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Tuesday, April 29th
8:30 - 10:20am
Open Source Switching Seminar (Open Source Switching Track)
Organizers: Jim Finnegan, Senior VP Engineering, Netronome and Amir Sheffer, Senior Product Manager, Mellanox Technologies

“[open-source switching will]…foster faster hardware innovation, facilitate software-defined networks (SDN), and offer more choice to consumers.”– Frank Frankovsky, Facebook, 2013

Session O-11: Overview
Chairperson: Craig Matsumoto, Managing Editor, SDNcentral
Instructors:
SDNcentral
Roy Chua, Partner, SDN Central / WireTap Ventures
Introduction to Open Source Switching
Peter Christy, Research Director Networking, 451 Research
Networking and the Open Compute Project
Omar Baldonado, Manager Infrastructure Software Engineering, Facebook
Markets for Open Source Switching
Alan Weckel, VP Enterprise and Data Center Market Research, Dell'Oro Group
Description:
Open-source switching brings open source to network switching.  It means that basic designs and the software stack would be available to everyone on a royalty-free basis.  Facebook has taken the lead here as part of its Open Compute Project, with the first design being for a top-of-rack switch.  The idea is to handle the physical realities and then let vendors innovate on the software side.  This would allow users to change vendors or use hardware from multiple vendors without being locked into proprietary code.  It fits well with such newly emerging approaches as open standard servers, software-defined networking, and software-defined storage.


The seminar offers a comprehensive survey of open-source switching presented by distinguished industry experts who are major participants in a significant network transformation. It begins with a broad overview of open-source switching from market, technology, and standardization perspectives. It continues with discussions of how open-source switching fits with other open standards and with software-defined networking, and how open-source switches can be developed.  A closing panel assesses the state of open-source switching and the initial designs and user reactions. 

Intended Audience:

Network architects and engineers; communications and telecom equipment architects, communications hardware designers, engineering managers, product managers and product marketing managers; telecommunications system engineers and designers; data and telco center engineers; communications software engineers; consultants; and design services providers.

About the Track Organizers:
Jim Finnegan is Senior VP Silicon Engineering at Netronome, a company focused on flow processing.  He was previously GM of Intel’s Network Processor Division and the Communication Infrastructure Group’s Technology Office. His career has included senior positions at Basis Communications, Miles-33, Digital Equipment, Tellabs, and Racal Data Group. Jim holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Electronic Engineering from The Queens University, Belfast. He knows more stanzas of Finnegan’s Wake than any other living person. 

Amir Sheffer is a Senior Product Manager at Mellanox Technologies, where he leads efforts on OpenEthernet switches, SDN integration, and automation of switching products.  He has previous experience with PMC-Sierra and Texas Instruments in both marketing and engineering roles.  He holds a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Tel Aviv University. 

About the Chairperson:
Craig Matsumoto is Managing Editor at SDNCentral.com, responsible for the site's content and for covering news. He was previously West Coast Editor for Light Reading, covering routers, Carrier and high-speed Ethernet, optical networking, cloud computing, and semiconductors. Among Silicon Valley’s most highly respected technical journalists, he joined Light Reading in 2002.  He previously spent seven years with EE Times, focusing on semiconductors and optical networking. He has also written for the San Jose Business Journal and the Fresno Business Journal. 

8:30 - 10:20am
High Frequency Communications Design Seminar (High-Frequency Communications Design Track)
Organizers: Joel Goergen, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco Systems, Bruce Achkir, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco Systems and Ed Sayre, CTO, NESA

“The demand for ever-faster Internet access continues to increase along with mobile data speed and volumes, thanks mostly to video applications. Ever-faster fiber-optical networks in long-haul, short-reach, and backhaul systems are addressing the need for extra speed.” – Lou Frenzel, Electronic Design Magazine

Session H-11: Introduction to High-Frequency Communications Design
Chairperson: Brice Achkir, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco Systems
Instructors:
40/100/400G and Beyond: How Will We Get There?
Joel Goergen, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco Systems
Assuring Signal Integrity at 40G and Beyond
Ed Sayre, CTO, NESA
100G/400G Networking Solutions
Michael Miller, VP Technology Innovation, MoSys and Gilles Garcia, Director Wired Communications, Xilinx
Description:
Communications systems are moving to ever-higher frequencies.  10Gb systems are now commonplace, and 40 Gb and 100 Gb are coming into production use.  400 Gb systems have been described, and 1 Tb systems are surely on the horizon.  System design at such high frequencies is a complex undertaking.  Signal integrity is difficult to maintain, and signals travel only over short distances before getting lost.  Noise, latency, and interference problems are magnified.  The seminar offers a comprehensive survey of high-frequency design presented by distinguished industry experts.  It will include an introduction, a detailed description of signal integrity issues, and sessions on FPGA solutions, design problems, and optical solutions.  A closing panel assesses the current state of high-frequency communications design and future trends and issues. 
Intended Audience:

Communications systems designers; network architects and engineers; communications and telecom equipment architects, hardware design engineers, engineering managers, product managers and product marketing managers; telecommunications system engineers and designers; data and telco center engineers; consultants; and design services providers.

About the Track Organizers:

Joel Goergen is an Extinguished Engineer for Cisco Systems, driving high speed signaling systems and intelligent high current power systems.  Goergen has more than 25 years of research experience in high speed signaling and coding techniques.  Before joining Cisco Systems, he headed research and development projects focused on high-speed copper / optical signaling at Force10 Networks, Bell Labs, Ascend Communications, Transition Networks and MTS Systems.  An active participant in IEEE P802, ANSI, and OIF standards bodies, Goergen holds 27 US patents and 5 International patents related to his work developing high-speed backplane technology and power systems technology.  His work is used to support the transition from Gigabit Ethernet through to 400 / 1000 Gigabit Ethernet, and his research in innovative design and manufacturing techniques is being used in both the IEEE and the OIF to define standards. Goergen received a BSEE and a BA in Mathematics from St. Cloud State University (MN). 

Brice Achkir is a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems, focusing on high-speed architecture/design and signal/power integrity. His research interests include high-speed digital and mixed-signal designs, active and adaptive optics, and networking.  He has also done research and development in optics, where he focuses on next generation technologies and architectures.  With Cisco since 2000, he has previous experience with many companies including ITF Optical Technologies, Beltron, SCI, and IRH.  He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in applied physics, physics, and electrical engineering. He was recently named an IEEE fellow for his contributions to advanced design of raviolis and cannolis. 

Ed Sayre is President of North East Systems Associates, a company focused on helping bring high performance products to market. He has more than 35 years’ experience in high-performance engineering and design. NESA is the leading independent designer of multi-gigabit backplanes and cable equalizers and offers engineering consultation in connector usage and characterization. Dr. Sayre is a member of the IEEE Ethernet 802.3 committee. His clients include many leading test, communications, aerospace, computer, and component companies. 
About the Chairperson:
Brice Achkir is a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems, focusing on high-speed architecture/design and signal/power integrity. His research interests include high-speed digital and mixed-signal designs, active and adaptive optics, and networking.  He has also done research and development in optics, where he focuses on next generation technologies and architectures.  With Cisco since 2000, he has previous experience with many companies including ITF Optical Technologies, Beltron, SCI, and IRH.  He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in applied physics, physics, and electrical engineering. He was recently named an IEEE fellow for his contributions to advanced design of raviolis and cannolis. 
10:40am-Noon
Open Source Switching Seminar (Open Source Switching Track)
Organizers: Jim Finnegan, Senior VP Engineering, Netronome and Amir Sheffer, Senior Product Manager, Mellanox Technologies
Session O-12: Open Standards
Chairperson: Jim Finnegan, Senior VP  Engineering, Netronome
Instructors:
The Open Ethernet Initiative
Gilad Shainer, VP Marketing, Mellanox
Open Daylight and SDN Controller Strategy
Vijoy Pandey, Network Operating System CTO, IBM
Description:
Open-source switching brings open source to network switching.  It means that basic designs and the software stack would be available to everyone on a royalty-free basis.  Facebook has taken the lead here as part of its Open Compute Project, with the first design being for a top-of-rack switch.  The idea is to handle the physical realities and then let vendors innovate on the software side.  This would allow users to change vendors or use hardware from multiple vendors without being locked into proprietary code.  It fits well with such newly emerging approaches as open standard servers, software-defined networking, and software-defined storage.


The seminar offers a comprehensive survey of open-source switching presented by distinguished industry experts who are major participants in a significant network transformation. It begins with a broad overview of open-source switching from market, technology, and standardization perspectives. It continues with discussions of how open-source switching fits with other open standards and with software-defined networking, and how open-source switches can be developed.  A closing panel assesses the state of open-source switching and the initial designs and user reactions. 

Intended Audience:
Network architects and engineers; communications and telecom equipment architects, communications hardware designers, engineering managers, product managers and product marketing managers; telecommunications system engineers and designers; data and telco center engineers; communications software engineers; consultants; and design services providers.

About the Chairperson:
Jim Finnegan is Senior VP Silicon Engineering at Netronome, a company focused on flow processing.  He was previously GM of Intel’s Network Processor Division and the Communication Infrastructure Group’s Technology Office. His career has included senior positions at Basis Communications, Miles-33, Digital Equipment, Tellabs, and Racal Data Group. Jim holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Electronic Engineering from The Queens University, Belfast. He knows more stanzas of Finnegan’s Wake than any other living person. 

10:40am-Noon
High Frequency Communications Design Seminar (High-Frequency Communications Design Track)
Organizers: Joel Goergen, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco Systems, Bruce Achkir, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco Systems and Ed Sayre, CTO, NESA
Session H-12: FPGA Solutions at High Frequencies
Chairperson: Navneet Rao, Principal Engineer, Tabula
Instructors:
400Gb Technology Research to Development
Giles Garcia, Director Wired Communications, Xilinx
Solving Latency and Buffering Challenges for 100G Endpoints
Greg Martin, Principal Engineer, Tabula
Description:
Communications systems are moving to ever-higher frequencies.  10Gb systems are now commonplace, and 40 Gb and 100 Gb are coming into production use.  400 Gb systems have been described, and 1 Tb systems are surely on the horizon.  System design at such high frequencies is a complex undertaking.  Signal integrity is difficult to maintain, and signals travel only over short distances before getting lost.  Noise, latency, and interference problems are magnified.  The seminar offers a comprehensive survey of high-frequency design presented by distinguished industry experts.  It will include an introduction, a detailed description of signal integrity issues, and sessions on FPGA solutions, design problems, and optical solutions.  A closing panel assesses the current state of high-frequency communications design and future trends and issues. 
Intended Audience:
Communications systems designers; network architects and engineers; communications and telecom equipment architects, hardware design engineers, engineering managers, product managers and product marketing managers; telecommunications system engineers and designers; data and telco center engineers; consultants; and design services providers.

About the Chairperson:

Navneet Rao is Principal Engineer/System Architect at Tabula, a provider of programmable logic solutions.  He focuses on 40/100 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).

1:00-2:30-pm
Open Source Switching Seminar (Open Source Switching Track)
Organizers: Jim Finnegan, Senior VP Engineering, Netronome and Amir Sheffer, Senior Product Manager, Mellanox Technologies
Session O-13: SDN and Open-Source Switching
Chairperson: Steve Garrison, VP Product Marketing, Pica8
Instructors:
Linux as SDN
Dinesh Dutt, Chief Scientist, Cumulus Networks
Open Source SDN Switch OS
Rob Sherwood, CTO Controller Technologies, Big Switch Networks
Using OpenFlow in TOR and WAN Edge Switches
Sujal Das, Director Product Marketing, Broadcom
Description:
Open-source switching brings open source to network switching.  It means that basic designs and the software stack would be available to everyone on a royalty-free basis.  Facebook has taken the lead here as part of its Open Compute Project, with the first design being for a top-of-rack switch.  The idea is to handle the physical realities and then let vendors innovate on the software side.  This would allow users to change vendors or use hardware from multiple vendors without being locked into proprietary code.  It fits well with such newly emerging approaches as open standard servers, software-defined networking, and software-defined storage.


The seminar offers a comprehensive survey of open-source switching presented by distinguished industry experts who are major participants in a significant network transformation. It begins with a broad overview of open-source switching from market, technology, and standardization perspectives. It continues with discussions of how open-source switching fits with other open standards and with software-defined networking, and how open-source switches can be developed.  A closing panel assesses the state of open-source switching and the initial designs and user reactions. 

Intended Audience:
Network architects and engineers; communications and telecom equipment architects, communications hardware designers, engineering managers, product managers and product marketing managers; telecommunications system engineers and designers; data and telco center engineers; communications software engineers; consultants; and design services providers.

About the Chairperson:
Steve Garrison is Vice President of Product Marketing at Pica8.  A networking systems veteran with nearly 20 years of technology marketing experience, he leads go-to-market and brand development strategies. Before joining Pica8, Steve held marketing positions at many networking companies, including Infoblox, Force10 Networks (acquired by Dell), and Riverstone Networks (acquired by Alcatel-Lucent). He holds a MS in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT and a BS in Ceramic Science and Physics from Alfred University.  

1:00-2:30-pm
High Frequency Communications Design Seminar (High-Frequency Communications Design Track)
Organizers: Joel Goergen, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco Systems, Bruce Achkir, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco Systems and Ed Sayre, CTO, NESA
Session H-13: Design Problems (sponsored by Tektronix)
Chairperson: Ed Sayre, CTO NESA
Instructors:
Evaluating Impact of Input Equalizers on 100G SERDES
John Calvin, Technical Marketing Engineer, Tektronix
Low Latency Design Solutions
John Lockwood, CEO, Algo-Logic
High-Frequency Connectors: Design and Thermal Analysis
Joe Dambach, Product Development Manager, Molex
Description:
Communications systems are moving to ever-higher frequencies.  10Gb systems are now commonplace, and 40 Gb and 100 Gb are coming into production use.  400 Gb systems have been described, and 1 Tb systems are surely on the horizon.  System design at such high frequencies is a complex undertaking.  Signal integrity is difficult to maintain, and signals travel only over short distances before getting lost.  Noise, latency, and interference problems are magnified.  The seminar offers a comprehensive survey of high-frequency design presented by distinguished industry experts.  It will include an introduction, a detailed description of signal integrity issues, and sessions on FPGA solutions, design problems, and optical solutions.  A closing panel assesses the current state of high-frequency communications design and future trends and issues. 
Intended Audience:
Communications systems designers; network architects and engineers; communications and telecom equipment architects, hardware design engineers, engineering managers, product managers and product marketing managers; telecommunications system engineers and designers; data and telco center engineers; consultants; and design services providers.

About the Chairperson:
Ed Sayre is President of North East Systems Associates, a company focused on helping bring high performance products to market. He has more than 35 years’ experience in high-performance engineering and design. NESA is the leading independent designer of multi-gigabit backplanes and cable equalizers and offers engineering consultation in connector usage and characterization. Dr. Sayre is a member of the IEEE Ethernet 802.3 committee. His clients include many leading test, communications, aerospace, computer, and component companies. 
Dr. Sayre holds a BSEE from Manhattan College, an MSEE from New York University, and a PhD in electrical engineering from Syracuse University. 

2:50-3:50-pm
Open Source Switching Seminar (Open Source Switching Track)
Organizers: Jim Finnegan, Senior VP Engineering, Netronome and Amir Sheffer, Senior Product Manager, Mellanox Technologies
Session O-14: Design Problems
Chairperson: Vijoy Pandey, Network Operating System CTO, IBM
Instructors:
Developing Open-Source SDN Switches
Yaron Ekshtein, Director Technical Marketing, Pica8
Evolving Open Source Switching for Software Defined Infrastructure
Rene Torres, Director Marketing SDN Group, Intel
Description:
Open-source switching brings open source to network switching.  It means that basic designs and the software stack would be available to everyone on a royalty-free basis.  Facebook has taken the lead here as part of its Open Compute Project, with the first design being for a top-of-rack switch.  The idea is to handle the physical realities and then let vendors innovate on the software side.  This would allow users to change vendors or use hardware from multiple vendors without being locked into proprietary code.  It fits well with such newly emerging approaches as open standard servers, software-defined networking, and software-defined storage.


The seminar offers a comprehensive survey of open-source switching presented by distinguished industry experts who are major participants in a significant network transformation. It begins with a broad overview of open-source switching from market, technology, and standardization perspectives. It continues with discussions of how open-source switching fits with other open standards and with software-defined networking, and how open-source switches can be developed.  A closing panel assesses the state of open-source switching and the initial designs and user reactions. 

Intended Audience:

Network architects and engineers; communications and telecom equipment architects, communications hardware designers, engineering managers, product managers and product marketing managers; telecommunications system engineers and designers; data and telco center engineers; communications software engineers; consultants; and design services providers.

About the Chairperson:
Vijoy Pandey is a Distinguished Engineer and CTO of Network OS at IBM System Networking. He works in the areas of data center virtualization and highly scalable & fault-tolerant network architectures. His current specialties include software Defined Networking, products for large scale cloud data center networks, and integrated systems consisting of compute, storage, and networking.  He has previous experience with Nortel and Alteon Websystems.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, and a PhD from University of California Davis.
2:50-3:50-pm
High Frequency Communications Design Seminar (High-Frequency Communications Design Track)
Organizers: Joel Goergen, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco Systems, Bruce Achkir, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco Systems and Ed Sayre, CTO, NESA
Session H-14: Optical Solutions
Chairperson: Chris DePuy, VP, Dell'Oro Group
Instructors:
Chip-Scale Oscillator for Data Communications
Steve Gilbert, Program Manager, Avago Technologies
Interoperable 100G Interfaces over Single-Mode Fiber
Brian Welch, Director Product Marketing, Luxtera/PSM4 MSA Group
Description:
Communications systems are moving to ever-higher frequencies.  10Gb systems are now commonplace, and 40 Gb and 100 Gb are coming into production use.  400 Gb systems have been described, and 1 Tb systems are surely on the horizon.  System design at such high frequencies is a complex undertaking.  Signal integrity is difficult to maintain, and signals travel only over short distances before getting lost.  Noise, latency, and interference problems are magnified.  The seminar offers a comprehensive survey of high-frequency design presented by distinguished industry experts.  It will include an introduction, a detailed description of signal integrity issues, and sessions on FPGA solutions, design problems, and optical solutions.  A closing panel assesses the current state of high-frequency communications design and future trends and issues. 
Intended Audience:

Communications systems designers; network architects and engineers; communications and telecom equipment architects, hardware design engineers, engineering managers, product managers and product marketing managers; telecommunications system engineers and designers; data and telco center engineers; consultants; and design services providers.

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.

4:00-5:00pm
Open Source Switching Seminar (Open Source Switching Track)
Organizers: Jim Finnegan, Senior VP Engineering, Netronome and Amir Sheffer, Senior Product Manager, Mellanox Technologies
Session O-15: Future of Open-Sorce Switching
Chairperson: Peter Christy, Research Director Networking, 451 Research
Instructor:
Introduction to the Open Networking Foundation
Marc Cohn, Senior Director Marketing, ONF/Ciena
Panelists:
Omar Baldonado, Manager Infrastructure Software Engineering, Facebook
Jim Finnegan, Senior VP Engineering, Netronome
Christos Kolias, Research Scientist, Orange Silicon Valley
Rene Torres, Director Marketing, Intel
Doug Marschke, SDN Essentials
Description:
Open-source switching brings open source to network switching.  It means that basic designs and the software stack would be available to everyone on a royalty-free basis.  Facebook has taken the lead here as part of its Open Compute Project, with the first design being for a top-of-rack switch.  The idea is to handle the physical realities and then let vendors innovate on the software side.  This would allow users to change vendors or use hardware from multiple vendors without being locked into proprietary code.  It fits well with such newly emerging approaches as open standard servers, software-defined networking, and software-defined storage.


The seminar offers a comprehensive survey of open-source switching presented by distinguished industry experts who are major participants in a significant network transformation. It begins with a broad overview of open-source switching from market, technology, and standardization perspectives. It continues with discussions of how open-source switching fits with other open standards and with software-defined networking, and how open-source switches can be developed.  A closing panel assesses the state of open-source switching and the initial designs and user reactions. 

Intended Audience:

Network architects and engineers; communications and telecom equipment architects, communications hardware designers, engineering managers, product managers and product marketing managers; telecommunications system engineers and designers; data and telco center engineers; communications software engineers; consultants; and design services providers.

About the Chairperson:
Peter Christy is currently an analyst at 451 Research Group, where he directs network research and contributes in other areas. He has recently been studying OpenFlow from the perspective of existing systems and networking companies and new ventures. Previously, he co-founded the Internet Research Group (IRG), a boutique consultancy that provides strategy and marketing services to technical ventures and enterprises. IRG has worked with companies whose products depend on both network and system capabilities in disruptive or emerging markets. Before founding IRG, Peter worked in technology and strategy roles at major computer companies including DEC, IBM/Rolm, HP, Apple, and Sun. He was a founder and VP Software at MasPar Computer. He has an AB from Harvard and did graduate work in EECS at UC Berkeley.
4:00-5:00pm
High Frequency Communications Design Seminar (High-Frequency Communications Design Track)
Organizers: Joel Goergen, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco Systems, Bruce Achkir, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco Systems and Ed Sayre, CTO, NESA
Session H-15: Future of High-Frequency Communications Design
Chairperson: Dave Bursky, Technology Editor, Chip Design Magazine
Panelists:
Joel Goergen, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco Systems
Ed Sayre, CTO, NESA
Greg Martin, Principal Engineer, Tabula
Description:
Communications systems are moving to ever-higher frequencies.  10Gb systems are now commonplace, and 40 Gb and 100 Gb are coming into production use.  400 Gb systems have been described, and 1 Tb systems are surely on the horizon.  System design at such high frequencies is a complex undertaking.  Signal integrity is difficult to maintain, and signals travel only over short distances before getting lost.  Noise, latency, and interference problems are magnified.  The seminar offers a comprehensive survey of high-frequency design presented by distinguished industry experts.  It will include an introduction, a detailed description of signal integrity issues, and sessions on FPGA solutions, design problems, and optical solutions.  A closing panel assesses the current state of high-frequency communications design and future trends and issues. 
Intended Audience:

Communications systems designers; network architects and engineers; communications and telecom equipment architects, hardware design engineers, engineering managers, product managers and product marketing managers; telecommunications system engineers and designers; data and telco center engineers; consultants; and design services providers.

About the Chairperson:
Dave Bursky is one of the most respected and most experienced technical journalists in the Silicon Valley.  He is currently Principal at PRN Engineering Services and Contributing Editor to Chip Design and Embedded Intel Magazines.  Best known for his over 30-year tenure as an Editor at Electronic Design Magazine, he has also been Technical Editorial Manager at Maxim Integrated Products and Semiconductor Editor at CMP Media.  He holds MSEE and BSEE degrees from City University of New York. 

5:15-6:30pm
OPEN - Plenary on High-Speed Test Equipment
Chairperson: Brice Achkir, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco Systems
Panelists:
Chris Loberg, Technical Marketing Manager, Tektronix
Alan Blankman, Technical Product Marketing Manager, Teledyne LeCroy
Mike Resso, Signal Integrity Specialist, Agilent Technologies
Paul Mooney, Senior Manager Hardware and Software Platforms, Spirent Communications
Charles Seifert, Senior Product Manager, Ixia

“New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.testandmeasurement.frost.com) finds that the [global Ethernet test equipment] market earned revenues of $943 million in 2012 and estimates this to reach $1.41 billion in 2017. Gigabit Ethernet vendors are investing in R&D to address changing end-user technologides, meet specific requirements with high-performance test solutions, offer best value for money, and ensure highest quality of experience.” – Prathima Bommakanti, Frost and Sullivan

Description:
The demand for high bandwidth and speed is rising due to needs from new applications such HPC, video on demand, and big data. To fulfill these demands. industry is accelerating the push out to the market of new platforms and products. A major issue is how we to verify adherence and conformance to design specifications. From power and signal integrity through compliance testing, test equipment is an essential element in successfully designing and developing high-speed systems. Instruments that can handle GHz frequencies are expensive and often unavailable. Furthermore, testing (and even probing) at high frequencies is difficult; many new effects come into play that can affect test results as well as actual signal integrity. Test equipment manufacturers are themselves challenged with new requirements in this area. Designing high-frequency instruments is itself a complex, time-consuming, and costly process, so developers should expect slow progress at best.
About the Chairperson:
Brice Achkir is a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems, focusing on high-speed architecture/design and signal/power integrity. His research interests include high-speed digital and mixed-signal designs, active and adaptive optics, and networking. He has also done research and development in optics, where he focuses on next generation technologies and architectures. With Cisco since 2000, he has previous experience with many companies including ITF Optical Technologies, Beltron, SCI, and IRH. He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in applied physics, physics, and electrical engineering. In 2014, he was named an IEEE Fellow for contributions to diagnostics of physical layer design in gigabit digital transmission systems.
Wednesday, April 30th
8:30-10:50am
Forum 1A: 40/100/400 GbE, Part 1 (Emerging Technologies Track)
Organizers: Frank Yang, Technical Marketing Manager, CommScope and Rita Horner, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Synopsys
Chairperson: Rita Horner, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Synopsys
Instructors (8:30-9:40am):
Updates on Cabling for Next Generation BASE-T
Frank Yang, Technical Marketing Manager, CommScope
400GE PAM Modulation for Single-Mode Fiber Data Centers
Sudeep Bhoja, CTO High Speed Communications, Inphi
Driving Cost Out of 40/100/400 GbE
Mitch Fields, Director Product Strategy, Avago Technologies
Chairperson: Frank Yang, Technical Marketing Manager, CommScope
Instructors (9:50-10:50am):
Demystifying 40 Gigabit Ethernet Interfaces in Data Centers
Rita Horner, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Synopsys
Delivering Subsea Networks at 100G
Shikhar Sarkar, Project Manager, Hibernia Networks
Low Cost Single Channel 100GbE for Data Centers
Avi Shabtai, MultiPhy
Description:
High bandwidth demanding applications such as virtualization, video, and high-performance computing continue driving networking performance to ever higher levels. There are a variety of new and proposed 40 Gb/s, 100 Gb/s, and 400 Gb/s Ethernet technologies that will meet these demands in a compatible, technically feasible, and cost-effective manner. This session will examine the options available to help understand their cabling needs, interconnect, monitoring, signaling methods, thermals, testing, server connections, and packet processing. It will focus on standards efforts, the move toward open fabrics, and transition issues. It will discuss approaches that will drive down costs and accelerate changeovers.
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 Organizers and Chairpersons:
Yinglin (Frank) Yang is a Technology and Solution Manager, Enterprise Solutions 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).
Rita Horner, Senior Technical Marketing Manager at Synopsys, has over 20 years experience in mixed signal circuit design, interconnect, test, and packaging of high-speed ICs for consumer, computing, and high end networking ASSP and ASIC products. She has been focusing recently on high speed serial interconnect. She has participated and presented in many standards bodies, including ANSI T11, IEEE 802.3, OIF, and the SFF Multisourcingd Agreements. She has previous experience with Avago, Exar, Agilent, Hewlett-Packard, and Intel. She holds an MSEE and a BSEE from the University of Tennessee.
8:30-10:50am
Forum 1B: Ethernet in Data Centers (Data Centers Track)
Organizers: Sergis Mushell, Research Director, Gartner and Frank Straka, Product Developement Manager, Panduit
Chairperson: Franks Straka, Product Development Manager, Panduit
Instructors (8:30-9:40am):
Ethernet Design Considerations for East/West Traffic
Paul Unbehagen, Chief Architect, Avaya
Optimizing Network I/O in SDN-Based Multitenant Data Center Environments
Greg Scherer, Senior Vice President, QLogic
Challenges and Benefits Ahead for Cloud Ethernet Operators
Jathin Ullal, Marketing Manager, HP
Chairperson: Sergis Mushell, Research Director, Gartner
Instructors (9:50-10:50am):
Low Latency RapidIO Fabric with Ethernet Scale Out
Trevor Hiatt, IDT
Copper in Data Center Designs
Frank Straka, Product Development Manager, Panduit
High Power over Ethernet Standards: How Hot Does It Get?
Shahar Feldman, Product Manager, Microsemi
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, and the emergence of 10GbE as a standard protocol. 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 silicon photonics and optical integration.
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 and Chairpersons:
Sergis Mushell is a Research Director with Gartner's Technology and Service Provider Research group. He focuses primarily on processor technology, NICs, and storage semiconductors. He has previous experience with Phaselink, Altera, and IDT. He has worked in standard bodies, such as JEDEC and IEEE, on new standards and initiatives.
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.
8:30-9:40am
Session A-101: Monitoring Ethernet Networks (Management Track)
Chairperson: Vlad Kozlov, CEO, LightCounting
Panelists:
Using NETCONF for Tool Provisioning
Amir Kossover, Director Technology, Ixia
Scalable Network Monitoring with SDN-Based Ethernet Fabrics
Prashant Gandhi, VP Product Management, Big Switch Networks
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. Managers must be able to take full advantage of standard protocols such as NETCONF. They must also be able to implement flow technologies to both identify problems and provide security. Software-defined networking can provide a new generation of useful and flexible tools.
Intended Audience:
Communications and networking equipment design engineers, storage equipment designers, 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 Chairperson:
Dr. 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 U.S. patents and has many publications in optoelectronics. He holds an MSc from Moscow State University in Russia and a Ph. D in Physics from Brown University.
9:50-10:50am
Session A-102: Security (Management Track)
Chairperson: Rich Fetik, CEO/CTO, Data Confidential
Paper Presenters:
High-Throughput Low Latency Ethernet Security with MACsec
Steve Singer, Director Sales/Systems Engineering, INSIDE Secure
Authentication, Authorization and Accounting (AAA) for Ethernet Networks
Martin Nuss, CTO, Vitesse Semiconductor
Description:
Security at the network protocol level is an essential part of any secure system development.  Data traveling on Ethernet systems is most commonly protected via IEEE802.1AE (commonly known as MACsec).  However, it must be designed specifically into systems if they are to be protected even at its level.  Furthermore, there are questions as to whether MACsec is sufficient in light of a much broader spectrum of threats occurring now as compared to when it was developed.  A thorough review is essential to avoid the absurd situation of data being protected at both ends of a network connection but not inside it.  The security risks are even greater when mobile devices, which are not secured physically, are added to the networks.  Designers must provide authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA), as well as encryption at all levels. 

Intended Audience:
Security engineers, secure system designers, 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, and data and telco center engineers, managers, and security specialists.
About the Chairperson:
Richard Fetik, CISSP, is a recognized security expert and 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 new security model that includes a patented storage firewall and other technologies that change the game in information security, and help protect against spyware and other malware.
11:00-11:30am
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OPEN - Keynote 1
Data Center Design in the Application-Anywhere Era
Speaker: Tom Edsall, SVP Engineering/CTO, Cisco Systems
Introduction: Claudio DeSanti, Fellow, Cisco Systems
Abstract:
Data centers today face many challenges, including big data, clouds, mobile access anywhere, and ever larger and more complex applications. They need higher throughput, lower downtime, and more flexibility. Switch designers must focus on application performance first and foremost, but the abstractions they provide of the network are also very important. Switches must be cheaper, faster, and better able to meet the requirements of specific applications automatically. Overall networks must be simpler and based on a scale-out rather than scale-up model. Designers must also make networks easier to manage and diagnose, even in the face of increasing size and complexity. An application-centric infrastructure, such as Cisco’s ACI, is essential to drive simplicity, speed up applications, and reduce total cost-of-ownership.
About the Speaker:
Tom Edsall is the Chief Technology Officer and a co-founder of Insieme Networks, a developer of application-centric infrastructure products, where he is responsible for system architecture and product evangelism.  Insieme Networks was described in Network World as “one of the most anticipated events in the networking industry over the past 18 months or so, ever since word leaked that Cisco was funding the spin-in as its response to the software-defined networking trend.”   Edsall has led the development of the Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), which 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.
Edsall has been with Cisco since 1993, except for a stint as CTO and co-founder of spin-in Andiamo Systems (building SAN switches). One of Cisco’s leading switch architects, he has been responsible for the MDS, Nexus 7000, and Catalyst 5000 and 6000 product lines.  Two of his products, the Catalyst 6000 and Nexus 7000, have been the recipients of the prestigious Cisco Pioneer Award.
Before joining Cisco, he was a co-founder and a 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. 

About Cisco Systems:
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 thenetwork.cisco.com.
11:30am-Noon
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OPEN - Keynote 2
Ethernet Markets: Where are the Opportunities, How Big, and When?
Speaker: Alan Weckel, VP Enterprise and Data Center Market Research, Dell'Oro Group
Introductiion: Jim Harrison, West Coast Editor, Electronic Products Magazine
Abstract:
Ethernet is obviously the most widely accepted and most popular protocol in networking today. But what does this mean for actual business opportunities? We will cover markets from several points of view. First, we will cover market acceptance of 10 GbE, 40 GbE, and 100 GbE. Second, we will consider application areas, including adapters, switches, servers, and storage. We will include the effects of new megatrends such as cloud computing, convergence, the emergence of Chinese vendors, white box switching, SDN, and big data.
About the Speaker:
Alan Weckel is VP of Enterprise and Data Center Market Research at Dell’Oro Group, where he is in charge of Ethernet switch research and new areas such as SDN forecasting and WAN optimization. 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.  Learn more at www.delloro.com.
2:00-2:30pm
Brad Booth
OPEN - Keynote 3
Ethernet: Building a Castle on a Cloud
Speaker: Brad Booth, Principal Engineer, Microsoft
Introduction: Ray Mota, Managing Partner, ACG Research
Abstract:
Ethernet is THE interconnect in cloud data centers. As more services, applications, and data move to the cloud, cloud providers will need far more servers and bandwidth. Their deployment model must satisfy both organizations and the worldwide market of connected consumers. Can Ethernet keep up with the insatiable appetite for data and applications anywhere and anytime? What changes are required to Ethernet technology as clouds become the largest buyers? How can the Ethernet ecosystem respond quickly enough to their rapidly changing needs and requirements?
About the Speaker:
Brad Booth is a Principal Engineer at Microsoft, where he works on networking strategy for Microsoft’s cloud data centers. He was previously a Distinguished Engineer in the Office of the CTO at Dell, where he was in charge of layer 1 and layer 2 networking protocol strategy and focused on their next generation server-storage-switch fabric. He has also held engineering positions at Applied Micro, Intel, PMC-Sierra and Bell-Northern Research. He founded the Ethernet Alliance and later served as its President and Chair. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Victoria (Canada)
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. More information is available at Microsoft.
2:30-3:00pm
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OPEN - Keynote 4
Customer-Oriented Approach to Implementing SDN
Speaker: Arpit Joshipura, VP Network Product Management and Marketing, Dell
Introduction: Sergis Mushell, Research Director, Gartner
Abstract:
Virtualization, cloud computing, convergence, big data, and mobile access are all straining enterprise networks.  Organizations want anytime, anywhere connectivity, ready access to clouds, and rich multimedia applications.  And, of course, they want all these advances with the same budget and staffing!   How can suppliers meet such a challenge?   Today’s networks are too rigid and provide little insight into where bottlenecks are occurring.  The answer lies in Software-Defined Networking (SDN).  It can reduce network complexity, simplify management, and increase organizations’ competitive edge and agility.  However, successful implementations require a deep understanding of the key issues for each customer.  SDN deployments must address legacy applications and new (greenfield) efforts.  They must take advantage of network virtualization overlays using OpenFlow, VXLAN, and other SDN constructs. 
About the Speaker:
Arpit Joshipura is VP Product Marketing at Dell Networking. A strong advocate of network virtualization and software-defined networking, he has emphasized their use in developing switches that are cheaper, use less power, and occupy less space. He has helped lead Dell to rapid expansion in the switch market, so it is now third in market share for 10GbE switches and second only to Cisco for 40GbE. He heads the marketing effort that is positioning Dell as a leader in next-generation, high-speed networking to meet the needs of the data explosion.
Joshipura joined Dell through the acquisition of Force10 Networks where he was Chief Marketing Officer. Before working at Force10, he was Vice President, Strategy and Market Development at Ericsson and VP Product Management and Marketing at Redback Networks. A networking veteran with over 20 years experience, he has also held executive management positions at Ciena, ONI, Caspian Networks, and Nortel Networks. He received his MBA and MS in computer engineering from North Carolina State University and his bachelor of science in electrical engineering and telecommunications from Gujarat University (India).
About Dell:
Dell listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. For more information, visit www.dell.com.
3:10-5:30pm
Forum 1C: 40/100/400 GbE, Part 2 (Emerging Technologies Track)
Organizers: Paul Kolesar, Engineering Fellow - Fiber Systems, CommScope and Siddharth Sheth, VP Marketing, Inphi
Chairperson: Ray Mota, Managing Partner,  ACG Research
Paper Presenters (3:10-4:15pm):
A Flexible 400 Gbps Ethernet MAC/PCS
Paul Scheidt, Ethernet Protocol Lead, Altera
Road to 2 Terabit: Disruptive Technologies Shaping Data Center Growth
Srini Gadgil, Senior Manager Marketing, Inphi
MMF Objective for 400GbE
Paul Kolesar, Engineering Fellow - Fiber Systems, CommScope
Chairperson: Aileen Arcilla, Analyst, GigaOM
Paper Presenters (4:30-5:30pm):
Verification Challenges for Backplane Autonegotiation
Munish Goyal, Principal Product Engineer, Cadence Design Systems
Monolithic Silicon Platform for 100G/400G Ethernet Applications
Glenn Li, VP Engineering, Skorpios Technologies
Description:
High bandwidth demanding applications such as virtualization, video, and high-performance computing continue driving networking performance to ever higher levels. There are a variety of new and proposed 40 Gb/s, 100 Gb/s, and 400 Gb/s Ethernet technologies that will meet these demands in a compatible, technically feasible, and cost-effective manner. This session will examine the options available to help understand their cabling needs, interconnect, monitoring, signaling methods, thermals, testing, server connections, and packet processing. It will focus on standards efforts, the move toward open fabrics, and transition issues. It will discuss approaches that will drive down costs and accelerate changeovers.
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 Organizers:
Paul Kolesar is an Engineering Fellow-Fiber Systems at CommScope, where he has been active in the development of many TIA, IEC, and IEEE specifications With CommScope since 2002, he previously had a 20-year career at AT&T and Lucent Technologies. He received an IEC 1906 Award, recognizing his significant contributions to IEC and the electrotechnical industry. He holds several cabling patents.
Siddharth Sheth is VP Marketing for High-Speed Connectivity Products at Inphi where he leads the company’s efforts in cloud infrastructure and metro service providers. He has over 16 years experience in the networking and server infrastructure industries. Before joining Inphi, he worked for NetLogic Microsystems, Aeluros, and Intel. A regularly featured speaker at industry tradeshows and conferences, he holds an MSEE from Purdue University.
About the Chairpersons:
Ray Mota is Managing Partner at ACG Research, which offers marketing analysis and research on IT infrastructures to service providers, enterprises, and vendors. He has over 20 years experience in the networking and telecommunications market, specializing in design, implementation and troubleshooting. Ray has honed his industry experience and expertise as a user, network integrator, and senior manager at such companies as Aberdeen Group and Eastman Kodak. Routinely called upon to speak as a guest lecturer throughout the country, Ray is a recognized expert on networks, managed services, cloud computing, operational efficiency, and business modeling. His work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Telecom Magazine, MSNBC, CNN Money, Forbes, Fortune, Businessweek, NY Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and other industry publications.
Aileen Arcilla is an analyst with GigaOM and a consultant focused on market research and strategic planning. She is also an active Board Member of the Wireless Communications Alliance. She was previously a Contributing Analyst at Heavy Reading and a Senior Analyst with IDC. She also has worked in marketing at Cisco and Bell Labs. She holds an MBA from Cornell and a dual Masters in Engineering and Statistics from Rutgers University.
3:10-5:30pm
Forum 1D: Ethernet and the Internet of Things (Data Centers Track)
Organizer: Chuck Byers, Platform Architect, Cisco Systems
Chairperson: Jim Harrison, West Coast Editor, Electronic Products Magazine

“Nowadays, we need to connect edge devices, not just to each other, but also to Ethernet networks and the cloud. No single technology is the best for every application yet. The current incarnation of the Internet of Things uses them all, be it wireless, fiber, copper, or cellular.” – Mike Fahrion, B&B Electronics

Paper Presenter (3:10-4:15pm):
Ethernet and the Internet of Things
Krish Sivakumar, Product Manager, Cisco Systems
Chairperson: Jim Harrison, West Coast Editor, Electronic Products Magazine
Panelists (4:30-5:30pm):
Chuck Byers, Platform Architect, Cisco Systems
Adrian Caceres, VP  Engineering, Ayla Networks
Kevin Stanton, Principal Engineer, Intel
Martin Nuss, CTO, Vitesse Semiconductor
Description:
The emerging term “Internet of Things” refers to the idea of having everything talk on the Internet. To put it more formally, making a variety of systems more flexible by using distributed intelligence to incorporate them into an overall network. Through networked control, it is possible to offer remote control over devices and have them work more intelligently to save energy and provide feedback on status and errors. However, this puts huge pressure on ordinary communications networks, adding literally billions of nodes. Ethernet designers must determine ways to characterize such requirements and handle them efficiently.
Intended Audience:
Communications and networking equipment design engineers, engineering managers, hardware designers, server designers, embedded systems engineers, test engineers, product marketing managers and engineers, marketing and sales managers, and network engineers.
About the Instructor:
Krish Sivakumar is Manager Product Management at Cisco Systems, where he specializes in data center architecture and automation. He is responsible for product management of the Unified Computing System (UCS) and has been building software to manage data centers. He has been with Cisco for over 15 years. He holds an MS in Engineering from Ohio University and a BE in Engineering from Anna University (India).
About the Organizer:
Chuck Byers is a Senior Electrical Engineer / Engineering Fellow at Cisco Systems with a track record of leadership in telecommunications, video, and common platform design and architecture at the chip, board, system, and network levels. Over his 28 year career, he has served as lead architect on over 20 video, switching, access, and wireless products with total sales over $1 billion. He has 48 US patents issued, over 20 additional patent ideas in process, and many breakthrough products. He is also a leader in modular platform standards bodies such as PICMG and SCOPE, where he has been involved in founding several key standards (including AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC, and MicroTCA), He holds an MSEE and BSEE from University of Wisconsin - Madison.
About the Chairperson:
Jim Harrison is West Coast Editor for Hearst Business Media, Electronics Products Magazine. 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 in Petaluma, CA for five years, and then held the same position with Calix Networks. Jim has held senior design engineering and engineering management positions with industrial automation and scientific instrumentation companies since 1989.
3:10-4:15pm
OPEN - Session A-103: VC Forum (Business Track)
Chairperson: Sachin Desai, Independent Consultant
Panelists:
Angel Orrantia, Business Development Director, SKTA InnoPartners
Brian Wilcove, Managing Director, Artiman Ventures
Jeff Lipton, VP Venture and Strategic Investments, Juniper Ventures
Chris Rust, Early Stage Venture Investor
Kambiz Hooshmand, Manager, Archimedes Ventures
Alex Benik, Principal, Battery Ventures
4:30-5:30pm
OPEN - Session A-104: Market Research (Business Track)
Chairperson: KRS Murthy, CEO, I3 World
Panelists:
Vladimir Kozlov, CEO, LightCounting
Casey Quillin, Senior Analyst, Dell'Oro Group
Ray Mota, Managing Partner, ACG Research
Michael Howard, Principal Analyst/Co-founder, Infonetics Research
Sergis Mushell, Research Director, Gartner
Kevin Stanton, Principal Engineer, Intel
Dilip Ramachandran, AMD
6:00pm
OPEN - IT Brand Pulse Innovation Leader Awards (in Exhibit Hall)
7:00-8:30
OPEN - Beer, Pizza and Chat with the Experts
Organizer: Rich Fetik, CEO/CTO, Data Confidential and KRS Murthy, CEO, I3 World
Table Leaders:
Convergence
J Metz, Product Manager, Cisco Systems
Virtualization
Shre Shah, Data Center Architect, Xilinx
Carrier Ethernet
Aileen Arcilla, Analyst, GigaOM and Mary Stanhope, VP Product Marketing, Global Capacity
40/100/400GbE
Kelly Masood, CTO, Intilop and Mark Gustlin, Principal Systems Architect, Xilinix
Data Centers
Jim Hughes, Managing Principal Technologist, Seagate Technology and David Klebanov, Technical Solutions Architect, Cisco Systems
Security
Steve Singer, Director Sales/Systems Engineering, Inside Secure and Rich Fetik, CEO/CTO, Data Confidential
Marketing
Lee Stein, Consultant, Stein Writes
SDN
Nabil Damouny, Director Strategic Marketing, Netronome and Doug Marschke, SDN Essentials
Cloud Computing
Jathin Ullal, Marketing Manager, HP
Fabrics
Paul Unbehagen, Chief Architect, Avaya
Test Equipment
Ash Bhalgat, Senior Director Products, Luxoft
Big Data
KRS Murthy, CEO, I3 World
Processors
Jim Finnegan, Senior VP Engineering, Netronome
High-Frequency Design
Ed Sayre, CTO, NESA and Greg Martin, Principal Engineer, Tabula
Employment
Tanya Freedman, VP Group Services, Connectics and Jaime Carpenter, Director IT and Engineering Recruitment, Connectics
Thursday, May 1st
8:30-10:50am
Forum 2A: Ethernet and Software-Defined Networking, Part 1 (Emerging Technologies Track)
Organizers: Marc Cohn, Senior Director Marketing, Ciena and Nabil Damouny, Director Strategic Marketing, Netronome
Chairperson: Nabil Damouny, Director Strategic Marketing, Netronome
Paper Presenters (8:30-9:45am):
Expansive Openness Is the Key to SDN and NFV
Marc Cohn, Senior Director Marketing, Ciena
SDN: Rethinking Network Security
SAndra Scott-Hayward, Research Fellow, Queen's University Belfast
Claim Your Seat with Root at the New SDN Table
Patrick Hubbard, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, SolarWinds
Managing SDN
Peter Ekner, VP Product Management, Napatech
Chairperson: Michael Howard, Principal Analyst/Co-founder, Infonetics Research
Paper Presenters (10:00-10:50am):
SDN Overlays: Possibilities and Implications
Sharon Barkai, Co-Founder, Contextream
New Testing Methodologies for NFV and Service Chains
Paul To, Director SDN/Cloud, Spirent Communications
OpenFlow 1.3 Testing and Challenges
Ash Bhalgat, Senior Director Products, Luxoft
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 offer agility, operating efficiency, and lower overall costs.
The forums offer a comprehensive survey of SDN 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 Organizers:
Marc Cohn is a Senior Director, Market Development, at Ciena, where he is focused on strategy for software-defined networking (SDN). He also chairs the Market Education committee for the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). For over 20 years, Marc has worked on communications products for systems, software, semiconductor, and services firm in the data communications and telecommunications markets. Before joining Ciena, Marc held senior marketing and product management roles with IP Infusion, Micrel, Amdocs, Lucent Technologies, Alidian Networks, and International Network Services. He has over 20 technical publications and has been a frequent contributor to networking standards. He earned an MSEE from USC and a BSEE from the University of Missouri.
Nabil Damouny has over 25 years of Silicon Valley marketing and engineering experience in communications and networking, in semiconductor and system companies. He is currently the Senior Director of Strategic Marketing and New Business Development at Netronome. He was previously founder and Vice-President of Marketing and Business Development at Basis Communications, a maker of network processors. He has also held positions with Intel, Burroughs, Fairchild, Philips Semiconductor, Nortel, and NEC America. He has published more than 25 technical and marketing papers, and is a frequent speaker at conferences. He has participated in many standard committees including ATM Forum, FDDI, IEEE802, IETF, and ISDN. He earned a BSEE from IIT in Chicago, and a MSECE from UC Santa Barbara. He holds three patents in computer architecture and remote networking.
About the Chairpersons:
Nabil Damouny has over 25 years of Silicon Valley marketing and engineering experience in communications and networking, in semiconductor and system companies. He is currently the Senior Director of Strategic Marketing and New Business Development at Netronome. He was previously founder and Vice-President of Marketing and Business Development at Basis Communications, a maker of network processors. He has also held positions with Intel, Burroughs, Fairchild, Philips Semiconductor, Nortel, and NEC America. He has published more than 25 technical and marketing papers, and is a frequent speaker at conferences. He has participated in many standard committees including ATM Forum, FDDI, IEEE802, IETF, and ISDN. He earned a BSEE from IIT in Chicago, and a MSECE from UC Santa Barbara. He holds three patents in computer architecture and remote networking.
Michael Howard is Principal Analyst and co-founder at Infonetics Research, He has 40 years of communications industry experience, including 20 years in market research. Michael is recognized worldwide as a leading expert in emerging markets and service provider network market trends. He currently focuses on IP edge and core routers, carrier Ethernet, 40G–100G, IP NGN, and packet transport. He also tracks Ethernet services that service providers offer their customers.
8:30-10:50am
Forum 2B: Convergence on Enthernet (Data Centers Track)
Organizers: J. Metz, Product Manager, Cisco Systems and Claudio DeSanti, Fellow, Cisco Systems
Chairperson: Chris DePuy, VP, Dell'Oro Group
Paper Presenters (8:30-9:45am):
Ethernet Simplicity and Fibre Channel Performance - You Can Have Them Both
J. Metz, Product Manager, Cisco Systems and Mike McNamara, Senior Manager Solutions Marketing, NetApp
SAN Market-Use Cases for iSCSI and FCoE
Casey Quillin, Senior Analyst, Dell'Oro Group
Software-Defined Storage
Venkat Krishnamurthy, Director Software Development, Cisco Systems
Simplifying Small-Scale SANs with FCoE
Joseph White, Distinguished Engineer, Dell
Organizer: Jim Hughes, Managing Principal Technologist, Seagate Technology
Chairperson: Casey Quillin, Senior Analyst, Dell'Oro Group
Paper Presenter (9:50-10:50am):
Kinetic: New API for Storage over Ethernet
Jim Hughes, Managing Principal Technologist, Seagate Technology
New Systems Architectures for Storage over Ethernet
Martin Nuss, CTO, Vitesse Semiconductor
Data Center Network Perspectives on Storage
Ariel Hendel, Distinguished Engineer, Broadcom
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 standard networking applications. In particular, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) is the standard protocol that provides seamless integration between Ethernet and Fibre Channel, thus allowing for successful convergence of storage on Ethernet. This tutorial covers convergence for storage, high-performance computing, and virtualization, with special attention to FCoE. It also covers ways to eliminate servers entirely from systems that do nothing except transfer data to and from storage devices over Ethernet networks.
Learning Objectives:
  • Get an introduction to the FCoE technology and realize why it is a smart solution for today’s data centers.
  • Identify ways to use Ethernet throughout the data center to lower power, people, space, and equipment costs, without sacrificing performance.
  • See how to implement storage, high-performance computing, virtualization, and other key data center components over converged networks.
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 Strategic Product Manager, Storage and Unified Fabric at Cisco. His activity is focused on Unified Computing System technologies, particularly 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 University of Central Florida. He holds a Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. in computer engineering from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy.
About the Chairpersons:
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.
Casey Quillin is Senior Analyst 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.
8:30-9:40am
OPEN - Session A-201: Network Connections (System Designers Track)
Chairperson: Alam Tamboli, Business Analyst, Dell'Oro Group
Paper Presenters:
Open-IX: Improving the Way Networks Connect
Martin Hannigan, Lead Architect, Open-IX/Akamai
Solving Wi-Fi Network Growth and Challenges with Virtualization
Chris Koeneman, VP Bluesocket Business Division, ADTRAN
Accelerating Ethernet Connectivity Through Automation and Service Delivery
Mary Stanhope, VP Product Marketing, Global Capacity
Ethernet Everywhere: Carrier, LAN, and Wireless
Todd Lattanzi, Director Product Management, ADTRAN
9:50-10:50am
OPEN - Session A-202: Shortest Path Bridging Tutorial (System Designers Track)
Chairperson: Alam Tamboli, Business Analyst, Dell'Oro Group
Instructor:
Shortest Path Bridging: Current Design Practices and Future Evolution
Paul Unbehagen, Chief Architect, Avaya
Description:
Shortest Path Bridging (SPB) or IEEE 802.1aq, is intended to simplify the design and configuration of very large networks and allow for efficient transport through them. It is a replacement for the Spanning Tree Protocols, which permitted only a single path toward the root bridge and blocked redundant paths to avoid loops. It supports much larger topologies, provides faster convergence times, and permits traffic to load share across multiple paths. Its main alternative is TRansparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL), an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) protocol standard that uses Layer 3 routing techniques.
Intended Audience:
Communications and networking equipment design engineers, communications analysts and specialists, network designers and engineers, engineering managers, hardware designers, embedded software engineers, test engineers, product marketing managers and engineers, marketing and sales managers, telco equipment design engineers, and data center and telco center engineers and managers.
About the Instructor:
Paul Unbehagen is Chief Architect Networking at Avaya and a 15-year veteran of the industry. An active member of IEEE and IETF, he has worked on many routing protocols and holds 24 networking-related patents. He is the co-author of Shortest Path Bridging and is currently participating in its design, standardization, implementation, and productization. He has previous experience with Alcatel-Lucent, Nortel, MCI, and Bloomberg.
About the Chairperson:
Alam Tamboli is a Business Analyst at Dell’Oro Group, where he is responsible for the Routers and Carrier Ethernet market research programs. He was previously a Business Unit Financial Analyst at Maxim Integrated Circuits and worked at Seventy-Six Capital, a Venture Capital fund out of Philadelphia that invests in consumer Internet companies. He has also been a design engineer at IBM. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also holds an M.B.A. with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship from New York University.
11:00-11:10am
OPEN Special Presentation: The Cloud Ethernet Forum
Speaker: Sunil Khandekar, CEO, Nuage Networks and Board Member, Cloud Ethernet Forum
Introduction: Vlad Kozlov, CEO, Lightcounting
About the Speaker:
Sunil Khandekar is CEO at Nuage Networks, where he leads the vision and direction. He was previously VP Business Development EMEA and VP Global Product Development at Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Division. He also has held product management and consulting engineering management roles at TiMetra Networks, Bay Networks, and Nortel Networks. A 15-year veteran of the communications and networking industries, he has co-authored and contributed to many IETF drafts. He is also a regular speaker at industry events and conferences. He holds an MS in Computer Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).
11:10-11:40am
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OPEN - Keynote 5: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Terabit Ethernet
Speaker: John D'Ambrosia, Chief Ethernet Evangelist, IEEE/Dell
Introduction: Casey Quillin, Senior Analyst, Dell'Oro Group
Abstract:
The ever-increasing thirst for bandwidth remains unabated. Over the past year in the IEEE 802.3 Working Group, the definition of the 400 Gigabit Ethernet project has been underway, and is poised to be officially approved by the time of the Ethernet Technology Summit. However, as the rate of Ethernet has increased and the solutions have moved towards a parallelized approach, advanced technologies, such as advanced signaling modulation and photonic integration, have become more integral to the ultimate solution set. This presentation will frame the challenges faced by the 400 GbE project, and explore how these solutions could have an impact on 100GbE
About the Speaker:
John D’Ambrosia is the Chief Ethernet Evangelist in the CTO Office of Dell. In this capacity John has been an industry leader in the development of Ethernet-related technologies since 1999. John is currently the acting chair of the IEEE 802.3 400 Gigabit Ethernet Study Group, a member of the IEEE 802 Executive Committee, and Chairman of the Ethernet Alliance. Prior to these efforts, John served as chair of the IEEE P802.3ba Task Force, which developed the specifications for 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s Ethernet, and chair of the IEEE P802.3bj 100 Gb/s Backplane and Copper Cable Task Force. He is a blogger for EE Times and China Network World, giving insights into the state of the Ethernet EcoSystem. For his ongoing contributions to the continuing success of Ethernet, in 2013 John was honored by the Ethernet Technology Summit with the Ethernet Achievement Award, and was inducted into the Light Reading Hall of Fame.
About 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.
11:40am-12:10pm
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OPEN - Keynote 6: The Top Five Trends in Enterprise Networking
Speaker: Scott Cassell, Senior Director Ethernet Product Management, Comcast Business Services
Introduction: Casey Quillin, Senior Analyst, Dell'Oro Group
Abstract:
What are businesses buying for their enterprise networks? Are they focused on technology, design, performance, or reach? Or does the key issue remain plain old business value – what am I getting for my dollars and can I rely on my providers for delivery and support? What will separate the winners from the losers among the many vendors?
Emerging trends include higher speed Ethernet, Ethernet as a carrier service, more configurability, simpler management, and better monitoring. They are all critical in building a network environment that will both meet today’s needs and provide for rapid expansion in data, access points, and nodes.
About the Speaker:
Scott Cassell is Senior Director of Enterprise Data and IP at Comcast Business Services, where he is responsible for the strategic direction and execution of the Ethernet portfolio and dedicated Internet services. Since the introduction of Ethernet services in 2011, Cassell has led Comcast Business to being the Fastest Growing Service Provider on Vertical Systems Group’s 2013 North American Ethernet Leaderboard. This rise in market share helped fuel Comcast Business' 26% revenue growth from $2.6 billion in 2012 to $3.2 billion in 2013. Meanwhile, the Metro Ethernet Forum named Comcast the 2013 North American Service Provider of the Year. Before joining Comcast, Cassell worked at CenturyLink, where he oversaw the launch and growth of the $1B+ iQ Networking public and private IP portfolio. He also directed strategy and development for next generation cloud computing service offerings.
About Comcast Business Services:
Comcast Business Class offers a complete range of data, voice and video services for companies of all sizes. For mid-sized and larger organizations, Comcast offers highly reliable and scalable portfolios of Ethernet Services configurable from 1Mbps to 10Gbps and certified by the Metro Ethernet Forum. Combined with our voice solutions including Business Voice Edge a cloud based voice and unified communications system, PRI and voice trunks, Comcast offers a cost effective and truly diverse portfolio of services delivered over America’s leading enhanced fiber network. Enterprise customers are also supported by highly trained and experienced specialists. More information is available at Comcast Business Services.
2:00-2:30pm
OPEN - Keynote 7: Qualifying SDN/OpenFlow Enabled Networks
Speaker: Dean Lee, Director of Product Management, Ixia
Introduction: Chris DePuy, VP, Dell'Oro Group
Abstract:
The appeal of Software Defined Networking (SDN) is obvious.  The ability to program the network will speed application deployment, reducing OPEX and time-to-revenue for service providers.  SDN can help them offer services that align with changing business needs, especially when used with network function virtualization (NFV).  The challenge is that most actual SDN implementations are non-standard or highly customized. Very few have the underlying hardware support required for real enterprise scale or carrier grade solutions.  Methodologies for testing SDN enabled devices to establish real performance benchmarks are essential. Example test results illustrate the achievement of network convergence using OpenFlow. 
About the Speaker:
Dean Lee has over 25 years experience in performance measurement and testing for routers and switches. He is currently Director of Product Management at Ixia, where he focuses on test solutions for wireline systems. His current interests are in SDN testing, MPLS testing, and benchmark testing methodology. He holds two patents in QoS and network convergence measurement techniques. Dean holds an MSEE from New Jersey Institute of Technology.
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 Ixia.com.
2:30-3:00pm
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OPEN - Keynote 8: The Role of SDN and Enterprise Cloud Networking
Speaker: Geng Lin, CTO Corporate Networks, Google
Introduction: Michael Howard, Principal Analyst/Cofounder, Infonetics Research
Abstract:
Cloud services are having tremendous impact on enterprise networking. The migration of enterprise applications to the cloud presents a new opportunity to simplify on-premise networks. At the same time, delivery of cloud services over an external WAN increases the challenge of achieving security and application performance.

Software Defined Networking (SDN) will play a critical role in future enterprise cloud networking. Early use cases indicate which components are critical to performance. Many technical challenges are yet to be answered, but some new developments and innovations appear promising.
About the Speaker:
Geng Lin is CTO of Corporate Networks at Google, where he leads the development of enterprise networking architecture to support the cloud-based IT service model both within Google and with Google cloud customers. He was previously CTO of Networking Business (and Dell Fellow) at Dell where he led technology strategy, system architecture, product innovation, and partnership and acquisition of key technologies. A 20-year veteran of the networking industry, he has prior experience with Cisco, Netopia, and Nortel. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia.
About Google:
Google is a global technology leader focused on improving the ways people connect with information. Google’s innovations in web search and advertising have made its website a top internet property and its brand one of the most recognized in the world.
3:10-4:10pm
Forum 2C: Ethernet and Software-Defined Networking, Part 2 (Emerging Technologies Track)
Organizer: Marc Cohn, Senior Director Marketing, Ciena
Chairperson: Christos Kolias, Research Scientist, Orange Silicon Valley
Paper Presenters:
Open Networking and SDN
Derek Granath, Senior Director Product Line Management, Extreme Networks
SDNs, Clouds, and Open Stack: Hardware Choices Will Still Matter
Bruce Tolley, VP Solutions Marketing, SolarFlare
Faster, Simpler App Deployment with Application Centric Infrastructure
David Klebanov, Technical Solutions Architect, Cisco Systems
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 offer agility, operating efficiency, and lower overall costs.
The forums offer a comprehensive survey of SDN 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:
Marc Cohn is a Senior Director, Market Development, at Ciena, where he is focused on strategy for software-defined networking (SDN). He also chairs the Market Education committee for the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). For over 20 years, Marc has worked on communications products for systems, software, semiconductor, and services firm in the data communications and telecommunications markets. Before joining Ciena, Marc held senior marketing and product management roles with IP Infusion, Micrel, Amdocs, Lucent Technologies, Alidian Networks, and International Network Services. He has over 20 technical publications and has been a frequent contributor to networking standards. He earned an MSEE from USC and a BSEE from the University of Missouri.
About the Chairperson:
Christos Kolias is currently a research scientist at Orange Silicon Valley leading its OpenFlow/Software-Defined Networking (SDN) project. He has lectured on OpenFlow and SDN at several events. His technical areas of interest include flow-aware routing, high-speed switching, wireless networks, network virtualization and intelligent networks and he is the originator of Virtual Output Queueing (VOQ). Before joining Orange, he worked at Google, Covad, Caspian Networks, and the BReATH Consortium. He has been a visiting faculty member and a frequent lecturer at Stanford University, UCLA, and USC. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA, where he worked on high-speed packet-switched networks under Professor Leonard Kleinrock.
3:10-4:10pm
Forum 2D: Increasing Network Performance (Data Center Track)
Panel on Best Practices for High-Capacity Storage Network Designs
Organizer: Larry Chisvin, VP Strategic Initiatives, PLX Technology
Chairperson: Chandra Pandey, Network Operating System CTO, BTI Systems
Paper Presenters:
PCI Express Makes Ethernet Applications Run Faster
Larry Chisvin, VP Strategic Initiatives, PLX Technology
Network Acceleration and Power Savings
Kelly Masood, CTO, Intilop
Description:
Many of today’s applications require maximum performance out of Ethernet networks. Many approaches can help. 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. Still another approach is to use a PCI Express fabric to move signals around the system faster and with less overhead.
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 Organizers:
Larry Chisvin is currently Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at PLX Technology. He previously served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer and VP Marketing. He has prior experience with Neomagic, LSI Logic, S3, Philips, Western Digital, and Digital Equipment. He received his BSEE from Northeastern University and his MSEE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
About the Chairperson:
Chandra Pandey is an accomplished networking industry leader with nearly 20 years of experience designing ASICs, carrier grade systems, and network architectures and solutions. Chandra joined BTI from Juniper Networks where he led the global Solutions Engineering and Architecture team working with service providers, large enterprises, and data center customers, in addition to OEM partners. Chandra has extensive management experience with Ciena/IPI, Ascend/Lucent, 3Com/US Robotics, and IBM. He holds a BS in Electronics Engineering from K.N.I.T, Sultanpur, India and an MBA in High Tech and Finance from Northeastern University. He has also participated in Executive Leadership training at Cornell University.
3:10-4:10pm
OPEN - Session A-203: Open Ethernet (System Designers Track)
Organizer: Gilad Shainer, VP Marketing, Mellanox Technologies
Chairperson, Nathan Brockwood, Research Fellow, Insight 64
Paper Presenters:
Amit Katz, Senior Director Product Management, Mellanox Technologies
Keshav Kamble, Senior Architect, IBM
Dinesh Dutt, Chief Scientist, Cumulus Networks
Robert Drost, Co-Founder/COO, Pluribus Networks
Philippe Michelet, Senior Director Global Product Management, HP
Yaron Ekshtein, Director Technical Marketing, Pica8
4:30-5:30pm
OPEN - Session A-204: Future of Ethernet Networks
Chairperson: Ray Mota, Managing Partner, ACG Research
Panelists:
Claudio DeSanti, Fellow, Cisco Systems
Omar Baldonado, Manager Infrastructure Software Engineering, Facebook
Peter Scruton, Manager, UNH-IOL
Chandra Pandey, VP/GM, Platform Solutions, BTI Systems
Bruce Tolley, VP Technical/Solutions Marketing, Solarflare