EdgeNet 2006
EdgeNet 2006

This summit brings together experts in academia and industry to discuss the problems facing the designers and managers of enterprise networks. Also, for the first time, we will sponsor a number of graduate students to attend the summit as a way to encourage research in this area as well as to provide them an opportunity to get technical feedback on their ideas from some of thought leaders in this space.

Life at the Edge: Research and Practice in Corporate/Campus Networks

Description

This summit brings together experts in academia and industry to discuss the problems facing the designers and managers of enterprise networks. Also, for the first time, we will sponsor a number of graduate students to attend the summit as a way to encourage research in this area as well as to provide them an opportunity to get technical feedback on their ideas from some of thought leaders in this space.

The summit will be structured as an academic event - consisting of presentations, panel, and working group sessions as well as a poster and demo session. In our experience, this format allows for a high-degree of interactivity between participants as well as opportunities to dig deeply into specific topic areas.

Among the goals of this summit is to produce:

  • A list of the hard problems facing enterprise network IT staffs. We will take a stab at a research agenda that separates out the issues with near-term solutions from ones that require research or new approaches
  • A description of the campus/enterprise network scenarios that IT managers will have to support & build up over the next 3-5 years.
  • A list of the distinguishing characteristics of enterprise networks

Our hope is that, at the end of this meeting, all participants will have a much better understanding of the problems and will have made connections to other researchers and operators working on these issues.

Although this summit is by invitation only, all presentations, position papers, and videos of talks and panels will be available for download on this web site shortly after the meeting is over.

The 2005 summit was on Self-Managing Networks

The 2004 summit was on Mesh Networks

Location

The summit will be held at the Salish Lodge & Spa nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains 30 miles east of Seattle. In addition to a spa, Salish offers three notable restaurants and immaculate guestrooms. Lodge guests can hear the roar of Snoqualmie Falls as whitewater tumbles over granite cliffs nearly 300 feet into the emerald river canyon below. They can venture down the pine tree-lined trail by day and let the crackling personal wood-burning fireplace soothe their sleep by night. The Snoqualmie Tribe considered Snoqualmie Falls a spiritual place of great power. Today Snoqualmie Falls is the second most visited tourist destination in Washington State.

Organizers

Victor Bahl, David A. Maltz, Ming Zhang -- Microsoft Research