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Dave Ward

ORG Cisco Systems Title CTO and Chief Architect, Service Provider Division BIO As CTO and Chief Architect of the Service Provider Division at Cisco Systems, David is responsible for defining strategy and leading research and development of new innovation via tight partnerships with customers and academia. He is known in the industry because of his knowledge and expertise in IP/MPLS routing, high availability, network design, and systems software. He is the Routing Area Director at the IETF and chair of four Working Groups: IS-IS, HIP, BFD and Softwires. Also, he is leading the work on defining a transport profile for MPLS at the ITU-T. He speaks frequently at the North American Network Operators Group (NANOG), IETF, IEEE and RIPE conferences and collaborates with several university and private research groups, including Stanford, MIT, Cambridge and Tsinghua University.
David held the roles software architect for IOS-XR; co-system architect of the CRS-1 multi-terabit router & ASR900; and co-system architect of several next generation routers, line cards, route processors and service blades for multiple routing products in Ciscos Service Provider portfolio.
David also served as CTO of Platform Systems Division in Juniper Networks, responsible for the switches, routers and data center products in the portfolio as well as the Operating System (Junos) and ASICs. David was also a Juniper Fellow and Chief Architect working on operating system and next generation routing systems.
David graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in International Relations, and later received a Ph.D.(ABD) and Master of Science in Forestry from University of Minnesota.
David has a small vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains and an heirloom tomato farm along the St Croix River in Somerset, Wisconsin. .