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Net Futures
February 20–21, 2013
Los Angeles, California

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February 22, 2013

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Tubes: A Journey to the Center of
the Internet
by Andrew Blum

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Topics include:
• Future architectures
• Wireless networks
• Cloud-centric systems
• Spectrum sharing
• Mobile futures
• Radio architectures
• Software-defined networking
• Security by design
• Scaling networks

conference overview
The Internet has been a massively integrating force, unifying communications, information sharing, and business ecologies while breaking down boundaries and distinctions. Factors that continue to affect the future of our networks include the Internet of Things, ubiquitous mobile, spectrum sharing, bandwidth availability, and ramped-up cloud-based capabilities. We are now seeing many emerging integrations: language and meaning, cultural standards, and interaction at the very local level. It's time to probe deeper into the impact of those developments.

At this conference, we will focus on two main areas for future network development: the infrastructure itself and the architecture. We'll look at network layers going forward and consider what role might be played by software-defined networks, network virtualization, DIY configurations, cloud architectures, new radio architectures, big data, streaming and synchronous communications, machine-to-machine communications, and network design. Will we see networks that allow peer-to-peer collaboration with minimal reliance on a central system? To what extent will users be able to customize choices about the features and services they wish to use?

Is the structure of the Internet as robust as it used to be? The deep penetration of the Internet presents significant legacy issues that cannot be avoided; we are constrained by the dilemma of wanting to upgrade the Net while being almost totally locked into architectures and protocols that are in many cases decades years old. Will entrenched legacy systems impede new developments? Will we see trends toward disintegration and new limits leading to specialization and balkanization? If so, how should we cope with those trends? Certainly, future architectures will need to include higher levels of security.

Can information-centric networking combine enough data management functions into a coherent architecture that will allow us to effectively manage geographically dispersed, shared data? With so many options, what are our net futures?

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Partial list of speakers
Mr. Jeff Burke, Director, Technology Research Initiatives, UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television
Mr. Adrian Cockcroft, Cloud Architect, Netflix
Dr. Linda Doyle, Director, The Telecommunications Research Centre (CTVR)
Mr. Josiah Dykstra, Researcher, Cyber Defense Lab, Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Dr. Frank Fitzek, Professor, Electronic Systems, Aalborg University
Mr. Dewayne Hendricks, Chief Executive Officer, Tetherless Access, Inc.
Dr. Erik Kline, Computer Scientist, Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California
Dr. Craig Labovitz, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, DeepField
Dr. Preston Marshall, Research Professor, Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering
Dr. Peter Neumann, Principal Scientist, Computer Science Laboratory, SRI International
Dr. Jennifer Rexford, Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor in Engineering, Department of Computer Science, Princeton University
Mr. Ray Sanders, Founder, Chairman, and Inventor, SAIN Networks
Mr. Steve Song, Founder, Village Telco

Conference Schedule
Tuesday, February 19: 6:00 pm, First Timers Pre-Reception Welcome
6:30 pm, Reception/Dinner (7:00 pm)
Wednesday, February 20: 8:30 am–5:00 pm, Conference Day 1
6:30 pm, Off-Site Reception/Dinner (7:00 pm)
Thursday, February 21: 8:30 am–4:00 pm, Conference Day 2
6:00 pm, Dinner
Friday, February 22:
8:00 am–1:00 pm, Field Trip to The Annenberg Innovation Lab

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