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Advanced Networking Session Highlights at 2018 Global Summit

Apr 23, 2018, by Linda Roos
Tags: 2018 Internet2 Global Summit, Advanced Networking, Frontpage News, Recent Posts

The world of Networking is changing with many influences in the marketplace and the academy including open systems, software-driven networks, big science collaboration and cloud. Fortunately, the upcoming Internet2 Global Summit in San Diego, CA offers many opportunities to hear about these changes and how R&E organizations are adjusting to and changing in the new environment. Here are some sessions you may want to include when planning your schedule for the Global Summit:

Sunday, May 6, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Network Automation Tools and Practices Workshop

This workshop will provide attendees the opportunity to hear from their peers from regional and campus network organizations on what tools and best practices they are deploying to improve network task automation. The workshop will also address topics around what is needed to create a NetDevOps culture in your organization.

Monday, May 7, 10:30-11:45 a.m.

Advanced Network Services Today and a Look to the Future

This session provides an opportunity for all Internet2 members to hear about the current and future activities with Internet2's Network Services and how those activities will affect Internet2 members. Included is discussion of how services best meet the needs of the regionals, the campuses, and their researchers now and in the coming years. Topics to be discussed include next generation infrastructure plans and Proof of Concept projects, Cloud Connect Access, network security, DDoS mitigation service, and expanding the community of network users.

Monday, May 7, 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.

Security Working Group

Monday, May 7, 2:45-4:00 p.m.

The Evolution of NREN Architectures

This session will consist of a number of short talks from global R&E network architects discussing how changes to the services that the customers of NRENs are demanding is driving a change in network architectures. The topics will include automation, evolution of access architectures, orchestration both within a domain and between NRENs and other service providers.

Tuesday, May 8, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Network Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) Meeting

Tuesday, May 8, 8:45-10:00 a.m.

Planning an Advanced Network in the Age of Cloud-Scale Datacenters, Open Systems, Software-Driven Everything and Big Science Collaboration

Only a few years ago, regional, national, and international networks were defined by the speed of their pipes and the ability of their network engineering staff to configure complex proprietary systems. As the global R&E ecosystem prepares for a new generation of investment, the networking industry is at an inflection point where trends that have already affected the broader IT ecosystem (open systems, cloud-scale approaches, programmability, etc.) will impact how the R&E community conceptualizes advanced networks and the ecosystem that supports global research. This session will highlight some of the changes in requirements for advanced networks and the Technology, Skills, and Planning that leaders must consider in the coming years.

Tuesday, May 8, 10:30-11:45 a.m.

Toward a National, Friction-Free Scientific Data Superhighway

At the 2017 Global Summit, Dr. Larry Smarr from UCSD provided a detailed look at the Pacific Research Platform as an NSF-funded research project which extends NSF-funded campus Science DMZs to a regional model establishing a science-driven, high-capacity, data-centric "freeway system" built on the CENIC/Pacific Wave backbone to University of California campuses, major private California research universities, several supercomputer centers and additional institutions outside of California. As part of its project scope, the Pacific Research Platform plans to help lead the effort over the next few years to explore and expand sustainable methods to scale to a national research platform. One year later at the 2018 Global Summit, Dr. Smarr, along with several leaders from the R&E networking community, will share their perspectives and approaches to the creation of additional regional research platforms across the country. Also of particular interest to these efforts is the release of the National Science Foundation's 2018 Campus Cyberinfrastructure Program Solicitation that includes targeted investment in the national coordination of advanced network performance and outreach to further scientific research. With a goal to continue to grow the interest of community stakeholders to join a national coalition of the willing, this panel will share its insights into next steps as we build toward the vision of a national, friction-free, high performance, end-to-end science-driven superhighway.

Tuesday, May 8, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Performance Working Group

Tuesday, May 8, 1:15-2:30 p.m.

SDN-Enabled Network Services for Big Data Science

This session is intended to achieve the following goals: (1) keep the R&E community informed of the latest progress on BigData Express, SDN NGenIA and SENSE; (2) collect feedback from the R&E community on our work; and (3) find potential collaborators to deploy and evaluate these SDN tools, as well as individual state of the art open source tools such as SDN NGenIA’s Fast Data Transfer (FDT) and its extensible agent-based architecture.

Wednesday, May 9, 8:45-10:00 a.m.

TransPacific R&E Networking: A Panel on Current and Future State

Research and Education networking has been steadily growing over the last few years as computing power grows in Asia by leaps and bounds. The demand on capacity between the Asia region and the US has likewise been growing. There is no sign of a slowdown as newer and more sophisticated projects such as Belle-2 in Japan, the High Luminosity phase of the LHC (HL-LHC) in Switzerland, and the SKA in Australia and South Africa will put even greater demands on trans-oceanic capacity. To respond to this, research and education networks are looking for new ways to make sure the needs of these science drivers are met. The panelists will each give a brief overview of recent developments in networking deployments, exchange points and collaborations in our community. Because submarine cable capacity is a critical part of the infrastructure, Jamie Curtis from REANNZ will discuss our plans for how REANNZ will use capacity on the new Hawaiki cable, and how that can contribute to the global R&E network including insights to the design and construction process of the 14,000km (8,700mile) submarine system. The panelists will then take questions from the audience.

Wednesday, May 9, 10:45-11:45 a.m.

GEANT Network Evolution: An Update

This session will consist of two separate talks:

  • "Opening up Optical Networking" (Guy Roberts): This session will provide an update on GÉANT's network evolution plan for our optical infrastructure. Open Line Systems (OLS) and Data Centre Interconnects (DCIs) are promising to be major disrupters in the network architectures. The technology is being proven now in data centre environment and will soon move into the WAN. The presentation will discuss how GÉANT plans to implement this technology in our network in 2018 to improve flexibility, support enhanced services and most importantly provide significant cost reductions.
  • "How much disaggregation is enough?" (Mian Usman): Applying the concept of disaggregation in a network means that network operators have to take responsibility for integrating (gluing) together different hardware and software components. This does not just imply a technical change but also a cultural shift e.g. as to who should be called when there is a problem, whether the hardware or the software company. It also requires the operations team to acquire an entirely new skillset, including strong abilities in the areas of software architecture and coding. This presentation will look at the various solutions that have been evaluated in the GÉANT lab and discusses the merits of each and how they can be applied.

Wednesday, May 9, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

DDoS Technical Working Group

Wednesday, May 9, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Integrated Service Delivery Across Service Providers and e-Infrastructures

This session will present a standards-based architecture and framework, being put forward by GEANT, for operational integration and service delivery orchestration across e-infrastructures and service providers.