markets and regularly slaying myths about network economics.

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  • L4S - Low Latency Low Loss Scalable throughput [2015+]

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Last Updated: 23 Sep 2017