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Open Networking Summit 2017
April 3-6, 2017 - Santa Clara Convention Center

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Tuesday, April 4 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Is Centralized Really Less Complex? - Russ White, LinkedIn

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There is a widespread impression in the network engineering world that centralized control planes are simpler than distributed control planes. This impression often drives the perception of the future of network engineering and design in a way that favors centralized controller based systems over more traditional distributed control planes. This session will investigate this claim by considering centralized and distributed control planes in the light of two models; a network complexity model, and the CAP theorem. The proposed outcome is a more realistic view of complexity in centralized systems, and a possible way forward in thinking through where each kind of control plane is useful.


Russ White

Russ White has co-authored more than forty software patents, spoken at venues throughout the world, participated in the development of several internet standards, helped develop the CCDE and the CCAr, and worked in Internet governance with the Internet Society. Russ is currently a member of the Architecture Team at LinkedIn. Currently on the Routing Area Directorate at the IETF, and co-chairs the IETF I2RS and BABEL working groups. MSIT, MACM... Read More →

Tuesday April 4, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Grand Ballroom F