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Connection 2017 - Speaker Series: Fred Baker

October 18, 2017

I am sure most of you would have heard by now that IIESoc have been working behind the scenes for "Connections 2017" - a Pre-IETF 100 forum in bangalore on 8-9 Novemeber 2017, to get protocol developers, academicians and network operators together on the same platform to discuss the latest problems facing the internet and the solutions relevant to them. This is being done with a focus on India and Indian contributions to the Internet.

 

The event consists of a full-day Conference on 8th November 2017 and a Hackathon on 9th November 2017. There are 4 tracks for the event (both conference and hackathon) - Applications, Security, Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Internet of Things (IoT).

 

We have star studded lineup of International and Indian speakers such as Fred Baker (former chair of IETF), Paul Wouters, Syam Madanapalli, Elliot Lear, Carsten Bormann, Vishnu Pavan Beeram and many more.

 

This blog is part of the speaker series that introduces the various amazing speakers that are part of the event. We kick off with our keynote speaker Fred Baker. 

 

Bio: Fred Baker has worked in the telecommunications industry since 1978, building statistical multiplexors, terminal servers, bridges, and routers.At Cisco Systems, his primary interest areas include the improvement of Quality of Service for best effort and real time traffic, the development of routing and addressing, and issues in law enforcement and emergency use of the Internet. In addition to product development, as a Cisco Fellow, he advises senior management of industry directions and appropriate corporate strategies.​

 

His principal standards contributions have been to the IETF, for which he served as IETF Chair in from 1996 to 2001. In that forum, he has contributed to Network Management, OSPF and Manet Routing, PPP and Frame Relay, the Integrated and Differentiated Services QoS architectures, and RSVP. He now serves on the IETF's Internet Architecture Board and chairs the Internet Emergency Preparedness Working Group, as well as directly contributing technically.

 

Abstract for the Talk: Fred Baker, who has been involved and worked in the IETF for years, will introduce the community, the organization, and their approach to the Internet. This will necessarily involve structure and cross-area activities, but will also discuss the group-think and objectives of IETF participants.

We also asked Fred a few questions regarding his IETF contributions and involvement. 

 

1.  How did you get involved in the IETF?  Was there a particular issue that led to your involvement?

I was led to the IETF by a combination of things. Part of that was very specific customer demand that my company become involved, and part was a recognition (before the Internet was all that important) that it would be important for our customers.

2.  What are some of the most interesting changes or impacts you have seen at the IETF?

The Internet used to not work very well, and has become more akin to a utility. There have been many contributions to that, many of which were purely operational. But also technologies such as shortest path first routing, BGP policy routing, traffic engineering, network management, and others have come from vendors and standards.

3.  What is your opinion on the importance of the IETF in the Internet eco-system?

It would be inaccurate to say that the IETF was the only standards development organization involved. However, it remains the place where certain classes of technologies are discussed, created, and improved.

4.  What technical / protocol changes do you see coming in the next few years?

IPv6 deployment is an important one.

 

Dont miss this oppurtunity to join us for the event. The tickets for the event are availaible at - https://www.connections.iiesoc.in/tickets

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