April 25-29, 2016

Event Details

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Striving for a High-Performance NFV Grid on OpenStack. Why You, and Every OpenStack Community Member Should Be Excited About It.


The idea of OpenStack as a vehicle to build, and operate NFV platforms is going mainstream. As it does, it continues to provide impetus to OpenStack ecosystem on numerous fronts. It is truly exciting to imagine the possibilities that open up as developers, users, architects, and operators push the performance, quality, and innovation in the ecosystem.

AT&T and other large service providers are driving efforts to make it possible to push 100 gigabit line rate on software switches, NUMA support among other things.

This session explores how the community as a whole benefits from rising NFV adoption. We then deep dive into DPI, and MEC as NFV use cases.

  • Technical overview of NFV related developments, and AT&T's innovations in OpenStack around this.
  • NUMA, SR-IOV, DPDK, RDMA - Why do they matter?
  • Use-case: Pushing the performance limit to achieve DPI capability on OpenStack.
  • Keys attributes of a high performing packet processing path.
  • The MEC (Mobile Edge Computing) use case.


The Telecom/NFV track is brought to you by OpenStack and OPNFV.

What can I expect to learn?
  • Overview about what NFV is and why it matters.
  • Technology overview of how NFV ties into overall OpenStack.
  • Attendees would learn about DPI and MEC use-case, and how they can get involved in NFV related efforts.
Thursday, April 28, 2:20pm-3:00pm (7:20pm - 8:00pm UTC)
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Amit Tank is a Sr. Principal Cloud Architect with AT&T Entertainment Group. He helps define and lead the Cloud strategy and manages a team of architects and engineers designing and building large scale cloud infrastructure, and cloud-native applications. Thru past 16 years of career, he has held roles as a Product architect, Technical lead, Sr Manager, and Software Design Eng. in Storage,... FULL PROFILE
AT&T, Assistant Vice President
As the AVP of Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Architecture & Strategy for AT&T, Toby Ford leads technology efforts around AT&T's cloud offerings both internally and externally focused. Currently, Mr. Ford is responsible for shepherding SDN and NFV projects on to AT&T’s Integrated Cloud platform. Toby served as CTO for USi, which was acquired by AT&T in 2006.... FULL PROFILE