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What’s Next for Developers Working on Real-time Communications Applications?


October 10, 2018 - 0 Comments

The IIT RTC Conference and Expo is a collaborative event where industry and academia connect. Leveraging its unique academic setting, this annual conference brings together technical professionals and business executives from the data and telecommunications industry, standards bodies, policy and regulatory institutions, and academic educators and researchers. The goal is to promote an open exchange of ideas to lead future development in the rapidly changing field of real-time communications.

Everyone working at the intersection of voice, video, messaging, mobility, the cloud, and the web has things to share, things to learn, and people to meet. This year’s conference is a great opportunity to do just that.

Cisco DevNet will be there, providing a half day, hands-on tutorial on network programmability. We’ll also be chairing a conference track titled, Compressing the stack – Methods for integrating application performance into the network layer. Below is additional info and resource links for the sessions and tutorial I’ll be leading. But first let me give you the details for the conference itself:

When: October 15 – 17, 2018
Where: IIT’s Main Campus, Hermann Hall, 3241 S Federal St, Chicago IL
Check out the schedule to see a listing of the tutorials on Monday and the complete set of keynotes and sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Register now and you can save $100 using the discount code MEFDISC

Tutorial: Model Driven Network Programmability

Monday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
InstructorCharles Eckel; Open Source Developer Evangelist, Cisco DevNet
Description:  Software Defined Networking (SDN) started as the separation of the control plane and the data plane, but the true power of SDN lies in the ability to communicate with the network through well-defined interfaces using standard protocols. This tutorial starts with a brief introduction to SDN and to OpenDaylight, an open source platform for network programmability. Next, we dive into network programmability, highlighting why we need it and the role of YANG, NETCONF, and RESTCONF. Finally, we put theory into practice using a number of open source tools and freely available learning labs and sandboxes hosted in Cisco DevNet, and leveraging sample code and applications in Code Exchange.


Session: Running secure real-time media sessions over agile, assured, orchestrated MEF 3.0 connectivity service

Tuesday 12:45 PM – 1:15 PM
Speaker:  Charles Eckel; Open Source Developer Evangelist, Cisco DevNet
Description:  In this presentation we will discuss two specific MEF 3.0 Implementation Projects of relevance to the Real-time Media community. In the MEF 3.0 F&A (fulfillment and activation) project we will discuss:

  • how the fulfillment and activation of a MEF 3.0 connectivity service, that spans multiple operator domains, can be reduced from months to minutes
  • how the said connectivity service running virtualized security instances is utilized by the MEF 3.0 Real-time Media Implementation Project to ensure the integrity of real-time media session in progress
  • current accomplishments of the projects and engineering challenges yet to be addressed
  • how the real-time communications community can get involved

Session: Move up the food chain using model driven network layer APIs

Tuesday 1:15PM – 1:45 PM
Speaker:  Charles Eckel; Open Source Developer Evangelist, Cisco DevNet
Description:  Programmability via YANG models and NETCONF and/or RESTCONF is now supported on many network devices. In this session we’ll discuss how using NETCONF or RESTCONF can:

  • free the operator from the complexity of parsing CLI responses
  • eliminate the pain of dealing with syntactical differences between devices as YANG model standardization progresses
  • let you operate at the network layer rather than per-device, so you can interact with the network, or sets of devices, rather than managing individual devices.

In this session, I’ll demonstrate these benefits using OpenDaylight, an open source network controller, to interact with a network consisting of various open source and commercial network devices. You’ll learn how to access hands-on learning and development resources through learning labs and sandboxes hosted in Cisco DevNet.

Hope to see you in Chicago!
eckelcu@cisco.com  @eckelcu

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