Software-Defined Networking (SDN): Unleashing the Power of the Network

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 - 7:00 pm          


It goes without saying that cloud computing has dramatically reshaped the information technology services landscape. Virtualization is unleashing the power of commodity-based technology and open source communities are building new applications and services at an astonishing rate, but networking has lagged behind compute and storage in virtualization and automation. Weve become accustomed to specialized networking silicon, complex operating systems and highly distributed control planes. For the most part, weve accepted the model along with its high costs.

All that is changing! New protocols such as OpenFlow are freeing the network control plane from proprietary operating systems and hardware platforms. We are entering a new era where customers control the features  and release schedules  of new, open networking applications that address the needs of the mega-scale world.

A lot of work is required to realize the potential of Software-Defined Networking (SDN), where we can enjoy the benefits derived from software automating software. This talk will examine some of the history that led us to the point where current networking architectures are no longer viable for cloud computing at mega-scale. Well take a look at the basics of SDN and some of its key elements  OpenFlow, network virtualization, and orchestration  along with some of the initiatives and companies that are setting the stage for the next generation of networking.


About the speaker, Robert Keahey, SummaLogic LLC

Robert Keahey is the founder and principal partner of SummaLogic LLC, a business and technology consultancy focusing on strategy, marketing, product development and operational improvement. He is currently VP of Marketing and Business Development for LAYERZngn, which through its CPlane family of products delivers production-proven solutions for SDN and cloud management.

As VP, Industry Solutions and CTO at Cordys US, Inc., he directed the development of industry and technology solutions for Cordys’ high performance, highly scalable business process management system (BPMS) platform. He was also Director of Information Technology, Outsourcing Architecture and Innovation Centers at Electronic Data Systems (EDS), partnering with industry-leading technology providers to create EDS three-year strategic technology roadmap.

CNSV Pre-meetings: 6-7 pm

Intellectual Property (IP) SIG

Co-Chairs: Peter Salmon and Jonathan Wells

Presentation: What is the Expert’s Role in a Patent Lawsuit?

Speaker: John Levy, Ph.D.

Technology experts who assist in patent lawsuits are selected based on a number of criteria, only one of which has to do with the person’s technical expertise. John will talk about what the other criteria are, and then review the role that an expert may have in the phases that a patent suit goes through as it progresses from Complaint to Trial and Appeal.

John Levy, Ph.D. has been engaged in over 40 cases as an expert, including testimony in 4 trials, 13 depositions and other interactions with the legal systems of the US, Canada and The Netherlands. His field is computers, software and storage. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford, and engineering degrees from Cornell and Caltech.

Medical Device (Med) SIG

Co-Chairs: Shashi Sathyanarayana and Carl Angotti

Presentation: Live Ideas: Interactive Medical Device Simulations

Speaker: Giacomo Vacca, Ph.D.

Have you ever iterated? You’re in good company. No product design is born perfect and complete. However, as development goes on, design changes and bug fixes become more and more costly and time-consuming. One of the most cost-effective ways to reduce these costs is to execute comprehensive system modeling early on.

Our design approach at Kinetic River can drastically reduce trial-and-error by providing interactive and intuitive system modeling tools. I will showcase Live Ideas, our approach for reducing development risks while making the design process a lot more fun.

Giacomo Vacca, Ph.D. has two Harvard physics degrees and an applied physics doctorate from Stanford. His R&D and IP experience spans the energy sector, telecommunications, lasers, microfluidics and medical diagnostics. He was Volwiler Research Fellow at Abbott Laboratories, where he led hematology research and managed IP. He has 24 issued or pending patents.

Giacomo has focused on life science instrumentation and medical diagnostics for the past ten years – in particular, cellular analysis by flow cytometry. He founded and is president of Kinetic River Corp., a product development, contract engineering and IP consulting firm serving the med-dev, biomedical and life science research industries.


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