On Dec. 14, UCLA computer science professors George Varghese and Lixia Zhang were inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame’s 2021 Class. The honor “recognizes individuals worldwide who have played an extraordinary role in the conceptualization, building, and development of the global Internet and recognizes those who have made crucial, behind-the-scenes contributions.”
George Varghese made significant contributions to the usability of the Internet by inventing algorithms that increase its speed. He chronicled these concepts in the 2004 field-defining textbook, “Network Algorithmics: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Designing Fast Networked Devices.”
Dr. Lixia Zhang’s design of the highly influential Resource Reservation Protocol (RSVP), which has served as the foundation of Internet Traffic Engineering by most major network operators, has helped enable effective management and growth of the Internet’s backbone networks for over two decades.