Daniel Merling, M.Sc.

Researcher & PhD Student

Telefon +49 7071 29-70507
Telefax +49 7071 29-5220
E-Mail daniel.merling@uni-tuebingen.de
Raum B304

Lehrstuhl für Kommunikationsnetze

Universität Tübingen

Wilhelm-Schickard-Institut für Informatik

Sand 13, 72076 Tübingen

Due to the pandemics, I am working sometimes from home; please send me an email when you can't reach me on the phone!

I'm a researcher and PhD student at the Chair of Communication Networks at the University of Tübingen. From 2012 to 2015 I studied Cognitive Science (B.Sc.) at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen. Afterwards, I changed my focus and graduated in November 2017 with a Master's degree in Informatics.

My current research areas include:

2012 - 2015
B.Sc. Cognitive Science

2015 - 2017
M.Sc. Computer Science

Since 2017
Ph.D. Student and Research Assistant

Research assistant at the Department of Computer Science, Chair of Communication Networks, University of Tübingen



  1. Winter term 2020/2021: Modellierung und Simulation I/II, Pentesting, NetSoft
  2. Winter term 2019/2020: Pentesting
  3. Winter term 2018/2019: Modellierung und Simulation I/II
  4. Winter term 2017/2018: Modellierung und Simulation I/II

Supervised Theses


  1. Master thesis: P4-Based Implementation of Loop-Free Alternates with Loop Detection and Termination for Resilient Software-Defined Networking
  2. Bachelor thesis: Design und Vergleich von Clustering-Algorithmen zur Verbesserung der Skalierbarkeit von BIER-basiertem Multicast in Kommunikationsnetzen
  3. Bachelor thesis: Strategien zur preis- und kostenabhängigen Gestaltung von Lastplänen in einem virtuellen Kraftwerk mit Leistungsgrenzen
  4. Master thesis: Design and P4-Based Implementation of Scalable and Resilient BIER and BIER-TE for Large IP Multicast Networks
  5. Bachelor thesis: Topologiepartitionierung durch maschinellem Lernen für skalierbares IP-Multicast basierend auf Bit Index Explicit Replication


List of Publications

Journal Paper

  1. Daniel Merling, Steffen Lindner, and Michael Menth: Robust LFA Protection for Software-Defined Networks (RoLPS), accepted for IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Managment, 2021, IEEE
  2. Daniel Merling, Steffen Lindner, and Michael Menth: Hardware-Based Evaluation of Scalable and Resilient Multicast with BIER in P4, (open access), in IEEE Access, vol. 9, February 2021, IEEE
  3. Frederik Hauser, Marco Häberle, Daniel Merling, Steffen Lindner, Vladimir Gurevich, Florian Zeiger, Reinhard Frank, and Michael Menth: A Survey on Data Plane Programming with P4:Fundamentals, Advances, and Applied Research, (preprint), under submission for Journal of Network and Computer Applications (JNCA)
  4. Daniel Merling, Steffen Lindner, and Michael Menth: P4-Based Implementation of BIER and BIER-FRR for Scalable and Resilient Multicast, (preprint), in Journal of Network and Computer Applications (JNCA), vol. 196, Nov. 2020, Elsevier
  5. Daniel Merling, Michael Menth, Nils Warnke and Toerless Eckert: An Overview of Bit Index Explicit Replication (BIER), IETF Journal, March 21st 2018, The Internet Society
  6. Michael Menth, Habib Mostafaei, Daniel Merling, and Marco Haeberle: Implementation and Evaluation of Activity-Based Congestion Management Using P4 (P4-ABC), (open access) in Future Internet, vol. 11, no. 7, July 2019, MDPI



Conference Paper

  1. Daniel Merling, Steffen Lindner, and Michael Menth: Comparison of Fast-Reroute Mechanisms for BIER-Based IP Multicast, (preprint), 7th Conference on Software Defined Systems (SDS) 2020, Paris, France
  2. Florian Heimgaertner, Sascha Heider, Thomas Stueber, Daniel Merling, and Michael Menth: Load Profile Negotiation in Day-Ahead Planning for Compliance with Power Limits, (preprint), ETG Congress 2019, Esslingen, Germany
  3. D. Merling, W. Braun, and M. Menth: Efficient Data Plane Protection for SDN, (preprint), in Proceedings of the 4th IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization (NetSoft), June 2018, Montreal, Canada

Workshop Paper

  1. Steffen Lindner, Daniel Merling, Marco Häberle, and Michael Menth: P4-Protect: 1+1 Path Protection for P4, (preprint), in Proceedings of the 3rd P4 Workshop in Europe in conjunction with ACM CoNEXT 2020, December 2020, Barcelona, Spain.


  1. Daniel Merling, Steffen Lindner, and Michael Menth: Hardware-Based Evaluation of Scalableand Resilient Multicast with BIER in P4, IETF 108, BIER Working Group (Slides, Video)
  2. Daniel Merling: Tutorial on Bit Index Explicit Replication (BIER), (slides), 2. KuVS Fachgespräch "Network Softwarization", Tuebingen, Germany, March 2020.


  1. Daniel Merling, Wolfgang Braun, and Michael Menth: eLFA-LA: a Protection Method for Software-Defined Networking, PhD Day of the Department of Computer Science, Tuebingen, Germany, November 2017


  1. Scalable Resilience for Software-Defined Networking using Remote Loop-Free Alternates with Loop Detection, Master-thesis, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Chair of Communication Networks, September 2017
  2. Precise navigation of flying robots with GPS, Bachelor-thesis, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Cognitive Systems, August 2015