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Wednesday, April 3

3:10pm PDT

Panel Discussion: Building the Autonomous Network with AI - Mazin Gilbert, Laurie Bigler & Jennifer Yates, AT&T; Jason Hunt, IBM; and Stephen Terrill, Ericsson
The global communication network that connects people and devices with each other is the most complex system on the face of our planet. This network continues to undergo a massive transformation from hardware to software, and from being reactive to being proactive. Over the next decade, the industry will launch a new generation of this network - the autonomous network. During this panel, co-authors of the book Artificial Intelligence for Autonomous Networks will explore the opportunities, applications and complexity of integrating networking and access technologies with AI. The discussion will touch on the role of AI in networking, the shift towards software-defined networking and software-defined radio access networking with open source and the role of the autonomous network in supporting next-generation services such as smart homes, smart factories, and autonomous cars and drones.

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Jason Hunt

Distinguished Engineer, IBM
Jason Hunt is a Distinguished Engineer with IBM. He has over 20 years of experience working with large enterprises to design & develop market-leading solutions in areas such as blockchain, Internet-of-Things (IoT), and cloud networking. Jason also leads IBM’s open source networking... Read More →
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Stephen Terrill

Senior Expert, Ericsson
Stephen Terrill is a Senior Expert in Automation and Management with Ericsson and with his more than 25 years of working in telecommunications he has overseen several industry transitions. He has a background both in core networks and in management and has spent several years in telecommunication... Read More →

Laurie Bigler

AVP Member Technical Staff, AT&T
Laurie Bigler leads the Access, Analytics and Systems organization focused on Access data collection, Video, Broadband & Mobility Customer Experience, Network Performance Analytics and Capacity Planning around some of AT&T’s priority initiatives, including 5G, Fixed Wireless, RAN... Read More →

Jennifer Yates

AVP Inventive Science, AT&T
Jennifer Yates is an assistant vice president of inventive science at AT&T Labs. She heads the networking and service quality management research organization. Her team of researchers focuses on inventing, prototyping, and driving new technologies that enable new services, enhance... Read More →
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Mazin Gilbert

VIce President of AT&T Labs, AT&T
Dr. Mazin Gilbert is the Vice President of Advanced Technology and Systems at AT&T Labs. He leads AT&T’s Research and Advanced Development of its network and access transformations. In this role, Mazin oversees advancements in artificial intelligence, software-defined networking... Read More →

Wednesday April 3, 2019 3:10pm - 3:40pm PDT

3:50pm PDT

How to Finally Break-up with your Switch Vendor Using Stratum - Brian O'Connor, Open Networking Foundation & Devjit Gopalpur, Google
Open networking promised the end of vendor lock-in, but we have yet to see this promise realized -- until now. Between vendor-agnostic models like SAI and OpenConfig, and control and management plane-driven languages like P4 and YANG, network operators are able to take back control of their networks and build control, management and orchestration software on their own terms. These common models enable portability between networking equipment, and the languages allow for easy extensibility by operators. To finally break the chain, Stratum’s open source agent enables these new interfaces on white box hardware, and its test suite verifies functionality on white and black boxes alike. Together, the new interfaces, languages and code base are the key to finally ending vendor lock-in.


Devjit Gopalpur

Software Engineer, Google
Devjit is a software engineer at Google and is part of the core development team that developed and hardened early versions of Stratum. He continues to contribute to project and is a leader within the open source community.
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Brian O'Connor

MTS, Open Networking Foundation
Brian O’Connor works on open source SDN platforms at the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). He is currently serving as the technical lead for the Stratum project and is a member of the ONOS project’s technical steering team. Brian has given SDN talks and tutorials at several conferences... Read More →

Wednesday April 3, 2019 3:50pm - 4:20pm PDT

4:30pm PDT

What Operators Want From ONAP: An Exclusive Exploration of ONAP’s Use Cases - Alla Goldner, Amdocs
ONAP’s functionality is driven by the use cases and functional requirements that it develops in response to specific CSP requests for support of their ongoing and future deployments.

Each ONAP release contain 5-10 different use cases and functional requirements, and it’s ONAP’s Use-Case Subcommittee (chaired by Alla Goldner) that drives the scope of each ONAP release by deciding which requested use cases to include, such as Residential vcPE, 5G network slicing and management, and 5G edge automation.

Here, Alla explains how ONAP’s use cases have evolved across releases and reveals the new use cases in the next (mid 2019) release where 5G is the major focus. Since use cases are created to support CSP requests, this is a unique opportunity to understand CSP’s most immediate priorities and network-management strategies and the new opportunities that ONAP is creating for our industry.

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Alla Goldner

Director - Technology, Strategy & Standardization, Amdocs
Recognized by Light Reading as one of the industry’s best Female Tech Pioneers in 2018, by capacity Media as the “Best Women in Network Orchestration” in 2019 and with multiple patents to her name, Alla Goldner is the Chair of ONAP Use-Case Subcommittee. She also leads all ONAP... Read More →

Wednesday April 3, 2019 4:30pm - 5:00pm PDT

5:10pm PDT

The Power of Open Source in a 5G World - Mazin Gilbert, AT&T
The advent of 5G promises to transform our lives in a huge way. This revolution will transform cars to be self-driving, communication networks to be software-defined and autonomous, VR and AR to be mobile and completely untethered, and IoT sensors to be intelligent and connected. Behind this 5G revolution, open source is critical in expediting the design, planning, development and delivery of the 5G vision. AI, SDN, Edge Cloud and Disaggregated RAN all play a significant role in the planning, forecasting, building, development and deployment of 5G. This presentation will provide a technical and market overview of the power of open source, and specifically ONAP, Acumos, ORAN, and Akraino, in creating a 5G world. I will highlight how developments and interoperability across these projects will help to speed the adoption of 5G-based applications for both consumers and enterprises.

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Mazin Gilbert

VIce President of AT&T Labs, AT&T
Dr. Mazin Gilbert is the Vice President of Advanced Technology and Systems at AT&T Labs. He leads AT&T’s Research and Advanced Development of its network and access transformations. In this role, Mazin oversees advancements in artificial intelligence, software-defined networking... Read More →

Wednesday April 3, 2019 5:10pm - 5:40pm PDT
Thursday, April 4

11:10am PDT

Open Networking in Telecom - Results of Heavy Reading/LFN Survey - Roz Roseboro, Heavy Reading
Last fall, Light Reading/Heavy Reading and LFN joined forces to deliver a multi-faceted look at the open networking technologies and solutions that will help telecom and cloud service providers transform their networks to achieve greater agility and flexibility. The survey covered the hottest open networking topics in the industry: open networking performance, automation, cloud-native, big data and analytics, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and management and orchestration (MANO).

In this session, Roz Roseboro, Principal Analyst of Cloud Infrastructure and Edge Computing at Heavy Reading will present the key findings and conclusions of this study.

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Roz Roseboro

Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
Roz has more than 20 years' experience in market research, marketing and product management. Her research focuses on how innovation and change impact the hardware and software solutions used to deliver cloud services and the management of that infrastructure. The growing influence... Read More →

Thursday April 4, 2019 11:10am - 11:40am PDT

11:50am PDT

Extending Blockchains for Risk Management and Their Applications to Network Security - Raj Jain, Washington University in Saint Louis
Blockchains are used for distributed consensus where all nodes agree on the validity of transactions in a block without needing a central trusted party. This has found numerous applications in Fintech, Supply chains, and contracts. The consensus is binary - agree or disagree - True or False. In this talk, Prof. Jain will present recent extensions by his team that allow blockchains to be used for group decisions that may not be binary. In this era of big data, we need to move blockchains beyond data storage to provide knowledge. Blockchains can be used for group decision making and risk management when the group sizes are large, and group members may want to remain anonymous. Prof. Jain will describe numerous use cases of this idea. Such situations frequently arise in network security, such as, in deciding about spams, viruses, intrusions and attacks, BGP domain route injection, etc.

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Raj Jain

Barbara J. and Jerome H. Cox, Jr. Professor, Washington University in St. Louis
Raj Jain is currently Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Jain is a Life Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of ACM, a Fellow of AAAS, a recipient of 2018 James B. Eads Award from St. Louis Academy of Science, 2017 ACM SIGCOMM Life-Time Achievement... Read More →

Thursday April 4, 2019 11:50am - 12:20pm PDT

1:50pm PDT

End-to-End Open Network Management - Anees Shaikh, Google
Despite remarkable developments in open networking and SDN, a critical element of operating any network, the management plane, remains an afterthought. As the control and data planes open up, users are still firmly locked into a myriad of proprietary CLIs, APIs, and extensions to configure and monitor the network. In this talk, the presenters will describe a new way of managing, monitoring, and testing networking systems that is vendor-independent, comprehensive, and devised by a broad set of network operators collaborating with equipment and software vendors. The technologies in this ecosystem are designed for automated management systems and include open source data models, development tools, management protocols, and reference implementations. With these tools, the industry have an open, end-to-end open architecture that finally brings network management into the modern SDN era.

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Anees Shaikh

Network Architect, Google
Anees Shaikh is a Network Architect in the Network Infrastructure team at Google where he works on management automation, cloud networking, and network reliability in Google’s production networks. Prior to joining Google, he was the Chief SDN Architect at IBM where he was responsible... Read More →

Thursday April 4, 2019 1:50pm - 2:20pm PDT

1:50pm PDT

XR (eXtended Reality) and Telecom Sector - Ali Tizghadam, TELUS
For decades, CLI remained as a dominated method for humans to communicate with devices. The next wave was GUI, GUI is mainly comprised on point, click and type input. Last decade with the emergence of smartphones telecom industry witnessed touch, swipe and voice as new interfaces. XR takes us into a new era of interfacing and enables talking to the devices using gestures.

This talk explores how XR technologies are going to change the way we operate in a service provider domain. Ali covers TELUS’s use of Augmented Reality (AR) open resources along with open networking tools to enhance the installation process, training, inventory ordering, predictive inspections, maintenance and audit.

Moreover, the talk discusses the challenges in using XR ubiquitously, including: insufficient network latency, lack of killer applications, device cost and limited use of technology-ready XR devices.

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Ali Tizghadam

Principal Technology Architect, TELUS
Ali Tizghadam is a member of TELUS team acting as Principal Technology Architect for network softwarization. Ali earned his PhD from Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Toronto in 2009. Before pursuing his PhD Ali has been working for over 10 years in Telecom... Read More →

Thursday April 4, 2019 1:50pm - 2:20pm PDT

2:30pm PDT

Responsible Use of AI and Blockchain in Telecommunications - Jason Hunt, IBM
AI is having a transformational effect on the operations of the network and surrounding operational and business processes.  Blockchain is beginning to make its mark in removing inefficiencies in telco ecosystems.  Yet each technology can have issues that can eliminate these business benefits.  Machine learning models have been shown to suffer from bias.  Some blockchain networks consume massive amounts of energy and leave data in the public.  In this talk, we'll discuss the uses of AI and Blockchain in telecommunications, highlight the challenges, and discuss approaches to responsible use in a secured and trusted fashion.

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Jason Hunt

Distinguished Engineer, IBM
Jason Hunt is a Distinguished Engineer with IBM. He has over 20 years of experience working with large enterprises to design & develop market-leading solutions in areas such as blockchain, Internet-of-Things (IoT), and cloud networking. Jason also leads IBM’s open source networking... Read More →

Thursday April 4, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm PDT

3:40pm PDT

Using an Open Source SDN Controller to Deploy a Multi-Terabit/s Production Network - Brad Cowie, University of Waikato
In this talk Brad will demonstrate how we recently used faucet, which is an open source OpenFlow controller, to deploy a 9 terabit/s network for the SC18 conference. Our multi-vendor SDN network was used to provide booths on the show floor of the conference with Internet connections of up to 100GbE. Brad will present how faucet works, our network design and an evaluation of the benefits of our approach. For this deployment we were able to provide greatly simplify the network from previous years by replacing thousands of lines of vendor-specific configuration with easy to understand YAML configuration. Faucet allows users to avoid vendor lock-in in a unique way by implementing the network as specified by the faucet configuration in hardware using the OpenFlow protocol. In this case we demonstrate the control of devices from three different vendors including one BareFoot Tofino P4 device.

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Brad Cowie

Research Programmer, University of Waikato
Brad is a member of the WAND Network Research Group at the University of Waikato. He is also a core member of the FAUCET project which develops an open source OpenFlow controller for enterprise networks. Utilising his years of experience deploying servers and networks he does SDN... Read More →

Thursday April 4, 2019 3:40pm - 4:10pm PDT

4:20pm PDT

Open Source Networking: The Useful, The Scrap Heap, and The Broken - Kyle Mestery & Ian Wells, Cisco
Open Source Networking continues to be top of mind in the networking industry and the open source world. While some may argue it reached critical mass in 2015, the reality is it has continued to drive forward at an increasing pace. Working upstream in many of these projects requires skills which are not traditionally the core skills of network engineers. Each project does things slightly differently.

In this talk, we will cover how to effectively work across many upstream Open Source networking projects. Our comparison of how these projects take on work, how they consume this work, and how they fold it into their projects will lift the veil on how to be successful. We will take you on a light hearted ride through strategies which work and strategies which are guanteed to fail. And we'll show you how to be effective in joining an Open Source networking community.

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Ian Wells

CNF WG Co-Chair, Cisco
An OpenStack developer and user since the Essex release, Ian works on the internals of Openstack, on applications to run on top of Openstack, and on making Openstack easy for people to use. His current focus is in NFV, the work to use Openstack to provide virtual network functions... Read More →
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Kyle Mestery

Distinguished Engineer, Cisco Systems
I am a technology executive and distinguished engineer with experience building teams to deliver cloud security solutions using a combination of open source and custom software. I write code, architecture documents, and help mentor members of the team to perform their best. In Open... Read More →

Thursday April 4, 2019 4:20pm - 4:50pm PDT

5:00pm PDT

P4 and P4Runtime Technical Introduction and Use Cases for the Next-Gen SDN Stack - Carmelo Cascone, Open Networking Foundation
P4 is gaining industry momentum. New language features allow describing more forwarding devices, not only programmable ones but also fixed-function conventional ones. P4Runtime was introduced as the next-gen SDN open control plane API, aiming at fixing the shortcomings of OpenFlow and capable of delivering true switch silicon independence for carriers and cloud service providers. In this tutorial, we provide a technical overview of P4 and P4Runtime, highlighting benefits and challenges for their adoption. Moreover, we present some of the open source projects enabling the next-gen SDN stack based on P4, such as Stratum and ONOS. Finally, we discuss some of the use cases, including Trellis, a silicon-independent fabric for edge and access services, and the possibility to offload VNFs from servers to switches, such as the mobile 5G user plane and the BNG for residential access.

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Carmelo Cascone

MTS, Open Networking Foundation
I'm a Member of Technical Staff at Open Networking Foundation (ONF) where I'm currently leading the technical activities around the adoption of programmable data planes, P4, and P4Runtime in ONF projects such as ONOS and CORD. This is a community-driven effort part of the P... Read More →

Thursday April 4, 2019 5:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Friday, April 5

11:10am PDT

The Road to Digital World Using the World of Opensource - Chaker Al-Hakim, Huawei & Eric Debeau, Orange
This presentation outlines the growing importance of open source to the telecommunication industry and shows the transition to the world of open source and what is needed to for open source to be successful. It will focus on automation and the value of ONAP project as the common platform of carrier network automation and digitalized operation. We will also cover the innovation and cooperation of Orange and Huawei to enhance the features, architecture and capabilities of ONAP platform to design and deploy SDWAN.

We will cover first the introduction of SD WAN as an alternative and complement to MPLS to deliver VPN services, opening the door to on demand models. Secondly, we will explain the role of ONAP to fully automate the design and run time process.


Chaker Al-Hakim

Technical Executive Director, Huawei
Chaker Al-Hakim is a Technical Executive Director at Huawei Technologies, where he is responsible for supporting the orchestration strategy as it relates to Network Services and Network Virtual functions. In this role, Chaker works across many organizations and also supports many... Read More →
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Eric Debeau

Head of Network Automation, Orange
Eric Debeau has a solid 20 years experience in the telecommunications area with a particular focus on IT techniques adoption in networks and OSS domains. Through his broad experience as network architect and platform development (IMS/VoIP, network API), he is recognized as a member... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 11:10am - 11:40am PDT

11:50am PDT

Blockchain Defined Networking - Vipin Kumar Rathi, Delhi University
SDN & NFV changed the Networking World, but now Management and Orchestration is the new Network Management Layer (OSM, ONAP, Multi-Domain Orchestrator) to simplify infrastructure operation, scaling, and faster deployment of the services, with this new NM layer multiple Telecom operators started working in Consortium and we know that trust is central to Telecoms. Vipin will talk about how to bring trust between different Telecom operators by using Hyperledger Blockchain, how the blockchain based Network Management layer can solve SLA Management between different Telecom Operators, configuration manipulation prevention, identity and access management. Blockchain-based smart contracts will be an outstanding advance in automation of simple and repetitious negotiations. Negotiations on SLAs become more efficient as QoS levels and prices work as smart contract parameters.

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Vipin Rathi

Assistant Professor, University of Delhi
Vipin Rathi is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Delhi. He is ChairPerson of Linux Foundation Hyperledger Telecom Special Interest Group. He started his career as a Research Fellow in CSIR. He also worked in CERN where he implemented Load balancer as... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 11:50am - 12:20pm PDT

1:50pm PDT

Automating Service Self-Healing and Security Management - Davide Cherubini, Vodafone Group & Kari-Pekka Perttula, Ericsson
Wrong configurations can affect operators services and they may lead to potential exposure to attackers. In this presentation, a solution is proposed to mitigate such events.

A use case is presented where a misconfiguration in a VNF will enable an external attacker to impact and disrupt the service.

Vodafone and Ericsson will present an automatic solution that:
1. identifies the VNF misconfigurations and automatically correct them
2. self-heals the service and
3. investigates on the threat using advanced forensics technologies


Kari-Pekka Perttula

Strategic Product Manager, Ericsson
Kari-Pekka has 18 years background in R&D and product management roles in 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G mobile network technologies in Ericsson. Currently he is focusing and leading product development for the Security Automation and Orchestration products in Ericsson Security Solutions.
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Davide Cherubini

Lead Open Source, Vodafone
Davide is Lead Software, Open Source and Labs in the Strategy, Planning and Operations team of the Cloud & Automation Centre of Excellence in Vodafone Group. His current responsibilities are Open Source Programs Coordination, Go-to Market Strategies and the End-to-End Cloud Architecture... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 1:50pm - 2:20pm PDT

2:30pm PDT

VPP Accelerated High Performance & Scalable L3DSR L4 Load Balancer on Top Clos - Yusuke Tatsumi, Yahoo Japan Corporation & Naoyuki Mori, Intel
Delivering fast packets is getting difficult under rapid increase of service endpoints at huge traffic large-scale data center.

Especially, time to on-demand deployment of load balancing function needed by user-side is becoming shorter as the endpoint changed: bare-metal, VM, to container.

To respond to this challenge and to realize networking agility, it is necessary to build up scalable software L4 load balancer cluster with management system.

This session will share FD.io VPP (Vector Packet Processing) accelerated scalable L3DSR L4LB system we developed.

It provides not only wire rate fast and scalable forwarding performance but also fast deployment and stable operation of LB cluster with zero downtime on Clos architecture in data center.
This session will also share what feature we’ve added into VPP to meet practical LB operation requirements, results and how to brush up the system.


Naoyuki Mori

Application Engineer, Intel Corporation
Naoyuki Mori is Application Engineer in Compute Performance Developer Products Division, Intel Architecture Graphics Software Group in Intel. He has been working closely with software eco system partner to help optimizing for Intel Architecture. Recent years, he has focus on networking... Read More →

Yusuke Tatsumi

Infrastructure Engineer, Yahoo Japan Corporation
Yusuke Tatsumi is a network infrastructure engineer at Yahoo! JAPAN. He belongs Site Operation Division, Infrastructure Engineering Department, support our own production web services by providing several resources(Servers, networking, Storages, Datacenter facilities). For 6 years... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm PDT

3:10pm PDT

Evolving Open NOS with SONiC - Lihua Yuan, Microsoft
SONiC (Software for Open Networking in the Cloud) has been evolving fast. It publishes 3 releases each year, with ever-growing adoption. We are going to talk about the latest development of SONiC, roadmap and deep dive into 1~2 new capabilities inside this talk.


Lihua Yuan

Lihua has been with Microsoft for 10 years, working on building hyper scale network since 2008. He got his Ph.D in Computer Science from UC Davis. He has around 11 publications, and a rich experience in speaking on all sorts of conferences, from Sigcomm, to INFOCOM, OCP, ONS etc... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 3:10pm - 3:40pm PDT

4:10pm PDT

Demystifying Open Source Network Operating System - Senthil Kumar Ganesan, Dell EMC
Open Source Network Operating system landscape changed over the last few years and has been gaining increased adoption both at  hyper scalers, service providers and large enterprises. In this talk I attempt to simplify what really makes up a network operating system at a high level, highlight and provide overview of some of the prominent open networking operating systems, components and tools that are out there now and in works, their current state, features supported, use case where these can be deployed and what next?

Open Networking Linux - OpenSwitch - SONiC - Stratum - FlexSwitch - FBOSS  -Danos 

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Senthil Kumar Ganesan

Tech Staff, Dell Technologies
Senthil Kumar Ganesan is from Dell Technologies working as a Tech Staff. Senthil has specialized in the field of Networking OS Development for 15+ years and has led many network stack development for various OS. He has contributed various open source projects such as Open Switch... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 4:10pm - 4:40pm PDT