Getting ready for SCTE Cable-Tec Expo? I know we are. Let’s dive into what we have been working on so you know what to look forward to. While you might not be able to climb up into our truck to visit the Ciena Innovation Lab,  we’ve got a close second – you’ll be able to tour the truck virtually to see demos and technologies that can help you build even better networks. In addition to our virtual exhibit, we will have experts speaking on several exciting topics during the SCTE Technical Forum and several moderating and contributing on panels. What’s more, you can stop by and visit with experts who will be available to discuss these topics with attendees throughout the digital event. Below we share their topics and an excerpt from their abstracts. 

Hope you can make it!

Marco+Nevada_Ciena+Marco Naveda, (Senior Director, Office of the CTO, Ciena) and David Bainbridge (Senior Director, Software Engineering, Ciena) have co-authored a paper on “Distributed multi-layer infrastructure management for multi-access edge computing (MEC) services.David Bainbridge_Senior Director, Software Engineering, CienaThis paper describes a framework and implementation to ensure compute, traffic acceleration, and connectivity constraints of a deployed MEC service. David will provide key-highlights and takeaways from this paper at a panel entitled MAC & MEC: Using the Edge on Tuesday, October 12 at 8:30am. 

Petar Djukic, (Director, AI & Analytics, Ciena) and Salvatore Torrente, (Director, Enterprise Architect, Blue Planet, a Division of Ciena) will participate in a panel called “Advanced Analytics 2 of 3: Advanced Tools for Plant-Wide Data” on Tuesday, October 12 at 8:30am. 

Petar+Djukic_CienaPetar will share highlights from his paperUsing AI in network planning and operations forecasting”, which has many great general applications.  This paper discusses current forecasting techniques, which uses classical machine learning models and describes new alternative techniques based on deep neural networks (DNNs) with network architecture and hyper-parameter search—automated machine learning (“AutoML”). The paper will also prescribe a practical method       architecting a network to take advantage of DNN machine learning in the context of forecasting.

Salvatore+Torrente%2C+%28Director%2C+Enterprise+Architect%2C+Blue+Planet%2C+a+Division+of+Ciena%29Salvatore will discuss featured points from his paper “Augmented reality and artificial intelligence approaches for inventory synchronization”. The paper, sure to be a crowd favorite, will propose an imaginative way to inventory using AR to seamlessly and unobtrusively capture images of network devices leveraging regular maintenance tasks which are analyzed to update inventory databases. It will also describe how technicians are assisted in verifying that a task was performed correctly. Visual examples will show, in tutorial style, how the technologies blend together.

+Maryam+Amiri%2C+Senior+Network+Architect%2C+CienaMaryam Amiri, (Senior Network Architect, Ciena) has authored a paper onReducing the cost of network traffic monitoring with AI”, that will surely call out your inner networking engineer. This paper proposes the use of artificial intelligence (AI), deep neural networks (DNNs), and linear optimization to decrease the otherwise massive amounts of data required for network monitoring, and simultaneously increase the coverage of network traffic monitored. For example, rather than monitoring ingress/egress flows, operators can monitor link utilizations and then use AI to infer the volume of ingress/egress flows. In one real-world network, the amount of information collected was reduced by at least 80%.

Maryam will join the panel on Advanced Analytics 3 of 3: Proactive and Predictive Maintenance at 1:00pm, Tuesday, October 12.

Fernando+Villarruel+%28Chief+Architect%2C+MSO+Practice%2C+Ciena%29Fernando Villarruel (Chief Architect, MSO Practice, Ciena) has authored a paper on the Convergence of services using network slicing: A practical implementation.”  This paper builds on the concepts to his work on a “Framework for Convergence of Services on the MSO Network” presented at the Cable Tech Expo 2020.  This presentation gives a close look at implementing FlexE and Segment routing as methods to enable network slicing for DAA deployments and methods to ensure service layer agreements. 

Fernando will be presenting key take-a-ways from his paper during the Network Slicing & Multi-Access Edge Convergence: Coming Soon to an Access Network Near You! session on Thursday October 14 at 8:00am EDT.  You can also join Fernando at the HFC Crystal Ball: Methods to Predict Traffic Patterns of Broadband panel where he will moderate the discussion, Wednesday, October 13 at 9:30am EDT.

Alysha Godin, (Vice President, MSO Practice, Ciena) will moderate the panel 5G Architecture and Services: Private Networks, Multi-Access Edge Computing, Ultra-Low Latency and More on Thursday, October 14 at 9:30am EDT.

Ryan+Amenta%2C+%28Director+Field+Systems+Engineering%29Finally, Ryan Amenta, (Director Field Systems Engineering) will participate in the BTR Panel, On the Road to 10G: Where are we?  where panelists will discuss the current state of DOCSIS technology evolution, where Distributed Access Architecture roll outs stand, the role fiber and next-generation PON technology might play, and how operator strategy should take these parameters into account.

Want to catch up with us during the show? You can schedule your meeting now.

Unleash the power of limitless Connectivity is the tagline for SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2021.  We are looking forward to unleashing the power with you and discussing the possibilities of all these forward-looking topics for the cable industry.