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Jennifer Yates, 31

Wrote software widely adopted by the telecom industry that speeds up optical networks


As a graduate student, Jennifer Yates was the only optical-network researcher in her native Australia. In 1999 she took a job in the United States at AT&T, where she went about rethinking the conventional method for managing optical networks, which required expensive hardware; Yates created an architecture, based on the common Internet Protocol, that uses software employed at each network node to do the same job. Previously, manual processes and centralized management computers set up each network connection and switch individually, slowing communications and introducing bottlenecks. Instead, Yates’s software is deployed across the network. Because the software can establish new connections and restore broken ones quickly, it lowers capacity demands and eliminates congestion. This network management methods is now being adopted by the telecommunications industry as the General Multi-Protocol Label Switching standard, embraced today by behemoths such as Lucent Technologies and Tellium.

2003 TR35 Winners

John Apostolopoulos

Develops ways to improve the security of streaming video on the Net

Brian Behlendorf

Sparked the widespread development of Web servers, mainstreaming the nascent Web

Jud Bowman

Wrote software that is accelerating the expansion of wireless networking

Lorrie Cranor

Leads the global effort to improve privacy practices and tools on the Web

Jason Hill

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Meg Hourihan

Sparked the rise of the popular Web-based journals known as blogs

Paul Q. Judge

Wrote software that stops spam and viruses before they enter a network

Rasmus Lerdorf

Invented a server language that brought live data to the Web

Lih Y. Lin

Built micromirror switches for faster, all-optical telecommunications networks

Paul Meyer

Brings database and Web-like services to remote areas through touch-tone phones

Rueben Singh

Provides support services and startup money for entrepreneurs

Martin Wattenberg

Simplifies peoples electronic lives with graphical data management

Andrew Wheeler

Builds wireless sensor networks that improve industrial efficiency

Evan Williams

Fueled the expansion of blogs across the Web

Jennifer Yates

Wrote software widely adopted by the telecom industry that speeds up optical networks


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