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4th & 5th April 2019, Stockholm, Sweden

SIG-NGN is the Special Interest Group on Next Generation Networks.

This meeting is the second meeting of the SIG and hosted by SUNET in Stockholm.

Brorsson [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons


"whiteboxing" & "optical"

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Meeting location: SUNET, Tulegatan 11, Stockholm, Sweden.

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Agenda (all times are in CET)

Thursday, 4th April 2019 - "White boxing"

TimeWhat's happening

GÉANT GN4-3 WP6 White boxing workshop

This is open to all SIG-NGN attendees


Xavier Jeannin (Renater), Ivana Golub (PSNC), Tim Chown (Jisc)

In this session we present the work ongoing in the new GÉANT GN4-3 project in the area of white boxing and P4, to solicit input and feedback from the SIG-NGN community on uses cases and services.

09:00- 09:10Welcome and introductions - Ivana Golub, PSNC, GN4-3 WP6 co-leader
09:10-09:40White boxing for NRENs, where we are today, lessons learnt, uptake strategy - Xavier Jeannin, Renater
09:40- 10:20Work planned and use cases (including new services) within the GÉANT project - Xavier Jeannin, Renater and Christos Argyropoulos, GRNet
10:20- 10:40Coffee break
10:40-10:50Data plane programming, status, uptake strategy - Xavier Jeannin, Renater
10:50-11:10Designing a routing platform for the R&E academic community - Frédéric Loui, Renater
11:10-11:30Network monitoring and security (DDoS mitigation) with P4 - Marco Savi, FBK

Lunch (Updated)


Welcome & Introduction - Rob Evans, Jisc, Rudolf Vohnout, CESNET, Edoardo Martelli, CERN, Lars Fischer, NORDUnet, Jac Kloots, SURFnet

12:45-13:15Discussion around white box adoption (Updated)
  • Use cases, services, innovation, new features, concerns, ...
  • Uptake - quick-wins and challenges
  • How should we build a strong community around white boxing and data plane programming (inc. P4) ?
13:15-14:00"Whiteboxing at LINX" - Flemming Heino (LINX)
14:00-14:45"A Plethora of P4 Particulars" - Aaron A. Glenn

"P4-to-VHDL: How We Built the Compiler for FPGA Devices" - Pavel Benacek & Jan Korenek (CESnet).

15:30-16:00Tea and coffee break

"FPGA and NPU technologies into our next generation production network" - Yatish Kumar (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

16:45-17:30"ESnet6 High-Touch Services: Telemetry and Rate Monitoring." - Richard Cziva (ESnet)
19:30-20:30Meet for drinks on the roof top bar Urban Deli (pay for yourself).
20:30Dinner at Urban Deli on Sveavägen 44 (Hosted by SUNET)

Friday, 5th April 2019 - "Optical"

TimeWhat's happening
09:30-09:45"How to measure and analyze non-data applications in fibres?" - Jan Radil & Rudolf Vohnout (CESnet)
09:45-10:30"Disaggregated optical systems" - Kent Lidström (Smartoptics)
10:30-11:00 Tea and coffee

"GEANT lab automation and network evolution." - Guy Roberts (GÉANT)

11:25-11:45"Optical time frequency: its a relative thing" - Guy Roberts (GÉANT)
11:45-12:30"OpenROADM Multi Service Agreements" - Rob Smets (SURFnet)
12:30-13:00Wrap up, Summary and Next Steps - Rob Evans, Jisc, Rudolf Vohnout, CESNET, Edoardo Martelli, CERN, Lars Fischer, NORDUnet, Jac Kloots, SURFnet