Wireless Networks: SDN and NFV

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 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: TBD
Organizer: Firouz Behnamfar, Vishal Sharma

Speaker: Dr. Sassan Ahmadi

Bio: Dr. Sassan Ahmadi is a Director and Principal Wireless and RF Systems Architect with Xilinx Inc. (San Jose, CA USA) and a cellular standards expert with 30 years of experience in signal processing, system engineering and communication system design as well as cellular systems standards development. Previously, he held senior positions at Apple, Intel and Nokia. He has authored two recent books on wireless communications, “LTE-Advanced, A Practical Systems Approach to Understanding 3GPP LTE Releases 10 and 11 Radio Access Technologies”, Academic Press, 2013 and “Mobile WiMAX, A Systems Approach to Understanding IEEE 802.16m Radio Access Technology”, Academic Press, 2010 and over 50 patents. He has taught graduate courses at Stanford University since 2014 and University of California, San Diego between 2000 and 2003. He received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering (Signal Processing and Communication Systems) in 1988, 1990, and 1997, respectively.

Title: Future of Wireless Networks: SDN/NFV, MEC and Network Slicing

Abstract: The 5th generation of mobile broadband wireless networks are expected to meet the challenging system and service requirements of the existing and the new applications in 2020 and beyond. The demand for mobile and connected society is characterized by substantial growth in connectivity and traffic density, heterogeneous network densification, and broad range of new use cases and business models. As a result, there is a need to push the envelope of the 5G system/network performance to the limits in order to guarantee higher network capacity, higher user throughput, higher spectrum utilization, wider bandwidths, lower latency, lower power consumption, more reliability, more connection density, and higher mobility through virtualized and software-defined networks.

SDN, NFV, MEC and generally cloud technologies enable networks to be detached from their underlying physical infrastructure so that they can programmatically provide network and connectivity as a service. Cloud RAN as a promising architecture exploits a combination of virtualization, centralization and coordination techniques with separation of control and user planes. In C-RAN architecture, network functions in core network and access network can be close, even on the same platform, which helps reduce latency and improves QoE. An alternative approach known as mobile edge computing architecture places computing resource at the edge of access network near the base stations and mobile users. Network slices can be configured to meet the needs of broad range of applications supported by various device types, whether they require low latency, minimal power consumption or wide area coverage. Slicing can therefore provide the necessary support for differentiated service offerings.

In this talk, we will discuss the fundamental concepts, implementation, and limitations of new wireless network architectures and how they can address the increasing variety and demands of new applications/services.

Speaker: Patrick Nolan

Bio: Patrick Nolan is a Sr. Manager of Engineering & Operations at T-Mobile who has been in the Telecommunications industry for over 20 years. He has worked for and consulted to companies such as Sprint, AT&T Wireless, and T-Mobile. His most extensive experience is in the design, deployment and performance optimization of the Radio Access Network. He holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada

Title: Understanding Drivers of Change within a Wireless Operator

Abstract: Abstract: If you look back at the evolution of wireless networks, the changing demands on those networks, and how operators have adjusted, you can begin to understand how they think. The main drivers of change for operators are typically customer demand and operational costs. If you look at how operators have behaved in the past under these two constraints and you forecast how these constraints will change, you can predict what the operators will do and what they will need.

Speaker: Tom Tofigh & Mingeun Yoon

Bio: Tom Tofigh: Tom is currently a Principal Member of Technical Staff in the AT&T’s Domain 2.0 architecture and planning Labs at AT&T. He has been working with On.lab on AT& specific use cases for CORD projects. He holds over 30 patents awarded and many more pending.
Mingeun Yoon:
Mingeun has more than 13 years of experience in the area of mobile core network since he joined SK Telecom in 2002. He is now a member of 5G Technology team of SK telecom R&D center, where he is working on designing the next generation mobile network architecture mostly by leveraging SDN and NFV.

Title: On.lab Mobile CORD Initaitive

Abstract: This talk is about On.lab Mobile CORD use case which utilized the open platforms and white boxes to democratize the interfaces. It provides a reference platform known as CORD (central office re-architected as data center) based on open SDN/NFV and disaggregated RAN and EPC. M-CORD provided use case examples for mobile edge & takes advantage of open source control plane for service composition, and Open Platforms (White Box) to open up the interfaces (RAN/Core). The talk will include support for E2E network slicing and distributed control planes