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Stanford University Networking Seminar


Christos Kolias (Orange)
Bundling NFV and SDN for Open Networking and a call for “NFV Research”

16:15pm, Thursday, May 22, 2014
Gates 104

About the Talk

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) presents one of the latest significant trends that traverse beyond pure telco/carrier environment and into numerous applications. From the onset of NFV, as we also clearly stated in our seminal white paper introducing the concept of NFV, we had highlighted the important relationship between NFV and SDN. Whereas those two technologies can work independently - as they do not rely on each other - they are highly complementary, and combined they can deliver great value. The benefits of both technologies, especially in concert with each other, are accentuated when considered in an open networking environment, an environment which essentially can enable and foster innovation. Innovation that can span across different areas from white boxes and network operating systems to L4-L7 network services and applications. Dovetailing NFV and SDN could propel the transition to and the adoption of the telco cloud (and beyond). In this talk we will also explore research topics for NFV and a call for action.

About the Speaker

Christos Kolias is a senior research scientist at Orange Silicon Valley (a subsidiary of Orange). Christos is a co-founder of NFV and had also the led the formation of ONF’s Wireless & Mobile working group. He has lectured on NFV and SDN at several events. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA, where he worked on high-speed packet-switched networks under Professor L. Kleinrock. As part of his research he had proposed the Virtual Output Queueing (VOQ) mechanism for packet switching