Monday, October 29, 2012. 8:30 am- 9:30 am
Softly Defined Networking
Gordon Brebner, Distinguished Engineer, Xilinx, Inc.
Software Defined Networking (SDN) has been described as the hope and hype for the future of networking. Definitions vary, but one research direction is to separate the control plane from the data plane, introducing abstractions that can provide a global network view, a description of required behavior, and a model of packet forwarding. While the worthy goal is to address ossification of the Internet, the “S” for “software” in SDN perhaps unintentionally ossifies views of the respective roles of hardware and software. Specifically, it introduces an inbuilt assumption that there is relatively dumb switching hardware for high-speed packet forwarding, and relatively intelligent software running on processors for lesser-speed networking control. Programmable logic technology offers scope for ‘soft hardware’, with the potential to blur the distinctions between traditional roles. However, such technology must prove both its ability to deliver the necessary high performance and its ability to be programmed in a high-level manner. In this talk, I will overview research that has been addressing these issues successfully, and will discuss its potential impact on the evolving view of SDN.
About the speaker:
Tuesday, October 30, 2012. 8:30 am- 9:30 am
Software is the Future of Networking
Teemu Koponen, Sr. Staff Engineer, VMware, Inc.
In this talk, I'll revisit the role of Software in Software-Defined Networking and argue how not only control plane but also forwarding is becoming increasingly only a matter of software development. In short, I'll discuss how x86 is already on its way to transform the networking as we know it.
About the speaker:
Prior to VMware, Teemu was the chief architect and a founding employee at Nicira. Teemu received his PhD from Helsinki University of Technology in 2008 and ever since has been indecisive enough both to work for the industry and yet to remain active within the networking research community. In his research, Teemu has always been obsessed with architectural challenges in networking.