The network of The Social Network

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Designing, building and operating a network at massive scale.

While most people think of Facebook as a social network, the company has invested infrastructure projects for enable greater online participation across the world for many years now. The resulting network infrastructure required to support Facebook's level of service is one of the largest and most complex in the world.

This talk will walk through the technologies that underpin Facebook’s network infrastructure to enable a connected world.

Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Infrastructure – and the engineers who bring it to life – are a critical part of this mission.


Andrew is an Australian based in Silicon Valley, California and is Group Manager – TPM at Facebook. Andrew leads a team of engineers to deliver highly scalable and reliable backbone network solutions to connect Facebook’s Datacenters to the world. The team partners tightly across the wider Facebook organization (Planning, Sourcing, Backbone engineering, Field Services and Operational teams) to drive critical programs across technology evolution, performance, reliability, and capacity.       

Previously, Andrew established and led Facebook’s Optical Network Engineering team that is responsible for the design and engineering of Facebook's global Optical Networks.

Prior to this Andrew worked at a Tier 1 Carrier in Australia and was its Chief Design Authority for Optical, Radio and Satellite Networks.

Andrew is constantly active in driving industry research and has even achieved a Guinness World Record for the longest optical link.

Presented by the 3A Institute and the Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering.



Date & time

3pm 20 Mar 2020


Room: Engineering Lecture Theatre

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