Ethernet Innovation Conference

Ethernet Innovation Conference

May 22, 8:30am to 5:30pm

A great line-up of industry speakers from the “Ethernet Inventors” to future “Innovations in Networking”

Attendees: Open to General Public & Corporate Sponsors – from $375 per person, including lunch

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If you are having troubles registering or if you have any allergies or special dietary requirements please contact Katie Black:
Tel: +1 831 915 3742

Wednesday 22nd May
Celebrating 40 years of Ethernet Innovation – Plenary Sessions

7:45 – 8:30 am Conference registrations and coffee/tea refreshments at Computer History Museum
8:30 – 8.40 pm Introduction: Ethernet’s invention and early history
8:40 – 9:00 am Opening keynote presentation
Bob Metcalfe – From ALOHA to Eternity
How CSMA emerged from Hawaii, early choices and challenges, and Metcalfe’s Law
Bob Metcalfe
9:00 – 9:15 pm Keynote interview on stage
9:15 – 10:30 am Session #1: Ethernet’s early history & war stories
  • The Inventors of Ethernet
  • “Ethernet or Ethernot?“ – Ethernet vs. competing technologies
10:30 – 11:00 am Coffee break
11:00– 12:30 pm Session #2: The innovation process that conceived Ethernet
The Ethernet as a case study in how innovation works – in partnerships with government, academia and commercial business – and how it can still be fostered today.
  • Architecture and the environment it creates
    What is so unique about PARC and Silicon Valley? What was the spirit of the time?
    Where is it flourishing now?
  • Standards and the evolution of the business model
    Approaching IEEE, Xerox’s motivation, SNA v. TCPIP
  • Government / Academia / Industry in fruitful partnership
    When does it work? Why does it not always succeed? How can it be encouraged?
12:30 – 1:45 pm Luncheon
2:00 – 3:30 pm Session #3: The Status of Ethernet Today
  • Ethernet in enterprise networking
  • Ethernet in the home
  • Ethernet in Service Provider networks
    Globalizing Ethernet from LAN to WAN
3:30 – 4:00 pm Refreshments
4:00 – 5:30 pm Session #4: The Future of Networking
  • Future Internet Architectures
  • Green shoots – the future from a startup perspective
    A panel of networking start-up companies discuss the challenges, their vision, why they are in business and where they can take tomorrow’s networking
5:30 pm Close of Day 1 Conference Sessions