Schedule: 05/31/2016 – 16:00-17:00
Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is an emerging topic both in the academia and in the industry. The basic premise of NFV is to virtualize network middleboxes (e.g., NAT, firewall) that are traditionally hardware appliances. Virtualization provides all the typical benefits of cloud computing including scalability to workload changes (autoscaling), flexibility, and lowered costs. However, Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) are often more demanding than typical virtual machines (VM) in a cloud infrastructure with regard to attributes such as performance, reliability, predictability, and security. In this talk, I will look at the problems from both the VNF provider’s (a cloud user) and the cloud provider’s perspectives. I will describe some of our recent work on extending the OpenStack, an open source cloud computing software, and outline some of our thinking of management of VNFs in a world-wide network.
Dr. Matti Hiltunen is a Principal Inventive Scientist in the Cloud Software Research Department at AT&T Labs-Research, Bedminster, NJ. Dr. Hiltunen received his Master of Science degree at the University of Helsinki and Ph.D. degree in computer science at the University of Arizona. Since 2000, he has been working at AT&T and focused on dependability, distributed systems, adaptive systems, and cloud computing. He has published over 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences and acted as a program committee chair or vice-chair for DSN, ICDCS, and SRDS. Dr. Hiltunen is a member of IEEE and IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Fault Tolerance and Dependability.