NANOG 90 Keynotes

Did you know North Carolina boasts a rich computer science and communications legacy? Or do you want a more candid look at the evolution of the next generation of Google's management (and control) planes? Whether you want to delve deep into the OpenConfig journey or learn the legendary Internet history of our meeting location's state, check out our incredible Keynote Speakers for NANOG 90 lineup!


Abstract Ponderings: A 10-Year Retrospective

Rob Shakir - Google

We're roughly 10 years into the OpenConfig journey. We have implementations in hand from various vendors, and we've gained significant operational experience in the domains of Streaming Telemetry and in Developing Configuration Systems to leverage the developed models. What have we learned? Are the abstractions we've generated the right ones? If not, why? Were we too influenced by the tools and inertia of the time when we made some critical decisions? How do we need to evolve going forward? This discussion is part retrospective/introspective, a candid look at where we've been and what we need to think about as we evolve the next generation of our management (and control) planes. What should we be thinking about as network engineers who write software?

Rob's Bio:

Rob spans the network and software engineering domains at Google -- he's unsure whether he's a Network-Defined Software Engineer or a Software-Defined Network Engineer. Over the last two decades, he's built networks and compute infrastructure for small application service providers (catalyst2, Jive Communications) and delved deep into the architecture, design, and operation of IP infrastructure supporting residential, business, and broadcast services at multiple telcos (GX Networks, Cable&Wireless, BT) before landing at Google in 2016. At Google, he's focused on evolving the on- and off-device control and management plane infrastructure -- hacking code for and leading the development of streaming telemetry, OpenConfig, and "hybrid SDN" systems within the WAN networks Google operates. Rob lives in San Francisco, CA, and when not at a screen, can generally be found somewhere outdoors with his dog.



A Brief History of the Internet in North Carolina

Mark Johnson - Independent

North Carolina boasts a rich legacy in computer science and communications, contributing to the evolution of the Internet. This progress was bolstered by three major research universities nearby, fostering an environment ripe for innovation and early developments in Internet technology. While the trajectory of Internet service and adoption shares similarities with other regions, North Carolina's unique story encompasses shared experiences and distinctive firsthand narratives detailing the uneven progress of the Internet's early days. This presentation will delve into these facets, exploring key developments and personal anecdotes that shaped the state's Internet landscape.

Mark's Bio:

Mark Johnson has over 30 years of leadership experience in managing, engineering, and operating Internet technologies. Presently, he serves as an independent consultant. Throughout his career, Mark has navigated the Internet's evolution, from the adoption of TCP/IP to the emergence of the Web and the proliferation of home broadband Internet access. For more than 20 years, he spearheaded MCNC's regional and national network activities, overseeing a remarkable 25,000-fold increase in Internet usage. Notably, he co-founded The Quilt, a national consortium of regional research and education network operators, and held the chairman position twice. Mark also held influential roles within the Internet2 community and took on the role of Interim Executive Director for the US UCAN project from 2011 to 2012, concentrating on facilitating access to next-generation Internet-based applications for key institutions. During this tenure, he played a pivotal role in establishing the Schools, Health, and Libraries Broadband coalition, serving as an inaugural board member and officer