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Geoff Mulligan speaking at TFI2014

Geoff MulliganWe are very pleased to announce that Geoff Mulligan will be joining us in Denver a week from today to speak at The Future of the Internet 2014: Defining Software Defined Networks.

Geoff Mulligan is currently serving as a Presidential Innovation Fellow working on Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) for the Office of Science and Technology Policy of the White House and the U. S. National Institute for Standards and Technology. In this role, Geoff is working to advance the development and promote the use and deployment of CPS technologies that will improve the efficiencies of Healthcare, Energy, Manufacturing and Safety across America. The SmartAmerica Challenge White House project is bringing together CPS and Internet of Things (IoT) systems of systems overlaid on the backdrop of Smart Cities. The goal is to 1) show the huge and direct benefits that will come from this type of technology deployment; 2) to identify common architectures, protocols, design patterns as well as gaps and 3) advance the thinking surrounding the privacy and security issues related to the build-out of these Smart Cities. Previously, Geoff helped create and deploy the Arpanet working on the Arpanet architecture including the design of IPv6. He wrote the first version of IPv6 for the PC, hosted the first IPv6 “Plugfest” and wrote the first embedded IPv6 implementation. Geoff created and lead the standardization of 6lowpan (chairing the working group for 6+ years). He helped with the formation and founding of the Zigbee Alliance and the IPSO Alliance – serving on the Board of Directors of both organizations and as Chairman of IPSO. He worked with IEEE 1451 and wrote the IP section of IEEE 1451.5 and led the Networking and Communications Task Group of ISA100. He has participated in a number of IEEE, ANSI and TIA standardization efforts and in the initialization of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP). After graduating from the Air Force Academy, he served in the Air Force and worked for a few different companies including Digital Equipment, Sun Microsystems, and Invensys. He helped found start-ups working on email security, next generation Internet technologies and protocol design and technology development. He holds over 15 patents, wrote a book on combating SPAM and testified before the U. S. Congress on computer security.

Geoff offers the following thoughts on SDN to prime our brains for next week’s discussions:

SDN, if you strip away all the hype, offers some really cool opportunities for the future of the Internet of Things and more importantly Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). First for background, CPS differs from the IoT in that the latter is today about sensing thing and the environment and sending the data to the cloud and applying big-data analytics. The former extends this using control-theory to interacting with the environment via machine controls, usually without humans in the loop. In order for CPS to be deployed the underlying network fabric needs to provide a higher level of service currently offered by today’s internet. The CPS fabric requires a “high confidence network (HCN)” which will very likely rely on SDN to help provide. This HCN needs to provide higher speed, improved determinism, bounded latencies and resilience to network failure. With the deployment of SDN the benefits of CPS across numerous industry sectors such as healthcare, energy, transportation, and manufacturing may be realized. This next phase of the Internet, supported by SDN, can be to the Internet what the Industrial Revolution was to manufacturing.

Don’t miss this opportunity to speak with Geoff and all our other experts Friday, 22 August at The Future of the Internet 2014: Defining Software Defined Networkslock in your spot by registering now!

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