Monthly Archives: September 2019

New challenges and solutions to ISPs in online multiplayer gaming

Ty Sutherland
COO, WTFast, Kelowna BC



New Challenges and Solutions to ISPs in Online Multiplayer Gaming

Time & Date: 6:00–7:00 pm, Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Location: E103, 1000 KLO Rd., Okanagan College, Kelowna, BC

Talk Abstract: Online multiplayer gaming popularity is growing rapidly. With e-sports prize purses reaching into millions there is ever-growing desire to play popular games at a competitive level.  This presents new challenges to ISPs who struggle to keep up with growing demands on their network. Network demand can cause latency on the users’ connection which results in poor game experience and ultimately losing a match. WTFast helps to alleviate the pain for users by offering optimized latency-sensitive routing via their GPN, the game player’s network.

The WTFast GPN consists of hundreds of proxy nodes around the world which users connect to using the WTFast client. WTFast subscribers’ game traffic traverses the GPN and terminates near the game servers, often in the same data centers. WTFast has been working with the Okanagan College Computer Science department and NSERC to research new ways to further optimize the service. This talk will be beneficial to anyone interested in joining the NSERC project team or who is interested in online game networks.

Speaker Biography:  Ty Sutherland is COO at WTFast located in Kelowna BC.
WTFast provides network acceleration as a service to online gamers around the world. Ty has been involved in IT service management for over 20 years and has earned CCNA, PMP, ITIL and other certifications. Ty’s a lifelong learner and finds it very rewarding to help others unlock talents and build careers.

For further information please contact: Youry Khmelevsky (email: youry at
Refreshments and Pizza will be provided

Towards Formal Methods and Software Engineering for Deep Learning: Security, Safety, and Productivity for DL Systems Development

Youry Khmelevsky
Computer Science Department
Okanagan College, Kelowna, BC, Canada

Towards Formal Methods and Software Engineering for Deep Learning: Security, Safety, and Productivity for DL Systems Development
(co-sponsored by IEEE Okanagan Subsection)

Time & Date: 7:00–8:30 pm, Monday, September 16, 2019
Location: Lecture Theatre, (PL 107), Ashnola Building, Okanagan College Penticton Campus, 583 Duncan Avenue, Penticton, BC
Note: Admission is by donation. Funds will be used to help students in need (


Deep Learning (DL) techniques are now widespread and being integrated into many important systems. Their classification and recognition abilities ensure their relevance for multiple application domains far beyond pure signal processing. As a machine-learning technique that relies on training instead of explicit algorithm programming, they offer a high degree of productivity. But recent research has shown that they can be vulnerable to attacks and the verification of their correctness is only just emerging as a scientific and engineering possibility. Moreover, DL tools are not integrated into classical software engineering so software tools to specify, modify and verify them would make them even more mainstream as software-hardware systems. This talk will survey recent work and propose research directions and methodologies for this purpose.

Speaker Bio:

Youry Khmelevsky received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the Institute of Simulation Problems in Power Industry, Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. His current research interests include software engineering; cloud and high-performance computing; large Web-based information systems (Oracle, DB2, Sybase, MS SQL); no programming paradigm and source code generation from UML models and software specifications; interdisciplinary applied computer science research. Dr. Khmelevsky had served as postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University; was a Visiting Scientist in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); was an Invited Researcher at LIP6, Sorbonne University, Paris, France; held engineering and R&D positions in Industry in Europe and North America for about 15 years, including at Alberta Energy, Government of Alberta, Canada.

For further information please contact: Youry Khmelevsky (email: Youry at
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