2018 Internet2 Global Summit

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GÉANT Network Evolution: An Update

Time 05/09/18 10:45AM-11:45AM

Room Pacific 16-17

Session Abstract

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.


Speaker Guy Roberts GÉANT

Speaker Mian Usman GÉANT

Presentation Media

Primary track Advanced Networking

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