Amit Kumar Saha

Principal Engineer, Cisco Meraki

Cisco Systems (India) Private Limited
Email: amsaha at gmail or amisaha at cisco dot com
Curriculum Vitae (might be slightly outdated)

I am a Principal Engineer in Cisco Systems India, Bangalore (Bengaluru). My research and development background is in networks and distributed systems. I have had the pleasure of working with excellent colleagues, who have helped me in getting an extensive industry experience in the design, analysis, and implementation of protocols and functionality in the area of networking, including wired and wireless networks, and distributed systems. Recently, I have started to focus on systems implications of machine learning workloads. Before Cisco, I was at Tropos Networks (acquired by ABB), from 2007 to 2009, building an outdoor WiFi mesh network and then at Juniper Networks, from 2009 to 2014, designing and implementing multiple data center switching architectures, in the QFabric line of data center switches.

Research Interests

I am actively involved in academia via research collaborations, teaching courses (as visiting/adjunct faculty), and helping organize conferences. I generally work in these areas:
  • Wired and wireless networking
  • Distributed Systems
  • Data Center Networking
  • Cloud Computing
  • Network Analytics
  • Non Volatile Memory
  • System impact of AI and ML


Google Scholar

  • Direct Federated Neural Architecture Search —  Anubhav Garg, Amit Kumar Saha, Debojyoti Dutta ICLR 2021 - Workshop on Distributed and Private Machine Learning (DPML) 2021.
  • MIGAN: Malware Image Synthesis Using GANs: Student Abstract —  Abhishek Singh, Debojyoti Dutta, Amit Kumar Saha Proceedings of the Thirty-Third AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2019.
  • Towards #consistentAI: Position Paper —  Debojyoti Dutta, Amit Kumar Saha, Johnu George, Xinyuan Huang, Ramdoot Pydipaty, Purushotham Kamath, Lew Tucker, First IEEE International Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Industries (ai4i) 2018.
  • Kubebench: A Benchmarking Platform for ML Workloads —  Xinyuan Huang, Amit Kumar Saha, Debojyoti Dutta, Ce Gao, First IEEE International Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Industries (ai4i) 2018.
  • Tiered Object Storage using Persistent Memory —  Johnu George, Ramdoot Pydipaty, Xinyuan Huang, Amit Saha, Debo Dutta, Gary Wang, and Uma Gangumalla, published in arXiv (not peer reviewed), 2018.
  • On Using Non-Volatile Memory in Apache Lucene —  Ramdoot Pydipaty and Amit Saha, published in arXiv (not peer reviewed), 2018.
  • The Effect of Non Volatile Memory on a Distributed Storage System —  Ramdoot Pydipaty, Johnu George, Debojyoti Dutta, and Amit Saha, IEEE International Workshop on Foundations of Big Data Computing (BigDF) (in conjunction with HiPC), Jaipur, India, Dec 2017.
  • DON: Diagnosing OVS in Neutron —  Pritesh Kothari and Amit Saha, OpenStack Summit, Vancouver, Canada, May 2015.

    Any practical OpenStack installation has complicated networking configuration and verifying it manually is time consuming and error prone. We demonstrate a completely automated service for verifying and diagnosing the networking functionality provided by OVS, a popular Neutron plugin. This service verifies (or points out deviations) that the user configuration is indeed reflected in the underlying infrastructure and presents the results in an intuitive graphical display.

  • Safari: A Self-Organizing, Hierarchical Architecture for Scalable Ad Hoc Networking — Shu Du, Ahamed Khan, Santashil PalChaudhuri, Ansley Post, Amit Kumar Saha, Peter Druschel, David B. Johnson, Rudolf Riedi, Ad Hoc Networks, 485–507, Vol. 6, No.4, June 2008.
  • Identifying High Throughput Paths in 802.11 Mesh Networks: a Model-based Approach —  Theodoros Salonidis, Michele Garetto, Amit Saha, Edward Knightly, The 15th IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP 2007), Oct, 2007.
  • RMAC: A Routing-Enhanced Duty-Cycle MAC Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks — Shu Du, Amit Kumar Saha, David B. Johnson, The 26th Annual IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM 2007), May, 2007.
  • Design and Performance of PRAN: A System for Physical Implementation of Ad Hoc Network Routing Protocols — Amit Kumar Saha, Khoa To, Santashil PalChaudhuri, Shu Du, David B. Johnson, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, pages 463{479, Vol. 6, No. 4, April 2007. A preliminary version of this paper was published in ACM SIGCOMM Asia Workshop April, 2005.
  • Physical Implementation and Evaluation of Ad Hoc Network Routing Protocols using Unmodied Simulation Models — Amit Kumar Saha, Khoa To, Santashil PalChaudhuri, Shu Du, David B. Johnson, ACM SIGCOMM Asia Workshop 2005, Beijing, China, April, 2005.
  • Routing Improvements Using Directional Antennas in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks — Amit Kumar Saha, David B. Johnson, Proceedings of IEEE Globecom 2004, November-December 2004.
  • Modeling Mobility for Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks — Amit Kumar Saha, David B. Johnson, Poster in the First ACM International Workshop on Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks (VANET 2004), pages 91–92 , October 2004.
  • Adaptive Clock Synchronization in Sensor Networks — Santashil PalChaudhuri, Amit Kumar Saha, David B. Johnson, Proceedings of the Third Symposium on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN 2004), pages 340–348, April 2004.
  • Treecast: A Stateless Addressing and Routing Architecture for Sensor Networks — Santashil PalChaudhuri, Shu Du, Amit Kumar Saha, David B. Johnson, Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on Algorithms for Wireless, Mobile, Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks (WMAN 2004), April 2004.
  • Design and Evaluation of a Metropolitan Area Multitier Wireless Ad Hoc Network Architecture —  Jorjeta Jetcheva, Yih Chun Hu, Santashil PalChaudhuri, Amit Kumar Saha, David B. Johnson, Proceedings of the Fifth IEEE Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications (WMCSA 2003), pages 32–43, October 2003.
  • An Object Oriented Fuzzy Data Model for Similarity Detection in Image Databases — Indrajit Bhattacharya, Amit Kumar Saha, and Dr. A.K.Majumdar, IEEE Transaction on Knowledge and Data Engineering, pages 1186–1189, Vol. 14, No. 5, 2002.


Please check the Patents section of my LinkedIn profile.


  • Introduction to Computer Networking. Pass/Fail, IIT Gandhinagar, Fall 2016, Spring 2015.
  • 10 hours of lecture on Networking in the real world and QoS as part of CS 31006 Computer Networks, IIT Kharagpur, Spring 2017.

Professional Service

General Co-Chair

  • ACM AIMS, ACM Workshop on Autonomous and Intelligent Mobile Systems, 2020

Demo Co-Chair

  • COMSNETS, International Conference on COMmunication Systems & NETworkS, 2020, 2019
  • ACM MobiCom, The Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, 2018

Technical Program Committee

  • COMSNETS, International Conference on COMmunication Systems & NETworkS, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017.
  • IEEE BigData, Industry & Government Program in the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, 2017.
  • WinTECH, ACM International Workshop on Wireless Network Testbeds, Experimental evaluation and Characterization (In conjunction with MobiCom), 2010, 2009.
  • CoRoNet, The ACM International Workshop on Cognitive Radio Networks (In conjunction with MobiCom), 2009.
  • Activities while in graduate school are documented in my CV.


Recent Books

Check my Books repo.