The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Network Analytics in Next-Generation Optical Transport

Wednesday, 22 March, 13:45 - 15:15
Expo Theater II
Session organized by IEEE Big Data Initiative
IEEE Big Data

Session Description

New streaming telemetry methodologies, and related network analytics, have been increasingly discussed as an important “SDN” innovation in next‐generation wide‐area (WAN) transport. More specifically, leading network operators have proposed innovative WAN automation and abstraction “SDN” frameworks (OpenConfig, Open‐ROADM) which identify telemetry as a very important use‐case. More specifically, OpenConfig identifies telemetry as its top priority, and explicitly aims to remove the limitations of the current network monitoring technologies (notably SNMP), by replacing traditional data‐pull implementations with data‐streaming monitoring, starting a couple of years ago from routing analytics. It has already enjoyed significant evidence of success in “all you can eat” streaming telemetry implementations from all the major routing vendors! This trend has now (last 12 months) been extended to optical transport, with initial focus on the DCI WDM.

The underlying motivation for this evolution in network operations is to a great extent related to the pervasive “scale‐out” of “SDN”-related automation, abstraction, and data‐analytics innovations employed initially inside the data‐centers (DCs). In this sense, the automation “gold standards” set by hyper‐scale compute inside the Weboperators’ massively scalable DCs are now being extended to WANs, with the exciting end‐goal of a fully autonomic, policy‐driven network operation paradigm with very little (if any) human intervention. However, extending the automation achievements of compute to networking, let alone WAN, presents a few significant challenges; notably WANs are characterized by significantly more heterogeneity in technology (hardware and software), failure modes, and performance metrics (e.g. latency variation in the WAN can be 3 to 9 orders of magnitude bigger than in compute).

This panel of senior members of network operations and engineering from service providers (traditional telecom, cable, and cloud/content) will discuss the most important characteristics, and value of network streaming telemetry and data‐analytics in next generation WAN transport. Building on the two previous related OFC panels – on SDN Transport for Cloud Services (2015), and System Disaggregation in Transport (2016), it will also aim to identify the synergies among SDN, disaggregation, and big‐data for transport of the next‐generation of cloudbased service delivery. Among the many interesting topics, the panel will particularly aim to explore:
  • What are the key technology and system innovations in this new generation of WAN telemetry (compared to previous telemetry ideas that started from the Bell Labs E2A architecture 30 years ago)? For example, GOOG reported at OFC 2016 on leveraging (SPRING) routing inside the DC for OAM&P, how useful would SPRING based telemetry may be for WAN packet, and even optical, transport?
  • What are the key similarities and differences in network monitoring and data-analytics between routing and optical transport? For example, how appropriate would the initial “all you can eat” streaming telemetry implementations in routers be also in optical transport systems?  


Loukas ParaschisLoukas Paraschis, Senior Director Data-Center Transport, Infinera, USA

Loukas (Lucas) Paraschis is senior director of data‐center transport for Internet cloud and content providers at Infinera. From 2007‐2015 Loukas was cisco’s senior technology architect for WAN transport in global service provider, and before a cisco technical leader in optical networking and routing (2006‐2000). He completed graduate studies at Stanford University (PhD applied physics 1999, MS EE 1998), has (co)authored more than 100 peer‐reviewed publications, invited, and tutorial presentations, a book, two book chapter, and three patents, and has been associate editor for the Journal of Optical Communication and Networks, guest editor of the Journal of Lightwave Technology, chair of multiple conference organizing committees, Fellow of the OSA (2011), senior member of the IEEE (2006), and was an IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer (2009). Loukas was born in Athens, Greece, where he completed his undergraduate studies.


Jamie Gaudette, Manager of Optical Network Architecture and Development, Microsoft, USA

Jamie Gaudette is the Manager of Optical Network Architecture and Development at Microsoft in Redmond, WA, USA, where he designs and builds a world-class open data center network and develops open networking software.  Before Microsoft, Jamie designed industry leading networking hardware and software with Ciena and Nortel in Ottawa, Canada.  He has 4 US patents in optical networking, is the author of the current ITU G.977 specification for undersea cables, and has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University in Canada. 

Gaya Nagarajan, Director Network Engineering and Architecture, Facebook, USA

Gaya manages the Engineering team responsible for all architecture and engineering for network infrastructure outside of datacenters, comprising of both IP and Optical elements. Prior to joining Facebook, he worked at Brocade building and managing teams, focusing mainly on delivering products to large service providers architectures. He has more than 10 years of experience in networking after completing his masters at University of Kansas. 

Dan Pitt, Senior Vice President, MEF, USA

Dan Pitt has been a leading voice of the SDNFV movement since its inception. He served as executive director of ONF from its public launch in 2011 until late last year. Since January he has been senior vice president of MEF, driving technical and ecosystem development for the creation of services built on the new infrastructure. Prior to ONF he ran and advised startup companies in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, served as dean of engineering at Santa Clara University, held executive management roles at Nortel Networks and Bay Networks, developed and managed networking technology and HP and IBM, and taught computer science and electrical engineering at Duke and UNC. He holds a B.S. from Duke and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois.

Anees Shaikh, Network Architect, Google, USA

Anees Shaikh is with the Network Architecture team at Google where he works on operational aspects related to SDN, cloud networking, network visibility, and configuration and management in Google’s production networks.  Prior to joining Google, he was the Chief SDN Architect in IBM System Networking where he was responsible for IBM's software-defined networking product architecture and technical strategy, including leading IBM’s open source networking engagements.

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