IIJ-II funded internship 2013 – CS/EE (Japan)

By admin on January 4, 2013

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2013 fully funded summer internship at IIJ Innovation Institute’s Research Laboratory, Tokyo, Japan

 

Background

IIJ Innovation Institute (IIJ-II) Research Laboratory conducts advanced research and technology development on the Internet. The researchers, strongly collaborating with the WIDE Project, were long involved in IPv6 standardization and its BSD stack implementation (KAME project), continued well known national Internet traffic measurements and analysis for the last years (MAWI project), and endeavored to establish a securer interdomain routing protocol, to experiment with ecological data centers as well as cloud services.

We are looking for motivated interns who can work with us to accelerate our projects by researching problems, proposing solutions, implementing tools, making various simulations, and so on. By joining us, you can get high quality experience in our research laboratory, can communiate with forefront researchers, have time to discuss other qualified interns which all benefit to your future carrier plan.

Compensation and Working Environment

IIJ-II will pay its interns a competitive wage and provide a comfortable research environment with abundant opportunities to gain IT focused R&D experience.

  • Wage: 250,000JPY/Month
  • Travel expense is provided
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Accommodation is provided if it is difficult to commute

Administrative Details

  • Graduate students who belong to domestic or oversea universities during the internship program period are accepted. Please review the additional requirements described in each project overview page below.
  • Summer internship for a duration of 2 months in IIJ-II Reasearch Laboratory.
  • To apply for an intern position, send the following documents tointernship@iij.ad.jp.
    • CV
    • A cover letter explaining your interest in the job
    • The project name you are interested in

    If available, please send the following documents as well.

    • A letter of recommendation
    • Your recent published papers

    We will hold face-to-face or remote interviews with applicants before taking a final decision.

  • Application must be submitted by the end of January 2013 if you need a visa to work in Japan. For those who don’t require any visa process, please submit your application by 13th May 2013.
  • If you have any questions, please send a message tointernship@iij.ad.jp.

Available Projects

Internet Routing

Objectives

The objective of the internship is to provide interns with opportunities to develop and enhance Internet routing protocols.

Among the possible topics are

  • the mining of big data, such as the detection and correlation of control and data plane events
  • the development and application of a tool to capture routing traces and identify protocol or protocol deployment issues
  • the study and evaluation of routing protocol extensions

The intern will receive support and feedback from IIJ Research Laboratory along the way.

Qualifications

We are looking for a graduate student in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering to complete a two month full-time internship. Candidates should be competent in networking (IPv4, IPv6, TCP), UNIX systems, and C/C++ or python programming. Knowledge of IP routing protocols (BGP, OSPF, IS-IS) would be a plus. In addition to the above, candidates should have strong practical and problem-solving skills, the ability to independently produce high quality work, and good English oral and written communication skills.

Privacy-aware Distributed Personal Storage

Objectives

The objective of the internship is to provide interns with opportunities to to develop and enhance Tamias, the distributed storage system being developed within the research laboratory.

While the Tamias scope is very broad, the most challenging parts to be dealt with include :

  • Scalability studies and enhancements using existing profiling tools
  • Storage backend for personal data originating from sensors/IoT-like devices (e.g. integrating Tamias with fluentd/StreamFS, etc…)
  • Creating a framework allowing foreign code to be executed on private data returning only anonymous results
  • Privacy-enhanced applications using Tamias identity-based model for sharing (e.g. shared Calendar, or any cool idea you can bring)

Qualifications

We are looking for a graduate student in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering to complete a two month full-time internship. All candidates should be competent in networking and UNIX systems.

Knowledge about event-driven or asynchronous programming (especially the python/twisted framework) is a plus, and so is expertise in at least one of the fields related to Tamias : distributed algorithms (peer-to-peer networks), public-key cryptography, identity & privacy.

Finally, candidates should have strong practical and problem-solving skills, the ability to independently produce high quality work, and good English oral and written communication skills.

References

  1. Tamias: the opensource and privacy aware distributed storage system.http://tamias.iijlab.net/

Network System Automatic Control

Objectives

The objective of the internship is to provide interns with opportunities to utilize and apply their state-of-the-art knowledge to develop and enhance network system management. Intern will develop tools to control the network system automatically using NETCONF protocol. We will propose that the interns develop interfaces, database or visualization tool of the system for automatic configuration.

Qualifications

We are looking for a graduate student in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering to complete a two month full-time internship. All candidates should be competent in networking, UNIX system, and C/Java programming. Knowledge of NETCONF, network management, server management would be a plus. In addition to the above, candidates should have strong strong practical and problem-solving skills, the ability to independently produce high quality work, and good Japanese or English oral and written communication skills.

Cloud Infrastructure

Objectives

The objective of the internship is to provide interns with opportunities to research and develop technologies required for the cloud computings. Interns will research and develop one of the following research areas;

  1. the design and implementation methods with high-scalability
  2. the design and operation technologies of the infrastructure with high energy usage efficiency
  3. the element technologies related with the cloud computings (VM technologies, migration technologies, storage technologies, or profile technologies)
  4. Other related research areas (decided with the presentation by the internship participant)

with the assumiption that there are various kinds of ISP level infrastructures and they can utilize these resources.

aiming to create ISP level service technologies.

Qualifications

We are looking for a graduate student in Computer Science or equivalent to complete a two month full-time internship. Candidates should be competent in Unix operating systems (*BSD or linux), having the experience of the userland programming development on them. (The programming language is not restricted: python, ruby, perl, C, C++, and so on.)

Knowledge of the system programming in C (for the kernel programming or network stack) would be a plus. In addition to the above, candidates must have the experience of or strong motivation for the research related to the distributed systems. We set the implementation and assessment of a system as the goal of the internship.

Voices from Seniors

Julien Beaudaux (Year 2012)

I spent most of summer 2012 as an intern at IIJ Innovation Institute, where I worked on a privacy-aware distributed storage system called Tamias. This experience was, from my point of view, excellent and successful in a multitude of ways. First, every administrative task (finding a flat, receiving allowance, etc.) was taken care of from the very beginning. Also, everyone at the lab was very nice, so it was easy to get to know each other, ask questions and share experiences. The research context provided by the lab was a big plus too. The seminars organized regularly really helped to know the research topic of everyone and get feedback or help. Last but not least, the research topics at IIJ II are really vast, so anyone can find a topic that fits and fascinate him. This was my case, and I had a unique and unforgettable experience. I warmly recommend anyone willing to find an internship for the summer to apply at IIJ!

Nam Dang (2012年)

Experiencing an industry-oriented environment was very helpful in seeing the connection between industry-focused research and the academic-oriented approaches. The staff at IIJ are a great bunch: supportive, fun, open-minded and with a variety of background and experiences. Most of the time each of us have our own work, but lunch time is always a great time when I can get my mind off the task and listen to other people’s stories. I also had the luck to go on a business trip to StarBED, a data center in Ishikawa prefecture. This was my first time to experience working on a such large scale projects with a hundred machines, and I do believe that this experience will be of great use for me in the future. Overall, it was both a great challenge and a huge inspiring experience. I am now back to my research topic but the internship program has provided me with not only practical experience but also new perspectives, which I can use for my future work.

Andra Lutu (2012年)

The IIJ-II summer internship was a great experience, that helped improve my research skills by allowing a more grounded and close-to-reality approach. I have enjoyed very much working with the people active within the institute, I feel that we had a very dynamic interaction and a fruitful collaboration. I deeply appreciate the constant support and the continuous dialogue (even after the end of the actual internship period) that enabled us to answer the research problems we were dealing with. Aside from the work-related experience, which I have immensely enjoyed, I must say that I am so happy to have had my first contact with the Japanese culture while a part of this environment. All the people from IIJ tried to make our stay there as comfortable as possible. Also, we’ve had a bit of team building experience during the IIJ Summer Lab Camp. It was a good chance to present our work and/or ideas and to learn about the research interests of all the rest of the lab members. And, of course, we had a lot of fun enjoying the traditional Japanese ryokan during the camp. All in all, those were two intense and amazing months, I have enjoyed every minute of it and I only wish it could have lasted longer.

 

(Source: http://www.iij-ii.co.jp/en/lab/internship/)