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Frank Brockners

Distinguished Engineer
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Frank Brockners is Distinguished Engineer in Cisco's Network Operating Systems Technology Group, leading the architecture development for Software Defined Networks and Cisco's Open Network Environment. Since his days as a researcher, his professional interests center on distributed systems, the evolution of Ethernet, network policy and identity control, multicast and IPv6. Frank, who is a 14-year Cisco veteran, holds a M.Sc./diploma degree in Electrical Engineering (Aachen, University of Technology, Germany; 1994) as well as a Ph.D./Dr. degree in Information Science (University of Cologne, Germany; 1999). When traveling, you can find Frank attending standards meetings such as the IETF and ONF, presenting at conferences and industry events, such as CiscoLive, where he is recognized as a distinguished speaker, or negotiating his way up a rock or ice face of a mountain.

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