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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
- 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
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.
- 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
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.
- 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