1. Dr. Partho Mishra, VP and GM, Cisco Systems
  2. Dr. Inder Gopal, VP, Networking Development and Technical Strategy, IBM, USA

Dr Partho Mishra, Vice President and General Manager, Provider Access Business Unit, Cisco Systems

Dr Partho Mishra is Vice President and General Manager, dfd Cisco Service Provider Access Business Unit (PABU) which is part of Cisco’s Core Technology Group (CTG). In his current role, he is responsible for Cisco’s worldwide Service Provider Access Routing products, including the ASR 901/903, ME 3400/3600/3800 and CPT 50/200/600 product lines.

He was previously Vice President and General Manager at Marvell Semiconductors, where his business unit developed WiFi, Bluetooth and WiMax chip-sets for laptops, smart-phones, digital cameras, gaming platforms and access points. This included pioneering low power wireless technologies that were adopted in consumer electronics devices such as the SONY PSP/PS3, Microsoft Xbox and Apple Iphone.

He has been involved as part of the initial technology/founding team in two Silicon Valley start-ups: Airgo Networks (acquired by Qualcomm) and Iospan Wireless (acquired by Intel) that developed the first MIMO Wireless LAN and Wireless WAN technologies/products respectively. Prior to that he was at AT&T Labs-Research and AT&T Bell Labs-Research where he worked on network architecture and basic research.

He has more than 40 issued US patents and several applications outstanding. He has more than 30 published papers in IEEE/ACM journals and conferences.

Dr Mishra holds a B.Tech (Hons) degree in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology - Kharagpur (1988) and MS/PhD degrees in Computer Science from University of Maryland – College Park (1993).


Dr. Inder Gopal, Vice President, Networking Development and Technical Strategy, IBM, USA.


Dr. Inder Gopal is Vice President for System's Networking Development in System Technology and is responsible for the development of all hardware and software networking products in IBM. Previously, Inder Gopal was Vice President of Analytical Applications in the Software Group at IBM.

He founded two venture-funded start-up companies, and worked in senior executive roles at AT&T and Prodigy. He has a long record of successful commercialization of leading edge technology, often creating new markets and
product categories.

Dr. Gopal has also had a distinguished research career in the area of
computer networks, with 20 patents and more than 70 technical publications
to his credit. He has served as editor of several technical journals and was
elected Fellow of the IEEE. He has a PhD from Columbia University, New York
and a BA from Oxford University, England.

Topic: Issues and challenges in Data Centre Networking.

Abstract: The networks that interconnect large data centers have changed dramatically in the past few years. . The advent of highly virtualized computing
environments has meant that these networks need to dynamically adapt to
rapidly mobile workloads. The emphasis on sub-microsecond end-end delay for applications such as high-frequency trading has turned these networks into
optimized end-end interconnect fabrics. The requirements for rapid
deployment and minimizing operational costs has meant that systems, storage
and networks are all now managed through the same tools and methods. In this
talk, we will highlight these trends and discuss some forthcoming challenges
and research issues.




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