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As CTO and Chief Architect of Engineering at Cisco Systems, David is responsible for defining strategy and leading research and development of new innovation via tight partnerships with customers and academia. He is known in the industry because of his knowledge and expertise in IP/MPLS routing, high availability, network design, and systems software. He is the Routing Area Director at the IETF and chair of four Working Groups: IS-IS, HIP, BFD and Softwares. Also, he is leading the work on defining a transport profile for MPLS at the ITU-T. He speaks frequently at the North American Network Operators’ Group (NANOG), IETF, IEEE and RIPE conferences and collaborates with several university and private research groups, including Stanford, MIT, Cambridge and Tsinghua University. David held the roles software architect for IOS-XR; co-system architect of the CRS-1 multi-terabit router & ASR9000; and co-system architect of several next generation routers, line cards, route processors and service blades for multiple routing products in Cisco’s Service Provider portfolio. David served as CTO of Platform Systems Division in Juniper Networks, responsible for the switches, routers and data center products in the portfolio as well as the Operating System (Junos) and ASICs. David was also a Juniper Fellow and Chief Architect working on operating system and next generation routing systems. David graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in International Relations, and later received a Ph.D. (ABD) and Master of Science in Forestry from University of Minnesota. David has a small vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains and an heirloom tomato farm along the St Croix River in Somerset, Wisconsin.
Uri Elzur is a chief technologists for Intel’s Network Product Group, SDN/NFV division. In this role, Uri is responsible for creating SDN/NFV technical strategy, open source top-to-bottom stack architectures and influence the server platforms. Uri is a networking specialist with more than 25 years of industry experience and a proven track record of creating innovative product architectures, strategies and intellectual property in Networking, Virtualization, Security, etc. Prior to joining Intel, Uri has held a position of a Sr. Director at Broadcom, managing an architecture team with responsibilities over the company’s NIC architecture and strategy. In that role Uri led multiple innovations in the areas of Virtualization, TCP offload, RDMA, iSER, iSCSI/FCoE and more. Uri holds a BSc EE and MSc EE/CS degrees from the Technion in Haifa.
Wendy Cartee (Chairperson)
Wendy Cartee is VP of Product Management and Marketing at PLUMgrid, Inc., the leading innovator of software defined cloud infrastructure for service providers and enterprises building private and public clouds. Wendy enjoys working with end users, and participates in open source communities such as OpenStack, OPNFV, Docker, Kubernetes, CNCF, etc. In her 20 years of experience, she led teams at Cisco, Juniper, and HP Cloud in field engineering, systems engineering, product management and marketing to define, develop, and deliver products across routing, switching, security, cloud, virtualization, IoT, mobile/WiFi, and management/orchestration. An avid technology and end user advocate, Wendy has 8 U.S. patents in networking, performance monitoring, packet accounting and service discovery technologies, all of which are deployed in production. Wendy is in the CCIE Hall of Fame and has a BSEE from Cal Poly, MBA from Santa Clara University, and SEP from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In her spare time, she volunteers for the Stanford Alumni Consulting Team and Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies.
As the Chief Architect of Networking & Virtualization Group, Yunsong is responsible for the technical direction of virtual networking at Huawei. In this role, Yunsong is driving corporate-level projects leading seasoned global engineering and technology team members across the company to deliver key innovations. Yunsong and his team designed and delivered crucial virtual networking technologies including Elastic Virtual Switch(EVS) and S-DNA(Software-Defined Network Acceleration) framework, which have been the fundamental and differentiating building blocks of Huawei’s Cloud, SDN, and NFV products and solutions. He is also leading Container-based Application Networking which will deliver high performance, application-to-application network monitoring, and network SLA. Yunsong has been an advocate of open source communities for many years. Prior to Huawei, Yunsong worked on Solaris Networking at Sun Microsystems and Oracle.
Prem Jonnalagadda (Silver Member Representative)
Prem Jonnalagadda is a Product Manager at Barefoot Networks. Prior to Barefoot Networks, he held various technical leadership and management roles at companies like Broadcom, Intel, Infosys Technologies and others. He has extensive experience in the computer networking space spanning the areas of software, systems & architecture.