Spring Technical Forum

The Spring Technical Forum at INTX is the annual event that brings leading technologists, developers and engineering experts together to hear and learn about the latest advancements in digital media technology.

2016 Session Topics

LATENCY IS SO 2014: TECHNIQUES FOR IMPROVING THE INTERNET EXPERIENCE

Moderator: Craig Cuttner

As video engulfs the Internet, connected devices proliferate and users spend more time online, improving the end-user experience is paramount. Addressing critical performance enhancements, what they might mean for customers and how to achieve them are peer-selected authors who will share ideas and approaches for minimizing video delivery latency, eliminating service wait times, reexamining next-generation video platforms and more.

Learn about:

  • Improving customer experience through content caching
  • IP ABR delivery to QAM devices
  • Modeling viewership for efficient content delivery
  • Using Adaptive Transport Stream to minimize video latency

ARCHITECTING THE NETWORKED FUTURE, PARTS 1 AND 2

Full Descriptions: Part 1, Part 2

Moderators: Dan Pike, Ralph Brown

Familiar broadband network architectures are morphing into new and highly promising alternatives as technologies including DOCSIS 3.1 and network virtualization create new boundaries for possibility and performance. This two-part session set invites you to hear from leading thinkers who are planting the seeds for a new era of network vitality and capability as they present peer-selected research around the evolution in networking and the technologies that will support it.

Learn about:

  • Converged, distributed and virtualized access networks
  • Migration options for fiber-to-the-home architectures
  • An approach for achieving a 5-12x increase in upstream throughput
  • Practical steps for seamless migration to DOCSIS 3.1
  • OFDM implementation on the HFC plant
  • Positioning the HFC network for the gigabit era
  • Capacity of analog optics in DOCSIS 3.1 networks

MOVING ON UP: REMOTE PHY AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE FUTURE OF NETWORKING

Moderator: Tom Cloonan

The strategy of removing physical-layer transceivers from products and placing them in separate network access points has dramatic implications for network operations and efficiency. But it also demands a commitment to permanency. Discover how emerging approaches for implementing Remote PHY are bringing about new levels of flexibility, cost savings and performance improvements in high-speed data networks.

Learn about:

  • Remote PHY deployment options
  • Centralized versus distributed access architectures for PON
  • Impact of Remote PHY on service convergence
  • Opportunities in virtual deployments

SEPARATE IS BETTER: THE HOW AND WHY OF NETWORK VIRTUALIZATION, PARTS 1 AND 2

Full Descriptions: Part 1, Part 2

Moderators: Yvette Kanouff, John Chapman

Separating the network control plane from the data forwarding plane – the essential conceit of software-defined networking or network virtualization – presents vast possibilities for more efficient use of network resources. In two sessions, leading theorists and developers will describe and explain how virtualization can produce tremendous leaps forward in throughput, capacity and efficiency – and how these attributes can change the game for network operators and their customers.

Learn about:

  • Open software architecture for remote access nodes
  • Service and management orchestration
  • Service delivery platforms optimized for business services
  • Driving towards SDN for optical access networks
  • Resource scheduling considerations for cloud NFV
  • Implementing a massive-scale programmable DOCSIS network

THE SMARTEST NETWORK EVER: APPROACHES FOR COGNITIVE AND NEURAL FUNCTIONALITY

Moderator: Tony Werner

Imagine the entertainment experience of the future: one where highly personalized content choices find their way to viewers, rather than the other way around. That’s just one example of how a higher order of network intelligence can change and improve the end result for customers. This provocative session brings peer-selected subject matter experts together to share ideas and concepts for leveraging network-rendered intelligence to elevate experiences around content discovery, service management and customer enjoyment.

Learn about:

  • Applications of machine learning in access networks
  • Implementing automatic content analysis to enhance user experience
  • Streamlining OTT apps as virtual channels
  • Leveraging open-source browsers to optimize apps and UI performance

THE END OF GUESSWORK: BIG DATA ANALYTICS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR CONTENT DELIVERY

Moderator: Leslie Ellis

Statistical samples that make educated guesses about tastes, likes and tendencies are rapidly giving way to real-time, real-world analytics that provide tremendous depth of understanding about actual behaviors and how to align with them. Describing how Big Data implementation can bring about vast improvements in content discovery, network efficiency and quality of experience are peer-selected experts who are at the forefront of analytics and their implementation in the media and communications environment.

Learn about:

  • An analytics approach to making video bandwidth and QoE decisions
  • What data tell us about the distinctions among watching, liking and discovering content
  • Effective utilization of multicast ABR using real-time analytics
  • Big Data approaches to media asset management

GATEWAYS TO POSSIBILITY: NEW ADVANCEMENTS IN WIRELESS HOME NETWORKING

Moderator: Chris Bastian

By now they’re as common in the typical household as the washing machine downstairs. Wireless home networks and the functionality they deliver are instrumental in shaping and influencing user experience across every media and communications dimension. Here, peer-selected authors share fresh insights and new approaches for optimizing, modernizing and capitalizing on the phenomenon that is in-home wireless networking.

Learn about:

  • Optimizing for improved SSID priority
  • Using time, frequency and space effectively in shared use spectrum
  • Modernizing in-home Wi-Fi for video
  • Virtualization of the home gateway
  • Ideas for implementing small-cell backhaul networks
  • Wi-Fi and the battle for connected devices