The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

ONF: The Path Forward

Thursday, 23 March, 12:00 - 13:30
Expo Theater II
Session Organized by ONF

Session Description

Over the last few months, the Open Networking Foundation has undergone a series of changes designed to position itself to lead the next phase of SDN and NFV. As a new technology matures and gains broader market acceptance, the people engaged with it transition from the early adopters (those eager to explore the technology's potential), to those who are more concerned about deploying it in practical, everyday usage. For the technology to achieve wider acceptance, the role of the communities nurturing it must then also evolve. It must change from mostly defining the technology to delivering fully integrated platforms and solutions. It requires a change towards creating “software defined standards” that the industry can use to accelerate and increase the adoption of SDN and NFV.
This session highlights the path forward for ONF, starting with an introductory talk from Guru Parulkar, Executive Director of ONF & ON.Lab. Guru will discuss how the new ONF, following the merger will ON.Lab, will create standards and open-source hand-in-hand towards accelerating adoption. The session also features Oguz Sunay from Argela on how the 5G control plane closely resembles, and can benefit from SDN and NFV, a topic of keen interest to the Mobile & Wireless WG at the ONF. Next we'll have Karthik Sethuraman from NEC discussing the advances made by ONF Transport WG towards the development of API's for Transport Networks. Finally, the session concludes with a talk from Marc De Leenheer from ON.Lab, on how Central Offices Re-Architected as a Datacenter (CORD) can be used by Service Providers to deliver on-demand, ZTP for Enterprise customers (E-CORD).


Steve Plote, Optics Consulting Engineer, Nokia, USA

Steve Plote, is Optics Consulting Engineer at Nokia. He is currently responsible for the support of all Nokia sales teams in the Americas as well as Channel Partners.  Focusing on Network designs for the delivery of real time, next generation services for Video transport, Carrier Ethernet, Consumer Content Distribution, and Cloud Computing.  He has personal responsibility for the network engineering and support for the WEB2.0 and Content Service Providers in North America.  Mr. Plote has more than 30 years of experience in Data Center Interconnect, Telecommunications and LAN switching and transmission solutions.  Prior to joining Nokia, he was Solutions Business Development and CSP Systems Engineering at BTI Systems and prior to that was Solutions Sales Director at Tellabs.  He has many professional memberships and committee involvements including NANOG PC, OFC, MEF, IEEE, OSA, IEC and IETF.



New ONF - Create Open Source and Standards to Accelerate SDN Adoption 
Aseem Parikh, Vice President Solutions and Partnerships at ON.Lab and ONF, USA
Aseem Parikh serves as Vice President of Solutions and Partnerships at ONF/ON.Lab, where he champions open source SDN projects - CORD and ONOS.  He is responsible for working with network operators and cloud providers to define POCs and help move those POCs to trials to deployments. Aseem brings 20+ years of global operating experience in the computer networking industry and a deep passion for product management and strategy to ON.Lab. His successful entrepreneurial pursuits include ventures acquired by Cisco in 1999 and Netlogic/Broadcom in 2008. He was responsible for securing strategic customer wins at Fortune500 enterprises including AT&T, Cadbury-Kraft (Mondelez), Comcast, Fujitsu, Huawei, Kellogg, Verizon and Virgin Media; as well as federal agencies and contractors like Harris, Lockheed Martin and NASA. Aseem holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from UCLA.
Oguz Sunjay headshotSDN and NFV on the Path Towards a Dynamic, Programmable 5G Network
Oguz Sunay, Chief Technology Officer, Argela, USA
Oguz Sunay is the CTO of Argela-USA. He is the architect for Programmable Radio Access Network Architecture (ProgRAN) for 5G based on SDN, NFV, cloud technologies, and Network Virtualization. The architecture enables dynamically programmable RAN slicing.  Dr. Sunay is also leading Argela's efforts at ON.Lab.
Dr. Sunay has held prior positions in Bell Labs, Nokia, Koc University and Ozyegin University. He holds over 25 patents on 3G and 4G and has over 20 patent applications on the ProgRAN architecture. He received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. from Queen’s University, Canada and his B.Sc. from METU, Turkey.  
ONF Transport APIs: Advancing Programmability of Transport Networks
Karthik Sethuraman, Software/SDN Architect, NEC, USA
Karthik Sethuraman is the Software/SDN Architect for Optical-IP Development at NEC Corporation of America. He has extensive experience in development of control /management software for TDM, WDM and Packet transport networks. He has been active in Transport SDN since its early days and leads the standardization of the technology in the industry. Karthik holds the position of vice-chair of ONF Open Transport WG, is co-editor of the ONF Openflow Optical Extensions, project lead of ONF Transport-API and project director for the MEF OpenCS-Transport project. Karthik has a degree in Computer Science and spent his early career in AI research.

E-CORD: Zero Touch Provisioning for the Enterprise
Marc De Leenheer, Member of Technical Staff, ON.Lab, USA
Marc De Leenheer is a Member of Technical Staff at ON.Lab, a non-profit organization that is building the key open source tools for software defined networking. Marc leads the team for IP and optical convergence, as well as the Enterprise CORD activities. He received the PhD degree in computer science from Ghent University, Belgium in 2008, followed by post-doctoral stays at the University of California Davis and Stanford University.

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