Carrier Conference 2012
Held on June 5 - 6, 2012
Program for Day One
Day One: June 5, 2012
9:00 - 10:00 AM
Carrier-Equipment Design Trends
Bob Wheeler and Jag Bolaria, Senior Analysts, The Linley Group
The Linley Group analysts will present an overview of market, technology, equipment-design, and silicon trends for designers of carrier equipment. This talk will provide context for the remainder of the conference as well as providing unique insights on communications-semiconductor trends.
There will be a Q&A and discussion featuring above speakers
Break: 10:00 - 10:20 AM - Sponsored by Freescale
Session 1: Wireless-Infrastructure Trends
10:20 AM -12:20 PM
This session, moderated by Bob Wheeler, explores the evolution of mobile networks as service providers wrestle with the explosion of mobile data.
The Evolution of HetNet and Cloud RAN
Stephen Turnbull, Division Marketing Manager, Wireless Access Division, Freescale
As small-cell activity picks up beyond residential femtocells for enterprise- and metro-class solutions, heterogeneous networks (HetNets) are fast becoming a reality. As the natural evolution of wireless infrastructure, attention is now turning to C-RAN. While the move towards pooled resources offers much promise in terms of lower CAPEX, greener operation, and new features, it also presents significant challenges. In this session, Freescale will explore how HetNets are being realized and are evolving. The talk will also identify the challenges in realizing the benefits of C-RAN and elaborate on what Freescale believes is the right approach to leverage pooled resources.
Trends in Mobile Backhaul
Mike Merluzzi, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Networking Components Division, LSI
In this presentation, LSI will look at the technology evolution of the mobile-backhaul equipment market. The presentation will briefly analyze the growth drivers of the market, discuss the effect of changing operator use cases and assess how these are affecting the underlying technologies required for next-generation mobile-backhaul equipment. Specific technologies and trends discussed will include why and where IPsec is required, potential effect of software-defined networking implementations on system architectures, the growing use of DPI to improve QoS/QoE, policy enforcement, etc. and an update on timing & synchronization.
Impact of Small-Cell Base Station Deployments on Mobile Backhaul
Michael Phillip, Director, Wireless Systems, Mobile and Broadband Division, PMC
The move to heterogeneous networks (HetNet) is having a significant impact on mobile backhaul topology, with fiber, line-of-sight (LOS) and non-line-of-sight (NLOS) microwave, and even Wi-Fi being used to extend mobile backhaul to “small cell” sites for which traditional connectivity options may not be viable. This presentation will explore in more detail the impact HetNet deployments are having on small cell backhaul, with a particular emphasis on the growing role of microwave backhaul and the increased complexity that must be handled by small cell microwave equipment.
Bringing Bandwidth to the Masses: Next-Generation Carrier WiFi Architectures
Jim McKeon, Director, Product Marketing, Broadcom
The race is on among service providers to deliver high-bandwidth mobile broadband. While most attention is focused on 4G/LTE solutions as the odds-on favorite, a dark horse contender is emerging: 5G WiFi (802.11ac). But to deliver on the expectations of the mobile consumer, significant upgrades to traditional WiFi technology, both at the radio and management layers, needs to occur. This talk will describe the innovation necessary to bring this potential game-changer to the masses, and offer a cost-effective complement to traditional mobile technologies.
There will be Q&A and a panel discussion featuring above speakers
Lunch: 12:20 – 1:35 PM - Sponsored by Cavium, Inc.
Session 2: Packet-Optical Transport
1:35 - 2:05 PM
This session, moderated by Jag Bolaria, examines future directions in transport-network and equipment design.
Next Generation Networks: The Boxed God or the God of the Boxes?
Francesco Caggioni, Director of Strategic Marketing & PLM for Transport Products and Technology, AppliedMicro
Looking at Next Generation Networks it becomes apparent that there are two trends arising: everything in one box, or one software layer that can talk with each box. In this presentation, AppliedMicro will explore the different scenarios for network architecture, each aimed at creating a sustainable transport network, which will require flexibility and efficiency. P-OTS, Edge Routers, MPLS, ROADM, and WSS technologies will be explored.
There will be Q&A following this talk
Session 3: 100G+ Packet Processing
2:05 – 4:25 PM
This session, moderated by Bob Wheeler, discusses chips and architectures for packet processing and traffice management at line rates of 100Gbps and beyond.
A High Performance Programmable Packet Processing Architecture for 100G and Beyond
Nicolas Tausanovitch, Sr. Product Line Manager, Broadcom
While the insatiable demand for data continues to drive the need for much higher bandwidth interfaces on line cards in carrier Ethernet switches and routers, the basic area, power, and cost constraints are not allowed to increase commensurately. At the same time, carriers’ demands for programmable forwarding solutions that address changing and emerging protocols are only intensifying, as the pressure to control CAPEX increases. This presents a significant challenge to silicon vendors, which must develop more highly efficient architectures. This presentation will describe an extremely efficient and scalable programmable packet processing architecture to address data rates of 100G and beyond.
Netronome 200G Network Flow Processor
Nabil Damouny, Sr. Director, Business Development/Strategic Marketing, Netronome
In this talk, Netronome will make the first public disclosure of its next-generation Network Flow Processor family designed to satisfy the needs of terabit-class systems. The presentation will first identify the network processing requirements for software defined networks, carrier networks, and security processing, and then demonstrate how Netronome's next-generation Network Flow Processor scales to deliver both performance and flexibility. Architectural innovations including on-chip interconnect technology, flexible offload engines, and hierarchical memory architecture will be discussed in depth.
Break: 2:50 – 3:10 PM - Sponsored by LSI
Enabling Multi-100Gbps Service Router Applications Using Multicore Processors
Shubu Mukherjee, Distinguished Engineer, Cavium, Inc
The explosion in global internet traffic towards zettabytes per year is posing a significant challenge to the design of service routers for network packet processing. Cavium’s new OCTEON III CN78XX chip meets this challenge by providing an unprecedented 100Gbps and beyond of service-rich and low-power application processing for both wireless and wired infrastructure. This talk will describe how Cavium’s architectural choices for processor cores, scalable cache hierarchy, memory and I/O interconnects, and stylized hardware, such as on-chip search processor, have been influenced by the need to route and process such high-speed traffic for the new generation of service routers.
Issues in High-Speed Traffic Management
Guy Koren, CTO, EZchip
Elaborate QoS is a key functionality of routers that wireline and wireless providers use in building their Carrier Ethernet networks, and traffic management is a crucial component of these routers for provisioning QoS. As the network's bandwidth and subscribers rapidly grow, so does the need for higher performance traffic management. In this session, EZchip will discuss design considerations of the 240-Gigabit traffic manager integrated in its upcoming NP-5 network processor. The discussion will cover architecture issues related to enabling a large number of subscribers, services provisioning, memory bandwidth and latency.
There will be Q&A and a panel discussion featuring above speakers
Reception and Exhibits: 4:25 – 6:00 PM - Sponsored by AppliedMicro
Wi-Fi Sponsored by Cavium, Inc.