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Connection 2017 - Speaker Series: Vishnu Pavan Beeram

November 2, 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. Next in the series is Vishnu Pavan Beeram

 

 Bio: Vishnu Pavan Beeram is a regular contributor at the IETF and currently serves as a co-chair of the IETF’s TEAS Working Group. He has about 19 years of Software Development experience working on a variety of switching and routing platforms. He is an integral part of Juniper’s Routing Protocols Development team and his current focus is on customer-focused innovations, telemetry/analytics and optimization in the MPLS Traffic-Engineering space. Prior to joining Juniper Networks in 2012, he spent about 7.5 years developing control plane solutions in the optical domain for ADVA Optical Networking. Prior to that, he was with AVICI systems for about 4.5 years developing various MPLS-TE features. Prior to that he had stints doing maintenance work at Lucent/Ascend and 3COM.

 

He has a Master’s in Engineering Management from The George Washington University and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science & Engineering from Sri Venkateswara University.

 

Pavan would give 1 talks at the Connections event in SDN track as well as will be a part of the Panel on Telemetry and Analytics.

 

 

Talk: SDN in IETF

 

This talk will give an overview of the work in the routing area of the IETF that is geared towards delivering tools and architectures to support SDN. The presentation will cover a range of technologies developed in the IETF that enable centralized control, network abstraction, programmatic interaction with the network, telemetry and intent-based provisioning.

 

 

Checkout other talks at - https://www.connections.iiesoc.in/abstract

 

We also asked Pavan 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?

The first RFC I ever read was the original HTTP/1.1 RFC (the now obsolete RFC2068). I was developing a module for a HTTP server and had to rely on the RFC to get my implementation right. I was 21 then and vividly remember thinking of all the better things that I could be doing instead. I started actively tracking IETF WG mailing-lists in 2000 when I began developing MPLS features. I eventually became an active contributor to the IETF process in order to further the progress of some documents that I deeply cared about. It started with a forced initiation, but the steady increase in the degree of involvement thereafter was driven by a genuine belief in the IETF mission.

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

The idea of various volunteers with different agendas/affiliations coming together, believing in a common idea and working towards a common goal is what makes the whole IETF engagement appealing to me. The volunteers make sure that the IETF stays relevant and continues to work on ideas/problems that are current. I’ve had the privilege of closely following the evolution of MPLS/Traffic-Engineering and it is fascinating to see how innovation continues to happen in these areas.

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

 

IETF is the internet’s premier standards organization. It plays a significant role in providing the foundation for the various services and technologies used by all internet users. Standards-setting based on rough consensus and running code requires a lot of time and effort. It is important for us as a community to rally behind the work being done in the IETF and make the Internet work better.

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

 

Various Working Groups within the IETF have invested a fair amount of time and effort in recent years on modeling network data. I would like to see these evolve rapidly and end up getting used across various telemetry/SDN solutions. There are also a fair number of IETF specified tools/architectures that continue to fuel the “Fully-Centralized” vs “Centralize what you must and Distribute what you can” debate and I would like to see how the industry embraces these tools in the near future.

 

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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