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Keynote #1-1 (Tuesday, June 7, 2016)DongmyunLee

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Title: Vision and Issues for Network Softwarization

Speaker: Dongmyun Lee – CTO & SEVP, KT, Korea


The first generation of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) has been focused on performance enhancement of networking software against that of dedicated-hardware. Global operators and vendors have tried to deploy SDN/NFV based on their own innovation strategies and core competencies. Those commercial cases include enterprise network virtualization, operator’s central office virtualization, mobile core network virtualization, transport SDN, WAN-scale NFV, and much more. Based on those experiences, they are analyzing new requirements and setting up strategies for the next generation SDN and NFV commercialization.

This talk introduces the experiences of SDN and NFV trials, then addresses the new requirements, issues and perspectives for commercializing next generation SDN and NFV. Notable areas include end-to-end orchestration, operation-and-maintenance, third-party solution integration, standardized evaluation, and so on. They envision sustainable SDN/NFV commercialization system with virtuous circular scheme for networking and IT integrated development and operation.


Dongmyun Lee is currently the CTO and the head of the Institute of Convergence Technology in KT. He joined KT in 1991 and has worked on the networking areas including ATM, broadband network management, CDN, and enterprise total service businesses until 2002. After leading the technology strategy team during 2003~2004, he has been in charge of BcN (Broadband Convergence Network) group in KT until 2007. During 2008~2010, he led the development of next generation residential and enterprise services. Starting from 2011, he has been in charge of the technology strategy and the network/service innovation initiative in KT.

He received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Seoul National University in 1985 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of
Science and Technology in 1987 and 1991, respectively. His main research areas were real-time distributed operating system and parallel computing.


Keynote #1-2 (Tuesday, June 7, 2016)Jinsung_Choi

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TitleSoftware Defined RAN (SDRAN) Evolution: Challenges and Opportunities

Speaker: Alex Jinsung Choi – CTO & EVP, SKT, Korea


Mobile Traffic has been increased rapidly and the amount of traffic varies according to time, place, and big event. It is difficult for operators to cope with the change of traffic using legacy RAN, because it has the H/W centric structure. This stiff structure leads to high cost when the operators try to reallocate radio resources dynamically. To increase radio resource utilization and reduce TCO, Rearchitecture of RAN(referred to SDRAN) is required. This new architecture is characterized by open H/W, open S/W, user plane-control plane separation, L1 split and business enabling platform(MEC: Mobile Edge Cloud).

SDRAN will have challenges such as mission critical requirement, real time processing, and capacity issues. To exceed those challenges, SK Telecom is trying to develop SDRAN trial system and leading the global ecosystem: OCP, TIP, and ON.Lab


Dr. Alex Jinsung Choi is serving as CTO, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate R&D Center. He joined SK Telecom in 2012 as Executive Vice President and Head of Technology Strategy Office. He is responsible for building the company’s technology roadmaps and strategies aimed at securing technology leadership in the rapidly-evolving mobile marketplace. In line with the company’s efforts to open a new 5G era, his focus is currently on developing next generation network and future ICT technologies including 5G, NFV/SDN, SDDC, Hadoop, Cloud & Big Data, Quantum Communication, Video Cloud, Media and IoT.

Choi has over 20 years of experience in the mobile telecommunications industry. Before joining SK Telecom, he held various key positions at LG Electronics including EVP & Head of Mobile Communications Business Unit, EVP & Head of Mobile Core Technology Lab and SVP & Head of Next-Generation Telecommunications Lab. Choi is credited with developing the world’s first LTE handset modem chip and launching LG’s first Android smartphone. He has also actively participated in global standardization activities through 3GPP/3GPP2, NGMN, OMA and ITU.

He received his Bachelor’s degree in Control and Instrumentation Engineering from Seoul National University; and Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering and Doctor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California.


Keynote #1-3 (Tuesday, June 7, 2016)Dr Chih-Lin I

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Title: SDX: E2E Architecture of 5G

Speaker: Chih-Lin I – Chief Scientist, China Mobile, China


5G network is anticipated to meet the extremely challenging and diverse requirements of mobile traffic in the 2020’s in various deployment scenarios, which are characterized by super high data rate, low latency, high mobility, high energy efficiency, and high traffic density. For a sustainable development of CT industry, much shorter time to market, much faster turnaround of new network capabilities, and more flexible and more efficient network operation are required in both the core network and radio access network. Soft is a paramount E2E theme.

Towards a “Soft, Green and Super-Fast” 5G, CMCC’s 5G R&D activities since 2011 followed several innovative R&D themes:1) Rethinking Shannon to start a green journey on wireless systems; 2) Rethinking Ring & Young for no more “cells”; 3) Rethinking signaling & control to make network applications- and load-aware; 4) Rethinking antennas to make Base Stations “invisible” via SmarTiles; 5) Rethinking spectrum & air interface to enable wireless signals to “dress for the occasion”; 6) Rethinking fronthaul to enable Soft RAN via next generation fronthaul interface (NGFI); and 7) Rethinking the protocol stack for flexible configurations of diversified access points and user-centric resource allocation.

Based on the innovative R&D themes, an E2E 5G network architecture of CMCC is proposed, featured by software defined core network with network function virtualization, user-centric soft RAN with flexible multi-connectivity, protocol stack and fronthaul interface function split, and software defined air interface to meet the diverse demands by reconfiguring combinations of the physical layer building blocks. This talk will give a comprehensive overview of CMCC’s 5G E2E network architecture and key technical enablers.


Chih-Lin I received her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She has been working at multiple world-class companies and research institutes leading the R&D, including AT&T Bell Labs; Director of AT&T HQ, Director of ITRI Taiwan, and VPGD of ASTRI Hong Kong. She received the IEEE Trans. COM Stephen Rice Best Paper Award, is a winner of the CCCP National 1000 Talent Program, and has won the 2015 Industrial Innovation Award of IEEE Communication Society for Leadership and Innovation in Next-Generation Cellular Wireless Networks.

In 2011, she joined China Mobile as its Chief Scientist of wireless technologies, established the Green Communications Research Center, and launched the 5G Key Technologies R&D. She is spearheading major initiatives including 5G, C-RAN, high energy efficiency system architectures, technologies and devices; and green energy. She was an Area Editor of IEEE/ACM Trans. NET, an elected Board Member of IEEE ComSoc, Chair of the ComSoc Meetings and Conferences Board, and Founding Chair of the IEEE WCNC Steering Committee.

She was a Professor at NCTU, an Adjunct Professor at NTU, and currently an Adjunct Professor at BUPT. She is the Chair of FuTURE 5G SIG, an Executive Board Member of GreenTouch, a Network Operator Council Founding Member of ETSI NFV, a Steering Board Member of WWRF, a member of IEEE ComSoc SDB, SPC, and CSCN-SC, and a Scientific Advisory Board Member of Singapore NRF. Her current research interests center around “Green, Soft, and Open”.


Keynote #2-1 (Wednesday, June 8, 2016)Guru Parulkar, Dan Pitt

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Title: CORD: Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter

Speaker: Guru Parulkar – Consulting Professor, Stanford & Founder/Executive Director of ON.Lab, USA


CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter, combines NFV, SDN, and the elasticity of commodity clouds to bring datacenter economics and cloud agility to the Telco Central Office. CORD lets the operator manage their Central Offices using declarative modeling languages for agile, real-time configuration of new customer services. CORD leverages all OCP hardware and merchant silicon and white boxes for CO fabric, servers, and access; open source platforms such as OpenStack, Docker, ONOS, and XOS; and a set of open and closed services. Major service providers like AT&T, SK Telecom, Verizon, China Unicom and NTT Communications and a long list of vendors and systems integrators are already supporting CORD.

The CORD partnership has created and demonstrated three versions of CORD: (1) Residential-CORD for residential customers over GPON (2) Mobile-CORD for mobile customers with disaggregated and virtualized RAN and EPC and mobile edge computing; and (3) Enterprise-CORD to support enterprise customers with MEF and SD-WAN services including virtual network on demand. The CORD partnership plans to create and support open reference implementation of [R,E,M]CORD for the community to use and build on.

The talk will provide an overview of CORD, its progress so far and the future plans.


Guru Parulkar is Executive Director of Open Networking Research Center, Executive Director of Open Networking Lab, and Consulting Professor of EE at Stanford University.

Guru has been in the field of networking for over 25 years. He joined Stanford in 2007 as Executive Director of its Clean Slate Internet Design Program.  At Stanford Guru helped create three programs: OpenFlow / Software-Defined Networking, Programmable Open Mobile Internet 2020, and Stanford Experimental Data Center Laboratory.

Prior to Stanford, Guru spent four years at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and worked with the broader research community to create programs such as GENI, Future Internet Design, and Network of Sensor Systems. Guru received NSF Director’s award for Program Management excellence.

Before NSF Guru founded several startups including Growth Networks (acquired by Cisco) and Sceos (IPO’d as Ruckus Wireless). Guru served as Entrepreneur in Residence at NEA in 2001 and received NEA’s Entrepreneurship Award.

Prior to this Guru spent over 12 years at Washington University in St. Louis where he was a Professor of Computer Science, Director of Applied Research Laboratory and the head of research and prototyping of high performance networking and multimedia systems.

Guru received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Delaware in 1987. Guru is a recipient of the Alumni Outstanding Achievement award and the Frank A. Pehrson Graduate Student Achievement award.


Keynote #2-2 (Wednesday, June 8, 2016)AkihiroNakao

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Title: Application-Driven Network Softwarization

Speaker: Aki Nakao – University of Tokyo, Japan


Network softwarization is an overall transformation trend for designing, implementing, deploying, managing and maintaining network equipment and network components by software programming, exploiting characteristics of software such as flexibility and rapidity of design, development and deployment throughout the lifecycle of network equipment and components.

In this keynote speech, we discuss the recent design and development of highly flexible infrastructure driven by end-to-end application quality, utilising the concept of network softwarization, especially, for next generation mobile network infrastructure.


Prof. Dr. Akihiro NAKAO received B.S.(1991) in Physics, M.E.(1994) in Information Engineering from the University of Tokyo. He was at IBM Yamato Laboratory, Tokyo Research Laboratory, and IBM Texas Austin from 1994 till 2005. He received M.S.(2001) and Ph.D.(2005) in Computer Science from Princeton University.

He is a full professor and also a department chair at Interfaculty Initiative in Information  Studies, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University. He has also been appointed by the Japanese government as a chairman of network architecture committee of the fifth generation mobile network promotion forum (5GMF) in Japan.


Keynote #3-1 (Thursday, June 9, 2016)Robert_Szabo5

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Title: Network Function Virtualization and Flexible Service Chaining in Multi-Domain/Provider Environments: Recent Developments

Speaker: Robert Szabo – Ericsson, Hungary


Cloud networks provide various services on top of virtualized compute and storage resources. The flexible operation and optimal usage of the underlying infrastructure are realized by resource orchestration methods and virtualization techniques developed during the recent years. In contrast, service deployment and service provisioning in carrier networks have several limitations in terms of flexibility, scalability or optimal resource usage as the built-in mechanisms are strongly coupled to the physical topology and special purpose hardware elements. Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) opens the door between cloud and carrier networks by providing software-based telecommunication services which can run in virtualized environment on general purpose hardware. Our goals are to unify software (NFV) and network (service chaining) resource management into a common framework that could be used for end-to-end service creation.

In the framework of the EU-FP7 UNIFY project we created novel architecture supporting automated, dynamic service creation based on a fine-granular service chaining model, SDN and cloud virtualization techniques. As a sequel, in the scope of the EU H2020 5G Private Public Partnership program’s 5G Exchange project, we work on multi-provider extensions to enable dynamic NFV and SFC services across multiple provider domains.

The talk will summarize recent developments and some learning based on corresponding proof of concept prototype implementations.


RóbertSzabó, PhD is a master researcher at Ericsson Research, Hungary since 2013. At Ericsson, he is the technical coordinator of the EU-FP7 integrated project: Unifying Cloud and Carrier Networks (UNIFY) and the Project Coordinator of the H2020 5G-PPP 5G Exchange innovation action. He was the co-organizer of the “Network Virtualization” full day workshop at the Future Internet Assembly event, in Athens, Greece, 2014. He was the TPC co-chair of the Third European Workshop on Software Defined Networks (EWSDN) at Budapest, Hungary, 2014. Dr. Szabo has an associate professor position (part time) at the Department of Telecommunications and Media Informatics (TMIT), Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME). He was the president of the Telecommunications Section of the Scientific Association for Infocommunications (HTE), Hungary (2005-2007). He was the deputy head of the TMIT, BME (2008-2010). He was the head of the High Speed Networking Lab (HSNLab), a research group at BME (2007-2012). His researches were supported by the János Bolyai Scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Science (MTA). He was a member of the Future Internet Award jury between 2010 and 2013. He served in the TPC of several conferences and workshops. He is co-author of over 80 publications. His current research focus is on software defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV) and service function chaining (SFC). He is one of the editors of the policy-based research management area draft at IRTF NFVRG.


Keynote #3-2 (Thursday, June 9, 2016)Kohei_Shiomoto

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Title: NetroSphere and NetworkAnalytics – Innovation of network architecture and operation beyond SDN/NFV evolution

Speaker: Kohei Shiomoto – NTT Labs, Chair of IRTF NFV RG, Japan


As a number of diversified network equipments are deployed in the carrier networks, we need to overcome the limit of development, technology, and operation by transforming from vertically-integrated silo-style development to horizontal collaborative open innovation. Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is expected to create horizontal collaborative open innovation by enabling  softwarized functions running over commodity server and switch-router hardware. We are pursuing component-level disaggregation beyond SDN/NFV to create healthy sustainable ecosystem where new players can join without any barriers. NetroSphere is a paradigm where we deepen disaggregation into component-level and assemble components to provide agile and adaptive services to service provider and to reduce cost by commoditization. In order to reduce cost, support service creation, and improve resiliency and agility, NetroSphere introduces (1) Separation between optics and electronics, (2) Separation of functions from equipment, and (3) Separation of resources from equipment.

NetworkAnalytics is a key enabler of NetsroSphere concept, where we understand what’s going on network by analyzing diversified kinds of data (traffic measurement, QoE, configuration, error, SNS, etc.) collected from inside and outside of networks and to provide value to two-sided: end-users and service providers after we extract intelligence from analyzed data. However, today’s circumstances surrounding telecom carriers is getting complicated. Telecom carriers face two-sided situation where they have to provide value to both end-users and service providers. Service providers generate traffic source and have strong influence traffic demand matrix while end users enjoy fixed-mobile diversified services (web browsing, video streaming, etc.) making traffic prediction hard. Carrier network is growing and getting complicated with a number of diversified network equipments provided by multi-vendors. To cope with the complicated situation, we are pursuing inter-disciplinary research framework by combining research fields such as machine learning theory, control-theory, information theory in addition to optimization theory, graph theory, statistical analysis, queuing theory, etc. Traffic data, syslog data, and Twitter data is analyzed for various network operations: traffic-engineering, trouble-shooting, QoE-sentiment analysis. We call this inter-disciplinary as “NetworkScience”. where different field of technologies are employed in addition to existing network technologies. Machine-learning, information theory, control theory, etc. are introduced.

This keynote provided an overview of R&D activities on NetroSphere and NetworkAnalytics conducted in NTT R&D labs.


Kohei Shiomoto is Senior Manager of Communication & Traffic Service Quality Project, NTT Network Technology Laboratories, NTT, Tokyo, Japan.  He joined the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), Tokyo, Japan in April 1989. He has been engaged in R&D of high-speed networking including ATM, IP, (G)MPLS, and IP+Optical networking in NTT labs. From August 1996 to September 1997 he was a visiting scholar at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, USA. Since July 2012, he has been leading Communication & Traffic Service Quality Project of NTT Network Technology Laboratories, NTT, Tokyo, Japan. He received the B.E., M.E., and Ph.D degrees in information and computer sciences from Osaka University, Osaka in 1987 1989, and 1998, respectively. He is a Fellow of IEICE, a Senior Member of IEEE, and a member of ACM.