Larry Peterson (Open Networking Foundation, USA)
CORD: A Multi-Access Edge Cloud
Abstract: CORD is a multi-access edge cloud, where by “multi-access edge” we mean CORD can be configured to support one or more access technologies (e.g., PON, RAN) and associated telco functions (e.g., BNG, EPC), and by “cloud” we mean that CORD hosts these and other scalable services running on virtualizing commodity hardware. What makes CORD unique is how it supports both Access-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service with a single unified architecture, making it an ideal platform for the emerging edge cloud.
This talk gives an overview of the open source ecosystem helping to build and deploy CORD, with a focus on the challenges that make the edge unique and the innovations CORD adopts to address those challenges. This includes a description of XOS, a model-based framework for specifying and operating an extensible platform like CORD.
Biography: Larry Peterson is the CTO of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus at Princeton University. He is a co-author of the best selling networking textbook "Computer Networks: A Systems Approach," and has been the technical lead on several Internet-scale distributed systems, including the widely used PlanetLab and MeasurementLab platforms, and the CoBlitz CDN (now commercially licensed by Akamai). He is currently working on the CORD access edge cloud, and leads CORD's Tech Steering Team. Peterson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE, the 2010 recipient of the IEEE Kobayashi Computer and Communication Award, and the 2013 recipient of the ACM SIGCOMM Award. He received his Ph.D. degree from Purdue University in 1985.
Abhimanyu Gosain (Northeastern University, USA)
Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research - Understanding the interplay between radio, cloud and networking in future mobile networks
This talk introduces PAWR, a $100M US public-private research partnership to support creation of four city-scale experimental platforms for advancing fundamental wireless research. This program plans to blend cutting-edge wireless and cloud innovations with a large scale geographical community. We share our vision of creating a network platform architecture, which is extremely agile, dynamic, cost-effective, adaptable, sliceable and extensible, giving unprecedented programmability and control to a broad set of researchers. The talk also details the first two Platforms addressing mmWave and Massive MIMO radio technologies and their requirements from a cloud infrastructure perspective.
We will present an emerging edge/core/network computing paradigm supported by PAWR, where heterogeneous edge devices, new air interfaces and multi-tier cloud architectures collaborate to sense, process, analyze data and create many novel applications.
Biography: Abhimanyu (Manu) Gosain is a Technical Program Director at Northeastern University. In this role, he is in charge of setting strategic goals and the research agenda for a $100 million public-private partnership for the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program. His numerous professional publications and experience exemplify use-inspired basic research in the field of networking technologies such as LTE, dispersed computing, edge computing and Internet of Things. He has organized and participated in technical program committees, workshops and panels at premier venues such as IEEE Infocom, ACM SIGCOMM, ACM MobiCom and IEEE VTC. He was formerly the lead wireless engineer for the NSF GENI program at Raytheon BBN Technologies. He is an IEEE Senior Member. He received his M.S. degree from Tufts University and M.B.A. from Boston University with High Honors.
Masahisa Kawashima (Vice President, NTT Software Innovation Center, Japan)
Hyperconvergence of Compute, Storage, and Network for IoT-Powered Enterprises
Abstract: While Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to bring a variety of benefits to enterprises, IoT applications will also bring several big technical challenges to enterprise's IT infrastructure management. One of such challenges is security. Another one is the handling of high-density data. Such challenges will force us to reconsider the recent trend of IT centralization to cloud. This keynote will highlight some of the expected technical challenges and propose the hyperconvergence of compute, storage, and network. It will also suggest several R&D items for the realization of the new architecture.
Biography: He received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Waseda University, Tokyo, in 1994 and an M.Sc. in technology management from MIT's Sloan School of Management, USA, in 2002. Dr. Kawashima is the head of NTT Software Innovation Center. He has been engaged in technology and business development at NTT since joining the organization in 1994. With his enthusiasm for technology strategies, he has accomplished several initiatives to update NTT's business operations in line with new technology trends. He played a leading role in the organization of the NTT Open Source Software Center in 2006, the strategic Wi-Fi service renewal for NTT WEST in 2011, and the release of the NFV-enabled SDWAN service platform called CLOUDWAN for NTT's global businesses in 2017.
Invited Special Session 1
Kenta Yasukawa (CTO, SORACOM, Japan)
Cloud Native Connectivity Platform for accelerating IoT innovations
Abstract: At a very high-level view, Internet of Things (IoT) systems consist of connected devices and intelligence on cloud. It sounds simple, however, there are often challenges in reality, for example, (1 there are gaps between the capability of constraint devices used in the field such as microcontrollers and cloud API requirements, (2 security is a major concern when connecting devices to the public Internet to access cloud API, and (3 securely managing device credentials for authentication implies high cost. In order to address these challenges and accelerate innovations, network operators have an important role to play. This presentation introduces a connectivity platform built on top of Amazon Web Services that addresses these challenges and walks through real world case studies to see how such a platform has accelerated IoT deployment and show live demos of the key features of the platform that has been field tested by more than 10,000 customers worldwide.
Biography: As CTO and co-founder of SORACOM, Kenta Yasukawa leads a team that has deployed the world's leading software-defined, cloud-native telecom platform, field-tested by over 10,000 customers worldwide and designed specifically for the needs of connected devices. Before co-founding Soracom, Kenta served as a Solutions Architect with AWS and conducted research for connected homes and cars at Ericsson Research in Tokyo and Stockholm. Kenta holds a PhD in Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, with additional studies in Computer Science at Columbia University's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Nick McKeown (Stanford University, USA)
Invited Special Session 2
Hiroaki Harai (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan)
R&D Testbed for IoT Networking and Computing
Abstract: NICT operates "High-speed & IoT" and "Network & Distributed Cloud" testbed, which consists of 100 Gbps Nation-wide & Asian circuits, an SDN-based IoT aware verification infrastructure, a large-scale sensor/cloud infrastructure, and a large-scale emulator. The presenter introduces the testbed open for R&D projects toward practical and social implementation. Typical use case scenarios are also presented.
Biography: Hiroaki Harai received a Ph.D. degree in information and computer science from Osaka University, Osaka, Japan in 1998. After he led R&D on innovative network architecture technologies, he has been appointed to a director general at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Tokyo, Japan since 2018, where he is leading R&D testbed construction and stable operation of networks and clouds. Dr. Harai was named an Outstanding Young Researcher at the 3rd IEEE ComSoc Asia-Pacific Young Researcher Award, 2007 (optical network topic). He received the 2009 Young Researcher Award from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (optical network topic) and a Best Paper Award in ITU Kaleidoscope Academic Conference 2014 (mobile sensor network topic).
Koji Sasayama (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
SINET5: A low-latency and high-bandwidth academic backbone network for SDN/NFV and IoT/5G cloud networking era
Abstract: SINET5 is a new 100-Gbps-based academic backbone network, which started full-scale operations in April 2016. It uses multi-protocol label switching-transport profile (MPLS-TP) systems and reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexers (ROADMs) to create a nationwide network featuring a fully-meshed topology and has more than 50 backbone IP routers to provide a wide range of services, such as several virtual private network (VPN) services. It provides end-to-end data communications up to 100 Gbps throughput, minimized-latency, and software-defined networking (SDN)-friendly functions to researchers in every Japanese prefecture. SINET5 also gives a multi-layer, dynamically-configurable and performance-tunable platform for dynamic inter-cloud connections and network functions visualization (NFV) services.
This special session briefly reviews the multi-layer network architecture, and describes new featured services; SDN-oriented layer-2 on-demand VPN services and NFV functions, and field test results for SINET5 performance and reliability. The secured wide-area mobile service test-bed incorporated in SINET5, aiming for technological progress in IoT/5G cloud networking era, which starts in Dec. 2018, is also described.
Biography: Koji Sasayama received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Kyoto University, in 1985, 1987, and 1996, respectively. He joined NTT Corporation in 1987. He had been engaged in research and development on telecommunication systems, especially photonic networking systems. He joined NII in 2014. He is a professor by special appointment of Research and Development Center for Academic Networks leading a team that has deployed the mobile network application on SINET.