SAN JOSE, Calif. – Here's my short list of the somewhat more obscure sessions I hope to attend at DESIGN West
. Sure there are the keynotes
from the guy who helped land the car-sized Curiosity on Mars, and from the TV sitcom actress who is also a neural engineer, but I suspect everybody knows about these marquee events.
My list starts with a description of Google's homemade router. You would not know how significant this session is by reading its official title (“Vandervecken: An OpenFlow-controlled WAN router and MPLS LSR for research”).
[Click here to register for DESIGN West 2013,
April 22-25 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Options range
from an All-Access Pass -- which includes Black Hat (security)
Conference Session to Free Expo Admission].
What you should know is Google is pushing the trend toward software-defined networks so it can simplify the process of configuring and managing its massive data centers. It is using the new OpenFlow protocol to run network tasks on x86 servers using simple C programs, getting around the proprietary software and ASICs of comms giants such as Cisco Systems.
These concepts are opening up a huge and potentially disruptive rift in the comms industry today. This session at 8 a.m. on April 23
gives you an in-depth look inside the work from one of the engineers pioneering a new path.