Trends and Dynamics shaping the Data Center

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 at 6:30 PM

TI Auditorium


6:30 - 7:00 PM Networking & Refreshments
7:00 - 8:00 PM Talks
8:00 - 8:30 PM Panel Session
8:30 - 8:45 PM Speaker Appreciation & Adjournment

Chair: Saurabh Sureka
Organizer: Saurabh Sureka

Session Abstract:Significant innovation is taking place in Data Center Networks, driven by a radical change in the scale and the nature of the workloads driven by Cloud infrastructure. IEEE ComSoc SCV brings together the experts from Silicon and Fabric domains to discuss the trends and dynamics that are shaping the design of future data centers.

Speaker: Ariel Hendel

Title: Data Center Network Architecture and Components

Speaker: Jon Hudson

Title: The Evolving Design of Ethernet Fabrics for the Data Center

Abstract: The Data Center is changing. New technologies like 40G/100G are here, 400G and 1.6Tb are around the corner. Evolving storage technologies like iSCSI TLV, FCoE and pNFS are giving new options for demanding applications. Successful features of other protocols like RDMA are being brought into the fold. Most importantly the number of devices that we are being asked to manage and going up exponentially, and your headcount is not. This means that networks must get more efficient with the any to any always active always on characteristics of protocols like TRILL, and also become more intelligent, easier to deploy, programmatic and policy based. For a next generation datacenter, you need a next generation network, you need an Ethernet Fabric.
In the talk, we will look at the evolving design of Ethernet Fabrics - what are Ethernet Fabrics doing well today, where should we expect to see improvements and why you should care. What sort of features should you be looking for in a fabric. What the current state of the technology is looking at protocols like TRILL and SPB. How is virtualization adding new demands and requirements. And six months after installation how should you expect Ethernet Fabrics to change they way you care and feed your Data Center.

Speaker: Donald Eastlake

Bio: Donald Eastlake is a Principal Engineer with Huawei Technologies working on advanced network product research and standards. He was previously with Cisco Systems and before that with Motorola Laboratories.
Donald is co-Chair of the IETF TRILL Working Group that is specifying the protocol standards for Routing Bridges as well as the author of the TRILL base protocol standard, Chair of the IETF Point to Point Protocol Extensions (PPPEXT)) Working Group, and Chair of the IEEE 802.11ak Task Group. He was former the Chair of the IEEE 802.11 Mesh Networking Task Group and the original architect of DNS Security. He is the author of over 58 IETF RFCs.

Title: Overview of TRILL (Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links)

Abstract: TRILL combines the benefits of routing and bridging in a way disruptive to previously established technologies. TRILL was invented by Radia Perlman, inventor of the Spanning Tree protocol and IS-IS (actually, DECnet Phase 5 which was ISOized into IS-IS) but the field was almost wide open then. This presentation will briefly describe the TRILL protocol, its history, and possible future.