Solving the lab equipment challenge

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    Date(s) - 23/02/2016
    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


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    Solving the lab equipment challenge – Virtual Internet Routing Lab, Cisco
    Joel Obstfeld
    Distinguished Engineer, Chief Technology and Architecture office

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 16:00-17:30
    Room 1061, EE Faculty, Meyer building

    The Internet is a large, complex and organic system. Its scale and complexity make it hard to model in high fidelity. Various solutions have tried to provide mathematical models or simulations of data communication networks but in so doing, have lost fidelity. We’d all like to have a lab, filled with expensive networking equipment in order to be able to work, investigate and research with equipment that’s close to that used in the Internet today – but that is prohibitively expensive and of course, everyone wants their own lab!

    In this talk, Joel Obstfeld, project leader for VIRL (Virtual Internet Routing Lab), will show how Network virtualization technologies, combined with context-aware configuration automation, enable a flexible environment for engineers, designers, educators and researchers to create highly functional network simulations in minutes.

    With an open virtualization framework, VIRL can integrate not only virtual routers, switches, firewalls, controllers and management platforms but 3rd party appliances too, creating a powerful, extensible toolkit. The presentation will look at the foundations of the platform, how the system enables you to design, configure and operate network topologies quickly and efficiently, giving you more time to spend on ‘real research’ as well as talking about how VIRL is being used around the world for research and education today.

    Short Bio: Joel Obstfeld is a Distinguished Engineer within Cisco's Chief Architects office. His areas of focus include the development of virtualised network environments, leading the Virtual Internet Routing Lab (VIRL) project, as well collaborative research and development, engaging with both commercial and academic partners around the world. Before working on virtual networks, Joel was a lead engineer within a Deployment and Escalations team working closely with key Service Provider customers around the world on qualification, deployment and operation of the CRS-1 routing platform.