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

Network Archtiect, LinkedIn
Russ White began working with computers in the mid-1980's, and computer networks in 1990. He has experience in designing, deploying, breaking, and troubleshooting large scale networks, and is a strong communicator from the white board to the board room. Across that time, he has co-authored... Read More →

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