Emerging Technology Reliability Roundtable 2018

IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc)
Technical Committee on Communications Quality & Reliability (CQR)

Emerging Technology Reliability Roundtable 2018
Monday, May 14, 2018

Austin, Texas 75085, USA

Scope of the Roundtable

  • Discuss and identify the RAS (Reliability, Availability and Serviceability) challenges, requirements and methodologies in the emerging technology areas like the Cloud Computing, Wireless/Mobility (with focus on 5G technologies), NFV (Network Functions Virtualization), SDN
    (Software Defined Networking), or similar large-scale distributed and virtualization systems.
  • Discuss the RAS requirements and technologies for mission-critical industries (e.g., airborne systems, railway communication systems, the banking and financial communication systems, etc.), with the goal to promote the interindustry
    sharing of related ideas and experiences.
  • Identify potential directions for resolving identified issues and propose possible solution

ETR-RT 2017 Roundtable Summary of Findings and Presentations

Participants at the ETR-RT 2017 in Bologna, Italy




David Lu, Vice President, D2 Platform and Systems Development, Technology Development, AT&T Services, Inc. USA

David, Vice President – Business Solutions Development, is responsible for Global Service Assurance, Network Fault and Rule Based Automation Platforms, Network Performance/Traffic/Capacity/Testing Management Platforms, Managed Services Platforms, and Field Operation Dispatching at AT&T. He leads an organization with more than 3,000 people across the globe. David is a well-respected leader in software architecture and engineering, network performance and traffic management, business solutions, large DB and big data implementation/mining/analytics, software reliability and quality, and network operations process engineering. Since joining AT&T Bell Labs in 1987, he has served in various leadership positions at AT&T. He holds 35 patents and has frequently appeared as a guest speaker at technical and leadership seminars and conferences throughout the world. He received numerous industry awards including the 2015 Chairman’s Award from IEEE Communication Society for Network and Systems Quality and Reliability. He was admitted to the world renowned Shanghai Conservatory of Music but came to US to complete his college. He has an undergraduate degree in music, majoring in cello performance and graduate degree in Computer Science.


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Dr. Chih-Lin I, Chief Scientist, Wireless Technologies, China Mobile Research Institute

Chih-Lin I received her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.  She has been working at multiple world-class companies and research institutes leading the R&D, including AT&T Bell Labs; Director of AT&T HQ, Director of ITRI Taiwan, and VPGD of ASTRI Hong Kong.  She received the IEEE Trans.COM Stephen Rice Best Paper Award, is a winner of the CCCP National 1000 Talent Program, and has won the 2015 Industrial Innovation Award of IEEE Communication Society for Leadership and Innovation in Next-Generation Cellular Wireless Networks.

In 2011, she joined China Mobile as its Chief Scientist of wireless technologies, established the Green Communications Research Center, and launched the 5G Key Technologies R&D.  She is spearheading major initiatives including 5G, C-RAN, high energy efficiency system architectures, technologies and devices; and green energy.  She was an Area Editor of IEEE/ACM Trans.NET, an elected Board Member of IEEE ComSoc, Chair of the ComSoc Meetings and Conferences Board, and Founding Chair of the IEEE WCNC Steering Committee.

She was a Professor at NCTU, an Adjunct Professor at NTU, and currently an Adjunct Professor at BUPT.  She is the Chair of FuTURE 5G SIG, an Executive Board Member of GreenTouch, a Network Operator Council Founding Member of ETSI NFV, a Steering Board Member of WWRF, a member of IEEE ComSoc SDB, SPC, and CSCN-SC, and a Scientific Advisory Board Member of Singapore NRF.  Her current research interests center around “Green, Soft, and Open”.


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Pasi Hurri, Chief Executive Officer, BaseN Corporation

Since establishing BaseN Corporation in 2001, Pasi Hurri has been holding the position of Chief Executive Officer. 

Mr. Hurri is an expert speaker and senior Member of IEEE as well as a visiting lecturer at several Universities.  Prior to founding BaseN, Mr. Hurri spent more than a decade in senior technology management positions.  He presided over the engineering effort of the KPNQwest Eurorings network, then the largest pan-European carrier transporting more than 50% of the Internet traffic.  Within Ahlstrom Corporation, Mr. Hurri managed the creation of a global IP network in the early 90`s.

With his strategic thinking inherited from the Finnish Air Force, Mr. Hurri has always emphasized the importance of deep situational awareness, according to Clausewitz principles.  Mr. Hurri also holds the position of the Chairman for Industrial Internet of Things steering group of TEKES.

TITLE: The Network is Content: Emerging dependencies in content delivery architecture

ABSTRACTMost network providers have learned the lessons to engineer their networks in a resilient way with ring or otherwise protected network architectures.  However, at the same time the network traffic patterns have changed dramatically.  Today most capacity is used for high volume web and video data, and in order to accommodate to this, most content providers and operators are relying on third party content delivery networks (CDN).  The CDN fault tolerance architecture, which usually includes a lot of third parties is an order of magnitude more complex than the underlying network architecture.  In addition, the growing use of CDN’s potentially introduce political and surveillance aspects.

James KimeryNational Instruments Director of Marketing for  SDR and Wireless Research initiatives

In this role, James is responsible for the company’s 5G strategy encompassing both research and business initiatives.  James also leads NI’s RF and Communications Lead User program which works with leading researchers across the world to accelerate the transition from theory to prototype and deployment.  James also manages the company’s software defined radio business including the Ettus Research subsidiary acquired by NI in 2010.  In 2014, James chaired the IEEE Globecom industry committee which was held in Austin, Texas.  Prior to joining NI, James was the Director of Marketing for Silicon Laboratories’ wireless division.  As Director, the wireless division grew revenues exceeding $250M (from $5M) and produced several industry innovations including the first integrated CMOS RF synthesizer and transceiver for cellular communications, the first digitally controlled crystal oscillator, and the first integrated single chip phone (AeroFONE).  AeroFONE was voted by the IEEE as one of the top 40 innovative ICs ever developed.  James also worked at National Instruments before transitioning to Silicon Labs and led many successful programs including the concept and launch of the PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation (PXI) platform.  James was a founding member of the VXIplug&play Systems Alliance, VISA working group, and PXI System Alliance.  He has authored over 60 technical papers and articles covering a variety of wireless and test and measurement related topics.  James holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin (MBA) and Texas A&M University (BSEE).


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Dehan Li, Technical Expert of RAS Design, Huawei Technologies, China

Dehan has been working on RAS design in Huawei for more than 17 years. His current research interests include overload control in NFV/SDN or Cloud, zero-touch network, ultra-reliability in 5G E2E network, etc. Now responsible for reliability technical plan in Huawei.

Dehan graduated from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) in 2001 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. In 2010-2013, he has worked in Stockholm, Sweden, lead an expert team which focus on FM and OLC in Huawei Sweden R&D Center.

TITLE:  New Challenges of Ultra-Reliability in 5G

ABSTRACT: 5G will face several challenges brought by emerging application scenarios such as URLLCUltra-reliable low latency communication) for mission critical industrial.  The difference between traditional telecom grade reliability and ultra-reliable are compared.  How to understand the scenario of URC (ultra-reliable communication) for automation in vertical domain are discussed, also ultra-reliable challenge for E2E network including edge cloud. Some possible direction to reach ultra-reliable are considered as well.


Kathy Meier-Hellstern, Assistant Vice President, AT&T, USA

Kathy Meier-Hellstern is an AT&T Fellow and Assistant Vice President in AT&T Labs Research, where she leads the Optimization, Reliability and Customer Analytics Department (ORCA).  Kathy and her team are focused on optimization, performance and reliability and network and analytics for AT&T’s Next Generation Network Cloud.  Her team designs and implements the optimization algorithms for AT&T’s SDN network, and is responsible for applying machine learning and data-powered analytics in the areas of virtualized services, network security, cloud infrastructure and 5G.

Kathy received her Ph.D.  in Operations Research from the University of Delaware with a research focus in Applied Probability and Queueing Theory.  She has been a visiting researcher at the University of Stuttgart, Technion, and Rutgers University Wireless Information Network Lab.  Kathy is the author of numerous publications and patents in applied probability.


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More speaker participants will be announced soon


Jose de Francisco Lopez, Design Director at Nokia Software

His 15+ year experience encompasses multi-disciplinary leadership responsibilities in strategy, product management, research & development, marketing, partnerships and project management.  Jose has worked with Bell Labs on next generation platforms and holds several patents.  He is a Member of the Advisory Council at MIT’s Institute for Data Systems and Society (IDSS) and is the recipient of an MBA in International Marketing and Finance from Chicago’s DePaul University as a Honeywell Europe Be Brilliant Scholar. Jose also holds a postgraduate degree in Human Factors Engineering from Barcelona Tech and can be followed on innovarista.org.



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Roundtable Chair: Spilios Makris, PhD, Director, Palindrome Technologies, USA and Ex-Chairman of the IEEE SRPSDVE Study Group

Spilios Makris is currently the Director of Network Resilience and Business Continuity Management (BCM) in Palindrome Technologies. Spilios has extensive experience in BCM and network resilience serving as Director and Senior Consultant at Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore) for over 28 years, conducting studies and developing methodologies along with industry Best Practices for over 50 Tier 1&2 telecom companies, telecom vendors, and Telecom Regulatory Authorities (TRAs) worldwide. Spilios has served as Chair, Vice-Chair, Lead Contributor of the Standards T1A1.2 WG on “Network Survivability Performance” (was renamed PRQC Reliability Task Force) for 20 years. He successfully managed thebdevelopment and regular update of Telcordia Generic Reliability Requirements documents establishing them as the “de facto” industry standards (e.g., SR-332 on Reliability Prediction Procedure for Electronic Equipment).
Spilios recently served as the Chair of the IEEE Study Group for Security, Reliability, and Performance for Software Defined and Virtualized Ecosystems (e.g., SDN, NFV, etc.). (http://grouper.ieee.org/groups/srpsdv/meeting_information.html).
Spilios received his PhD in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Mass., MS in Engineering Management from Northeastern University, Boston, Mass., and Diploma (equiv. to MS) in Electrical & Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece.
He is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) by the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII) and a Senior Member of IEEE.


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Roundtable Advisor: Chi-Ming Chen, PhD, AT&T Labs, USA

Chi-Ming Chen joined AT&T in 1995.  He is with the AT&T Labs architecture organization which designs the Enhanced Control Orchestration Management Platform (ECOMP) and Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP).  Prior to joining AT&T, Chi-Ming was with the Quality Assurance Center of Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) from 1985 to 1995 and was a faculty member at Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan from 1975 to 1979.

He received his Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985; M.S. in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University in 1981; M.S. and B.S. in Physics from Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, in 1973 and 1971 respectively.

Chi-Ming Chen is a Life Senior Member of IEEE and Senior Member of the ACM.  He is an Advisory Board Member of IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Technical Committee on Communications Quality & Reliability (CQR). He was a member of the IEEE GLOBECOM & ICC Management & Strategy (GIMS) Standing Committee and served as the GLOBECOM and ICC Site Selection Chair from 2012 to 2017.  He has chaired the Industry Forums of several GLOBECOMs and ICCs and is serving as the GIMS Advisor for ICC 2019, Shanghai, China.

From 2015 to 2017, Chi-Ming was a Steering Committee member of the IEEE SDN Initiative and IEEE Big Data Initiative.  Currently, he is co-chairing the 5G Roadmap Working Group of IEEE 5G Initiative.  He has been a key Organizing Committee member of CyberC conference since it’s started in 2009.  In addition, he also organizes the annual IEEE Emerging Technology Reliability Roundtable (ETR-RT) since 2014.





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