The Massive Challenges of Today’s Networks
The world is filled with enormous communication, transportation, financial and social networks that are run in a much different way than they were just a few decades ago. These networks used to be planned, operated and maintained by humans. However, in today’s highly-connected world, many networks like the Internet are so vast that they cannot be managed by hand. Algorithms—rigorous methods for solving computational problems—are needed to analyze them. Dr. Nicholas Harvey, Canada Research Chair in Algorithm Design, aims to find the most efficient algorithms for problems that involve large-scale networks. Much of his work is theoretical, using cutting-edge mathematical techniques to understand the limits imposed by nature on efficient algorithms. But many of Harvey’s innovative algorithms are also simple and practical and could be applied to real-world problems in such areas as computer networking, operations research and scientific computing. Harvey’s research on efficient algorithms is of major importance, given the increasingly massive networks in our ever-more connected society.