Computer and communications systems invariably use specific protocols to service requests for service. The accurate tracking of the service process and its impact on overall performance is one of the most challenging aspects of protocol performance and design. His group has analyzed such systems including random access systems involving buffering, mobile users, time varying, and fading channels. They have studied interconnection networks subject to asymmetric loading and most recently link layer protocols operating over the wireless channel. One of their most recent contributions is the uncovering of evidence that suggests the need for developing a new rapidly reconfigurable radio to optimally support mobile multimedia users.
Ramesh R. Rao received his Honors Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Madras in 1980. He undertook his graduate work at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, receiving the MS degree in 1982 and the Ph.D. degree in 1984. Since then he has been on the faculty of the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. His research interests include architectures, protocols and performance analysis of computer and communication networks.