Dr Martin Biddiscombe

Currently living in Harlow, Essex, UK
E-mail: public@priatel.co.uk

A networking and protocols architect and software developer
with over six years experience at Nortel Networks,
a global Internet and communications leader.

Key skills, abilities and experiences
  • Configuring, managing and diagnosing faults on mixed platform IP networks.
  • Installing, configuring and managing software packages under Windows, Linux and Solaris.
  • Working with IP, TCP, DNS, OSPF, IS-IS, BGP, SNMP and other networking protocols.
  • Implementing and configuring network protocols (including DNS, BGP, IS-IS).
  • Developing and enhancing new or existing protocols, from both architecture and implementation perspectives.
  • Rapidly assimilating information - for example protocol specifications or Internet RFCs.
  • Prototyping/developing and modelling in several languages, including extensive use of Python.
  • Willing and able to learn new languages when required.
  • Authoring/co-authoring theses, technical papers, reports and patent applications.

  • Nortel Networks (Software research engineer, 1996-current)
    • Porting (from VxWorks to Linux) and enhancement of IS-IS routing protocol
    • Integration of proprietary routing code with OpenSource routing table manager
    • Analysis of BGP router performance and routing table growth issues
    • Implementing enhanced DNS using Python enabling server selection based on content selection criteria and real-time network performance measures
    • Developed suite of web pages to demonstrate content localisation and personalisation
    • Project demonstrations to senior executives and external customers.
  • University College London (PhD student, 1997-2000, concurrent with Nortel Networks)
    • PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering: Free Market Communications.
    • Use of analytical mathematical principles, simulation and modelling to determine how to maximise aggregate network and user utility (satisfaction) across a range of user and traffic types subject to underlying resource constraints.
    • Invented efficient, distributable and rapidly convergent resource allocation techniques and algorithms to implement proportional fairness; some were filed for patenting by Nortel.
  • Transport Research Laboratory (Research assistant, 1993-1995)
    • Assisted in the design and implementation of research related to vehicle and traffic noise; carried out vehicle noise test site assessments for compliance with ISO-10884; tested vehicle and traffic noise in accordance with ISO-11819.

EmployerJob titleDates
Nortel NetworksSoftware research engineer1996-current
TRLResearch assistant1993-1995
MAFFScientific officer1992-1993

LevelResultsSubjects / institutionsDates
PhDGraduated 10/00Free Market Communications, UCL1997-1999
MResDistinctionTelecommunications, UCL1995-1996
BScIIi (2.1)Mathematics, Reading1989-1992

Title / publisherDate
Free Market Communications, PhD Thesis, UCL, 20002000
Application of free-market principles to telecoms resource allocation, Electronics Letters, v 35, n 4, 19991999
The use of economic and control theory analogies in the design of policy based Dynamic Resource Control network architectures, ITC-16, 19991999
Free Market Communications, Transfer Thesis, UCL, 19981998
Scalable Optical ATM Networks, MRes Dissertation, UCL, 19961996
Various, TRL customer reports1995

Training courses
DNS configuration and management2000
Articulating the Business Value Proposition2000
TCP/IP fundamentals1999

Personal information and interests
Date of birthJanuary 1971
FamilyMarried, two daughters
Driving licenceFull, clean
Web pageshttp://www.priatel.co.uk/
InterestsChurch activities, playing piano and organ, photography and travel, learning Slovak

For more information, do not hesitate to contact me