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October 26, 2004 [Tuesday] 03:30 - 05:00 PM
Multi-Service Metro Optical Transport Technologies
Organizer Dr. Ian M. White, Sprint Advanced Technology Labs [Slides]
Panelists Dr. Claudio Lima, Sprint [Slides]
Dr. Enrique Hernandez, Lucent Technologies [Slides]
Dr. Gady Rosenfeld, Corrigent [Slides]
Dr. Mehran Esfandiari, SBC [Slides]
Dr. Vik Saxena, Comcast
Abstract Due to the increasing demand for data services in the metropolitan area, many service providers are preparing to deploy metro area multi-service transport solutions.  The services that need to be supported by the transport include Ethernet private line, Transparent LAN, storage data transport, video transport, and traditional TDM-based services.  Legacy SONET/SDH network infrastructures are not optimized to transport the data services that are in demand today.  Most carriers have by now determined that a strategy for data-optimized transport in their metro regions is necessary.  However, a number of new technologies have emerged as candidates over the last few years, which has made it difficult to settle on a particular strategy.  Technologies that are being considered by carriers include Next Generation SONET/SDH (GFP, Virtual Concatenation, and LCAS), Ethernet, MPLS, Pseudo-Wire Emulation Edge-to-Edge (PWE3), and Resilient Packet Ring.  Carriers are now faced with the challenge of comparing and contrasting the individual technologies as well as various permutations of the technologies stacked together.

This panel aims to sort through the many options to determine the best technologies for the right carriers.  Network equipment manufacturers are invited to present their proposals for next generation metro transport equipment, and experts from carriers are invited to discuss their strategy.

October 27, 2004 [Wednesday] 03:30 - 05:00 PM
Optical Networks and Grid Computing
Organizer Dr. David W. Griffith, NIST


Dr. Ashwin Gumaste, Fujutsu Laboratories

Dr. Jason Leigh, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Wu-chun Feng, Los Alamos

Dr. Malathi Veeraraghavan, Director of Computer Engineering/Associate Professor, UVA

Abstract The huge increase in bandwidth capacity that occurred over the last  decade has fueled the development of large-scale computing systems that are responsible for a revolution in computational science.  By creating computers whose elements can be spread over a large geographic area, the research community has facilitated collaborative research to a greater degree than was ever before possible.  They have also begun to examine problems (such as characterizing protein folding) that previously were intractable due to the amount of computational effort that was required to examine even simple scenarios.  Within the next few years, we can expect to see the process of mutual catalysis between the engineering and scientific communities produce distributed computing systems with ever-greater capabilities that will be used to solve ever-more computationally intensive problems.  This panel will examine the issues associated with the development of grid networks at a variety of layers.  We will consider what applications will drive the development of new grid network architectures, and we will also examine what changes need to be made to networking protocols and the physical network itself to support emerging application requirements.
October 28, 2004 [Thursday] 01:30 - 03:00 PM
Broadband Wireless
Organizer Dr. Puneet Sharma, Research Scientist, HP Labs


Dr. Ravi Jain, Vice President & Lab Director, Docomo Labs, USA

Dr. Joseph B. Evans, National Science Foundation
    Prof. Nick Bambos, Stanford University

Prof. Csaba Szabo, Budapest University of Technolgoy & Economics

Abstract Ever increasing demand for ubiquitous connectivity both by consumers and business users has led to development and deployment of various wireless broadband technologies. The panelist will address questions pertaining to various technical as well as business questions regarding the future of broadband wireless such as: (1) Will there be a clear winner of the technology race?  3G/4G, Wi-Fi  hotspots, WiMAX etc. (2) What are the fundamental challenges facing the industry? Spectrum allocation, competition, business feasibility, international standardization etc. (3) What is the reason for low use of broadband wireless by the users? Costs, devices etc.