It seems everyone has a different defnition of software-defned networking
(SDN) and equally different viewpoints on what its role should be in
carrier networks. This panel will attempt to make sense of the varying
claims, the many different standards development efforts, as well as
whether current vendor-generated SDN approaches help or hurt.
MODERATOR: Stephen Hardy, Editorial Director, Light wave
Lyndon Ong, Open Networking Foundation Optical Transport
Working Group Chair and Principal, Network Architecture,
Jim Theodoras, Senior Director of Technical Marketing, ADVA
Vishnu Shukla, President, Optical Internetworking Forum,
and Principal Technologist, Verizon
Akbar Kara, Chief Technologist, Lonestar Education and
Lyndon Ong is Principal Network Architect at Ciena Corporation and has been a
major contributor to work on optical control plane. He currently chairs the Optical
Transport Working Group of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), and was
involved in early joint research with Stanford University developing optical extensions
to the OpenFlow interface.
Jim Theodoras is Senior Director of Technical Marketing at ADVA Optical Networking,
where he actively promotes the company’s portfolio of Optical+Ethernet transport
products and related technologies. He has over 25 years of industry experience
in electronics and optics, spanning a wide range of diverse topics. Jim is a
past President of the Ethernet Alliance and was optical liaison editor for IEEE
Communications Magazine from 2006-2010.
Vishnu Shukla has more than 30 years experience in network architecture, design and
development, technology transfer overall technology planning and international business
analysis. Current responsibilities include development of the next generation network
architecture, analyzing the current state-of-the-art technology trends for Verizon.
Akbar Kara is the CTO of an advance Research & Education network, Lonestar
Education and Research Network (LEARN). Akbar studied Electrical Engineering at
the City College of New York and Business management at New York University. Over
the last 20 years, Akbar has served in many technical roles and earned his CCIE in
2002, a highly coveted Cisco certifcation. His management responsibilities, includes
the role of network director at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York
and network manager at the New York Hospital. Akbar is Chair Emeritus of Internet2’s
Network Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) and an active member of IEEE/ACM
Supercomputing SCinet committee.
PANEL: STATE OF 100G OTN SWITCHED
OPTICAL NETWORKS IN NORTH AMERICA
The panel will discuss the state of 100G OTN networking and deployment
readiness, including a discussion about what is working so far and
where innovation remains necessary. The panel will cover equipment,
optics, and OTN silicon, as well as the role of OTN switching in the
context of the software-defned networking (SDN) and network functions
virtualization (NFV) discussions held during the previous panel.
MODERATOR: Rick Talbot, Principal Analyst,
Optical Infrastructure, Current Analysis
Babak Samimi, Vice President of Marketing and
Mike Freiberger, Principal Engineer, Verizon
Michael Adams, Vice President, Product and Technology
Scott Mountford, Director - Fundamental Network
Planning – Metro Transport, AT& T Services
Babak Samimi is the Vice President of Marketing & Applications for PMC’s
Communications Business Unit and oversees the company’s Optical Transport
products, spanning OTN, FTTH, SONET/SDH and Mobile backhaul portfolio with
WinPath network processors. Mr. Samimi joined PMC in 1998.
Mike Freiberger is a senior network planner at Verizon. With 20 years of optical
and data networking experience, Mike is responsible for the vendor technical
management of various metro optical platforms as part of Verizon’s vision of optical
network optimal performance. Mike is a member of the Optical Society of America
and has spoken on optical topics at various industry events.
Michael Adams is Ciena’s Vice President, Product and Technical Marketing,
encompassing the overall portfolio of transport, switching, and packet networking
solutions on a global basis. Adams joined Ciena’s team in March 2010 through the
acquisition of assets from Nortel’s Metro Ethernet Networks business, where he was
head of strategy, marketing and architecture.
Scott Mountford has his BS and MS in Analytical Chemistry from the University of the
Pacifc. His research in artifcial photosynthesis under Nobel Prize winner Melvin Calvin
and Dr. Larry Spreer was in the area of optical emission spectroscopy of inorganic
photosynthetic conversion pathways. Prior to joining SBC in the Fundamental
Planning Organization in 2000, Scott served as the director of Environmental Analytical
Measurements at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. At SBC, he was the fundamental
planning lead in D WDM and ROADM RFPs and optical network architecture. Currently
at AT&T, Scott is the Director in Fundamental Network Planning leading a team of long
range planners of optical and microwave systems within AT&T, (DWDM, ROADM, OTN
switching, Microwave, and Free-space optics) and their corresponding planning tools.