Nathan Farrington is currently the Director of Software and System Architecture at Rockley Photonics. Previously, Nathan was the founder and CEO of Packetcounter, a computer network software and services company. Before that he was a data center network engineer at Facebook developing the Open Compute Project top-of-rack switch (Wedge and FBOSS). Before grad school, Nathan worked for the US Navy in mobile robotics and situational awareness applications for the Department of Homeland Security.
Nathan graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with a PhD in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. He was advised by Amin Vahdat, now at Google, as well as George Porter, George Papen, and Yeshaiahu “Shaya" Fainman. Nathan’s dissertation topic was on novel optical communications for data center networks. Nathan has served on the TPC of OFC 2014–2016 and ACM SOSR 2016, and as a reviewer for numerous journals including IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology, IEEE Micro, and ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communications Review. He is a member of the IEEE, the OSA, and the ACM.