Ask The Experts: Software-Defined Networks

Two IEEE leaders in this field are here to answer your questions

20 November 2014

Illustration: Carl DeTorres

Our December special report covers software-defined networks, a technology that will support the changing nature of future networks. SDNs are networks of equipment that decouple hardware—such as forwarding IP packets—from software and executes such software not necessarily in the equipment, but either in the cloud or in clusters of distributed IT servers.

This will give operators the agility to create or program highly flexible and dynamic networks capable of integrating and monitoring terminals, intelligent machines, smart devices, and even robots–those devices that will be located down near the users. Its advent is going to affect just about every part of our lives.

Several IEEE members are leading the way in this emerging field. IEEE Member Antonio Manzalini, chair of the IEEE Software Defined Networks Initiative, and IEEE Fellow Prosper Chemouil, chair of the initiative’s conference subcommittee, are here to answer your questions. To participate, please submit your questions to them in the comments section below or tweet them to us @IEEEInstitute. A selection of answers will be published on our site on 5 January.

Antonio Manzalini has been working for Telecom Italia for almost 25 years. Since 2007, he has been a senior manager at the Future Centre in Turin, Italy, which is part of the Italian telecommunications giant’s strategy and innovation department. He is in charge of investigating SDNs, network functions virtualization, and 5G technologies, enabling innovative service scenarios and foreseeing their potential socioeconomic impact. In addition to hands-on research and innovation, he works with global industry and academic partners to define requirements and standards for future telecommunications infrastructures.

Prosper Chemouil is director of the Future Networks program at Orange Labs, in Paris. He is involved with the design and management of future networks and technologies, as well as assessing their impact on network architecture, traffic engineering and control, and performance and quality of service. His research is focused on new networking paradigms like information-centric, programmable, and autonomic networking.

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