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Tuesday, March 15


The Road to Open Network Management - Rob Shakir, Jive Communications; Anees Shaikh & Josh George - Google
The networking industry continues to evolve toward open, programmable data planes and platforms, coupled with open source software solutions for controlling and automating the network. Network operations and management still remains relegated to proprietary interfaces, CLI “programming”, and legacy protocols that suffer from poor scaling and limited extensibility.

We introduced OpenConfig a year ago at ONS as an industry-wide user-led initiative to tackle these operational and management challenges by defining APIs for configuration and monitoring. Momentum behind OpenConfig continues to grow, as major network vendors bring solutions to the market that provide native support for common APIs and streaming telemetry based on OpenConfig. In this talk we describe the progress to date and demonstrate how vendor-neutral, model-driven network operation is becoming a reality.


Josh George

Network Architect, Google
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Anees Shaikh

Network Architect, Google
I am currently with the Network Architecture team at Google where I work on operational aspects related to SDN, cloud networking, network visibility, and configuration and management in Google’s production networks. Prior to joining Google, I was the Chief SDN Architect in IBM... Read More →

Rob Shakir

IP Architect, Jive Communications

Tuesday March 15, 2016 2:15pm - 2:35pm
Grand Ballroom F Santa Clara Convention Center


Virtualization Environments for SDN/NFV - Bob Lantz, Open Networking Laboratory
Virtualization and isolation has become a key part of SDN management, control, and data plane (aka NFV) solutions. This talk will focus on the spectrum of options from processes to virtual machines that provide virtual environments for testing and development of SDN controller platforms, as well as deployment environments for network functions. It will outline the features of hypervisors and kernels that are used to provide different types of isolation and virtualization, including memory, network, and file system isolation, and the overhead associated with each. It will also examine how (and why) different container platforms (e.g. Mininet, Docker, LXC) use different combinations of virtualization features to create virtual environments.


Bob Lantz

Open Networking Laboratory
Bob Lantz is the founder of the Mininet project and currently works on Mininet and SDN projects at the Open Networking Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University, and has recently presented at OVSCon and SIGCOMM.

Tuesday March 15, 2016 2:40pm - 3:00pm
Grand Ballroom F Santa Clara Convention Center


The Need for Complex Analytics from Forwarding Pipelines - Nic Viljoen, Netronome; Tom Tofigh & Bryan Sullivan, AT&T
Given that the software paradigm leads to faster innovation, we have learned that emerging forwarding pipelines such as switches, Routers, and compute and storage elements are expected to be programmable and have the ability to support complex analytic measurements. To these switches to achieve both high performance packet processing and complex measurement, the pipelines needs to be programmable as suggested by P4. This talk will make an attempt to conceptualize the complexity of current overlay analytics networks and how SDN and P4 approach can be used to program the pipelines for adaptive advanced measurement.
In addition we will show how SDN based platform such as ONOS can be instrumental to achieve programmable pipelines that are friendly to complex measurements for small and large flows. This talk will be complementary to Analytic cord.


Bryan Sullivan

AT&T, Director of Service Standards
Bryan Sullivan is the Director of Service Standards of AT&T and leads a team representing AT&T in a diverse set of Open source platform architecture and development.

Tom Tofigh

AT&T, Principal Member of Technical Staff
Tom Tofigh is Principal Member of Technical Staff in the AT&T’s Domain 2.0 architecture and planning Labs at AT&T. Currently involved in development activities at Open Networking Lab with various use cases including SDN/NFV, Mobile Cord and disaggregation of optical equipment's... Read More →
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Nic Viljoen

Associate Director of Engineering, Netronome
Nic works on upstream solutions using SmartNICs, focusing on the interaction between SmartNICs and the Linux kernel using the upstream BPF JIT for the Netronome NFP processor.

Tuesday March 15, 2016 3:05pm - 3:25pm
Grand Ballroom F Santa Clara Convention Center


Interactive Programming for Dynamic Network Probe: A Use Case for POF Data Plane - Haoyu Song, Huawei Technologies
Network operators require better network observability in order to use the data acquired to better support their business needs such as improving QoE, customer care, and security. The network data plane needs to be interactively programmable to support such applications in real time and on demand. This is a further stretch of the open programmable data plane. We developed the protocol oblivious forwarding technology, protocol, and prototype to show how this is achieved in an efficient way. POF allow users to dynamically install probes at any places in the data plane and run customized actions to monitor the data plane states and events. We show our system could be the foundation of a networking big data analytics platform.

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Haoyu Song

Principal Architect, Huawei Technologies

Tuesday March 15, 2016 3:30pm - 3:50pm
Grand Ballroom F Santa Clara Convention Center


Container-based Dynamic Service Chain using Distributed SDN Pipeline Injection (Openstack, Dragonflow, Kuryr) - Eshed Gal-Or, Huawei
With NFV becoming a reality, OpenStack Cloud deployments grow in number and size, giving birth to issues of scale, performance and service flexibility.
Many struggle to minimize the effects of the virtual overlay on the physical network, while also looking to provide network services that are both efficient and flexible.
In this session, I will review two new Open Source projects based on Linux, Containers and OpenVirtualSwitch, that may hold the answer:
Dragonflow – a lean distributed SDN controller that fully implements OpenStack Neutron and provides several network services (e.g. DHCP, L2, L3)
Kuryr – a project that enables Containers networking to be managed in OpenStack Neutron.
Join this session to see how these projects can be used together to bring Service Injection into an OpenStack-based cloud, enabling a range of new applications in NFV and IT Cloud.

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Eshed Gal-Or

Chief Architect Open Source, Huawei
I'm an avid technologist, innovation leader and problem solver, with 20 years of R&D experience in diverse domains, such as networking, virtualization, telecom, BSS, IT infrastructure, cloud and security. I currently manage a team of open source developers and PTLs in Huawei Tel... Read More →

Tuesday March 15, 2016 4:10pm - 4:30pm
Grand Ballroom F Santa Clara Convention Center


Performance Considerations When Deploying Open Source NFV Infrastructure - Eric Carmès, 6WIND
Performance bottlenecks persist in VMs within NFV use cases and new Web 2.0 applications slow down the adoption of open source-based virtual applications in OpenStack deployments, questioning the wisdom of adding under-utilized multi- 10GE and 40GE interfaces on multi-core platforms. By leveraging data plane acceleration within the OpenStack hypervisor, these bottlenecks are resolved and provide line rate throughput across multiple 10G, 25G, 40G, 50G and 100G interfaces to meet all virtual application bandwidth requirements, which can help accelerate the adoption of open source networking.

This session addresses the means to integrate and automate OpenStack hypervisor acceleration to eliminate performance bottlenecks that challenge the adoption of NFV, with the end result goal to scale data centers beyond 10G leveraging open source NFV infrastructure.

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Eric Carmès

Founder & CEO, 6WIND
Eric Carmès is a Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of 6WIND. In this capacity, he drives the corporate strategy and growth. Under his leadership, 6WIND was the very first company to understand the impact of multicore architectures on the networking software industry and became... Read More →

Tuesday March 15, 2016 4:35pm - 4:55pm
Grand Ballroom F Santa Clara Convention Center


Work Load Optimized Service Chaining - Debasish Pratiher, Cavium
Service chaining is key aspect of SDN and NFV. A work load optimized processor like ThunderX which is a multi-core processors from Cavium with 24 to 48 cores integrated with H/w acceleration unit like Hyper Finite Automata (HFA), Xpliant Switching Module (TNS) and powered by Cavium virtSOC ™ IO technology is capable of work facilitating service chaining.
HFA is hardware acceleration block and capable of capable of application aware processing and with integral Xpliant(Flexible Pipe Line) switch module ThunderX(ARM) is capable of steering service and application aware packets e.g. the network service header by IETF or network function visualization (NFV) at ETSI.
This presentation will explore a high-level concept and architecture and software (DPDK, ODP, OVS, OPNFV and SDK) to enable intelligent service chaining using software running on ThunderX platform and relevant H/w.

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Debasish Pratiher

Lead Engineer, cavium
I have more than 20 years of experience in networking and embedded technology; worked for Cavium, Broadcom, Intel, Starent, Cisco etc.. As part of Cavium (Xplaint and ThunderX) team we are involved in latest SDN/NFV & Datacenter technologies. These projects are mainly with integration... Read More →

Tuesday March 15, 2016 5:00pm - 5:20pm
Grand Ballroom F Santa Clara Convention Center


SDN Controlled VNF Forwarding Graphs Multi-vendor PoC – Lessons Learned - Linda Dunbar, Henry Fourie & Cathy Zhang, Huawei
The presentation will discuss the 2015 ETSI NFV-ONF sponsored proof-of-concept (POC) trial on SDN-Controlled VNF Forwarding Graphs conducted by nine vendors.
The presentation will provide an overview of the use cases of VNF Forwarding Graphs – as outlined in the ETSI GS NFV 001 v1.1.1 (13-10) document, and of how SDN can be used to drive arbitrarily defined individual traffic flows through a series of virtual network functions (VNFs). It will discuss the information model and APIs to express service function chains; the SDN-based technologies to dynamically insert, change or delete service functions (VNFs) for any flows; the considerations of using overlay (e.g., VXLAN) and non-overlay (e.g., OpenFlow) technologies to achieve service function chaining. The rest of the presentation will focus on the lessons learned from the POC trial.


Linda Dunbar

IETF I2NSF WG Co-ChairLeading SDN/NFV solutions for service provider networks and Cloud Data Centers. Leading industry standardization initiatives.Frequent speakers at SDN/NFV congressActive Contributor to SDN, NFV, Data Center and Cloud services related standard initiatives: IETF... Read More →
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Louis Fourie

Senior Staff Engineer, Huawei
Louis Fourie is currently a senior staff engineer working on network virtualization, cloud services, and SDN technologies at Huawei Technology USA. Louis is an active contributor to the service chaining work in several organizations including OpenStack, ONF, ETSI NFV, IETF, and O... Read More →
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Cathy Zhang

Principal Architect, Huawei
Cathy has over 15 years of software design and development experience. She is currently a chief architect at Huawei’s USA Cloud Computing Lab. Her expertise includes Serverless Cloud Platform, Network Service and Virtualization, SDN, OpenStack, etc.. She is a key member of the Serverless... Read More →

Tuesday March 15, 2016 5:25pm - 5:45pm
Grand Ballroom F Santa Clara Convention Center
Wednesday, March 16


Project Atrium: SDN Based Routing & Fabric Solutions - Saurav Das
Project Atrium is ONF's open source SDN distribution, a vertically integrated set of open source components which together form a complete SDN stack. It’s goals are threefold: 1) Close the large integration-gap of the elements that are needed to build an SDN stack; 2) Overcome a massive gap in interoperability; 3) Work closely with network operators on deployable use-cases, so that they could download near production quality code from one location, and get started with functioning software defined networks easily.

This presentation discusses the second Atrium release which focuses on open-source BGP speaking routers built with ODL and ONOS on a variety of vendor switching hardware (NoviFlow, Extreme etc.). We also introduce an open-source datacenter leaf-spine L2/L3 Clos Fabric built using SDN principles, on white-box hardware (EdgeCore) and software from OCP and Broadcom.

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Saurav Das

VP of Engineering, Open Networking Foundation (ONF)
Over 20 years in networking & communications, Saurav has worked on systems as diverse as network virtualization at Big Switch Networks, datacenter switches at Arista, and WDM optics at Enablence. He currently serves as VP of Engineering at the Open Networking Foundation, where he... Read More →

Wednesday March 16, 2016 2:15pm - 2:35pm
Grand Ballroom F Santa Clara Convention Center


What's New and Hot in Beryllium - Colin Dixon, ODP
OpenDaylight's fourth release, Beryllium, just came out and it has a variety of new features ranging from full high-availability for core components including OpenFlow, OVSDB, NETCONF, and network virtualization to support for hardware VTEPs to replacing custom authentication and authorization with more extensible, off-the-shelf support from Apache Shiro. Beyond that the release had 17 new projects ranging from existing projects breaking into more modular parts to more support projects to more user-friendly developer tooling. In this talk Colin Dixon (chair of the OpenDaylight TSC) will cover highlights from the most recent release as well as a brief overview of the the architecture and major features from previous releases.

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Colin Dixon

Distinguished Engineer, Brocade
Colin Dixon is the Chair of OpenDaylight's Technical Steering Committee and a Distinguished Engineer at Brocade. In both roles, he focuses on leveraging open source software to build innovative networking solutions. Beyond that, he is active in open standards bodies including the... Read More →

Wednesday March 16, 2016 2:40pm - 3:00pm
Grand Ballroom F Santa Clara Convention Center


MIND: A Machine Learning-based SDN Control Paradigm - Yanhui Geng, Huawei
SDN has emerged as the preferred networking approach for large datacenters. Despite its benefits, the rapidly changing traffic patterns and the dynamic nature of the network pose significant challenges to the decision-making process. To address this, we will present in this talk the MIND (Machine learning based Intelligent Network Dynamics) framework proposed by Huawei Noah’s Ark Lab. The MIND architecture consists of components that employ online machine learning techniques to predict/infer the spatial-temporal traffic information or network state. These results are then used by a policy generation module, which devises an optimal routing policy by learning from the historical data based on a reinforcement learning framework. Extensive experiments with a real SDN testbed demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of the self-learning SDN paradigm.

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Yanhui Geng

Project Manager, Huawei Tech. Investment Co. Ltd
Dr. Yanhui Geng is a researcher and project manager at Huawei Noah's Ark Lab (Hong Kong). He manages one project as the Principal Investigator on optimising SDN performance by applying big data analytics on real-time network flows and adopting more intelligent network control strategies... Read More →

Wednesday March 16, 2016 3:05pm - 3:25pm
Grand Ballroom F Santa Clara Convention Center


Leveraging SDN for wireless Connection-less Services - Tom Tofigh, AT&T
Traditional 3GPP tunnel/bearer based connection-oriented architecture will not scale in cost effective way in 5G with 10’s billions of devices. Explore leveraging SDN and simple IP to effectively deliver connectionless based Wireless as a Service (WaaS) platform across all radio technologies and HetNet with higher degree of flexibility and scalability, Simpler and scalable wireless management by using simple IP protocol with SDN control instead of expensive GTP for different RATs, bigger opportunity for plug-in of new RAT or mobility management features, and adaptive to future, Common and open control across all wireless technologies, e.g. LTE, Wi-Fi, any future 5G access technologies, Common platform for RAN control/management functions such as mobility management, session management, load balancing, Intelligent RAT selection, higher layer radio scheduling and coordination, QoS,


Tom Tofigh

AT&T, Principal Member of Technical Staff
Tom Tofigh is Principal Member of Technical Staff in the AT&T’s Domain 2.0 architecture and planning Labs at AT&T. Currently involved in development activities at Open Networking Lab with various use cases including SDN/NFV, Mobile Cord and disaggregation of optical equipment's... Read More →

Wednesday March 16, 2016 3:30pm - 3:50pm
Grand Ballroom F Santa Clara Convention Center


Building Scale-Out Network Solutions Using SDN and High-Performance OpenFlow Forwarding planes - Marc LeClerc, Noviflow

Scale-Out SDN architecture provides an elegant deployment solution for network functions enabling significant reductions in CAPEX and OPEX and massive scalability.  The flexibility of the solution accommodates a wide range of network applications and services, including routing, service chaining, EPC, and load balancing, to name a few.  This same flexibility allows different network elements to scale independently based on a wide variety of characteristics (number of users, forwarding or controller capacity, bandwidth, etc). In this presentation we will explain the Scale-Out SDN architecture,  we will show how we applied the presented principles to build a Scale-Out SDN Router (based on the ATRIUM Project), and we explain how this architecture enables many applications to scale-out to extremely large configuration in simple, modular increments.


Marc LeClerc

Marc has over 30 years of experience in the areas of computing, telecoms, internet and cloud technologies in Product Management, Strategic Marketing and Business Development. He has been on the board of directors of the Parlay Group, participated in the OMA, chaired work groups in... Read More →

Wednesday March 16, 2016 4:10pm - 4:30pm
Grand Ballroom F Santa Clara Convention Center


Enhancing the SDN Ecosystem - Evolution of OpenFlow - Ben Mack-Crane, Corsa Technology
SDN run-time control solutions need to be more capable, modular, interoperable and robust. The ONF is evolving OpenFlow to accomplish this by defining common core protocol that is independent of datapath protocols (i.e., eliminates assumptions about switch functionality). This enables OpenFlow to be applied equally to any datapath technology. Protocol elements addressing specific datapath technologies are moved to separate specification modules. Network architecture considerations are captured in Table Type Patterns (TTPs) that define the capabilities of SDN elements playing specific roles in a network. Another aim of this work is to support emerging technologies for programmable dataplanes (e.g., the P4 datapath programming language). This presentation will describe how OpenFlow and related SDN software components are being (re-)structured to enhance the open source SDN ecosystem.


Ben Mack-Crane

Corsa Technology

Wednesday March 16, 2016 4:35pm - 4:55pm
Grand Ballroom F Santa Clara Convention Center


Adapting Open-Source NMS to an SDN Reality - Jeff Gehlbach, The OpenNMS Group
Since the late 1980s, the discipline of network management has kept up well enough with virtual notions in networks while continuing to rely heavily on the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). The rise of SDN and NFV poses similar challenges to the ones brought to the systems management space by server virtualization and cloud computing, leaving practitioners to wonder how much retooling will be needed to cope in this new world.

As the oldest enterprise-grade, open-source network management platform, OpenNMS has proved fairly adaptable so far. In this presentation, Jeff Gehlbach will highlight inventory integrations against OpenDaylight and other controllers; serviceability, topology, and metric data collection both via controller APIs and directly from switches; and what opportunities for growth exist today and in the near future.


Wednesday March 16, 2016 5:00pm - 5:20pm
Grand Ballroom F Santa Clara Convention Center


Operating OpenStack on a Budget - Dan Mihai Dumitriu & Susan Wu, Midokura
Interest in deploying private clouds based on OpenStack is on the rise, as more and more web scale companies and enterprises consuming public cloud infrastructures alike want to replicate a similar set-up for their in-house software development.

There is a growing trend of modern enterprises leveraging both Amazon Web Services (AWS) and on-premise OpenStack-based private clouds. However, the default networking option in OpenStack remains broken and the plethora of confusing plug-ins makes networking in OpenStack mysterious and difficult to manage.

Enter MidoNet, the open source network virtualization solution favored by DevOps cultures in web scale enterprises and service providers alike. This session will show how Blue Jeans Networks uses MidoNet to build, run and manage large scale virtual networks in OpenStack clouds.

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Dan Mihai Dumitriu

CEO and Co-Founder, Midokura
Dan is responsible for the technical innovation and development of designing, building and operating Midokura technology. Prior to founding Midokura, Dan served as Chief Architect at Ballista Securities, a New York City ATS offering an electronic block trading system for options... Read More →

Susan Wu

Director of Technical Marketing, Midokura
Susan is the Director of Technical Marketing at Midokura. Susan previously led product positions for Oracle/Sun, Citrix, AMD and Docker. She is a frequent speaker for industry conferences like OSCON, OpenStack Summit, Interop ITX, Container World, All Things Open, Linuxcon/CloudOpen/Containercon... Read More →

Wednesday March 16, 2016 5:25pm - 5:45pm
Grand Ballroom F Santa Clara Convention Center
Thursday, March 17


Panel - Is Innovation in Hardware Dead? - Ritch Dusome, CENGN; Bruce Gregory, Corsa; Martin Izzard, Barefoot Networks; Walter Miron, TELUS; and Cliff Grossner, IHS (Moderator)

Open networking is intended to open innovation to all and drive it at the speed of software development cycles, rather than tie innovation to much longer hardware release cycles. Many believe that this relegates hardware to low cost commodity merchant silicon and white box bare metal systems, yet we still see strong pockets of new hardware.

With the advent of open networking the focus has been on software, but has the pendulum swung too far? Can open networking really make the underlying hardware irrelevant or will hardware such as switch innovation become even more essential? What will solve the open networking industry’s biggest problems – hardware or software innovation? This session will provide valuable insight from a diverse panel of software, hardware and service provider experts.


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Cliff Grossner

Executive Director Research and Analysis, IHS Markit
"Dr. Cliff Grossner is a Senior Research Director & Advisor for the Cloud and Data Center Research Practice at IHS Markit technology . He has more than 25 years of telecommunications industry experience covering market analysis, corporate and product strategy, product management and... Read More →

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Ritch Dusome

Software Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualization, Internet of Things Gateway, Cloud, Networking, Data Centre
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Bruce Gregory

CEO, Corsa
Bruce is CEO and co-founder of Corsa Technology, leaders in delivering scale, performance and flexibility for Software Defined Networks. Bruce is a strong believer in melding open standard interfaces for network orchestration with high performance programmable hardware to deliver... Read More →
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Martin Izzard

CEO, Barefoot Networks
Martin is CEO and co-founder of Barefoot Networks, a Venture Funded Silicon Valley startup. Martin grew up in Durban, South Africa and holds BS and MS degrees from Natal University in South Africa, and a PhD from Cambridge University, England (Trinity College). He joined Texas... Read More →
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Walter Miron

Director of Technology Strategy, TELUS
Reporting to the Chief Technology Officer as the Director of Technology Strategy, Walter Miron is responsible for delivering strategies and technology to better serve our enterprise customers. Most recently Walter led the introduction of SD-WAN at TELUS. He has over 20 years of experience... Read More →

Thursday March 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand Ballroom F Santa Clara Convention Center


Building Scalable SDN Applications - Masood Ul Amin, Aricent

Software-defined networking (SDN) promises a networking utopia by separating the control plane from the physical network topology to create an environment wherein all switches and routers take their traffic forwarding cues from a centralized management controller.

This talk is centered on Aricent’s approach of building applications on top of the commercial of the shelf controllers, which forms the top tier of the three tier architecture; where applications directs security, management and other specific functions through the controller.

The approach, which is a path for building scalable applications that provides an alternate way of provisioning, monitoring and controlling the transport network. Many network equipment vendors have announced support for OpenFlow and the talk will build the use case around them. Center around an instant VPN (I-VPN) application providing connectivity between multiple sites of a service provider/enterprise network, very similar to the traditional MPLS VPN without the need to run complex protocols on the nodes. An application suite comprising of load balancing, bandwidth management and monitoring applications details how the complex process of VPN management is simplified in the new paradigm.

Building scalable applications address the following:

Application: The main intelligence block responsible for shaping network traffic depending on the application involved VPN, BoD, and Network Balancing. How they can be controlled by the higher level controlling function namely the Orchestration Layer. It will touch on the North Bound Interface and how it controls the Application and the issues and challenges in designing this interface.

Controller: The talk will center on OpenDaylight (ODL). How it is leveraged to build the transport applications? The adapter concept which makes the applications controller agnostic. The application was built long before the support for similar function was available on ODL and will highlight how this application is sufficiently decoupled to extend to other use cases namely the transport SDN and not necessarily target the datacenter use cases. It will capture some of the challenges we faced in migrating the application across controllers from Floodlight to HP VAN and ODL and possible to ONOS in the future. It will touch upon our view as to what should be minimum available support from the controller which gives the necessary flexibility.

Switches: The OpenFlow Switches. The challenges and issue faced in crafting a solution in building application that can work on top of OpenFlow 1.3 as supported by OVS, Broadcom OFDPA running on top of Trident plus, and an implementation of OpenFlow on top of Intel DPDK Platform.


Masood Ul Amin

Vice President Technology, Aricent
Masood Amin is  leading product management for Aricent enabling software portfolio for SDN/NFV, Data Center and Transport. Masood led system architecture designs, product roadmap definition, and business development for Aricents’ networking infrastructure group.  He works with... Read More →

Thursday March 17, 2016 3:40pm - 4:00pm
Room 203/204 Santa Clara Convention Center