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The Networking Channel

april 2021

WED 21

8am PST

panel discussion

5G and Next G Innovation Opportunities and Challenges: Enabled by Disaggregation, SDN and Open Source

Guru Parulkar – Executive Director of Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and Executive Director of Stanford Platform Lab

Sachin Katti – Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University, Co-Chair of O-RAN Alliance

Christian Maciocco – Principal Engineer and Director Telecom Systems Research, Intel Labs

Florian Kaltenberger – EURECOM

Manu Gosain – Senior Technical Program Director for PAWR

In this panel, we will present with concrete examples how 5G networks are embracing SDN, disaggregation and open source and thus represent opportunities for researchers to contribute and shape the future of mobile cellular networks. It is now possible to program the control plane and the forwarding pipeline of RAN, mobile core, and front-haul, back-haul, and backbone networks on servers, NICs, switches and middle-boxes. The panel will present a network architecture blueprint to set up a private 5G network leveraging CBRS spectrum with end to end softwarized network/RAN elements to further innovate on. This represents a really exciting and unprecedented opportunity for the research community. The panel also shines a light on technical challenges that a researcher has to be prepared for: learn the latest software development tools and practices and to be able to work with real systems to have an impact on the evolution of 5G towards next G and beyond.


8am PST

(11am EST / 5pm CET / 1am JST)


web-streamed | time streamed



panel discussion