Sean Choi

Sean Choi

Research Scientist @ Facebook, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, M.S. in Computer Science

Stanford University


Sean Choi is current a Research Scientist at Facebook, working on scaling and improving Facebook’s data center networks.

Previously, Sean completed his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Stanford University. He was advised by Professor Mendel Rosenblum, one of the founders of VMWare and the recipient of ACM Thacker breakthrough in computing award. Sean completed a M.S. degree in computer science at Stanford University and B.S. degree in computer science and business economics and management at California Institute of Technology. During the intrim between the end of his M.S. and the start of his Ph.D., Sean worked at LinkedIn as a data engineer and worked at VMware as a senior member of technical staff. He also founded multiple companies in the area of machine learning and image recognition.

His research focus is on adding programmability to network switches and network interface cards (NIC) and finding new use cases for the newly available programmable hardware in the areas of data analytics and machine learning.


  • Data Center Network
  • Cloud Infrastructure
  • Cloud Services
  • Serverless Compute
  • SmartNICs
  • Programmable Network


  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, 2019

    Stanford University

  • M.S. in Computer Science, 2013

    Stanford University

  • Dual B.S. in Computer Science & Business Economics and Management, 2011

    California Institute of Technology




A language for programming protocol-independent packet processors


Programmable Open vSwitch


Programmable VPP Software Switch


Serverless Function on SmartNICs


A Scalable Switch Softwre

Recent Publications

Toward Scalable Replication Systems with Predictable Tails Using Programmable Data Planes

FBOSS: Building Switch Software at Scale

Recent Talks