[13:00-14:00] Welcome & Keynote Speech

Speaker: K. K. Ramakrishnan

Biography: Dr. K. K. Ramakrishnan is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. Previously, he was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Labs-Research. He joined AT&T Bell Labs in 1994 and was with AT&T Labs-Research since its inception in 1996. Prior to 1994, he was a Technical Director and Consulting Engineer in Networking at Digital Equipment Corporation. Between 2000 and 2002, he was at TeraOptic Networks, Inc., as Founder and Vice President.

Dr. Ramakrishnan is an AT&T Fellow, recognized for his fundamental contributions on communication networks and lasting impact on AT&T and the industry, including his work on congestion control, traffic management and VPN services. He is an IEEE Fellow, and has received other awards. His work on the "DECbit" congestion avoidance protocol received the ACM Sigcomm Test of Time Paper Award in 2006. He has published nearly 250 papers and has 155 patents issued in his name. K.K. has been on the editorial board of several journals and has served as the TPC Chair and General Chair for several networking conferences and has been a member of the National Research Council Panel on Information Technology for NIST. K. K. received his MS from the Indian Institute of Science (1978), MS (1981) and Ph.D. (1983) in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA.

Title: Software-Based Networks: Leveraging high-performance NFV platforms to meet future communication challenges

Abstract: Communication networks are changing. They are becoming more and more “software-based.” The use of Network Function Virtualization to run network services in software enables Software Defined Networks (SDN) to create a largely software-based network. To truly achieve the vision of a high-performance software-based network that is flexible, lower- cost, and agile, a fast and carefully designed network function virtualization platform along with a comprehensive SDN control plane is needed.

Our high-performance NFV platform, OpenNetVM, enables high bandwidth network functions to operate at near line speed, while taking advantage of the flexibility and customization of low cost commodity servers. We envision a dynamic and flexible network that can support a smarter data plane than just simple switches that forward packets. We build on our OpenNetVM NFV platform by developing our SDNFV network architecture that supports complex, stateful routing of flows where processing by network functions (NFs) can dynamically modify the path taken by flows, without unduly burdening the centralized SDN controller. SDNFV proposes a hierarchical control framework where decisions are made across the SDN controller, a host-level manager, and individual VMs to best exploit state available at each level, thus increasing the network’s flexibility.

[14:00-14:30] Break

[14:30-16:00] Paper Session I: Infrastructure

Session Chair: Prof. Kai Chen, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

  • Considerations for Re-Designing the Cellular Infrastructure Exploiting Software-Based Networks

    Ali Mohammadkhan, K. K. Ramakrishnan, Ashok Sunder Rajan and Christian Maciocco

  • Role-based Campus Network Slicing

    Chien-Hsin Chen, Chien Chen, Ssu-Hsuan Lu and Chien-Chao Tseng

  • SDIG: Toward Software-Defined IPsec Gateway

    Wei Li, Fengxu Lin and Guanchao Sun

[16:00-16:30] Break

[16:30-17:30] Paper Session II: Applications

Session Chair: Prof. Jun Bi, Tsinghua University

  • Application of Evolutionary Mechanism to Dynamic Virtual Network Function Placement

    Mari Otokura, Kenji Leibnitz, Yuki Koizumi, Daichi Kominami, Tetsuya Shimokawa and Masayuki Murata

  • NeSMA: Enabling Network-Level State-Aware Applications in SDN

    Chen Sun, Jun Bi and Hongxin Hu