Keynotes

Tuesday, May 28

TUE 08:45 - 10:30 Deeply Programmable Network: Extending Software Defined Network to support deeper programmability
Speaker: Aki Nakao (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Room: Refter

This talk introduces our recent research on pursuing deep programmability within the network. Deep programmability refers to not only the control plane programmability, but also the data plane programmability for processing traffic data and parsing new protocols such as non-Internet protocols, as well as the programmability for defining APIs for control plane and data plane operations. The current Software Defined Network (SDN) research has not addressed the latter two kinds of programmability and only aims at the flexible and automated operation and management of networks, thus, the reduction of OPEX. We believe extending SDN to supporting programmability for data plane processing and defining APIs for SDN will further promote the application of SDN thus resolve challenges of today’s communication infrastructure and those of various human activities on top of it and create values with new functionalities embedded in the network through the programmability. While putting forth the idea of deep programmability, we also introduce a new network node architecture that enables deeply programmable network, called FLARE. The FLARE architecture introduces multiple isolated programming environments where we can flexibly and deeply program innovative in-network services such as new switching logics, packet caching, transcoding and DPI, and run them all concurrently at the line speed or switching among them on demand. We show demos and evaluations with the prototype of FLARE network nodes and discuss the benefits from them for the future Internet.

Dr. Akihiro NAKAO received B.S.(1991) in Physics, M.E.(1994) in Information Engineering from the University of Tokyo. He was at IBM Yamato Laboratory/at Tokyo Research Laboratory at IBM Texas Austin from 1994 till 2005. He received M.S.(2001) and Ph.D.(2005) in Computer Science from Princeton University. He has been teaching as an Associate Professor in Applied Computer Science, at Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo since 2005. He has also been an expert visiting scholar/a project leader at National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) since 2007.

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TUE 08:45 - 10:30 Flexible pro-active management
Speaker: Martin Vigoureux (Alcatel-Lucent, France)
Room: Refter

In face of the ever-growing complexity and heterogeneity of networked systems, automation and self-management enable new means to control, operate and optimize communication networks. Especially in wireless environments, the technologies and algorithms resulting from these principles are being deployed, taking away complexity management from operators and promising important reduction of the operational expenditures. However, the global adoption and massive use of such techniques is still quite far ahead. 

More recently, new entrants like SDN have come with appealing promises with regards to infrastructure, system, and even service management. In parallel, trends such as IoT are susceptible to drastically influence control and management paradigms due for example to the scale they impose. Similarly, the virtualization of network functions or the integration, within the network, of some novel functions will substantially change the network landscape and operational principles. 

The talk will develop on some of the recent advances in the field of automation and self-management but also on the potential gaps to fill towards a greater adoption. In that context, the positioning with regards to SDN and the possible (re-)conciliation of the approaches will be covered as well as the applicability of the management and control paradigms to emerging trends in networking.

Martin Vigoureux, Director, is head of networking research department in France, Alcatel-Lucent, Bell-Labs, since 2009. In his current position he directs the activities of the research function. He oversees the different functional phases/processes of research, analyzes and investigates tasks and prepares design specifications, analyses and recommendations. Predominantly, he is responsible for defining mid-term research vision and the associated strategy. The functional areas under his responsibility include most aspects of wireline networking (from aggregation to core network segments), including addressing, routing, forwarding, distributed resource and system control, network management, and system (e.g., router) design, together with the new business models necessary for the development of technological advances. More specifically he directs research in the following fields, Internet of Things, inter-domain and end-to-end connectivity services, IT/networks convergence, cloud networking, self-management, network synchronization, multi-layer networking, proactive and probabilistic management. 

He is co-chair of the L3VPN Working Group, Secretary of the MPLS Working Group, as well as member of the Routing Directorate, at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). He is co-chair of the Future Internet Cluster near the European Commission and as such is responsible for identifying synergies and federating the FP7 projects which address the Future Internet strategic objectives. He is member of the Scientific Committee of the Alcatel-Lucent / INRIA Common Lab.

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Wednesday, May 29

WED 08:45 - 10:30 Pervasive Management
Speaker: Robert Saracco (Telecom Italia, Italy)
Room: Refter

As telecommunications is becoming embedded and pervasive, its management should also become embedded and pervasive. We have refined our telecom management strategies under a basic assumption: we can control all the equipment involved and we just need to orchestrate all of them to provide their optimal exploitation and deliver the best possible user experience at the lower cost for the Operator. Now we have to face the fact that networks are no longer designed and deployed by Operators only, more and more equipment is beyond Operators’ control, what we used to call “terminals” are now becoming network nodes themselves and creates halo nets at the edges. The Internet of Things and With Things are further changing the scenario. Smart spaces and Smart Cities may be seen as “side effect” of these changes. The talk will address the general aspects of management in a world that is becoming an ecosystem composed of autonomous systems where the concept of centralized control is lost and replaced by the concept of “emergent behaviours”.

Roberto Saracco is the President of EIT Italy and Node Director of EIT Italy based in Trento (European Institute for Innovation and Technology). Up to December 2011 he was the Director of the Future Centre in Venice, responsible for innovative telecommunications architectures and scientific communications reporting directly to the Strategy Officer of Telecom Italia. 
In 2001 he became director of the Future Centre, a research centre focusing on the economic impact of innovations in the telecommunications area. During 1999 and 2000, Roberto proposed and delivered a World Bank project in the InfoDev framework to speed entrepreneurship in Latin American countries, and prior, 1999 and 2000, he proposed and carried out a World Bank project in the InfoDev framework to foster entrepreneurship in Latin America countries.
Roberto chaired the Visionary Group (1996-1997) on Super Intelligent Networks to steer the cooperative research at the European Union (EU) level beyond the year 2000. He has recently served as member of the Internet 2020 Strategy Group and European Research Network (GEANT) expert group. In 1994 he launched the Marketing & Communications area in CSELT, ensuring dissemination of innovation.
In the eighties, Roberto led research in Telecommunications Management in CSELT, and actively participated in standardization activities at CCITT, in the area of formal description techniques. Prior this role, he was involved in software design for the first Italian SPC systems.

In addition to CCITT, Roberto has directly, and indirectly, participated in a number of international standardization organizations including OSI, ETSI and T1M1. His leadership includes chairing an EU-level group for planning, leading European research activities in the area of software technologies, and the EURESCOM group in designing the framework for European co-operation on TMN. He has led the EURESCOM group in information modeling for Pan European Services and Network Management.

He is a senior member of IEEE, that he joined over 20 years ago. In the last 15 years he has held several leading roles and conducted a number of DLTs and DSPs. Currently he is the Director of the Sister and Related Societies of COMSOC. 
Previously he has served as VP of Member Relations, Director of Marketing, Chair of the CNOM and Enterprise Management TCs.

On the FISTERA project focused on steering research funding at the EU level, Roberto had the responsibility of forecasting technology trajectories for the next fifteen years in the area of information and communications technologies.  He is also a leader of the Council of Advisors, and has published over 100 papers in journals and magazines, six books – including “The Disappearance of Telecommunications,” which was published in the USA by IEEE press, and several articles in the scientific section of daily newspapers. He has also delivered speeches and keynotes at many international conferences.
At several stages in his career, Roberto has taught at Universities in Italy and around the world on the subject of Telecommunications, and most recently, on the New Economy. He currently lectures at the Turin Polytechnic on the aspects of multimedia and telecommunications.

Starting 2012 he has retired after 40 years in the telecommunications area from Telecom Italia to lead the EIT Italy in Trento, one of the 6 European Labs set up by the European Commission to transform research results in the Information and Telecommunication areas into market innovation.

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WED 08:45 - 10:30 NfV Architecture and Orchestration Virtualised Network Functions
Speaker: Andy Reid (British Telecom, UK)
Room: Refter

There is now a major industry initiative to separate the supply and management of more complex network equipment between that of high volume generic hardware and that of the software logic which determines the precise network functions delivering the end services. The ESTI NVF ISG is defining the use of cloud technology generic servers – the hardware – to host virtual machines – the software – which are the virtualised network functions such as mobile network controllers and gateways, firewalls, broadband access servers, carrier grade NAT, VPN gateways, etc. This architecture of virtual machines on generic servers, especially when combined with the concepts of SDN, makes possible the design of highly cost effective fault tolerant, load scalable topologies. However, composing and maintaining such topologies brings new requirements for orchestration and management systems. This presentation describes the NFV concept, its relationship with SDN, the work of the ETSI NFV ISG, and the particular challenges of orchestrating and managing the high desirable topologies that these concepts make possible.

Andy Reid is currently architect for BT’s project on network functions virtualisation. He has been particularly concerned with removing packet performance bottlenecks in hypervisors and is now concerned with the operations and management on virtualised network functions and their supporting infrastructure platform. Andy has a long history in telecoms strategy and architecture and has a particular concern with modelling, including functional modelling, data modelling, operational modelling, and performance modelling. In more recent years he has also done a substantial amount economic modelling for pricing, regulation and competition law.

Thursday, May 30

THU 08:45 - 10:30 The role of smart management in the smart network era
Speaker: Dongmyun Lee (Korea Telecom, Korea)
Room: Refter

The smart mobile revolution has changed our lives into an advanced information-oriented society. While the users have benefited from this revolution, network operators have been burdened by the rapid explosion of data traffic. Network operators, in response, have strived to improve the network efficiency and reliability not only to reduce CAPEX and OPEX but also to improve service quality. The efforts include making the network simple, scalable, and agile but, more importantly, imposing new role to the “management” of the network and services. In this talk, the key management issues and directions for network operators to sustain in the smart network business environment is touched upon.

The presentation starts from the topic of holistic management which becomes critical again as the telco’s network service, which used to be a stand-alone service, is becoming a part of the services that customers use. This change requires network operators to provide end-to-end management to stay competitive in terms of the service quality and cost. Based on this trend, network operators are extending their management scope on two different directions – extending the management scope to both the customer premises and the cloud computing infra. Especially, the traditional concept of the “infrastructure” is being widened to cover not only the network itself but also the computing infrastructure, resulting in widened framework for the infrastructure management. The talk will also touch upon the issue of software-based networking commonly known as the SDN/NFV and the implication of the change from the management viewpoint.

Dongmyun Lee is currently the head of the Infrastructure Research Laboratory in kt, responsible for providing the framework and technologies for the network innovation for kt. He joined KT in 1991 and has worked on the broadband network management, CDN, and enterprise total service businesses until 2002. After leading the technology strategy team during 2003~4, he has been in charge of BcN (Broadband Convergence Network) group in KT until 2007. During 2008~2009 he led the next generation service development TFT where his group developed SoIP and web- based services on telco platform. In 2010, he headed the enterprise service fast incubation group responsible for the integrated IT services for enterprises. During 2011~2012, he was in charge of the technology strategy office in KT.

He received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Seoul National University in 1985 and the M.S. & Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 1987 and 1991, respectively. During the graduate years, he was involved in a series of next generation computing projects. His main contributions were on developing real-time, distributed kernel and middleware, later extended to the parallel computing system software for hybercube-based parallel machine.

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THU 08:45 - 10:30 IT Service Management: How smart is it really?
Speaker: Alexander Keller (IBM, USA)
Room: Refter

In spite of advances in virtualizing and homogenizing IT infrastructures, implementing IT Service Management in real-life environments remains a challenging undertaking. It is likely to become even more complex as its role will be extended to managing interconnected non-IT systems, commonly referred to as the 'Internet of Things'. In order to continue to play a role in managing such emerging systems, IT Service Management systems will have to process unprecedented data volumes while being subject to laws and regulations that impose constraints on who can use the data and where this data is allowed to reside. 

Based on our experience of running a practice that delivers IT Service Management to customers in the USA, this keynote will review the state of the art in implementing IT Service Management and point out gaps encountered in current tools and implementations. By means of real-life examples, key considerations and critical success factors for making IT Service Management work in practice are identified and suggestions are made on how research can help improve the effectiveness of such solutions.

Alexander Keller is Director, Middleware Delivery with IBM Global Technology Services in Chicago, IL, USA. He has Profit & Loss responsibility for a 300+ person strong service delivery practice and works with many customers on complex Middleware and IT Service Management implementation projects. In addition to being a business executive, Alexander is one of 500 IBM Distinguished Engineers. Distinguished Engineers provide executive technical leadership to their business units and across the company by consulting with management on technical and business strategies and their implementation. Alexander's core areas of expertise are large-scale Discovery systems, Service Desks, Change & Configuration Management implementations, and Cloud Computing. 

Prior to joining IBM’s Global Services organization in January 2007, he managed the Service Delivery Technologies department at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Technische Universität München, Germany, in 1994 and 1998, respectively and has published more than 60 refereed papers in the area of distributed systems and IT service management. 

In order to complement his tactical perspective with a strategic view on his area of expertise, Alexander is very active in the worldwide scientific ITSM community. He chaired the technical program committees of the technical and industry tracks of the most prestigious ITSM conferences and workshops. Alexander serves on several technical program and organizing committees of related conferences and workshops and reviews many papers and research grant proposals per year. He has been a member of the IM/NOMS Technical Program Committees since 2001.