The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Los Angeles Convention Center,
Los Angeles, California, USA

How will Fog Reshape Computing and Networking

Wednesday, 22 March, 15:30 - 17:00
Expo Theater II
Session organized by IEEE Cloud Computing and OpenFog Consortium 

Session Description

The emerging Internet of Things (IoT), 5G wireless systems, and a wide range of new applications such as embedded Artificial Intelligence (AI) have created the need for a new computing and networking paradigm – Fog. Rather than limiting computing to a small number of massive Clouds, Fog distributes computing, storage, control, and networking services closer to the end users along the Cloud-to-Thing continuum that can best meet user requirements. The immersive Fog can address many challenges that Cloud alone cannot effectively address, such as stringent latency requirements, limited processing and storage capabilities and battery life of a vast number of devices, network bandwidth constraints and costs, and many security and privacy concerns that arise from the emerging IoT. An immersive Fog computing and networking environment allows services to be provided closer to the users and to be better customized based on local needs. For example, local data analytics can be carried out by nearby Fog nodes, software distributions can now be hosted by Fog nodes closer to where the software is needed, operating systems and their associated services can be offered through nearby Fog nodes, time-critical 5G applications can be supported by Fog inside radio access networks, and equipment and service outsourcing (e.g., storage, hardware, servers, and networking components) can be provisioned through Fog systems.
This new Fog computing and networking paradigm will fundamentally reshape end-to-end networking and computing architectures and the industry landscapes. This panel will discuss end-to-end software architectures for enabling Fog. This will include software architectures for dynamically distributing computing, storage, networking, and control services to where they will best meet user requirements, how Fog interfaces with the Cloud and with the Things, and how to secure the distributed service architecture. We will use real-world use cases to illustrate how an immersive Fog-based software architecture can support the emerging IoT needs that cannot be easily addressed by the existing computing and networking paradigm. The panel will also discuss the new networking infrastructures that will be required to support Fog, and the new networking capabilities that will be made possible by Fog. We will discuss how Fog can help make new networking capabilities more economical, including the impact on networking technologies, such as Optical, that form the Cloud-to-Thing continuum.

Organizer and Moderator

Douglas N. Zuckerman, Past President, IEEE Communcations Society, USA
An active volunteer for more than 30 years, Doug Zuckerman is a past IEEE Division III (Communications Technology) Director, was 2008-2009 President of the IEEE Communications Society, and previously held leadership positions in conferences, publications and membership development. He received his B.S., M.S. and Eng.Sc.D degrees from Columbia University, USA, and is an IEEE Life Fellow. His professional experience, mainly at Bell Labs and Telcordia Technologies, USA, spans the operations, management and engineering of emerging communications technologies, networks and applications. His work heavily influenced early standards for management of telecommunications networks. Presently semi-retired, he was until recently Applied Communication Sciences' representative to the Optical Internetworking Forum. Much of his professional life has been dedicated to IEEE activities. His service resulted in the following honors: IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the IEEE Communications Society’s McLellan Award for meritorious service, its Conference Achievement Award, and the Salah Aidarous Memorial Award.


Adam Drobot, Chairman of the Board, OpenTechWorks, Inc., USA

Adam Drobot is an independent consultant, who has over 40 years of wide ranging experience and expertise as a technologist and hands on manager. Adam brings a unique viewpoint and capabilities to his assignments for Government, Commercial, and Institutional clients. He has a grasp of basic and applied science in many fields and brings that knowledge to the analysis, evaluation, and development of high tech business opportunities and strategies. This includes the practical creation of plans for programs, service and product offerings, and business strategies that have an inherently high degree of complexity and risk.  He currently chairs the IEEE’s IoT Initiative.

Katalin Bartfai-Walcot, Principal Engineer, Intel Strategic Technology Office, IOTG

Katalin Bártfai-Walcott is a Principal Engineer at Intel, where she leads the Distributed Orchestration and Automation architecture development and microservices team the Internet of Things (IoT) group.  Her focus is on integrating service delivery, management and control between edge, fog and cloud computing in support of sensor data analytics and insights as well as device health management and orchestration.  Katalin has over 28 years of industry experience, 22 years with IBM.  She published 28 technical papers and several IBM Redbooks.  She has spoken at numerous seminars and conferences since 1995, holds 17 patents, and has received IBM’s Chairman’s Award for her work on building the Linux Services and Support strategy.

Tao Zhang, Cisco Systems, Board Director of OpenFog Consortium, USA

Dr. Tao Zhang, an IEEE Fellow and Cisco Distinguished Engineer, joined Cisco in 2012 as Chief Scientist for Smart Connected Vehicles and has also been leading the creation of strategies and technology for IoT and Fog Computing. He has 25+ years of experience directing research and product development. He co-founded and is a Board Director for OpenFog. He is CIO and a Board Governor of IEEE ComSoc. He co-founded and was a Board Director for Connected Vehicle Trade Association. He holds 50+ patents and co-authored two books “Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy” and “IP-Based Next Generation Wireless Networks”.

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