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Pushing NFV/SDN to the edge through Mobile Edge Computing

Brought to you by The Virtual Networks Group

Enabled by technologies like Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) is hailed as pushing computing and storage further towards the edge, including the mobile device.

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About the event

Scenarios are not only limited to caching locally relevant content closer to end users but also include offloading mobile computing tasks for gaming scenarios, enable rich virtual reality visualisations supported by MEC infrastructure and many other scenarios from the upcoming 5G world, particularly in the light of increasingly tighter latency constraints in these scenarios.

Delegates will be treated to a half day SIG event set to shed light on the ongoing activities in this space, including standardisation activities in the ETSI domain, vendor and operator activities as well as academic considerations that pursue the vision of computing at the edge of the network.

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12:30

Registration and networking with lunch

13:30

Introduction to Virtual Networks SIG from Phil Bridge, EE

13:40

Welcome from event supporter, Bird & Bird

13:50

Placing content intelligence at the 5G mobile network edge;Ning Wang, Reader in Networks, University of Surrey

This talk will address how mobile edge computing (MEC) is used as a key enabler for supporting smart content-oriented network functions in the 5G network design carried out at the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) hosted at the University of Surrey.

14:10

Q&A

14:15

MEC: Bit pipe to smart pipe; Matt Stagg, Senior Manager of Network Strategy, EE

Not if but when: Industry collaboration to grow the ecosystem to ready the MEC platform
 How to broker cooperation with OTT providers
 Supporting network capacity demands from 2016
 Tackling the challenge of interoperability and ensuring a truly vendor-agnostic platform
 Ensuring an effective interface for technical & commercial teams to drive adoption of MEC

14:35

Q&A

14:40

Refreshments and networking

15:10

MEC: A presentation and discussion on status and strategies in the industry; Julian Roldan Ramos, Telco Solutions Architect, Intel

Fixed and Mobile Networks are in the process of being transformed, just as the IT industry was transformed in the last 10 years. Mobile Edge Computing and Network Function Virtualization are not just buzz words, they are right at the centre of this transformation. Where are we, as an industry, in this transformation? Are there any synergies between NFV and MEC?

15:30

Q&A

15:35

The role of user analytics in edge caching: Lessons from BBC iPlayer; Nishanth Sastry, Senior Lecturer, King's College London

It is nearly always 'good' to cache, but storage is typically limited at the edge, so deciding what gets cached can make or break edge-caching. Using traces of 1.2 Billion accesses to BBC iPlayer, the second largest application on UK's Internet, this talk will demonstrate how understanding user access patterns is crucial to realising the benefits of edge caching. This is based on two papers in IEEE INFOCOM 2015, a paper to appear in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, and ongoing work.

15:55

Q&A

16:00

Panel session with all speakers chaired by SIG Champion, Phil Bridge, EE

16:30

Complete evaluation forms

16:35

Event closes

Speakers

Julian Roldan Ramos - Solutions Architect, Intel

Nishanth Sastry - Lecturer, King's College London

Matt Stagg - Senior Manager of Network Strategy, EE

Ning Wang - Reader in Networks, University of Surrey (ICS)

SIG Champions

Julie Bradford - Managing Consultant, Real Wireless

Julie has worked in the wireless industry for over 15 years.  At Real Wireless, she is a thought leader in 5G business case analysis including understanding 5G use cases, quantifying (in financial terms) the operational and socio-economic benefits of 5G services and understanding network dimensioning and cost implications under 5G virtualised networks.

She has most recently led Real Wireless’ techno-economic analysis on the EC Horizon 2020 5G-MoNArch project.  Inspired by the project’s smart sea port testbed constructed by HPA, Nokia and DT in the Port of Hamburg, this analysis included quantifying the operational benefits of 5G to port authorities and other port users and the cost implications of delivering these industrial grade wireless services from existing mobile infrastructure via network slicing supported via the virtualised 5G-MoNArch network architecture.

Previously, Julie was Communications Engineer at QinetiQ UK, consultant at PA Consulting UK, and Senior Systems Engineer for Airvana UK. 

Mark England - Associate Director, Cambridge Consultants

Mark England has spent three decades architecting, designing, and implementing a wide variety of wired and wireless communications products, services, systems and protocols; from short range point to point systems to those which operate on a global scale. Mark joined Cambridge Consultants in 2000, and for the past 17 years he has been providing leading edge design, development and consultancy services to wide range of clients.

Andrew Palmer - Consulting Director, CGI

Andrew has more than 30 years of experience in IT, Telecoms and TV and Media, having worked in various roles for IBM, AT&T, Ericsson, Motorola and Arris. Andrew's present role is to leverage existing CGI capabilities that match the needs of our clients in the Telecoms sector, as well as building new capabilities that will support the emerging and changing needs of our client base. Andrew has proven experience in developing and delivering complex SI and Services solutions that meet both business and technology needs.

Andrew has co-authored "UK Telecoms For Dummies", an essential guide to the complicated UK Telecoms sector as well as articles for publications such as the Cambridge Wireless Journal including "How do we build the new world of 5g?". He frequently speaks at conferences and provides media commentary on industry topics like 5G, IoT and Smart Cities, as well as being a member of the Digital Policy Alliance’s Smart Society Working Group, techUK Spectrum Policy Forum and the Cambridge Wireless Virtual Networks Special Interest Group.

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Justin Paul - Director of Marketing, Zeetta Networks

He has over twenty years’ experience in technology marketing in the telcoms and software industries. 

Prior to joining Zeetta Networks he worked for Huawei Technologies in NFV/SDN Marketing and Amdocs where he led the launch of their NFV Portfolio which now forms a major part of the ONAP (Open Network Automation Platform).  During his career he has been responsible for the launch and go-to-market for a number of leading-edge technologies including 3G, IPTV, LTE, NFV and 5G. 

A TED-trained conference speaker he has presented at a number of major international conferences including Layer 123 SDN and Openflow Congress, LTE Asia and SCTE.  A CIM qualified marketeer he runs a Bristol-based Digital Marketing knowledge-sharing group.  

Dirk Trossen - Senior Principal Engineer, InterDigital Europe

Dr. Dirk Trossen is a Senior Principal Engineer at InterDigital Europe, the European branch of InterDigital Inc. Dirk has more than 20 years of experience in network architectures, services and wireless technology. He is currently leading the 5G networking efforts in the International Labs of InterDigital in London. He is currently technical leading the European efforts FLAME, POINT and RIFE, developing novel service routing solutions for upcoming 5G networks. Prior to joining InterDigital, Dirk was co-founder of TecVis LP, a UK-based software solution company in the mobile, context-aware solution space and he held prior positions as a Senior Researcher with Cambridge University, Chief Researcher with BT Research and as a Senior Principal Scientist at Nokia Research. He is also a research affiliate with the Advanced Network Architecture group at MIT CSAIL. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Technical University of Aachen, Germany. He published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers in international conferences and journals and has currently more than 35 international patents.

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