TOPIC: Data, Systems and Networking

Networking @Scale 2018

MAY 22, 2018 @ 8:30 AM PDT - 6:00 PM PDT
Designed for engineers that build and manage large-scale networks. Networking solutions are critical for building applications and services that serve billions of people around the world. Building and operating such large-scale networks often present complex engineering challenges to solve.


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Networking @Scale is an invitation-only technical conference for engineers working on all facets of large-scale networks. Networking solutions are critical for building applications and services that serve millions, and sometimes billions, of people around the world. At this scale, there are always complex engineering challenges to solve. As with our 2016 and 2017 Networking @Scale events, this year’s conference featured technical speakers from leading network operators. The one-day event covered the latest in network engineering, network services, security, and innovations in networking hardware.


Event times below are displayed in PT.

May 22

08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Breakfast and Registration
10:00 AM - 10:05 AM
Welcome Remarks
Speaker Omar Baldonado,Meta
10:05 AM - 10:40 AM
Networking Across 3 Decades of IBM Supercomputers
Speaker Alan Benner,IBM Corp.
10:40 AM - 11:15 AM
Scaling The Facebook Backbone Through Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP)
Speaker David Swafford,Facebook
11:15 AM - 11:50 AM
A Learning Platform For Network Intent Modeling
Speaker Elnaz Jalilipour Alishah,Microsoft
11:50 AM - 12:25 PM
Optics Scaling Challenges
Speaker Katharine Schmidtke,Facebook
Speaker Mark McKillop,Facebook
12:25 PM - 02:00 PM
02:00 PM - 02:15 PM
IPV6 Measurements @ Facebook
Speaker Sarah Chen,Facebook
Speaker Paul Saab,Facebook
02:15 PM - 02:50 PM
Load-Balancing At Hyperscale
Speaker Alan Halachmi,Amazon
Speaker Colm MacCarthaigh,Amazon
02:50 PM - 03:25 PM
Edge Fabric: Steering Oceans Of Content To The World
Speaker Niky Riga,Facebook
03:25 PM - 03:40 PM
03:40 PM - 04:15 PM
Layer 4 Load Balancing @ Facebook
Speaker Nikita Shirokov,Facebook
04:15 PM - 04:55 PM
Networking Challenges In Gaming
Speaker Philip Orwig,Blizzard
Speaker Malachi Middlebrook,Blizzard
04:55 PM - 05:00 PM
Closing Remarks
Speaker Omar Baldonado,Meta
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Social Hour


Omar supports the teams developing, deploying, and operating Meta's global data center networks. This... read more

Omar Baldonado


Alan Benner

IBM Corp.

David Swafford


Elnaz Jalilipour Alishah


Katharine Schmidtke


Mark McKillop


Sarah Chen


Paul Saab


Alan Halachmi


Colm MacCarthaigh


Niky Riga


Nikita Shirokov


Philip Orwig


Malachi Middlebrook

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