Linux Cloud: How Networking Needs to Evolve - PJ Waskiewicz

Registered by Elena Zannoni on 2012-05-05

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The Cloud is in every discussion about computing today, but how does it really work under the hood? This presentation will first explore how various Cloud implementations use the Linux networking stack today, from bridging to virtualization to tunneling. Yet as the Cloud presence grows, scalability challenges exist. The presentation will next discuss various offload capabilities showing up in networking hardware, and suggest how Linux could intelligently evolve in order to seamlessly take advantage of these offloads.

Attendees can expect de-mist-ification of how the Cloud works in various implementations (IaaS, PaaS, etc.). They can then see how key players in the industry are addressing the future needs of Cloud scalability and reliability. This is intended primarily for developers, but can also be very helpful for system and network administrators.

Shannon Nelson is currently a Network Software Engineer for Intel, writing and supporting Linux drivers for the wired networking devices. In the past he has designed middleware and GUI's for factory automation, implemented sensor management in telecommunications, and built test suites for super computers. He also plays bass guitar, sings occasionally, and drives a fine British automobile.

Peter (PJ) Waskiewicz is a senior software engineer in the LAN Access Division at Intel. He is responsible for supporting the new technologies in Intel's next generation LAN products both in silicon and updating the Linux kernel. He recently was the primary maintainer for the ixgbe driver, Intel's 10 GbE PCI Express driver, and is now focused on 40 Gigabit Ethernet design. His contributions to the kernel include the original Tx multiqueue networking API, interrupt affinity for I/O devices, among others.

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