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Stanford University Networking Seminar


Omar Baldonado (Facebook)
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12:15pm, Thursday, October 2 2014
Gates 104

About the Talk

Facebook networking infrastructure is complex, global, and rapidly growing in order to support the applications that serve our 1.3 billion users. As such, we use as much software as possible throughout the network, from agents/software running on our hosts and our FB–designed network switches to distributed systems that handle modeling, monitoring, provisioning, and controlling the entire network. We’ll go over how we’ve adopted software–defined networking in our own way, keying in on concepts of programmability, openness, and making switches feel like servers.

About the Speaker

Omar Baldonado leads Facebook's networking software team, which is responsible for the large-scale software platform and systems that monitor, automate, and control Facebook's global network. The team has actively expanded into software-defined networking, most recently with the creation of Facebook's own networking switch and switch software stack. Externally, Omar is currently on the board of the Open Networking Foundation and co-lead of the Open Compute Project’s networking group. Before Facebook, he led product management at Big Switch Networks, where he drove the development and release of the company's initial OpenFlow-based applications and controller. A veteran of multiple startups, Omar has been developing networking software for over 20 years and holds bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from Stanford University.