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Stanford University Networking Seminar


Tom Black (HP Labs)
Openswitch Network Operation System

12:15pm, Thursday, April 14 2016
Gates 104

About the Talk

A discussion on the motivation, market drivers, and architecture of Openswitch. Openswitch is a new open source project founded by HP Networking, but is becoming a thriving community in the era of open, disaggregated software for datacenter switching.

About the Speaker

Tom Black is the Vice President of Engineering for HP Networking and leads the combined Software, Hardware, and ASIC teams in for Campus, Branch, and Datacenter switching products.

Tom has more than 20 years of experience in networking, leading hardware, silicon, and software teams across a broad range of technologies. Most recently, Tom was at Arista Networks, where he was responsible for strategy, product management, and engineering for software-defined networking (SDN).

Prior to Arista, Tom spent 13 years at Cisco in leadership roles spanning Service Provider and Enterprise, and from Layer 1 to Layer 7. He was an industry pioneer in packet over Optical networking products, drove strategy, architecture and early execution of large SP Routers, and led the teams that delivered several product lines in the L4-7/Application networking segment. Tom joined Cisco via the acquisition of Cerent, where he was the lead Software Engineer for data products. Tom was also a member of the low level software team for the first generation of HP ProCurve switches.