CHI-NOG 05 Agenda

CHI-NOG 05 Agenda

CHI-NOG is growing and we are very proud to present the Chicago Network Operators Group full day conference agenda for May 14th. So what do we have lined up for May 14th? Our conference will feature a number of distinguished speakers among them technical authors and experts within the field. Please make sure to register early!
We will be trying few new things. During the conference we will be collecting topics that attendees are interested discussing. At the social event, we plan on having areas designated per each topics. We hope that this will facilitate great discussion on topics that everyone is interested in, even for the shy ones :).

First up is Dr Aditya Akella who will present on the Designing and Experimenting with Data Center Network Architectures. Aditya is an associate professor of computer science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work tackles studying different network architecture of the datacenter networks. Aditya will also touch on the CloudLab, the researched based cloud computing project you might have hear about.

Next, we have Pete Lumbis, whom you may have seen presenting on many Cisco Live sessions. Pete will showcase some of his recent work with scripting network devices to proactively adjust or troubleshoot themselves. His presentation titled Creating a Self Aware Network Device, will demonstrate proof of concept code to proactively troubleshoot BGP, dynamically adjust CoPP and provide ACL accounting.

Nick Buraglio will talk about some innovative work with SDN and new security methods for Internet Exchange Points. His presentation Secure Model for Software Defined Peering Exchanges, will demonstrate how SDN can be used with BGP RPKI and BGP Flowspec to secure the Internet’s central infrastructure hubs. This is a cutting edge design being developed.

After a short break, Justin Ryburn will explain a new enhancement to BGP called BGP FlowSpec. For many of us that are working for a service provider or an enterprise that frequently have to deal with DDoS attacks, BGP FlowSpec provides a more granular method of mitigating attacks. Justin will compare them to other methods and introduce the BGP enhancement.

Next, Matt Griswold will discuss open source tools and network automation for creating a new IXP. Matt will discuss how he started with open source project IXP Manager and it’s database then took it to the next level with PeeringDB 2.0 integration, switch port and ACL provisioning and real time blackholing across the peering fabric.

Our sixth presentation will bring the spotlight to Chicago and the biggest datacenter in the world. Andrew Blum, the author of “Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet”, has been writing about the physical side of the Internet. He is an author, a TED Talk speaker, and a former Wired magazine contributing editor. Andrew has also made films about the Internet, most recently focusing his communication infrastructure storytelling on Chicago, and the world’s largest data center campus, 350 East Cermak. He will debut a new film—highlighting the most hand-made part of the Internet’s construction—exclusively for the CHI-NOG audience.

Lunch will be served.

After lunch, John Kristoff will discuss what a very well known tool traceroute can tell us about the Internet. John is a researcher with the Internet security research think tank Team Cymru and also a part time instructor at DePaul University. John will examine the versatility of this quintessential little piece of software and how it explains so much more about how the Internet works than we may have ever thought.

Next on the agenda, we will have a panel discussion on the Midwest Peering. The panel will be moderated by Tom Kacprzynski with four panelist: Mark Cooper (AMS-IX Chicago), Matt Griswold (United-IX), Justin Wilson (MidWest-IX) and David Farmer (MICE). The main focus point of discussion will be the Midwest’s role in overall Internet’s connectivity, the region’s significance, the challenges IXP face and opportunities for networks to take advantage by joining regional IXPs.

The next presentation will focus on  Anatomy of a Multi-Vector DDoS Attack.  Bipin Mistry will walk the audience through a DDoS attack and the mechanisms used to both visualize and protect networks. These attacks are being used for things other than taking down servers, firewalls etc. Sometimes and more often than not they are being used as a smoke screen to hide the true nature of the attack.

After a quick break we will have Anita Nikolich talk about some of the work National Science Foundation (NSF) is doing to help fund the research of the next networking technologies and its security. Anita will present Funding Innovative Network and Cybersecurity Research.

Ron Fuller will proceed with Optimizing Your Virtual Switch for VXLAN. You might have read Ron’s book NX-OS book published by Cisco press. In his presentation Ron will discuss the considerations that should be taken into account to optimize software switching inside a VMware vSphere hypervisor. He’ll touch on VXLAN frame format, how and why hardware offload works, configuration of NIC based offload and show supporting test results to support the topic.

Next up on the agenda is something for the low latency folks. Brian Martin will talk about Pushing Light to the Edges and Why It Probably Doesn’t Matter. Based on more than a decade of experiences involved as a ground soldier and strategic planner, Brian will talk about some of the more extreme latency reducing techniques and the drivers of those techniques. He will describe a sample company’s effort to employ many of these techniques by employing a latency optimized wavelength circuit switched passive optical network with some other tricks.

Our last session will be VXLAN Routing Design. In this session the author will discuss when and where should you route VXLAN traffic, VXLAN bridging and routing design considerations, along with use cases for multi-tenant, enterprise and DCI deployments.

Concluding all sessions we will have food and an open bar. Hopefully you can join us for the three hour social, hang out, make some new friends and learn something new from each other.

One last comment on the organizational size. By going to a full day event, the logistics and costs have significantly changed. We are still operating the conference to break even and needed the help of our sponsors. I wanted to make sure you check them out and thank them for supporting our community here in Chicago and the region. We wanted to thank ServerCentral, Nexum, AMS-IX Chicago, Juniper Networks, Corero, United-IX and CAPS LLC.

One favor to ask anyone that’s interested in helping out CHI-NOG, we would like to have more and more people attend but need your help spreading the word about us. If you use twitter, please follow us @_chinog_ and let others know about our upcoming events. If twitter is not your thing, then just pass along the link to our main page

We’re looking forward seeing everyone May 14th at 8:00 AM, more details can be found at our event’s page and registration at Last day for registration is April 29th, please don’t wait if you plan on attending.


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