Look for us on the agenda

Tuesday, April 18
11:00-11:15 CET
Steve Alexander, SVP and Chief Technology Officer

14:40-15:00 CET
IP/Optical Convergence Session – Part I
Purpose-Built Routers for IP/Optical Convergence
Nick Benvenuti, VP, Product Line Management, Ciena
Platform architectures for routing have been evolving from traditional ortho-direct chassis design to today's Distributed Disaggregated Chassis (DDC). As the industry moves towards IP/Optical convergence, we will examine what lessons can be learned from conventional design and what alternatives are available for the multi-layer future.
16:30-16:50 CET
IP/Optical Convergence Session – Part II
Coherent Routing: Taking IP/Optical Convergence to the Next Level
James Glover, Director, Product Line Management, Ciena
For years we have discussed IP network automation and control with programmable infrastructure. Now operators can realize a new level of extensibility by adding optical transport awareness, going beyond managing optics, resulting in multi-layer network operations and efficiency.
17:30-18:15 CET
The Myths and Truths Underlying Disaggregation and the Software-Defined Movement: What's Real, What's Not, and How to Tell the Difference Moderator Roy Chua
Founder and Principal at AvidThink Dave Ward
CEO, PacketFabric Michael Beesley
CTO SP Networking, Cisco Rafael Francis
Senior Director, Product Line Management, Ciena
Bruno De Troch, Product Line Manager, Nokia
Wednesday, April 19
09:10-09:30 CET
Track 1 – SRv6 Enhancements Session
SLA-based Service Assurance for SRv6 and SR-MPLS Architectures
Jahanzeb Baqai, Director, Product Line Management
Segment Routing (SR) for 5G enables operators to offer service delivery with strict SLA guarantees in a scalable manner. Join this session to explore real-world examples of SR Traffic Engineering, SR policy, and SR Flex-Algo. Centralized and distributed network architectures will be discussed.
11:00-11:20 CET
Track 2 – 5G Session
New Use Cases for Cloud RAN in Mobile
Robert Friskney, Mobile Solution Architecture, Product Line Management
We describe the new requirements placed upon the Ethernet transport network by low-latency inter-DU coordination communications, and dynamic load-balancing of radios across virtualized DU clouds and discuss how both of these can be met efficiently using technologies such as L2 and L3 EVPN.
11:30-11:40 CET Interoperability Initiative
Jahanzeb Baqai, Director, Product Line Management and Daniel Voyer, Technical Director, Bell Canada
Reporting the SRv6 interop testing currently conducted.
12:20-12:40 CET
Track 2 – Network Slicing Session
Optimal Baseband-to-Service-to-Transport Mapping for a Target Slice SLA
Robert Friskney, Mobile Solution Architecture, Product Line Management
For slicing, a key question is how to map a slice from radios to service to transport to maintain a given target SLA. We will explore options for radio-to-service mapping, and service-to-transport comparing Flex Algo, SR policy and FlexE-differentiators (including protection) and limitations. An integrated control architecture that allows these to be used on the same nodes and services is provided, automatically choosing the most appropriate technology for each service and SLA. This complements our related presentation in the SRv6 session.
17:00-17:20 CET
Track 1 – Edge Service Session
Going Beyond Broadband – Extending the Service Edge
Jan Straznicky, Senior Director, Product Line Management, Ciena
Evolving Service Edge networks with new disruptive networking technologies, including virtualization and disaggregation of PON and BNG, to sustainably deliver affordable and ubiquitous broadband.
17:10-17:30 CET
Track 2 – Intent-based and Self-healing Networks Session
Increasing Resiliency with Multi-layer PCE for Circuit-style SR
Cengiz Alaettinoglu, Leader, Architecture and Strategy, Network Control and Planning, Ciena
Many access and aggregation networks use TDM circuits with explicit bandwidth and resiliency requirements. Evolution to Segment Routing introduces management challenges which are not addressed by current IETF work or Flex-algo. We outline our multi-layer PCE approach to holistically manage circuit-style services over SR with DWDM underlay, increasing operational flexibility and resiliency.
Thursday, April 20
11:00-11:20 CET
Automation Session
IP/Optical Design in a Convergence Era
Serge Asselin, Senior Director, Network Planning and Analysis, Ciena
Network convergence is more than just plugs in routers. Operational simplification and improved network reliability have been highlighted as primary drivers for moving towards tighter coupling of the IP and optical layers. Examining how IP and optical network design practices can also benefit from a more converged approach.