16 May 2022
Valencia, Spain
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Monday, May 16

07:30 CEST

Registration + Badge Pick-up
Monday May 16, 2022 07:30 - 17:00 CEST Central Forum

Monday May 16, 2022 07:30 - 17:00 CEST
Central Forum

09:00 CEST

Opening Remarks - Tom Kivlin, Vodafone
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Tom Kivlin

Principal Telco Cloud Architect, Vodafone
Tom, with nearly 20 years of experience in building and operating infrastructure and software within the Telco industry, is passionate about using modern technology and operating practices to deliver real business value. Currently, at Vodafone, he is responsible for defining, communicating... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2022 09:00 - 09:20 CEST
Pavilion 3, Room E | Level 2 | Central Forum

09:25 CEST

Towards the Cloud Native Telco: Learning from the Trenches - Josua Hiller & Ruben Merz, Swisscom
At Swisscom, we are engaged in an ambitious technology and cultural transformation towards cloud-native readiness. We believe it is an essential component to keep on thriving in an increasingly competitive environment, and to further deliver reliable services, while accelerating delivery and improving efficiency. While the CNCF ecosystem is incredibly rich, its applicability to the development and operation of reliable telco service is in its infancy. Hence, in this talk, we want to share our observation from working for the past two years on the deployment of our 5G Core platform: in particular, while Kubernetes allows for full life-cycle automation of telco network functions, we see the need for four improvements areas: (1) independence between network functions and the underlying infrastructure; (2) increasing the maturity of configuration and state management of network functions; (3) some constraints of the 3GPP architecture; and (4) the need for service observability.

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Josua Hiller

Product Owner 5G Core Subscriber Management, Swisscom
Josua is a product owner for 5G core at Swisscom, and a tech lead for automation. Previously working for Telstra, spearheading as tech lead the design and development of building a greenfield 5G-4G converged core using Cloud-Native technologies. He has been working in tech for almost... Read More →
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Ruben Merz

Senior Enterprise Architect, Swisscom
Ruben is a senior enterprise architect at Swisscom, and lead architect of Swisscom mobile network transformation. His focus is on automation, continuous resilience, and cloud-native transformation.

Monday May 16, 2022 09:25 - 09:55 CEST
Pavilion 3, Room E | Level 2 | Central Forum

10:00 CEST

GitOps Based Cloud Native 5GC Lifecycle Management – Case Study Based on Mavenir 5GC Implementation in Deutsche Telekom Technik with Das Schiff (T-CaaS @ TDG) Platform - Michal Sewera & Samy Nitsche, Deutsche Telekom
Running a Kubernetes-based application does not mean it's cloud native. We get the real advantages of the cloud native ecosystem only when we implement a fully automated platform life cycle management system based on GitOps, automating implementation of so called “desired state of the network”. This talk will present lessons learned and experiences from the transformation to the GitOps NF lifecycle management model based on a case study of Mavenir 5G SA platform implementation at Deutsche Telekom Technik, focusing on:
- CICD infrastructure and implemented practices
- GitOps based configuration management for 5G applications
- Requirements to support infrastructure rolling upgrades
- Challenges and ideas to support ISSU without a need for a traffic migration

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Michal Sewera

Team Lead 5G cloud native core, Deutsche Telekom
Michal Sewera is leading DevOps team that builds cloud native 5G/EPC network in TDG, driving the transformation towards a new operating model based on web-scale/cloud native technology. For many years he was leading the EPC Shared Service Center team focused on delivery of ePC engineering... Read More →
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Samy Nitsche

DevOps engineer, Deutsche Telekom
Samy Nitsche is a DevOps Engineer at Deutsche Telekom with a focus on cloud native and Kubernetes ecosystem. He is passionate about open-source technologies. In his work at Deutsche Telekom he is essential to the transformation of legacy mobile core systems to cloud native combo core... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2022 10:00 - 10:30 CEST
Pavilion 3, Room E | Level 2 | Central Forum

10:30 CEST

10:50 CEST

Leveraging Cilium and SRv6 for Telco Networking - Daniel Bernier, Bell Canada
In this session, Daniel Bernier will be demonstrating how Cilium and its eBPF data plane was extended to support telco networking requirements in a cloud-native way. He will demonstrate how Cilium can provide network segmentation and Multi-VRF support with or without the use of multiple interfaces. With this new approach, he will also explain how to build simple multi-cluster VPN or simple integration to an MPLS provider network by leveraging natively IPv6 and SRv6.

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Daniel Bernier

Technical Director, Bell Canada
Daniel is a Technology Director in the CTIO architecture group at Bell Canada involved in research and development of disruptive technologies transforming the Telco space for Bell's network and services. He is currently working on central office evolution, edge cloud strategy and... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2022 10:50 - 11:20 CEST
Pavilion 3, Room E | Level 2 | Central Forum

11:25 CEST

Lessons Learnt and Thoughts on Telco Cloud Native Evolution and Open Source Practices - Seshu Kumar Mudiganti, Huawei Technologies India Pvt Ltd. & Qihui Zhao, China Mobile
With the maturity of 5G and the development of edge computing, operators have gradually transformed into network service providers. Providing agile, robust and flexible network cloud is operators' primary goal. Currently, together with vendors, operators are researching on cloud native methodologies and technologies, such as container, microservice and DevOps, and pushing network cloud evolving towards cloud native. The current session mainly highlights on the lessons we learnt from operating on various CNCF projects, OKD as part of the XGVela project, we will also present the current open source implementation of a PaaS platform, NF microservices, CNFs and other cloud native technical points. In this session, we will also introduce China Mobile's thoughts and practice on network cloud native evolution, clarify the evolution requirements.

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Qihui Zhao

Project Manager, China Mobile
Qihui is a project manager at China Mobile Research Institute. She was a member of NovoNet project which drives MFV/SDN strategy for China Mobile, and are now working on cloud native evolution of CMCC's network cloud. Qihui is currently chairing the TSC of XGVela project, and has... Read More →
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Seshu Kumar Mudiganti

Principle Architect, Windriver
A hands-on technical Architect and developer building E2E solutions, architecture, design and implementation for various commercial and open source projects alike. Seshu is a Chef Architect at Huawei Technologies, India Pvt. Ltd. He is also the member of the Technical Steering Committee... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2022 11:25 - 11:55 CEST
Pavilion 3, Room E | Level 2 | Central Forum

11:55 CEST

Lunch + Networking
Monday May 16, 2022 11:55 - 13:25 CEST
Plaza | Feria Valencia

13:25 CEST

Network Anomaly Event Prediction and Optimal Resource Control in Cloud Native Network Functions - Takuya Miyasaka, KDDI Corporation & Takaya Miyazawa, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
The use of Cloud-native Network Functions (CNFs) in the telco industry has attracted attention in recent years, and examples of CNFs adoption such as 5G and telco cloud have started to emerge. While CNFs enable quick service deployment, can typical requirements of telco service such as high availability and optimal allocation of the computational resource be realized in CNFs? In this session, we will share and discuss our experience in leveraging CNFs as an infrastructure for telco services while satisfying these typical requirements. Takuya Miyasaka will share lessons learned on eBPF observability in a 5G core network deployed by Kubernetes. In particular, he will show that the detailed metrics of each 5G container measured by eBPF enable the detection of future anomaly network events in the 5G with Deep Learning. From a different perspective, Takaya Miyazawa will share his ongoing activities on an autonomous computational resource control system for CNFs being compliant with the ETSI Open Source MANO (OSM) and ITU-T Y.3177 standards. In addition, he will share his work on deploying the control system in a Japanese public network testbed called JGN.

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Takuya Miyasaka

Network Engineer, KDDI Corporation
Takuya Miyasaka is a Tokyo based network engineer working for KDDI Corporation, a Japanese mobile network operator. He is working on research and development of resiliency for mobile networks such as 5G/6G and standardization activities in IETF, ETSI and 3GPP.
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Takaya Miyazawa

Research Manager, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
Takaya Miyazawa is a Research Manager of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan. He received a Ph.D. degree from Keio University, Japan, in 2006. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Davis, USA, in 2006-2007. He worked at the... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2022 13:25 - 13:55 CEST
Pavilion 3, Room E | Level 2 | Central Forum

14:00 CEST

Lightning Talk: Architecting Geo-distributed and Hybrid 5G Edge with Kubernetes - Sachin Rathee, Red Hat & Robert Belson, Verizon
There’s been a lot of talk about "the edge" but what does that really mean in the context of your infrastructure and application architecture? With the proliferation of high-speed 5G networks, Verizon developed a mobile edge computing platform to support customer demands for increasingly immersive experiences. In this session, the Verizon and Red Hat will share our experiences with using Kubernetes on Verizon 5G Edge to orchestrate and schedule container deployments across hybrid clouds that may include public footprint with AWS Wavelength Zones and/or on premises AWS Outposts simultaneously. Moreover, learn how the edge discovery service can be used to support advanced deployment techniques and day 2 operations. Leave this session with an understanding of best practices for Kubernetes at the network edge and learn how to run an Kubernetes worker node on public/private edge for your ultra low-latency applications.

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Robert Belson

Strategy Analyst, Verizon, Verizon
Robert Belson is a Technology Strategist & DevOps enthusiast from the Washington, D.C. area. With a background in networks and distributed systems, Belson joined Verizon in October 2019 and is principally focused on leading Developer Relations for Verizon’s 5G mobile edge computing... Read More →
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Sachin Rathee

Edge Specialist, Red Hat
Sachin Rathee is responsible for cloud and management products and services at Red Hat. He is currently working in the telecommunications domain, most recently being involved in projects relating to multaccess edge computing/MEC, network function virtualization (NFV) and management... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2022 14:00 - 14:10 CEST
Pavilion 3, Room E | Level 2 | Central Forum

14:15 CEST

Lightning Talk: Lessons from Enabling Cloud Native O-RAN RIC for the Edge - Sunku Ranganath, Intel Corporation, Mike Recchia & Hanen Garcia, Red Hat
O-RAN RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) specs enable self-organizing networks to be deployed as microservices within K8s clusters with RAN AI capabilities. Instantiating key network functionalities in RAN AI applications (xApps & rApps) as K8s pods have arisen the need for customizing Kubernetes architecture to address resiliency, manageability and policy driven requirements for the O-RAN RIC. This talk addresses some of cloud-native considerations of O-RAN to efficiently enable RIC with RAN AI xApps and have the ability to interact with customized set of MEC microservices. Through a live demo using AI based Traffic Management xApp, telemetry based xApp manager & open-source RIC implementation, this talk provides architectural aspects necessary for integrating AI applications, interfaces required for scaling the data efficiently using K8s infrastructure. Importance of telemetry constructs are highlighted to adhere to the real-time requirements of the ORAN near-Realtime RIC pods through the demo.

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Mike Recchia

Principal Architect, Red Hat
Mike Recchia's works on strategy development and execution in OpenRAN, including development of the first Near-RT RIC and several xApps, including Dual Connectivity, SON ANR, Spectral Awareness, Anomaly Detection, and Traffic Steering. Development of Reference Blueprints for major... Read More →
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Hanen Garcia

Global Telco Solutions Manager, Red Hat
Hanen Garcia is Global Telco Solutions Manager at Red Hat, with more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry building network solutions and value-added services for large telecom operators. In his current role, he is driving solutions to support telecommunications... Read More →
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Sunku Ranganath

Global Solutions Architect, Intel Corporation
Sunku Ranganath is a Solutions Architect for Edge Compute at Intel. For the last few years, his area of focus has been on enabling solutions for the Telecom domain, including designing, building, integrating, and benchmarking NFV based reference architectures using Kubernetes & OpenStack... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2022 14:15 - 14:25 CEST
Pavilion 3, Room E | Level 2 | Central Forum

14:30 CEST

Lightning Talk: eBPF based UPF (User Plane Function) for 5G
Network Function Virtualization (NFV) has been used in the past years for efficient deployment of 4G and 5G network functions (NF) on the cloud. However, private industrial mobile networks have different requirements in terms of latency and connectivity. These requirements impact mainly the user plane. Thus, network functions handling the signaling can reside on the cloud but a new solution is required for managing the user plane on-premises to reduce latency and improve reliability. In this talk, we describe a novel design of the User Plane Function (UPF) based on eBPF framework available in Linux OS. Initial implementation and performance results of the eBPF based UPF will be shared during session.

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Aapo Poutanen

Chief Architect, Cumucore Oy
Aapo Poutanen has a BSc. in Electrical Engineering and a MSc. in Telecommunications. He graduated from Aalto University in 2018 with thesis ”Mobile Network User Plane Switching Using Linux“. Currently he is breaking things at Cumucore as the Chief Architect.
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Eric Lajoie

Telco Solution Architect, Red Hat
Eric Lajoie is a Telco Solution Architect for Red Hat, EMEA. In his current capacity, Eric is driving end to end solutions, be it OpenShift, OpenStack, Automation, or networking designs. His key interests and achievements are in implementation and automation of carrier grade infrastructure... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2022 14:30 - 14:40 CEST
Pavilion 3, Room E | Level 2 | Central Forum

14:45 CEST

An Open Source Telco Cloud Stack to Accelerate the Adoption of Cloud Native Operator Model - Nevicato Guillaume & Mathieu Rohon, Orange
The Telco Cloud stack project showcases the value of a cloud-native, scalable, and automated Cloud infra. This Telco Cloud stack is built with open-source components and it fulfills the telco requirements. First Part, present the goal of the project to release a telco cloud stack to support 5G CNF (Cloud-native Network Functions) : Open RAN & 5G Core CNF. How will this initiative contribute to foster Cloud native infra for Telco purposes ? How will this initiative be interlocked with an existing ecosystem such as LF ANUKET or the O-RAN Alliance ? Why did the project choose to be Open Source released ? In which existing communities the development team will also directly contribute ? Second Part : demo based on a distributed Cloud Native federated lab across different Operators with several CNFs. The demo starts with an ANUKET conformance test of this cloud native infra as it is used to guarantee the conformance of the infra with telco requirements. Then we demonstrate a CNF Test suite of the CNCF, as it is a key verification to guarantee an efficient LifeCycleManagement TBC : demo showcases of Bare Metal opensource including Metal3 & Ironic to the Rancher stack.

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Mathieu Rohon

Cloud Native Telco Devops, Orange
Mathieu Rohon has been involved into the SDN transformation in the Telco Industry for nearly 10 years. After being an Openstack Neutron developer, he's looking at how the NFV use cases can take benefits of the cloud natives principles. He's been participating at opensource projects... Read More →
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Guillaume Nevicato

Sylva Co-Chairman, Orange
Guillaume Nevicato is a cloud native passionate since 2015 around PaaS & CaaS domains.Former Cloud Practice Leader on cloud transformation he is now involved in the network Cloud Transformation in Orange Innovation. Guillaume is Co-chairman of the Sylva project

Monday May 16, 2022 14:45 - 15:15 CEST
Pavilion 3, Room E | Level 2 | Central Forum

15:15 CEST

15:35 CEST

Lightning Talk: NSM, Network Service Mesh at Scale for Telco Networking - Giang Tran, Ericsson & Lionel Jouin, Ericsson Software Technology
Network Service Mesh (NSM), a CNCF sandbox project, offers a framework for building network services that addresses current networking challenges for Telco Cloud-native Network Functions (CNFs) deployed on Kubernetes. What does this imply? And how can NSM be brought in for advanced use-cases? This speech will present a framework for network services extensions using NSM as foundation for addressing the networking challenges seen around Telco CNFs. Such CNFs inherently have high demands on networking capabilities such as VPN e2e network separation & isolation, connectivity through acceleration hardware, L3 forwarding and LB of Telco protocols as a Service (aaS). In addition, Telco CNFs require scalability and high availability. The design is realized by the open-source Meridio project published on GitHub. Issues related to NSM found during the implementation; and how they have been addressed by the community will be put forward.

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Giang Tran

Product Owner, Ericsson
Giang Tran is currently driving the development of the Meridio project and related open-source contributions. Giang has a solid technical background in the network and connectivity area and has been working with cloud native projects for several years.
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Lionel Jouin

SW Developer, Ericsson Software Technology
Lionel Jouin is a key contributor to the Meridio open-source project and contributes as well to the Network Services Mesh project. A full-time Software Engineer at Ericsson Software Technology residing in Stockholm, Sweden. Lionel holds a master's degree in Computer Science from Uppsala... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2022 15:35 - 15:45 CEST
Pavilion 3, Room E | Level 2 | Central Forum

15:45 CEST

Lightning Talk: 5G CNFs Observability Based on eBPF - Abderaouf Khichane & Ilhem Fajjari, Orange
Monitoring the traffic between the microservices of a 5G network service is of great interest, as the network service can only provide its functionality in most cases if several microservices are involved. In addition to ensuring that the state of the exchanges is good, tracking the exchanges between these microservices allows to retrieve global information on the state of the system. Several solutions in the open source ecosystem allow to track exchanges in microservices architectures. These solutions are generally based on service mesh technology and are more focused on handling exchanges based on protocols widely used in the IT world such as HTTP/1.1, HTTP/2 and gRPC. The use of such a model based on the injection of proxies that will coexist with the network service components will generate an overhead in the latency of the exchanges. The question is how to monitor the exchanges between the components of a 5G network service that are based on protocols widely used in IT such as HTTP/2 but also telco specific protocols such as NGAP, PFCP and NGAP without changing their source code and with a minimum overhead?

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Abderaouf Khichane

PhD student, Orange
Abderaouf is a PhD student at Orange Labs and Université Paris-Saclay. The PhD started in 2021 and is expected to be completed in 2024. In 2020, Abderaouf obtained a Master's degree in Computer Science with a specialization in networking, at Sorbonne Université. Currently at Orange... Read More →
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Ilhem Fajjari

Research Project Leader, Orange
Ilhem is a research project leader on cloud-native network function orchestration in Orange Labs. From 2012 to 2014, she worked as research project leader on network virtualization in VirtuOR Startup. In 2012, she obtained the PhD in computer sciences with honors from Pierre & Marie... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2022 15:45 - 15:55 CEST
Pavilion 3, Room E | Level 2 | Central Forum

16:00 CEST

Lessons Learnt Developing and Deploying a Cloud Native Network Function - Paul Graham, Matrixx Software
Paul Graham will present MATRIXX Software’s experience with implementing a 5G ready Cloud Native Charging Function, the lessons learnt and how other organizations can replicate the success.The CHF has been validated in several public cloud providers along with the corresponding K8s variants.The CHF has several legacy network aspects,so the challenges of implementing these in the mentioned environments will be discussed along with pragmatic solutions. The details of issues that have been overcome such as providing carrier grade availability, incorporating into CI/CD environments, the migration from legacy networks, security, scaling as well as the changes required in process and mindset. Paul will also discuss developing a green field Cloud Native Function which was identified as a critical element required to aid the migration between 3G/4G and 5G networks. Several key design decisions were undertaken during its implementation which can be shared with the audience. Also, the CNF was validated using a test suite developed in collaboration with the Cloud Native Foundation, so the details of this will be discussed.The session will complete with a discussion on the lessons learnt.

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Paul Graham

Director of UK Engineering, Matrixx Software
Paul is the Directory of UK Engineering for Matrixx Software, a Silicon Valley based company. He has 28 years’ experience in Telecommunications, having been part of another successful start-up, eServGlobal, being in the OCS division when it was acquired by Oracle in 2010. Recently... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2022 16:00 - 16:30 CEST
Pavilion 3, Room E | Level 2 | Central Forum

16:30 CEST

Closing Remarks - Bill Mulligan, Isovalent
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Bill Mulligan

Community Pollinator, Isovalent
Bill Mulligan is a cloud native pollinator and community builder. He has given talk and written articles about building the business case for cloud native. While at CNCF he restarted the Kubernetes Community Day program and worked to grow the student community. He is currently at... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2022 16:30 - 16:40 CEST
Pavilion 3, Room E | Level 2 | Central Forum

17:00 CEST

CNCF-hosted Co-located Events Happy Hour
Join us onsite for drinks and appetizers with fellow co-located attendees from Monday's CNCF-hosted Co-located Events. Network with attendees from:
Cloud Native Security Conference Europe hosted by CNCF
Cloud Native Telco Day Europe hosted by CNCF
Cloud Native Wasm Day Europe hosted by CNCF
eBPF Day Europe hosted by CNCF
FluentCon Europe hosted by CNCF
Kubernetes AI Day Europe hosted by CNCF

Monday May 16, 2022 17:00 - 18:30 CEST
Plaza | Feria Valencia
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