About

I am a Ph.D. student in Collaborative Networking (CoNe) research group at Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki, Finland. My Ph.D. studies are being supervised by Prof. Dr. Jussi Kangasharju. My work is also co-supervised by Prof. Dr. Xiaoming Fu (University of Göttingen, Germany) and Dr. Fabian Schneider (NEC Research Lab, Germany).

Major chunk of my research and Ph.D. studies is being funded by the prestigious European Union's Marie-Curie fellowship and I am working under their Initial Training Network (ITN) project CleanSky. I am also part of the Finnish Academy of Sciences funded project Bright Clouds Dark Clouds (BCDC). At University of Helsinki, I am a part of the well known NODES research group which housed the creation of Linux operating system in late 1990's.

NEW: I am now also working on Academy of Finland sponsored Adaptive and Intelligent Data (AIDA) project. This project is a joint collaboration between University of Helsinki and Aalto University in Finland.

Collaborative Networking group photograph at University of Helsinki (dated Nov, 2016)

You can find my CV below

Recent News

November, 2019 I will be defending my Ph.D. soon! Read the University of Helsinki announcement here.
October, 2019 Working as a Teaching Assistant for Distributed Data Infrastructures course. The course details can be found here.
August, 2019 Thank you ACM SIGCOMM for a generous $1100 travel grant to attend ACM Internet and Measurmements Conference (IMC) 2019 to be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
August, 2019 I am now reviewing for IEEE Internet of Things Journal (JIOT) and Elsevier Pervasive and Mobile Computing Journal (PMC)
July, 2019 Thank you ACM SIGCOMM for a generous travel grant to attend the physical meeting of Shadow Technical Program Committee (TPC) for ACM Internet and Measurmements Conference (IMC) 2019 to be held in London, UK.
May, 2019 I am serving as a member of Shadow Technical Program Committee (TPC) for ACM Internet and Measurmements Conference (IMC) 2019.
April, 2019 Our paper Open Infrastructure for Edge: A Distributed Ledger Outlook is accepted in 2nd USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Edge Computing (HotEdge) 2019 co-located with USENIX Annual Technical Conference (ATC) to be held in Renton, Washington, USA.
March, 2019 Our paper DeCloud: Truthful Decentralization Double Auction for Edge Clouds is accepted in 39th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS) 2019 to be held in Texas, USA.
February, 2019 Our paper ExEC:Elastic Extensible Edge Cloud is accepted in Workshop on Edge Systems, Analytics and Networking (EdgeSys), 2019 co-located with ACM EuroSys to be held in Dresden, Germany.
October, 2018 Working as a Teaching Assistant for Distributed Data Infrastructures course. The course details can be found here.
October, 2018 Our paper ICON: Intelligent Container Overlays is accepted in 17th ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks (HotNets), 2018 to be held in Washington, USA.
September, 2018 Thank you Microsoft Research for providing a partial travel grant to attend ACM MobiCom 2018 hosted by SIGMOBILE to be held in New Delhi, India.
August, 2018 Our poster Redesigning MPTCP for Edge Clouds is accepted in main proceedings of ACM MobiCom 2018 hosted by SIGMOBILE to be held in New Delhi, India.
June, 2018 Our paper Anveshak: Placing Edge Servers In The Wild is accepted in ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Mobile Edge Communications (MECOMM), 2018 to be co-located with SIGCOMM'2018 to be held in Budapest, Hungary.
May, 2018 Our paper Placing it right!: optimizing energy, processing, and transport in Edge-Fog clouds is accepted in Springer Annals of Telecommunication.
March, 2018 Our paper QAware: A Cross-Layer Approach to MPTCP Scheduling is accepted in IFIP Networking, 2018 to be held in Zurich, Switzerland.
March, 2018 Our paper MUTE: MUlti-Tier Edge networks is accepted in 5th Workshop on CrossCloud Infrastructures & Platforms to be co-located with EuroSys 2018 to be held in Porto, Portugal.
January, 2018 I am currently working as Visiting Researcher with Prof. Dr. Xiaoming Fu at Institute of Computer Science, University of Göttingen in Germany.
November, 2017 I will be part of the jury for Edge Hackathon being organized. If you are in Helsinki and want to win €2000 while learn more about edge clouds and its applications, feel free to participate!
August, 2017 Working as a Teaching Assistant for Distributed Data Infrastructures course. The course details can be found here.
September, 2017 Attending 3rd CleanSky Summer School being held in Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
May, 2017 Our paper Managing Data in Computational Edge Clouds is accepted in ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Mobile Edge Communications (MECOMM), 2017 to be co-located with SIGCOMM'2017 to be held in Los Angeles, USA.
April, 2017 Our paper on Caching in Edge-Fog clouds is accepted in CrossCloud workshop to be co-located with EuroSys'17 to be held in Belgrade, Serbia. Please see the publication section for details.
March, 2017 I am currently attending NetSys-2017 conference and 3rd CleanSky ITN conference at Göttingen, Germany. A photo from the event here.
November, 2016 I am currently working as Visiting Researcher with Dr. Fabian Schneider at NEC Labs Europe (NLE) in Germany.
October, 2016 Our Edge-Fog cloud paper has been accepted as full-paper at IEEE CIoT-2016 to be held at Paris. Please see the publication section for details.
September, 2016 Working as a Teaching Assistant for Distributed Systems course. The course details can be found here.
September, 2016 Participated in Aware Machine-to-Machine Communication seminar held at Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany. A photo from the event here.
August, 2016 I am attending ACM SIGCOMM 2016 in Florianopolis, Brazil. I had the opportunity to meet ACM Distinguished Prof. Jim Kurose. Our photograph together here.
July, 2016 Participated in 3rd Helsinki-HKUST-Tsinghua workshop on Mobile services and Edge computing. A photo from the event here.
June, 2016 The 2nd CleanSky summer school was a huge success! The pictures of the summer school are available on Flickr. A photo of participants at Suomenlinna here.
April, 2016 Working as a Web-Chair for 2nd CleanSky summer school.
February, 2016 Presented "Edge-Fog Cloud model" at 1st CleanSky workshop held at NEC Labs, Heidelberg, Germany. A photo of me presenting here.
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Research

I consider myself as a "distributed systems" guy as I have always been involved in various domains (read "avatars") of this field. "Divided we stand, united we fall" is my motto in the context of computer networking research.

Edge Computing
A broad theme of my research explores the physical deployment, specifications and effective utilization of compute resources at the network "edge". The problem is complex primarily due to different requirements imposed by emerging applications. For example, Internet-of-Things need data aggregation, autonomous vehicles require graphical processing, automated industry necessitates task interoperability and AR/VR demands ultra-low network latency. Incorporating such varying application demands to model an always available, semi-managed network of edge servers is something I quite enjoy.
Publications EdgeSys '19   MECOMM '18   AoT '17   MECOMM '17   CIoT '16
Next Generation Network Protocols
Emerging applications have significantly changed the way we interact with the underlying network. Our old-yet-faithful protocol, TCP has started to show cracks in performance, especially in cellular and wireless environments. I enjoy exploring and designing next-generation internet protocols which can plug-in several existing performance holes. For this measure, I am interested in working on protocols such as Multipath TCP (MPTCP), 5G and Information Centric Network (ICN).
Publications Mobicom '18   IFIP Networking '18   CCNxCon '15
Blockchains and Distributed Ledgers
While edge computing has gathered quite a traction in research community, the management and operation of such large semi to fully decentralized compute facilities in real world remains an open question. Blockchains and Distributed Ledgers emerge as a probable technology which can allow edge providers to gain revenue, auction resources and sign service level agreements with application providers. I am currently exploring how this technology can alleviate other open operability issues plaguing real-world deployment of edge clouds.
Publications ICDCS '19   HotEdge '19
Application & Service Deployment
There is a rapid shift in the make-up of cloud computing as cloud providers try to incorporate edge resources and edge accelerators widely distributed in the region. The brunt of the complexity will be borne by existing cloud-based application as they need to depart from traditional monolithic client-server model. Another aim of my research is to devise intelligent softwarized applications and services which can adapt, adjust and adopt to changes in underlying compute infrastructure without sacrificing performance or quality-of-service.
Publications HotNets '18   CrossCloud '18

Publications

2019

Open Infrastructure for Edge: A Distributed Ledger Outlook
Aleksandr Zavodovski, Nitinder Mohan, Walter Wong, Jussi Kangasharju
2nd USENIX Workshop on Hot Topics in Edge Computing (HotEdge), July 2019

Slides   DOI

DeCloud: Truthful Decentralized Double Auction for Edge Clouds
Aleksandr Zavodovski, Suzan Bayhan, Nitinder Mohan, Pengyuan Zhou, Walter Wong, Jussi Kangasharju
39th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS)

Slides

ExEC: Elastic Extensible Edge Cloud
Aleksandr Zavodovski, Nitinder Mohan, Suzan Bayhan, Walter Wong, Jussi Kangasharju
ACM Workshop on Edge Systems, Analytics and Networking (EdgeSys)

Slides   DOI

2018

ICON: Intelligent Container Overlays
Aleksandr Zavodovski, Nitinder Mohan, Suzan Bayhan, Walter Wong, Jussi Kangasharju
17th ACM Workshop on Hot Topics in Networks (HotNets)

Slides   Poster   Video   DOI

Redesigning MPTCP for Edge Clouds
Nitinder Mohan, Tanya Shreedhar, Aleksandr Zavodovski, Otto Waltari, Jussi Kangasharju, Sanjit K. Kaul
24th International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom)

GitHub   Poster   SRC Presentation   DOI

Anveshak: Placing Edge Servers In The Wild
Nitinder Mohan, Aleksandr Zavodovski, Pengyuan Zhou, Jussi Kangasharju
ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Mobile Edge Communications (MECOMM), SIGCOMM

GitHub   Slides   Video   DOI

Placing it right!: Optimizing energy, processing, and transport in Edge-Fog clouds
Nitinder Mohan, Jussi Kangasharju
Annals of Telecommunication, Springer

GitHub   DOI

QAware: A Cross-Layer Approach to MPTCP Scheduling
Tanya Shreedhar, Nitinder Mohan, Sanjit K. Kaul, Jussi Kangasharju
17th IFIP Networking Conference

GitHub   Proceedings   DOI

MUTE: Multi-Tier Edge Networks
Alessio Silvestro*, Nitinder Mohan*, Jussi Kangasharju, Fabian Schneider, Xiaoming Fu   [ *joint first authors]
5th Workshop on CrossCloud Infrastructures & Platforms, EuroSys

Slides   DOI

2017

Managing Data in Computational Edge Clouds
Nitinder Mohan, Pengyuan Zhou, Keerthana Govindaraj, Jussi Kangasharju
ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Mobile Edge Communications (MECOMM), SIGCOMM

Slides   Video   DOI

Grouping Computational Data in Resource Caches of Edge-Fog Cloud
Nitinder Mohan, Pengyuan Zhou, Keerthana Govindaraj, Jussi Kangasharju
4th Workshop on CrossCloud Infrastructures & Platforms, EuroSys Conference

Poster   DOI

2016

Edge-Fog Cloud: A Distributed Cloud for Internet of Things Computations
Nitinder Mohan, Jussi Kangasharju
IEEE International Conference on Cloudification of the Internet of Things (CIoT)

GitHub   Slides   DOI

2015

CCNCheck: Enabling Checkpointed Distributed Applications in Content Centric Networks
Nitinder Mohan, Pushpendra Singh
4th CCNx Community Meeting and Conference (CCNxCon), 2015 held at PARC, California, USA

GitHub

Theses

Edge Computing Platforms and Protocols
Nitinder Mohan
Ph.D. Thesis submitted at University of Helsinki
June, 2019

To be defended

Enabling Sender-initiated Distributed Applications and Checkpointing in Content Centric Networks
Nitinder Mohan
M.Tech. (CS) with specialization in Mobile Computing thesis submitted at IIIT-Delhi
March, 2015

Nominated for Best Thesis Award

Service

Reviewer
2019 IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering (TNSE)
IEEE Internet of Things Journal (JIOT)
Elsevier Pervasive and Mobile Computing (PMC)
Invited Reviewer
2019 ACM AIChallengeIoT
IEEE ICC NGNI Symposium
2017 ACM ICN
Shadow PC member
2019 ACM IMC
Jury
2017 HackEdge hackathon organized by CEACS
Organizer
2017 3rd CleanSky International Conference
2016 2nd CleanSky Summer School [+Web-Admin]

Teaching

Teaching Assistant
2019 Cloud & Edge Computing University of Helsinki
2018 Distributed Data Infrastructures University of Helsinki
2017 Distributed Data Infrastructures University of Helsinki
2016 Distributed Systems University of Helsinki
2015 Cellular Data Networks IIIT Delhi
Guest Lecturer
2018 Introduction to Data Science University of Helsinki

Personal Interests

I am a huge fan of basketball and almost follow the sport religiously. Quite interestingly, I have also participated and represented at several college, state and national level tournaments in India.

Recently, I became interested in photography and have started learning about its niches. Armed with my mirrorless camera, I end up taking shots wherever I travel. You can check out my 500px and Flickr profile from the link above to view some of the shots I have captured.

In social networks, I am most active on Quora learning about the topics I have no idea about. Sometimes I also end up answering some questions in topics I am familiar with. To read the questions that I have answered, check out my Quora profile from the link above.