Tutorial/Workshop on OpenFlow: Enabling Innovation on the Network

Tutorial description:
Software Defined Networking (SDN) is a new concept which holds the promise to accelerate innovation in networking research and products. OpenFlow is the protocol specification that has allowed SDN to become a reality. The OpenFlow protocol allows networking gear to have logically distinct control and data planes. As a consequence, a data plane switch can operate at wire speeds on merchant silicon while new or modified versions of existing protocols can be implemented in the control plane software. In this talk, we will discuss the basic idea of OpenFlow and some use cases that are driving the current OpenFlow movement. We will also talk about our ongoing research on applications of OpenFlow in different environments. Finally, there will be a hands-on demonstration of using OpenFlow compliant switches and controllers.

Speakers Biosketches:
Dr. Affan is an Assistant Professor at FAST National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NUCES) - Islamabad Campus. He completed his PhD in Computer Science from University Of Southern California (USC) in 2009. He is currently leading the Sensing in Terrestrial and Underwater Networks (STUN) Lab at FAST-NUCES. His primary interest is in understanding the deep linkages between sensing and energy in a cyber-physical system. He is also interested in research in the area of Software Defined Networks (SDN) using OpenFlow switches. He has done research in underwater sensor networks, network time-synchronization, high-latency medium access control design, and industrial wireless-mesh networking.

Syed Ali Khayam holds a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University. Since February 2007, he has been serving as an assistant professor at the School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (SEECS), National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Pakistan. He is the founding director of the Wireless and Secure Networks (WiSNet) Research Lab at NUST-SEECS [http://wisnet.seecs.nust.edu.pk]. His research interests include software defined networking, performance modeling, network security, cross-layer wireless networks design, and multimedia communications. Dr. Khayam has over 70 publications in some of the most prestigious conferences and journals in his areas of interest. He has received research awards from Nokia Research, Korean Research Foundation and Pakistan National ICT R&D Fund. He also offers consultancy services to several Silicon Valley based technology companies. He currently has 4 patents pending at USPTO, some of which were indigenously drafted and filed by him.

Time & Date: 17:00-19:00, 5th September 2011.
Venue: School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, National University of Science & Technology, Sector H-12, Islamabad.

Registration Fee: Rs. 1000
The workshop is free for people registered for the International Conference on Emerging Technologies 2011.