The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Fog Computing and Optical Networking – What’s Next?

Tuesday, 13 March, 12:45-14:15
Theater III, Hall B2
Session organized by IEEE and OpenFog Consortium

Session Description

Last year’s OFC featured a show floor panel introducing Fog Computing and Networking (FCN) to the optical communications and networking community.  A relatively small percentage of attendees had been familiar with Fog.  The current panel will update the attendees on important developments during the past year and point towards what’s next for Fog Computing and Networking, especially within the optical domain, e.g. for metro-DCI innovations. 
Clouds alone are becoming increasingly inadequate for supporting the emerging systems and applications, such as Internet of Things (IoT), 5G wireless systems, Big Data, edge analytics, and embedded Artificial Intelligence (AI).  Fog computing and networking – or Fog – has emerged to fill the gaps by bringing computing, networking, management, and control functions anywhere along the cloud-to-things continuum where these functions can best meet users’ requirements.    The immersive fogs can address many challenges that clouds cannot effectively address, such as enabling real-time edge analytics and local control, connecting and protecting the vast spectrum of resource-constrained devices, and overcoming network bandwidth and availability constraints. For example, data-center computing can use machine learning to dynamically optimize the optical transmission coding schemes, or edge node computing could enable faster establishment of network connections of end-user apps. This new Fog paradigm calls for fundamental rethinking of computing and networking architectures, and can disrupt existing business models and reshape industry landscapes.
The industries, from chipmakers to networking companies to software companies to application developers to IoT vertical technology providers and users, are devoting significant efforts to develop Fog technologies. The OpenFog Consortium (OpenFog), consisting of industry movers and leading academic institutions are developing an open fog reference architecture and building a global ecosystem to accelerate market adoption of Fog. The many profound research challenges in Fog Computing and Networking are also drawing a booming interest in the academia. A growing number of universities and R&D organizations have launched Fog-related initiatives. We have witnessed a breadth of new workshops, panels, and journal special issues on Fog Computing and Networking over the past couple of years. Government agencies around the world are initiating new R&D programs on Fog.
On this panel, industry, academia and government experts from different regions of the world will discuss their visions on the road ahead on Fog Computing and Networking. They will discuss what they have been working on and the technical challenges and opportunities they foresee.


Doug ZuckermanDouglas N. Zuckerman, Consultant, Vencore Labs, USA

Doug is a longstanding active IEEE volunteer leader.  He currently serves on the IEEE Communications Society’s Board of Governors, Future Directions Committee, Big Data steering committee. represents IEEE on the OpenFog Consortium Board of Directors. and is a past IEEE Communications Society president. He received BS, MS and PhD degrees from Columbia University and is an IEEE Life Fellow. His career at Bell Labs and Telcordia Technologies spanned the operations, management and engineering of emerging communications technologies, networks and applications. His work heavily influenced standards for management of telecommunications networks. Currently, he is a Consultant for Vencore Labs (Applied Communications Sciences).


Abdella BattouNamed Data Networking (NDN) and Fog Computing

Abdella Battou, Division Chief, Advanced Network Technologies Division, NIST, USA
Abdella Battou is the Division Chief of the Advanced Network Technologies Division, within The Information Technology Lab at NIST. He also leads the Cloud Computing Program. Before joining NIST in 2012, Abdella served as the Executive Director of The Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX) GigaPop founded by The University of Maryland, The George Washington University, The Georgetown University and The Virginia Polytechnic Institute. From 2000 to 2009, he was Chief Technology Officer, and Vice President of Research and Development for Lambda Optical Systems, where he was responsible for overseeing the company's system architectures, hardware design and software development teams. Additionally, he served as senior research scientist for the Naval Research Laboratory's high-speed networking group, Center for Computational Sciences from 1992 to 2000. Dr. Battou holds a PhD and MSEE in Electrical Engineering from the Catholic University of America.

Loukas ParaschisDCI Transport System Optimization for Distributed Metro Architectures

Loukas Paraschis, Senior Director, Cloud Transport, Infinera, USA
Senior Director of data-center transport for Internet cloud and content providers at Infinera. From 2007 to 2015, Loukas was Cisco’s business development manager and then senior technology architect for wireline transport in global service provider, and before (2000-2006) product line manager and technical leader in Cisco’s routing and optical networking. He graduated from Stanford University (PhD1999, MS 1998) where he worked at the Optical Information Systems and Networking Research laboratories, has (co)authored more than 100 peer‐reviewed publications, invited, and tutorial presentations, a book, two book chapter, three patents, and has many IEEE and OSA leadership positions, including OFC steering committee, JOCN associate editor, OSA Fellow (2011), IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer (2009).

Dan PittOptical Transport Orchestration and Automation for Distributed Clouds

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 March 2011 until September 2016 and since January 2017 has been Senior Vice President of MEF. Prior to ONF he ran and advised startup companies in Silicon Valley, Australia, and Canada and served as Dean of Engineering at Santa Clara University. He 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. in mathematics from Duke and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of Illinois.

Tao ZhangFog Computing and Networking: The Road Ahead

Tao Zhang, Distinguished Engineer / Sr. Director, Cisco Systems, USA
For more than 25, Dr. Tao Zhang, an IEEE Fellow, has focused his leadership on creating innovations and transforming them into practical solutions. He joined Cisco in 2012 as Chief Scientist for Smart Connected Vehicles and has since been driving strategies and technology for IoT security and fog computing. He is a cofounder and board director of OpenFog Consortium and CIO and board governor of IEEE ComSoc. He was cofounder and board director of Connected Vehicle Trade Association. He holds 50+ patents, and co-authored two books “Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy” (2012) and “IP-Based Next Generation Wireless Networks” (2004).

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