IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks
7-9 November 2016 – Palo Alto, California, USA

Keynote Speakers

Keynote 1

Tuesday, Nov 8th

Geng Lin


Geng Lin is Head of Infrastructure Engineering and Operations for Emerging Markets at Google. In this role, together with his colleagues, Geng develops technology solutions to bring internet access to the billions of unconnected people around the world. Previously he was the CTO for Enterprise Networking and Infrastructure Services at Google, where he is responsible for the development and support for global scale, hybrid enterprise network and infrastructure services. Prior to Google, he was CTO of Networking Business (and Dell Fellow) at Dell where he led technology strategy, system architecture, product innovation, and partnership and acquisition of key technologies. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia.





Keynote 2: Platform transformation for NFV and SDN

Wednesday, Nov 9th

This talk will illustrate a day in the life of a packet through a typical NFV platform, from the physical infrastructure through to the heart of the application. Three pillars that underlay NFV will be discussed: Packet Processing; Security; and Service Assurance – each of these will require platform transformation. The tradeoffs involved in balancing the needs of performance and flexibility will also be highlighted; a key part will be the interfaces between the VNF and NFVI.

Brian Skerry

brian-skerry-bio-pic-july-15Brian is a Principal Engineer within Intel’s Network Platforms Group working on a number of SDN and NFV initiatives. He has been the lead architect on an open source reference platform for NFV within Intel targeted for telco and data center use cases. His focus for the past few years has been on using server platform technologies to achieve the NFV vision, and has worked with various industry partners and service providers on developing proof of concept systems. Previously Brian has been the lead SW architect for a number of platforms targeted at the communications industry, and currently is Intel’s representative on the OPNFV Technical Steering Committee.


Illango Ganga

ilango_picture3Ilango Ganga is a Principal Engineer in Network Platforms Group Architecture team at Intel. His current responsibilities include architecture and pathfinding for server communications for SDN and NFV applications, and network virtualization initiatives. Ilango has over 20 years of diverse industry experience in networking, architecture, product development and has held leadership roles in Architecture, Engineering, and industry standards development. Ilango has contributed to IEEE Ethernet standards development including backplane Ethernet, 40 and 100GbE, data center bridging and edge virtual bridging.