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Wednesday, April 15th
8:30-10:50am
Forum 1A: 40/100/400 GbE, Part 1 (Emerging Technologies Track)
Organizer: John Kim, Director Storage Marketing, Mellanox Technologies
Chairperson: Stan McClellan, Director Ingram School of Engineering, Texas State University
Instructors (8:30-9:40am):
Why 25GbE Is the Best Choice for Data Centers
Gilles Garcia, Director Wired Communications, Xilinx
40GE: Petabyte Scale Enterprise Grade Storage for Demanding Cloud Applications
Renu Raman, Vice President, SAP
Low Power 100G/25G Copper and Optical Module Interconnect Solutions
John Monson, VP Marketing/Sales, MoSys
Instructors (9:50-10:50am):
Current Status of the 400GbE Standard
Mark Gustlin, Principal System  Architect, Xilinx
The Path to 200G and 400G Ethernet for Data Center Applications
Avi Shabtai, CEO, MultiPhy
Description:

Networking system applications such as virtualization, video, and high-performance computing, are driving the demand for higher bandwidth, which can be achieved through increased data rates and densities. There are several new and proposed standards such as 40 Gb/s, 100 Gb/s, and 400 Gb/s Ethernet that will meet this demand in a compatible, technically feasible, and cost-effective manner. This session examines signaling methods, interconnects, cabling, monitoring, thermals, testing, and packet processing for these technologies, as well as for the recently proposed 25 Gb/s standard.  It will focus on the details of the standards, the move toward open fabrics, and transition issues. It will discuss approaches that will drive down costs, accelerate adoption, and increase ease of utilization.  It will also include methods for handling the larger number of Ethernet standards that will now generally be appearing in typical data centers. 

Intended Audience:

Network equipment and communications systems designers, design engineers, engineering and technical managers, hardware designers, embedded software engineers, test engineers, product marketing managers and engineers, marketing and sales managers, network engineers, telecom engineers, data center managers, network managers, and network and data center engineers.

About the Organizer:

John Kim is Director of Storage Marketing at Mellanox Technologies, where he helps storage customers and vendors benefit from high performance interconnects and RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access). He focuses on building technology partnerships, researching markets, defining product requirements,  and evangelizing new solutions and products to sales, analysts, and customers.  He has previous experience as a marketing manager at EMC and NetApp.  He is active as a blogger and conference presenter.  He holds an AB in economics from Harvard. 

About the Chairperson:

Stan McClellan is the Director of the Ingram School of Engineering at Texas State University. He is also a Professor of Electrical Engineering researching networking and communication technologies related to the Internet of Things and the Smart Grid.  Before joining Texas State, McClellan held high-level positions in academia and in the computer, telecom, and aerospace industries at companies such as Hewlett Packard, Compaq, General Dynamics, and LTV where he focused on the architectural definition of systems based on strategic technologies and industry standards.

Most recently, McClellan was co-founder and CTO at a startup developing a revolutionary Smart Grid communications system. He has been chief technologist, chief architect, or principal contributor for projects based on advanced technologies or distributed real-time systems.  Specific applications include the Digital Terrain System of the AFTI/F-16 fighter aircraft, 3D flight simulators using real-imagery reconnaissance data, robotic imaging appliances for remote intra-surgical consultation, the regional implementation of Internet2, and production deployment of telecom networks and systems conforming with industry standards such as 3GPP/2 or PICMG3/xTCA.  The author of many peer-reviewed technical publications and holder of US and international patents, he is an expert in networking and distributed system optimization, particularly for cloud-based or virtualized implementations with quality of service constraints (QoS).  He has a PhD in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.

8:30-10:50am
Forum 1B: Ethernet in Data Centers (Data/Telco Centers Track)
Organizers: Frank Straka, Product Development Manager, Panduit and Frank Yang, Strategic Solution Manager, CommScope
Chairperson: Brian Zahnstecher, Principal, PowerRox
Instructors (8:30-9:40am):
Accelerating Data Movement with RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE)
Diego Crupnicoff, Senior Director Architecture, Mellanox Technologies
Applying Hyperscale Networking Principles to Normal-Scale Data Centers
Prashant Gandhi, Vice President Product Management and Strategy, Big Switch Networks
Build a Solid Cabling Foundation for High-Speed Ethernet
Frank Yang, Strategic Solution Manager, CommScope
Instructors (9:50-10:50am):
100W PoE++'s Impact on Infrastructure
Frank Straka, Product Development Manager, Panduit
Understanding the True Cost of SDN: It Starts with the Silicon
Nick Ilyadis, CTO, Broadcom
Description:

Data centers keep growing in complexity, bandwidth requirements, and services.  Tremendous flexibility, scalability, and throughput are essential to handle virtualization, cloud computing, mobile networks, and other advances.  This Forum will focus on current market patterns, cabling, fabrics, infrastructure, software-defined networking (SDN), and hyperscale networking.  The emphasis is on the enhancements needed to construct an optimized, flexible data center capable of meeting ever-increasing needs. The roadmap for Ethernet in the data center will also be considered, including advances such as RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet) and 100W PoE (Power-over-Ethernet).

Intended Audience:

Communications and networking equipment design engineers, storage equipment designers, engineering managers, hardware designers, server designers, embedded software engineers, test engineers, product marketing managers and engineers, marketing and sales managers, network engineers, and data center engineers and managers.

About the Organizers:

Frank Straka is a Product Development Manager in Panduit’s Copper Cabling Communications Group.  He has 10 years of experience in the design and development of high speed cabling connectivity and RF products.  The holder of 14 patents in cabling and connector design, Frank is active in TIA 42.7 (copper cabling systems).  He holds a BSEE from Notre Dame, an MSEE from Syracuse University, and an MBA from Northwestern.

Yinglin (Frank) Yang is a Strategic Solution Manager at CommScope. He oversees data center technologies, and identifies, develops, and manages differentiated solutions. Before joining CommScope, Yang worked at Dell, where he was responsible for server hardware development. He serves as Marketing Chair for the Ethernet Alliance’s Next Generation Enterprise Cabling Subcommittee. He is working on his MBA at McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. Yang received an MSEE from Texas Tech University, and has a number of patents, whitepapers, and publications. He is a Cisco Certified Network Design Professional (CCDP) and a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP).

About the Chairperson:

Brian Zahnstecher is a Principal with PowerRox, where he focuses on power design, integration, system applications, and OEM market penetration for the power electronics area.  He previously held positions in power electronics with Emerson Network Power, Cisco, and Agilent, where he advised on best practices, oversaw product development, managed an international team, and designed and optimized voltage regulators.  He has over 10 years of industry experience.  He holds Master of Engineering and Bachelor of Science degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

8:30-9:40am
OPEN - Session A-101: Ethernet Buying Behavior (Marketing Track)
Chairperson: Jathin Ullal, Infrastructure Architect, Saygo
Instructor:
Ethernet Buying Behavior
Frank Berry, Chief Analyst, IT Brand Pulse
Description:

This session will cover data and analysis from IT Brand Pulse’s 2015 Networking Buyer Behavior Survey. The presentation will cover three aspects of network technology markets, namely adoption on-premise, hybrid cloud adoption, and future plans.  Attendees will learn how IT organizations have progressed with 10GbE in servers, 40GbE in the core, converging LANs and SANs with iSCSI and FCoE, and using vSwitches and vNICs. They will also learn about architectures, products, and vendors that are finding a place in cloud gateways.  Looking forward, IT Brand Pulse will cover feedback from IT professionals about how far they have advanced with regard to new Ethernet speeds such as 25 and 50Gb; SDN including cloud OS, SDN controllers, and SDN enabled switches; and Virtualized Network Functions such as routers, firewalls, VPNs, and load balancers.

Intended Audience:

Marketing managers and specialists, marketing and product marketing engineers, CMOs, sales engineers, managers, and specialists; marketing communications specialists; product managers and engineers; and marketing executives.

About the Chairperson:

Jathin Ullal is an Infrastructure Architect at Saygo, where he provides design consulting, specification, and proposal preparation services for infrastructure projects globally.  He focuses on solutions for VMware virtualization and Zenprise mobile device management.   He has over 30 years experience in technology, including positions with HP, Cisco, Infoblox, and Nortel.  He is active in the OpenStack community and with the Telecom Council.  A Cisco-certified CCIE,  he holds an MSEE from The University of New Mexico and a Bachelor’s in Engineering from The University of Mysore (India). 

About the Instructor:

Frank Berry is founder, CEO, and senior analyst at IT Brand Pulse, a trusted source of testing, research, and analysis covering data center infrastructure. A 30-year IT industry veteran, Frank has held senior engineering, sales, and marketing positions including VP Worldwide Marketing for Quantum and VP Product Marketing at QLogic. Frank led marketing teams that increased QLogic’s SAN business from $100M to $750M, Quantum’s automation business from $30M to $450M, and Andataco’s UNIX business from $30M to $100M. He also played a major role in the introduction of cutting-edge technology products such as the first web storage management app, a new class of mid-range DLT robotics, and extensive lines of Fibre Channel and converted networking technology.  Frank is a popular keynote speaker and has authored hundreds of analyst reports, blogs, and feature articles published in such media as Seeking Alpha (a top-100 financial website), Virtual Strategy Magazine, and Network Computing.

9:50 - 10:50am
OPEN - Session A-102: Market Research (Marketing Track)
Chairperson: Jathin Ullal, Infrastructure Architect, Saygo
Panelists:
Vladimir Kozlov, CEO, LightCounting
Casey Quillin, Director, Dell'Oro Group
Dennis Ward, Principal Analyst, ACG Research
Frank Berry, Chief Analyst, IT Brand Pulse
Description:

Ethernet is everywhere! This session will cover the prospects for Ethernet in the enterprise, among carriers, and in other areas as well.  Topics will include:

  • Forecasts for Ethernet markets
  • Vertical markets, including enterprise, carrier, and Internet-of-Things (IoT)
  • Markets for software-defined networking (SDN) and OpenFlow
About the Chairperson:

Jathin Ullal is an Infrastructure Architect at Saygo, where he provides design consulting, specification, and proposal preparation services for infrastructure projects globally.  He focuses on solutions for VMware virtualization and Zenprise mobile device management.   He has over 30 years experience in technology, including positions with HP, Cisco, Infoblox, and Nortel.  He is active in the OpenStack community and with the Telecom Council.  A Cisco-certified CCIE,  he holds an MSEE from The University of New Mexico and a Bachelor’s in Engineering from The University of Mysore (India).

11:00-11:30am
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OPEN - Keynote 1
Applications Rule in Today's Networks
Speaker: Tom Edsall, SVP Engineering / CTO, Cisco Systems
Introduction: Claudio DeSanti, Fellow, Cisco Systems
Abstract:

The key to understanding today’s networks is to know the applications that run on them.  Enterprises want to maximize application performance (at, of course, a reasonable cost).  They want applications to handle big data, provide real-time results, be accessible from everywhere, and offer a high level of security.   Networks must be application-centric.  What does that mean?  It means that networks must be flexible enough to configure their resources rapidly (and automatically) to suit specific applications, whether they involve data analytics, ERP, CRM, transaction processing, business planning, or other major tasks.  Networks must also be able to provide metrics that describe application performance and can indicate problem areas.  The application-centric network focuses on the results enterprises want to see (and need to prosper or even survive in a highly competitive and fast-changing world). 

About the Speaker:

Tom Edsall is the Chief Technology Officer of Cisco’s Insieme Business Unit, a Cisco Fellow, and a co-founder of Insieme Networks, Cisco’s widely discussed, internally funded spin-in/startup.  At Insieme (recently spun back into Cisco), Edsall led the development of the Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). It includes a new line of Nexus 9000 switches that form an application-aware switching fabric along with a centralized controller that manages both virtual and physical network infrastructures.

A 20-year Cisco veteran and one of the company’s leading switch architects, he has been responsible for the widely used MDS, Nexus 7000, and Catalyst 5000 and 6000 product lines.  Two of his products, the Catalyst 6000 and Nexus 7000, received the prestigious Cisco Pioneer Award. He holds over 70 networking-related patents and has written many papers, including a winner of the Sigcomm 2014 best paper award.

Before joining Cisco, he was a co-founder and member of the senior engineering management team at Crescendo Communications, Cisco's first acquisition.  Edsall holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from Stanford, where he has also been a Visiting Scholar and occasional lecturer. 

About Cisco:

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. For ongoing news, please go to http://thenetwork.cisco.com.

11:30am - Noon
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OPEN - Keynote 2
How Data Centers Can Meet Exploding Application Demands
Speaker: Bethany Mayer, President and CEO, IXIA
Introduction: Chris DePuy, VP, Dell'Oro Group
Abstract:

The tremendous growth of online applications, the need for rapid service deployment, and the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) are all driving the demand for huge increases in data center performance. Greater application complexity, reach, and sophistication, as well as ever more complex seForum 1curity threats, are forcing data centers to face new challenges. They must meet application performance demands while providing resilient security and still maintaining an eye on the bottom line.

So how do we meet the challenges? The industry has been quickly identifying a wide variety of promising approaches to help cope with the new realities in data centers. Technical advances ranging from 25GbE to Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) are on a fast track to deployment, with the goal of delivering reliable, cost-effective performance on which data centers can depend.

About the Speaker:
Bethany Mayer recently joined IXIA after a 25-year technology career with her most recent position being Senior Vice President/General Manager, Network Functions Virtualization Business at Hewlett-Packard.   She was previously Senior VP/GM, HP Networking, Senior VP Worldwide Marketing at Blue Coat Systems, and Chief Marketing Officer at Mirapoint.   One of the highest ranking and most highly regarded women in technology today, Mayer said on assuming her CEO role that “Ixia is at the forefront of enabling the development, deployment, monitoring and security of mobile, virtualized, cloud and wireline networks. It is an honor to build upon Ixia’s strong legacy and foundation at this pivotal time for the company and the networking industry.”  She describes herself as a results-oriented leader with a collaborative management style that enables cross-functional teamwork and consistently delivers business results.  According to IXIA’s chairman Errol Ginsburg, “Bethany was instrumental in pioneering HP’s SDN and NFV initiatives, product strategies, and ecosystem development, and she possesses a deep knowledge of the network equipment and security markets.”
About Ixia:
Ixia develops amazing products so its customers can connect the world. Ixia helps its customers provide an always-on user experience through fast, secure delivery of dynamic, connected technologies and services. Through actionable insights that accelerate and secure application and service delivery, Ixia's customers benefit from faster time to market, optimized application performance and higher-quality deployments. Learn more at ixiacom.com.
2:00 - 2:10pm
 
OPEN - Special Presentation 1
IT Brand Pulse Key Awards
Speaker: Frank Berry, President / Chief Analyst, IT Brand Pulse
2:10 - 2:40pm
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OPEN - Keynote 3
Using the Latest Ethernet Standards: More Bandwidth at Lower Cost
Speaker: Ahmet Houssein, Senior VP / GM Ethernet Business Unit, QLogic
Introduction: Frank Berry, President / Chief Analyst, IT Brand Pulse
Abstract:
More bandwidth is surely the name of the networking game today.  Architects designing for applications such as high-performance computing, Hadoop, and object storage clusters need more bandwidth than 10 Gigabit Ethernet can provide.  However, 100 GbE connections remain very expensive, and 40 GbE ones are less than optimal.  The new 25GbE and 50 GbE adapters (available in late 2015 and early 2016) offer more bandwidth than 40GbE adapters with fewer switch ports and cables.  With support for RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE), such adapters can provide the leading-edge speed previously possible only with InfiniBand.  They will bring data centers to a new level of processing power well-suited to the era of big data, real-time analytics, and cloud computing. 
About the Speaker:
Ahmet Houssein joined QLogic in July 2014 to head up the company’s Ethernet business unit, where he focuses on high performance server and storage networking connectivity products. He has over 25 years of senior executive-level experience with established success in delivering innovative products and driving profitable growth for everything from start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations.  His previous positions include being president and CEO of Silverback Systems, a maker of network acceleration processors, and vice president and general manager of Adaptec’s Storage Solutions Group. He has also been the general manager of Intel’s Server Group.  At Intel, he was a key leader in creating the Next Generation I/O architecture, which ultimately led to the InfiniBand and PCI Express standards. Houssein was a founding board member of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA).
About Company:
QLogic (NASDAQ: QLGC) is a global leader and technology innovator in high performance server and storage networking connectivity products. Leading OEMs and channel partners worldwide rely on QLogic for their server and storage networking solutions. For more information, visit www.qlogic.com.
2:40 - 3:10pm
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OPEN - Keynote 4
From Silicon to System: How Hyperscale Impacts Your Design
Speaker: Brad Booth, Principal Architect, Azure Networking, Microsoft
Introduction: Jim Harrison, Electronic Products Magazine
Abstract:

Hyperscale cloud datacenters are so large that even the slightest change in component cost, power consumption, or utilization has a huge absolute effect. Datacenter operators are therefore emphasizing standards and products that provide improved customer experience with faster technology introduction or rapid network reconfiguration. Hierarchical SDN offers greater flexibility and faster adaptation to application demands than traditional IP routing. On-board optics reduces costs by placing the optical module on the switch or server motherboard. Flexible Ethernet lets network operators implement the appropriate Ethernet speed for a specific situation.  Vendors must understand datacenter needs to quickly and cost-effectively plan for this fast-paced and growing market segment.

About the Speaker:
Brad Booth is a long-time leader in Ethernet technology development and standardization. Currently heading up the 25/50G Ethernet Consortium, he is a Principal Engineer at Microsoft, where he leads the development of hyperscale interconnect strategy for Microsoft’s cloud datacenters. He is also the founder and past Chairman of the Ethernet Alliance. Brad was previously a Distinguished Engineer in the Office of the CTO at Dell Networking, where he developed Dell's next generation server-storage-networking fabric strategy. He has also held senior strategist and engineering positions at Applied Micro, Intel, and PMC-Sierra. The holder of 13 patents related to networking technologies, he has received awards from the IEEE Standards Association for work on Ethernet standards and awards for his contributions to Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and Ethernet in the First Mile. He was listed as one of the 50 most powerful people in networking by Network World magazine.
About Microsoft:
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. For more information, see www.microsoft.com.
3:20 - 5:40pm
Forum 1C: 40/100/400 GbE, Part 2 (Emerging Technolgies Track)
Organizer: Mark Gustlin, Principal System  Architect, Xilinx
Chairperson: Casey Quillin, Director, Dell’Oro Group
Paper Presenters (3:20-4:25pm):
Evolving Ethernet Speeds - A Verification Minefield
Shenoy Mathew, Senior Corporate Applications Engineer, and Shekhar Mahatme, Senior Staff Applications Engineer, Synopsys
Building Advanced-Visibility Fabrics with SDN and Open Ethernet Switches
Sandip Shah, Lead Engineer / Architect, Big Switch Networks
Paper Presenters (4:40-5:40pm):
FlexEthernet: A Single Protocol for All Ethernet Interfaces
Mark Gustlin, Principal System Architect, Xiilinx
100Gb Ethernet Storage and Cloud Offloads
Kevin Deierling, VP Marketing, Mellanox
Description:

Networking system applications such as virtualization, video, and high-performance computing, are driving the demand for higher bandwidth, which can be achieved through increased data rates and densities. There are several new and proposed standards such as 40 Gb/s, 100 Gb/s, and 400 Gb/s Ethernet that will meet this demand in a compatible, technically feasible, and cost-effective manner. This session examines signaling methods, interconnects, cabling, monitoring, thermals, testing, and packet processing for these technologies, as well as for the recently proposed 25 Gb/s standard.  It will focus on the details of the standards, the move toward open fabrics, and transition issues. It will discuss approaches that will drive down costs, accelerate adoption, and increase ease of utilization.  It will also include methods for handling the larger number of Ethernet standards that will now generally be appearing in typical data centers. 

Intended Audience:

Network equipment and communications systems designers, design engineers, engineering and technical managers, hardware designers, embedded software engineers, test engineers, product marketing managers and engineers, marketing and sales managers, network engineers, telecom engineers, data center managers, network managers, and network and data center engineers

About the Organizer:

Mark Gustlin is a principal system architect at Xilinx working with customers on system architecture and design, and with the silicon team on next generation products and IP. He previously  spent 15 years at Cisco Systems designing  hardware and systems for high end routers. He is an active participant in the IEEE, one of the inventors of the 40/100GbE PCS, and one of the editors of the 802.3ba standard (clauses 81 and 82). He is very involved in the 802.bs task forces currently  active within 802.3 working on next generation Ethernet , and serves as the Logic ad hoc chair for the 400 GbE effort.  He is also involved in the Interlaken Alliance and OIF (MLG) and is working on the definition of FlexEthernet.   He holds 14 patents in networking technology.

About the Chairperson:

Casey Quillin is Director for Storage Area Network and Data Center Appliance Market Research at Dell’Oro Group. He has over 18 years experience as an executive manager and entrepreneur in the technology sector. Before joining Dell’Oro Group in 2011, he was VP Engineering at Snapfish, the world’s largest online photo-sharing site; CTO of Oasys Networks, an application service providers; and Co-Founder and CEO of Logic by Design, an interactive media agency. He holds an MS in Finance from Georgia State University and an MBA from St. Mary’s College.

3:20 - 4:25pm
Session B-103: Increasing Ethernet Network Performance (Data/Telco Track)
Chairperson: Jim Harrison, Electronic Products Magazine
Paper Presenters:
Accelerating Ethernet with TCP Offload Engines
Kelly Masood, CTO Intilop
Doubling Link Utilization Without Congestion
Jeff Paine, VP Marketing / Business Development, Saisei
Maximizing Application Acceleration wtih FPGAs
Shreyas Shah, Data Center Architect, Xilinx
Description:
Many of today’s applications require maximum performance from Ethernet networks.  Several approaches can help meet that requirement.  For example, Ethernet and the associated TCP/IP transport protocol have a lot of overhead aimed at ensuring successful transmission over low-quality lines.  This overhead can be removed or reduced by offloading it onto specialized chips. Other approaches include using FPGAs to accelerate applications and having an appliance monitor and control network flows in real time.
Intended Audience:

Communications and networking equipment design engineers, telco equipment designers, storage equipment designers, engineering managers, hardware designers, embedded software engineers, test engineers, product marketing managers and engineers, marketing and sales managers, network engineers, performance analysts, and data and telco center engineers and managers.

About the Chairperson:

Jim Harrison is an editor with Hearst Business Media, Electronics Products Magazine, where he covers digital integrated circuits, computer peripherals, software design, and single board computer technologies. Before joining the magazine, Jim was the Chief Engineer of Lincoln Engineering, a consulting firm specializing in electronic component engineering. He was also a Manager at Nokia Broadband Systems Division and Calix Networks. Jim has held senior design engineering and engineering management positions with industrial automation and scientific instrumentation companies since 1989.

3:20 - 4:25pm
OPEN - Session A-103: VC Forum (Futures Track)
Chairperson: KRS Murthy, CEO, I3 World
Panelists:
Angel Orrantia, Business Development and Marketing Director, SKTA Innopartners
David Beyer, Principal, Amplify Partners
Chris Rust, Independent Early Stage Investor
Rajan Raghavan, CEO, The Fabric
Kambiz Hooshmand, Manager, Archimedes Ventures
Description:

SDN, the Internet-of-Things (IoT), and other open standards-based areas are bursting out all over with many startups and high-priced acquisitions. What are the short-term and long-term investment prospects for these areas? What are VCs looking for in funding such companies and what do they think will be the key factors in achieving success? How long will the current bubble last and which companies will survive the inevitable fallout?   Are there other promising areas in Ethernet networking such as open-source switching, monitoring, management, and software?

Intended Audience:

Communications and networking equipment design engineers, storage equipment designers, engineering managers, hardware designers, software engineers, test engineers, product marketing managers and engineers, marketing and sales managers, network engineers, data center engineers and managers, entrepreneurs, investors, financial managers, and analysts

About the Chairperson:

KRS Murthy is an experienced venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur. He is currently focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and competitive strategy. He has led many companies at many different stages and has grown companies to sales of over $500 million. He is a popular speaker at conferences around the world and a leader in many technical societies, including IEEE Nanotechnology Council, IEEE Engineering Management Society, IEEE Computer Society, Silicon Valley Engineering Council, and IEEE Standards Board.

4:40 - 5:40pm
Session B-104: Monitoring Ethernet Networks (Data/Telco Track)
Chairperson: David McIntyre, Manager / Test and Measurement Business, Altera
Paper Presenters:
Using Line Rate Analyzers to Debug High-Speed Ethernet Networks
David Rodgers, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Teledyne LeCroy,
Network Monitoring During Design Improves Performance
Leon Adato, Technical Product Marketing Manager, SolarWinds
Improving Ethernet Services Deployment and Performance Monitoring
Michael McCallen, Director / GM Ethernet Assurance, JDSU
Description:
Today’s networks are large and complex – and getting bigger all the time.  How do you figure out what’s going on?  And, if you have a problem, how do you identify and correct it as quickly as possible?   Constant, incisive monitoring is an essential part of network management, and visibility is a key aspect of making networks work properly.  New tools such as line rate analyzers can also help.
Intended Audience:

Communications and networking equipment design engineers, telco equipment designers, storage equipment designers, engineering managers, hardware designers, embedded software engineers, test engineers, product marketing managers and engineers, marketing and sales managers, network engineers, performance analysts, and data and telco center engineers and managers.

About the Chairperson:

David McIntyre has been supporting the computer and storage industries for two decades in marketing and engineering management roles at Altera, Fairchild, Transmeta, and IBM. David has led the development of comprehensive product portfolios for high performance computing, enterprise networking, and storage applications. He now leads the Test and Measurement business group for Altera, developing FPGA solutions to support the latest high speed protocols and memories for data centers and communications networks.  David holds BSEE, MSEE, and MBA degrees.  He is a frequent participant at major computer and storage conferences.

4:40 - 5:40pm
OPEN - Session A-104: Ethernet Roadmap: Applications, Servers, Optics, and Switches (sponsored by the Ethernet Alliance)
(Futures Track)
Chairperson: Scott Kipp, Principal Technologist, Brocade Communications
Panelists:
Optical Ethernet Roadmap
Chris Cole, Director, Finisar
Switch Use Cases and the Networks of the Future
Kapil Shrikhande, Sr Principal Engineer, Dell
Server Needs and the Copper Roadmap”
Dave Chalupsky, Engineer, Intel
Description:

Over 1 billion Ethernet ports were sold in 2014, as the number of networking solutions covered by Ethernet keeps expanding.  Markets have now gone far beyond the LANs for which Ethernet was invented over 40 years ago.  Ethernet today finds a home in storage systems, carriers, automobiles, home networks, industrial networks, wireless systems, the Internet-of-Things, and much more.  There are now 12 rates in use or proposed for the data center with more to
come.  Current issues include high-frequency design methods (10G and above), making Ethernet designs allow for multiple rates, meeting the requirements of clouds and megawebsites at reasonable cost levels, identifying roadmaps for copper and fiberoptic cabling, and creating switches that are powerful enough and flexible enough to meet the challenges of big data, mobile access everywhere, the Internet-of-Things, video networks, and real-time analysis.  

About the Chairperson:

Scott Kipp is Principal Technologist at Brocade Communications Systems.  He represents Brocade in multiple physical layer standards and industry associations. Kipp is the President of the Ethernet Alliance and the roadmap chair of the Ethernet Alliance and the Fibre Channel Industry Association.  He  regularly attends IEEE 802.3, OIF, T11 (Fibre Channel) and multiple other Alliances and Multi-Sourcing Agreements.  He has been chair or vice-chair of such efforts as the 10x10 MSA, Quad SFP MSA, and T11.5 Task Group.  He is the author of several books on Fibre Channel and other technical subjects,  He also holds a patent for a terabit top-of-rack switch.  Mr. Kipp has an MSEE and BSEE from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. 

6:00pm
OPEN - IT Brand Pulse Innovation Leader Awards (in Exhibit Hall)
7:30 - 9:00pm
OPEN - Beer, Pizza and Chat with the Experts
Organizers: KRS Murthy, CEO, I3 World; Jeff Doyle, Modern Networks Evangelist, Big Switch Networks
Table Leaders:
40/100/400 GbE
Mark Gustlin, Principal System Architect, Xilinx; Amit Katz, Sr Director Product Management, Mellanox Technologies
Application Acceleration
Kelly Masood, CTO, Intilop and Shreyas Shah, Data Center Architect, Xilinx
Cloud Computing
Kevin Deierling, VP Marketing, Mellanox Technologies
Convergence
Ajay Dubey, Digital System Architect, Altera
Data Centers
Derek Granath, Sr Director Product Management, Extreme Networks
Employment
Tanya Freedman, VP Group Services, Connetics USA and Richard Leis, Recruiter, Connectics USA
FPGA-Based Solutions
Gordon Brebner, Distinguished Engineer, Xilinx
High-Frequency Design
Ed Sayre, Director System Engineering, Teraspeed Consulting
Infrastructure (Cabling/Connectors/Circuit Boards)
Arlon Martin, Senior Director Marketing, Mellanox Technologies
Internet-of-Things (IoT)
KRS Murthy, CEO, I3 World and Chandra Mallela, Sr Member Technical Staff, Altera
Marketing
Lee Stein, Consultant, Stein Writes
Network Management
Leon Adato, Head Geek, SolarWinds
Network Monitoring
Sandip Shah, Lead Engineer/Architect, Big Switch Networks
Network Performance
Jeff Paine, VP Mktg/Bus Dev, Saisei
Open Switching
Jeff Doyle, Modern Networks Evangelist, Big Switch Networks
Optical Solutions
Gilles Garcia, Director Wired Communications, Xilinx and Neal Neslusan, VP Sls/Mktg, MultiPhy
SDN
Prashant Gandhi, VP Products and Strategy, Big Switch Network and Doug Marschke, CTO, SDN Essentials
Security
Rich Fetik, CEO, Data Confidential and Steve Singer, VP Field Applications Engineering InsideSecure
Test Equipment
Kees Propstra, Datacom Segment Lead, Tektronix
Description:

Want to discuss Ethernet and related topics in a casual environment?  Looking to satisfy your intellectual and physical hunger and thirst at the same time?  Here’s a chance to discuss a wide variety of subjects and ask questions of leading experts in key areas.  This session focuses on frequently asked questions, best practices, hints and warnings, major issues, and key products and standards. 

Table subjects include: convergence, 40/100/400 GbE, Ethernet in data centers, Internet-of-Things (IoT), application acceleration, security, and cloud computing. Based on your specific interests, feel free to move from table to table during the session.  Note the employment table, which will be hosted by a very experienced specialized recruiter – just in case your company is looking for people or you are concerned about the direction of your career. 

Complementary beer, wine, soft drinks, and pizza are served to promote informality, encourage networking and generally keep people happy. Come hungry for both pizza and tasty nuggets of useful knowledge!

Intended Audience:

Networking equipment designers, communications systems architects and engineers, telecom equipment designers, storage equipment designers, hardware/software designers, test engineers, project engineers and managers, technology and engineering managers, product managers, systems analysts and integrators, consultants, and marketing specialists.

About the Organizers:

Jeff Doyle is currently Modern Networks Evangelist at SDN startup Big Switch Networks.  Specializing in IP routing protocols, SDN, MPLS, IPv6, and next-generation data center  architectures, Jeff has designed or helped design large-scale service provider networks in 26 countries across 6 continents. He has led many corporate seminars and has presented at such major conferences as NANOG, JANOG, IEEE/OWRA, and IPv6.  He is the author of the books CCIE Professional Development: Routing TCP/IP, Volumes I and II; OSPF and IS-IS: Choosing an IGP for Large-Scale Networks. He  also writes blogs for both Network World and Network Computing. Jeff is a founder of the Rocky Mountain IPv6 Task Force and is an IPv6 Forum Fellow.   He has previous experience at TorreyPoint, a full-service network consultancy engaged in building and managing large service provider and enterprise networks, and with Juniper Networks and International Network Services.

KRS Murthy is an experienced venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur. He is currently focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and competitive strategy. He has led many companies at many different stages and has grown companies to sales of over $500 million. He is a popular speaker at conferences around the world and a leader in many technical societies, including IEEE Nanotechnology Council, IEEE Engineering Management Society, IEEE Computer Society, Silicon Valley Engineering Council, and IEEE Standards Board.

Murthy also has experience as a Country Manager for AT&T and AT&T Bell Labs and as a professor of computer engineering at California State University, Fullerton. He has received a Distinguished Service Award from the IEEE Engineering Management Society and a Distinguished Achievement Award from the President of India.

Thursday, April 16th
8:30-10:50am
Forum 2A: Ethernet and Software-Defined Networking (Emerging Technologies Track)
Organizer: Gordon Brebner, Distinguished Engineer / CTO Office, Xilinx
Chairperson: Tom Burniece, President, Burniece Consulting Services
Instructors (8:30-9:40am):
Implementing SDN in FPGAs over All Gigabit-Level Ethernet Standards
Gordon Brebner, Distinguished Engineer/CTO Office, Xilinx
Network Analytics for More Intelligent SDN
Derek Granath, Senior Director Product Management, Extreme Networks
Augmenting Network Behavior with Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning
Jon Hudson, Principal Engineer, Brocade
Instructors (9:50-10:50am):
SDN Networking for Ethernet Transport Applications
Stuart Benington, VP Cloud/SDN Business Unit, Coriant
Ethernet in Cloud Radio Access Network (RAN) Fronthauling
Harpinder Matharu, Sr Product Mgr, Xilinx
Key Open-Source Efforts for SDN
Sharon Barkai, Co-Founder, ConteXtream
Description:

Software Defined Networking (SDN) is THE hottest topic in networking today, with analysts predicting a multibillion dollar market opportunity, startups attracting huge investments, and networking OEMs and operators alike reassessing their business models in the face of a major transformation.

A new architecture is needed to address the networking challenges imposed by spiraling multimedia traffic growth, mobile everything, and user expectations for any data anywhere at any time. SDN offers the promise of highly scalable and flexible networks that combine agility, operating efficiency, and lower overall costs.

The forum offers a comprehensive survey of SDN for Ethernet networks presented by distinguished industry experts who are major participants in the most significant network transformation in decades.

Intended Audience:

Communications and networking equipment design engineers, engineering managers, hardware designers, embedded software engineers, test engineers, product marketing managers and engineers, marketing and sales managers, network engineers, and data center engineers and managers.

About the Organizer:

Gordon Brebner is a Distinguished Engineer in the CTO Office at Xilinx.  He leads an  international research group investigating novel forms of programmability in communication networks and computing architectures, and translating results into successful products.  A recent development is the SDNet product for “softly†defined  networking at 100G rates.  His current areas of interest include high-speed network processing, data center networking, software-defined networking, and fog computing.  He holds around 40 patents and has published many papers on networking with FPGAs, including ones covering new methods for implementing forward error correction, simplifying module interconnection, reconfigurable computing, and high-speed packet processing.  He has presented at such highly regarded international events as the Design Automation Conference (DAC), Optical Fiber Communications Conference (OFC), the ACM/IEEE Symposium on Architectures for Networking and Communications Systems (ANCS), the International Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines (FCCM), and the International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications (FPL), including keynotes at ANCS in 2012 and FPL in 2013, and an invited talk at OFC in 2015. He was previously a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh for over 20 years, and holds a PhD in Computer Science from that university.  

About the Chairperson:

Tom Burniece is an independent business consultant with over 30 years of senior management experience in the networking and storage markets, specializing in strategy formulation, business development, marketing, and due diligence. He has been the CEO of iVivity, Rutilus Software, and Voelker Technologies, as well as Chairman of Ciprico and a senior executive at Copan, Maxtor, Digital Equipment, and Control Data.  He holds a BSEE from the University of Minnesota and an MSEE from Arizona State University.  He is also a graduate of MIT’s Sloan Senior Executive Program.

8:30-10:50am
Forum 2B: Storage over Ethernet (Data/Telco CentersTrack)
Organizers: J. Metz, R&D Engineer, Cisco Systems and Claudio DeSanti, Fellow, Cisco Systems
Chairperson: Chris DePuy, VP, Dell’Oro Group
Instructors (8:30-9:40am):
Creating Higher Performance Solid State Storage with NVMe
J. Metz, R&D Engineer, Cisco Systems
Disk Drives Make Systems Faster and Cheaper
James Hughes, Managing Principal Technologist, Seagate Technology
Instructors (9:50-10:50am):
10X Faster Storage, Same Cost
Noam Shendar, COO, Zadara Storage, and John Kim, Director Storage Marketing, Mellanox Technologies
Markets for Storage over Ethernet
Casey Quillin, Director SAN Research, Dell’Oro Group
Description:

Most data centers today want to use Ethernet as the primary networking interface for every connectivity need – that is, for storage, high-performance computing, and other functions as well as in traditional. Storage is obviously a  major issue here, since it is central to the data center and has historically used other protocols such as Fibre Channel, SCSI, SAS, and SATA. This tutorial covers storage over Ethernet (often referred to as convergence).  It includes discussions of employing the latest interfaces such as NVMe for solid-state drives and iSCSI Extension for RDMA (iSER) for SANs.  It also covers Ethernet disk drives and the markets for converged storage.

Intended Audience:

Storage equipment and storage systems designers, communications and networking equipment design engineers, engineering managers, hardware designers, embedded software engineers, test engineers, product marketing managers and engineers, marketing and sales managers, network engineers, storage and virtualization specialists, and data center managers and engineers.

About the Organizers:

J. Michel Metz is R&D Engineer, Office of the CTO, at Cisco, where he focuses on examining and deploying directions for storage strategy.  He was previously Strategic Product Manager, Storage and Unified Fabric.  With Cisco since 2010, he has previous experience with QLogic and Apple.  He has also been President at Communiweb Communications and an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida.  He holds a PhD from the University of Georgia, an MA from the University of South Dakota, and a BA from the University of Rhode Island. 

Claudio DeSanti is a Fellow in the Data Center Group at Cisco. His activity is focused on Data Center networking and Cisco's Unified Computing System technologies. He represents Cisco in several National and International Standards Bodies and in industry associations. He is vice Chairman of the INCITS T11 Technical Committee, Chairperson of various working groups, and editor of different standards. He is co-author of the book "I/O Consolidation in the Data Center", published by Cisco Press. He received many honors and awards, including the INCITS 2010 Service Award and the INCITS 2008 Technical Excellence Award. He holds a PhD in computer engineering from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy.

About the Chairperson:

Chris DePuy is a Vice-President at Dell’Oro Group, responsible for the Carrier IP Telephony, Enterprise Edge, Wireless LAN, and Wireless Packet Core market research programs.  He has over 20 years of financial analysis, business analysis, and engineering experience.  He has been a consultant with TS Cap and a research analyst covering software, communications, and Internet with Bowman Capital and Morgan Stanley.  He was named the top ranking Equity Research Analyst in the data networking sector by Institutional Investor and Greenwich Research Survey.  The co-author of a book, he holds a Masters in engineering from Cornell and a BS in engineering from Union College.

8:30-9:40am
OPEN - Session A-201: Infrastructure (Infrastructure Track)
Chairperson: Rich Fetik, CEO, Data Confidential
Panelists:
Using MACsec to Protect High-Speed Ethernet Links
Steve Singer, VP Field Applications Engineering, INSIDE Secure
Designer’s Quick Guide to Power- Efficient Systems
Brian Zahnstecher, Principal, PowerRox
Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI)
Lucien Avramov, Senior Technical Marketing Engineer, Cisco Systems
Description:
Network and data center infrastructure grows more complex all the time.  There are more aspects to consider and less flexibility in terms of reworking or revising what you have.  Infrastructure redos are expensive, time-consuming, and disruptive.  So planners need to be constantly thinking ahead, worrying about security, suitability for applications, and best practices in terms of layout, power efficiency, and other issues.    
Intended Audience:

Communications and networking equipment design engineers, telco equipment designers, storage equipment designers, engineering managers, hardware designers, embedded software engineers, test engineers, product marketing managers and engineers, marketing and sales managers, network engineers, performance analysts, and data and telco center engineers and managers.

About the Chairperson:

Rich Fetik is CEO and founder of Data Confidential, a security consultancy focusing on data confidentiality, system reliability, and reduced operating costs. He is an expert at designing security into the real world, including embedded systems and devices as well as traditional IT systems. Rich has broad product experience from design and development through market introduction and evangelism. He is also the inventor of a device security model that includes the patented storage firewall and other technologies that change the game in information security. His model provides whitelist protection against spyware and other malware from writing themselves to a storage firewall protected drive and even from executing from off of the protected drive.

9:50-10:50am
OPEN - Session A-202: Preparing for the 400 GbE Core Routing Implementation (Infrastructure Track)
Organizer: Paul Mooney, Senior Manager Hardware and Software Platforms, Spirent
Chairperson: John Lockwood, CEO, Algo-Logic
Panelists:
Paul Mooney, Senior Manager Hardware and Software Platforms
Wael Diab, Senior Director, Huawei
Gilles Garcia, Director Wired Communications, Xilinx
Description:
400G network devices will help address expanding demands for bandwidth.  The IEEE predicted that such demands would  increase by a factor of 10 by 2015 and by a factor of 100 by 2020 when compared to 2010 levels.  In this session, Huawei, Xilinx, and Spirent will discuss their collaboration on an operational 400GbE link using the Huawei N5000E core routing platform, Xilinx FPGAs, and the Spirent TestCenter 400GbE test module. The session will address challenges presented by 400GbE including cost/performance and integration.  It will explain how Huawei and Spirent answered those challenges.  It will cover the implementation details for the 400G architecture as well as the link setup and verification process.  We will also provide an update of the standard’s status and discuss its evolution.
Intended Audience:

Communications and networking equipment design engineers, telco equipment designers, storage equipment designers, engineering managers, hardware designers, embedded software engineers, test engineers, product marketing managers and engineers, marketing and sales managers, network engineers, performance analysts, and data and telco center engineers and managers.

About the Organizer:

Paul Mooney directs the product management group for Spirent’s hardware and software platforms.  He is responsible for the definition, development, and support of several lines of test equipment including the flagship Spirent TestCenter.  Since joining Spirent in 2004, Paul has managed several generations of  hardware and software products.  Before joining Spirent, Paul worked in services development and marketing for Agilent Technologies and Hewlett Packard.

About the Chairperson:

John W. Lockwood, CEO at startup Algo-Logic, is an expert in building FPGA-accelerated applications. He has founded three companies in low latency networking, Internet security, and electronic commerce.  He has also worked at the National Center for Supercomputing  Applications (NCSA), AT&T Bell Laboratories, IBM, and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). As a professor at Stanford University, he managed the NetFPGA program from 2007 to 2009 and grew the Beta program to over 1,000 cards deployed worldwide.  He previously led the Reconfigurable Network Group in the Applied Research Laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis. He has published over 100 papers, holds several patents on networking with FPGAs, and has been principal investigator on many federal and corporate grants. He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.

11:00-11:10am
 
OPEN - Special Presentation 2
The IoT Council
Speaker: Sally Applin, Doctoral Candidate, University of Kent (UK),
Introduction: Sameh Boujelbene, Director, Controller, Adapter, and Server Market Research, Dell’Oro Group
11:10-11:40am
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OPEN - Keynote 5
Ethernet: Different Strokes for Different Folks
Speaker: John D'Ambrosia, Chief Ethernet Evangelist, IEEE/Dell
Introduction: Sameh Boujelbene, Director, Controller, Adapter, and Server Market Research, Dell'Oro Group
Abstract:
Designers are always waiting for the next higher rate of Ethernet.  When is it coming and when will it dominate the market?   Well, guess what, the Ethernet community is now preparing four new “higher” rates at the same time, namely 2.5 GbE, 5 GbE, 25 GbE, and 400 GbE.  So designers should have a field day!  2.5 GbE and 5 GbE will allow higher throughput wireless networks and will speed up enterprise applications where legacy cabling cannot handle 10 GbE.  25 GbE will provide the next server interconnect rate for hyperscale data centers.  And 400GbE will provide the next “fat pipe” for bandwidth killer applications driven by performance and throughput.  Welcome to Ethernet’s new era, in which network designers have an entire toolbox of solutions to handle a huge range of applications.
About the Speaker:
John D’Ambrosia is the Chief Ethernet Evangelist in the CTO Office at Dell.  He has been an industry leader in the development of Ethernet-related technologies since 1999.  Currently, he is chairing the IEEE 802.3 Higher Speed Ethernet Consensus Ad hoc, which is looking to initiate the 400Gb/s Ethernet Study Group. He is also chairing the IEEE P802.3bj 100 Gb/s Backplane and Copper Cable Task Force. In addition, John is a founder of the Ethernet Alliance, and is currently serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors.  John previously served as chair of the IEEE P802.3ba Task Force, which developed the specifications for 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s Ethernet, as well as chair of the Optical Internetworking Forum's Market Awareness and Education committee.  
About the Ethernet Alliance:
The Ethernet Alliance is a global, non-profit, industry consortium of member organizations dedicated to the continued success and advancement of Ethernet technologies. Members include system and component vendors, industry experts, and university and government professionals. Ethernet Alliance members work together to take Ethernet standards to the marketplace. They support and originate activities that span from incubation of new Ethernet technologies to interoperability testing to demonstrations to education. For more information, see www.ethernetalliance.org.
11:40 - 12:10am
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OPEN - Keynote 6
SDN and the Cloud: Will They Revolutionize Ethernet Markets?
Speaker: Alan Weckel, VP, Dell'Oro Group
Introduction:Rich Fetik, Data Confidential
Abstract:
The entire Ethernet switch market is changing rapidly.  Clouds and content providers now dominate sales in the data center.  The big sites buy more than all enterprises combined, and the discrepancy will rise as enterprises move more of their computing to the cloud.  So the major question is what do the big sites need?  Obviously, they want high performance, low prices, low power consumption, simple administration, and tremendous flexibility.  They need simplicity and automation, since they have to deal with thousands or millions of everything.  They need immediate payoffs, since they don’t keep anything very long, and they have no legacy to worry about yet.  SDN is a key part of the equation, since it will allow them to adapt their networks to whatever workload they have.  And technologies such as 25GbE with immediate price/performance advantages will find rapid acceptance.  Other users will simply have to trail along or buy from specialized vendors who offer specific features at higher prices.  
About the Speaker:
Alan Weckel is VP of Enterprise and Data Center Market Research at Dell’Oro Group. He manages Ethernet switch research and oversees work on the data center and SDN across the analyst team.  He has expanded Dell’Oro Group’s research on the data center greatly to include deep analysis of network convergence with servers and storage systems. He has written many articles for the trade and technical press, and is frequently quoted in such leading media as Bloomberg, Business Week, Forbes, Network World, and the Wall Street Journal.   Before joining Dell’Oro Group, he held engineering and software development positions at Raytheon, General Electric Power Systems, and Cisco.  He holds a BSEE and an MS in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 
About Dell'Oro Group:
Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, provides in-depth, objective research and analysis that enables customers to make strategic business decisions with confidence and maintain their competitive edge. Founded in 1995 with headquarters in Silicon Valley, Dell’Oro Group has long-standing relationships with major telecommunications and networking companies and leverages those relationships to deliver accurate market research.  For more information, see delloro.com.
2:00 - 3:00pm
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OPEN - Special Keynote Presentation
Fireside Chat with Internet Pioneer/Co-Inventor Larry Roberts
Speaker: Larry Roberts, CEO, TSL Technologies
Organizer: Alan Weissberger, Content Manager, IEEE Communications Society
Introducer: Christos Kolias, Senior Research Scientist, Orange Silicon Valley
Interviewer: Geoff Thompson, Principal, GraCaSI
Abstract:

What can we learn from the origins, emergence, and explosion of the now omnipresent Internet?  Join Internet pioneer (and ARPANET creator) Larry Roberts in exploring how the Internet came about, how it reached its present state, and where it is heading in the future.  This interview will cover both historical lessons and future trends.

About the Speaker:

Larry Roberts is best known as the leader of the team that created the ARPANET using packet switching techniques.  The ARPANET was later converted into the current Internet, hence making him one of the true founders of the Internet.  He has received many awards, including the National Academy of Engineering’s Charles Stark Draper Prize “for the development of the Internet”, the AFIP Harry Goode Memorial Award, and the IEEE 2000 Internet Award.  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  The founder and CEO of five telecommunications companies, he has developed many leading edge products to advance Internet capability, QoS, and reliability.  He holds 11 patents and has given invited presentations at many conferences worldwide.  He holds a PhD in electrical engineering, an MSEE, and a BSEE from MIT.

About the Organizer:

Alan J. Weissberger is the Chair of the IEEE Silicon Valley Technology History Committee, Content Manager for the global IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Community website, North America Correspondent for the IEEE Global Communications Newsletter, Chair Emeritus of the IEEE Santa Clara Valley ComSoc, and an IEEE Senior Life Member.  He is a former Adjunct Professor in the Santa Clara University Electrical Engineering Department. As a volunteer for the Computer History Museum, SIGCIS.org, and ITHistory.org, he writes technical summaries of lectures and exhibits.

About Interviewer:

Geoff Thompson is currently Principal at GraCaSi, where he serves as an advisor on networking standards development and a technical expert on intellectual property issues.  He has been a voting member of the IEEE 802.3 (Ethernet) committee for over 30 years and also serves as a Member Emeritus of the IEEE 802 Executive Committee.   He chaired the IEEE 802.3 Working Group and was later 1st Vice Chair of the 802 Executive Committee.  A long-time leader in standards development, he was a Distinguished Member, Technical Staff at Nortel Networks and a Consulting Member, Engineering Staff at Xerox.  He holds a BSEE from Purdue University. 

3:10 - 4:10pm
Session A-203: Design Issues (Emerging Technologies Track)
Chairperson: Navneet Rao, FPGA Architect / Consultant
Paper Presenters:
Verification IPI Helps Overcome the Challenges of Ethernet SoC Verification
Dave Huang, Staff Solutions Engineer, Cadence
Ethernet Heads for the Skies
Paul Grams, Program Manager, NASA Ames
Wi-Fi as a Transit Ethernet Link
Donald Eastlake, Principal Engineer, Huawei
Description:
Design issues include such varied problems as verification, conformance to the needs of specific application areas, and interfaces with wireless networks.
Intended Audience:

Communications and networking equipment design engineers, telco equipment designers, storage equipment designers, engineering managers, hardware designers, embedded software engineers, test engineers, product marketing managers and engineers, marketing and sales managers, network engineers, performance analysts, and data and telco center engineers and managers.

About the Chairperson:

Navneet Rao is an independent FPGA Architect/Consultant.  He was most recently Principal Engineer/System Architect at Tabula, a provider of programmable logic solutions.  He focuses on 40/100/400 GbE, packet processing, and high-speed FPGA implementations. He has previous experience with Xilinx as a System Architect and Senior Design Engineer.  He has spoken at many industry events, including the Embedded Systems Conference and The Linley Group seminars.  He holds a BSEE from the Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (India).

3:10 - 4:10pm
Session B-203: Carrier Ethernet (Data/Telco Centers Track)
Chairperson: Sameh Boujelbene, Director, Controller, Adapter, and Server Market Research, Dell’Oro Group
Paper Presenters:
Enabling a Connected Ethernet Ecosystem
Mary Stanhope, VP Marketing and Product, Global Capacity
A Unified Synchronization Solution for Ethernet Networks
Chandra Mallela, Sr Member Technical Staff, Altera
About the Chairperson:

Sameh Boujelbene is responsible for Dell’Oro Group’s Server and Controller and Adapter market research programs. While at the firm, she has significantly expanded Controller and Adapter research and also built the Server program. She has also published articles on the Ethernet market and has given presentations at industry events such as the Ethernet Technology Summit and the Open Server Summit.

She was previously a Solution Sales Manager with Nokia Siemens Networks, where she focused on broadband access and IP connectivity solutions for mobile and fixed operators. She holds an MBA from San Jose State University and a Master's Degree in Telecommunication from the Higher Engineering School of Communication in Tunisia.

3:10 - 4:10pm
Session C-203: Open and Common Interfaces for Switching Technology (Open Ethernet)
(System Designer Track)
Organizer: Amit Katz, Senior Director Product Management, Mellanox Technologies
Chairperson: Vladimir Kozlov, CEO, LightCounting
Panelists:
Yuval Bachar, Hardware Network Engineer, Facebook
Dave Maltz, Partner Development Manager, Microsoft
Sudhir Modali, Director Product Line Management, Pica8
Subi Krishnamurthy, Executive Director/CTO, Dell
Amit Katz, Senior Director Product Management, Mellanox Technologies
J.R. Rivers, CEO, Cumulus Networks
Description:

Today switch vendors must use different methods to interface with different switch ASICs. A better approach is to take full advantage of a common interface, enabling choice, performance, and cost-savings. Open Ethernet offers such an interface.  It provides an open switch API, an abstraction layer that sits between the switch and the operating system.  Its presence allows switch vendors to easily expand their offerings and be more competitive.

As we enter the era of Open Ethernet in which choice is the key, more switch solutions will emerge, enabling organizations to choose the best hardware and the best software separately. We are currently witnessing the advent of open switch software solutions and the appearance of the Switch API as an industry standard for the first time. The panel will focus on why and how companies and organizations implement standard switch interfaces to meet the needs of future data centers and applications.

Intended Audience:

Communications and networking equipment design engineers, telco equipment designers, storage equipment designers, engineering managers, hardware designers, embedded software engineers, test engineers, product marketing managers and engineers, marketing and sales managers, network engineers, performance analysts, and data and telco center engineers and managers.

About the Organizer:

Amit Katz is Senior Director Ethernet Switch Business at Mellanox Technologies, where he focuses on the Open Ethernet market and switching products in general.  He has extensive experience in developing and marketing industry-leading products in areas such as 40/100 GbE, InfiniBand, and switch fabrics for  the telecommunications, high-frequency trading, Web 2, and cloud markets.  He has been involved with all aspects of Ethernet switches, including  ASICs, hardware, operating systems, and software stacks. Before joining Mellanox, he worked at Voltaire and RAD as a Product Manager.  He holds an MBA from Bar-Ilan University and a BA in Computer Science from The Academic College of Tel-Aviv, Yaffo.

About the Chairperson:

Vladimir Kozlov is the founder and CEO of LightCounting, a market research company providing in-depth coverage of high speed optoelectronic interfaces. Dr. Kozlov has over 20 years experience in optoelectronics, optical communications, and market research. He has held market analyst, product development, and research staff positions at RHK, Lucent Technologies, and Princeton University.

Dr. Kozlov holds several US patents and has many publications in optoelectronics. He holds an MSc from Moscow State University in Russia and a PhD in Physics from Brown University.

4:30 - 5:30pm
Session A-204: Future of Ethernet Networks (Emerging Technologies Track)
Chairperson: Nathan Brookwood, Research Fellow,Insight64
Panelists:
Peter Scruton, Manager, UNH-IOL
Claudio DeSanti, Fellow, Cisco Systems
Donald Eastlake, Principal Engineer, Huawei
Chris DePuy, VP, Dell'Oro Group
Amit Katz, Senior Director Product Management, Mellanox Technologies
Description:

Where is Ethernet heading? When will convergence of storage and networking become commonplace? How will 40GbE and 100GbE roll out? When will we see 400 G or even terabit Ethernet?  What will happen with intermediate specs such as 2.5 Gb, 5 Gb, 25 Gb, and 50 Gb?  Will copper implementations continue to reach ever higher speeds?  Will Ethernet migrate to fiber everywhere? How is the industry addressing latency in Ethernet implementations?  How are service providers adopting Carrier Ethernet in the Metro and WAN? What role is Ethernet playing in mobile backhaul? How will data center bridging technologies roll out? These are some of the questions the panel will discuss.

Intended Audience:

Communications and networking equipment design engineers, telco equipment designers, storage equipment designers, engineering managers, hardware designers, embedded software engineers, test engineers, product marketing managers and engineers, marketing and sales managers, network engineers, performance analysts, and data and telco center engineers and managers.

About the Chairperson:

Nathan Brookwood is Research Fellow at Insight 64, a semiconductor consulting firm. He has focused recently on microprocessors used in computational applications. His views on the microprocessor market often find their way into articles in mainstream media, business media, and the trade press. He has worked for and with suppliers of mainframes, minicomputers, personal computers, and semiconductors, and he has analyzed and commented on the industry for D.H. Brown Associates and Dataquest. During his 40 year career in the industry, Mr. Brookwood has experience with Micronics Computers, Intergraph, Convergent Technologies, Prime Computer, and Digital Equipment.  He is a graduate of MIT and has taken classes at Harvard Business School.