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Emerging Technology Reliability Roundtable on Monday, May 9, 2016

We have invited several experts from academia and industry to discuss and identify the RAS (Reliability, Availability and Serviceability) challenges and requirements of the emerging technologies, e.g. Cloud Computing/Cloud Storage, NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) , SDN (Software Defined Networks), or similar large scale distributed system and virtualization systems. 

This Roundtable discussion will include identification of the key technologies to meet the addressed RAS challenges and requirements as well as the RAS requirements and technologies for mission critical industries (e.g. Airborne Systems, railway communication systems, the banking and financial communication systems, etc.), to promote the inter-industries sharing on for RAS. 

Additional information on the 2016 Emerging Technology Reliability Roundtable is available at

Strategic Track and Technical Paper Tracks

Continuing the tradition of this series of workshops, CQR 2016 will provide an international technical forum for experts from industry and academia to exchange ideas and present results of ongoing research in the areas listed below.  This year, special focus will be on the challenging issues related to the requirements, metrics, measurement, management, and dissemination of Communications Quality & Reliability.

The Workshop has two program tracks: Industry-focused Strategic Track and Technical Paper Track.

Strategic Track

For the Strategic Track, 3 themes are organized into 3 segments with one segment on each day.

In addition, there are 3 Panels being organized.
  • Segment 1: NFV and SDN
    Tuesday, May 10

    Chair: Jason Boswell, Ericsson

    Software Defined Networking (SDN) & Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are completely changing how networks are designed, built, managed and secured; this is not just a transition - it is a transformation. While the move to SDN/NFV offers great opportunity, it also exhibits many pitfalls along the way.  Throughout this segment, we will explore three main areas that impact the viability and effectiveness of virtualized networks.
    1. Planning & Operations management
    2. Orchestration
    3. Security
    The goal of this segment will be to address these areas and provide concrete recommendations to guide product development, architecture design and implementation. 
  • Segment 2: Internet of Things
    Wednesday, May 11

    Chair: Jason Sammarco, Cisco Systems

    For years we have focused on building networks to support a growing demand of bandwidth heavy application like Video. We focused on QoS, Multicast Designs and sub-second failover. As we look toward the future in an IoT environment filled with millions and millions of devices attaching to the network with extremely low bandwidth and new traffic patterns, we need to think differently. How do we handle security, guarantee quality and scale networks differently? Throughout today we will explore these ideas on how the Internet of Things will affect all things.
  • Segment 3: Quality of Customer Experience
    Thursday, May 12

    Chair: Vikas Arora, EXFO

    Customer experience is one of the key focus areas of communications service providers (CSPs). As competition in the CSP space has increased, so too has the importance of good customer experience management (CEM) built on contextual and predictive analytics.. End to end view into service experience is the key differentiator on which SLAs are measured, reputations are built and customers are won and retained.
    The first session will focus on:
    • Importance of Customer Experience and analytics to CSP’s and its building blocks
    • New approaches and architectures to End-to-End  customer experience management and analytics
    • Big Data Analytics as a platform for customer experience insights
    The second session will focus upon Legacy Network Reliability Risks:
    • Customer traffic traverses aging networks with thin and sometimes non-existent maintenance and replacement budgets
    • How do CSPs perceive and manage these risks and deal with end of maintenance (EoM), end of repair (EoR) and end of life (EoL) for network components?
    • Repair, refurbish, reverse engineer to restore customer service and extend useful network service life
In addition, there are 3 Panels.
  • Executive Panel Topic: Next Generation Datacenter
    Wednesday, May 11

    Chair: Michael P. Ryan, Verizon

    Virtually every aspect of IT and Telco are examining how it can leverage new approaches to achieve greater benefits at lower cost.  Data centers are a key focus area because hyper-scale web companies have achieved remarkable improvements in agility and cost savings through data center innovations.
    The executive panel will focus on:
    • Next Generation data center innovations related to power and energy efficiency
    • Compute, storage, and network hardware solutions such as Open Compute Project and merchant silicon
    • Evolving data center innovations related to orchestration and software-defined networking
    • Featured insights and lessons learned from data center operators
  • Emerging Technologies Panel: 5G – Implications for Applications, Operations, Performance and Security
    Wednesday, May 11 - 3 PM

    Chair: Carol Davids, Illinois Institute of Technology

    Cellular carriers are set to rollout 5G in the early 2020’s. The technology is supposed to provide higher bit rates than 4G as well as interoperability with diverse networks and a significantly larger number of simultaneous connections. The expectations of 5G however go well beyond speed and spectral efficiency. Interoperability with heterogeneous networks including WiFi, Sensor networks using BlueTooth and Zigbee and implementing the Internet of Things (IoT), is one anticipated benefit; Network slicing, Software Defined Networks (SDN), and Network Function Virtualization are anticipated to meet the special requirements of diverse applications and services that will use these networks; Blockchain technologies to support the Internet of Money (IoM) – BitCoin for example – and related techniques are under study to improve the performance of these emerging applications. This panel will discuss some of the anticipated benefits of 5G and their implications for network operations, quality and security. Issues from the physical to the application layer will be considered emphasizing the end user experience and ways to improve it.
    Possible questions to be discussed:
    • The standardization process: What is the status of the current participation and special challenges faced as we develop the 5G standards.
    • Real-world implementation: How our experience with today’s networks will inform the 5G rollout including, real-estate agreements, in-building issues; neutral host DAS deployment issues.
    • Heterogeneous networks: Plans to intelligently manage the interfaces of the multiple radio access technologies each with its own set of requirements.
    • Virtualization: What are the impacts of virtualization of the radio access network, edge network, core network and data center networks that host and deliver 5G services.
    • Quality, Reliability and Availability: Ensuring reliability and availability in a network with virtualized functions and perhaps multiple SDN controllers.
    • Mobile Cloud Computing: The increased network capacity envisioned for 5G will encourage rapid growth of Mobile Cloud Computing. How to understand and harness this growth to optimize its benefits.
    • Security: How to scale up mechanisms for network intrusion detection and security event classification in 5G networks and integrate these mechanisms into our plans and standards.
  • Operations Panel: Voice over LTE Operations
    Thursday, May 12

    Chair: Martin Guldberg, Verizon Wireless

    Our charge as an industry is to continue this improvement in all communications technologies that are developed.  Voice services have transitioned to now being an application like all other data applications (such as browsing the web, sending emails, etc).  Examples are Voice over LTE, Voice over WiFi, etc.  This panel will discuss key topics that will encourage adoption on a broad level, across carriers, use of this while roaming domestically and worldwide.
For questions on the Strategic Track, please contact the General Program Co-Chairs.

- Keynotes
- Industry Program
- Technical Program
- Awards
- Special Events


Feb. 12, 2016 (Extended)
Paper submission deadline

Mar. 14, 2016
Notification of acceptance to authors

Mar. 28, 2016
Camera-ready paper and registration

Apr. 29, 2016
Deadline for industry talks presentations

May 9, 2016
Emerging Technology Reliability - Round Table

May 10, 2016
NFV Keynote Speech
NFV/SDN Segment
Technical Paper Program

May 11, 2016
IoT Keynote Speech
Internet of Things Segment
Executive Panel
Emerging Technologies Panel
CQR Technical Committee Meeting
Chairman’s Awards
30th Anniversary Recognition

May 12, 2016
Operations Panel
Customer Experience & Analytics Segment
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