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ONUG Spring 2017 April 25 & 26 ONUG Fall 2017 October 17 & 18

Academy Instructors

Matt Davy

Matt Davy 
Tallac Networks – Principal Solutions Architect, Co-Founder

Matt Davy is Principal Solutions Architect and Co-Founder at Tallac Networks.  He has over 17 years of experience in network design and operations for some of the world’s largest and most advanced service provider and enterprise networks.  He has worked closely with most of the startups and industry leaders over the past 3 years as they’ve developed their Software Defined Networking strategies and products and is widely regarded as a thought leader in the area of SDN. In 2011, Matt founded the Indiana Center for Network Translational Research and Education (InCNTRE) at Indiana University where he built the world’s only SDN test lab and recruited nearly every major networking vendor to help fund and participate in ongoing SDN interoperability testing. He was also instrumental in the formation of the ONF’s Testing and Interoperability Working Group and with multiple early production deployments of OpenFlow.



Chuck BlackChuck Black 
Tallac Networks – Principal Software Architect, Co-Founder

Chuck is Co-Founder and Principal Software Architect at Tallac Networks. He has over 30 years of experience in the computer networking industry and is a recognized innovator and developer of products in the areas of network management, network security, and data center network connectivity. In the 90s, Chuck pioneered software technology for network topology discovery for HP networking. Later, Chuck was lead developer in the creation of software to measure network service availability and response time for HP’s Openview division. In the last decade, Chuck has been developing software technology for providing access control and connectivity in both campus and data center networking environments. Along the way and as a part of this process, Chuck has authored multiple patents in the network technology arena.



JR Rivers

JR Rivers
Cumulus Networks – Co-Founder and CEO

JR is the co-founder and CEO of Cumulus Networks where he is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the company. JR has been involved with networking since Ethernet only ran on coaxial cables. He’s worked on some of the most foundational networking products of their time, from early Network Interface Cards at 3Com through switching and routing products at Cisco. JR’s early involvement in home-grown networking at Google and as the VP of System Architecture for Cisco’s Unified Computing System both helped fine tune his perspective on networking for the modern datacenter.



Rob Sherwood

Rob Sherwood 
Open Networking Foundation – Chair of the Architecture and Framework Working Group

Rob leads standardization and controller software architecture at Big Switch where he developed and evangelized the emerging OpenFlow standard and network virtualization. He is the current Chair of the ONF’s Architecture & Framework Working Group and all Northbound API activity and was vice-chair for the ONF Testing & Interoperability Working Group. Rob prototyped the first OpenFlow-based network hypervisor, the “FlowVisor”, allowing production and experimental traffic to safely co-exist on the same physical network and is involved in various standards efforts and partner and customer engagements. Rob holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.



Brent SalisburyBrent Salisbury
University of Kentucky – Network Architect

Brent Salisbury works as a Network Architect at the University of Kentucky with over 15 years of networking experience in large enterprise, healthcare and regional provider networks. Brent is a 10 CCIE Emeritus that has written extensively on his site regarding topics such as SDN, programming and data center orchestration. He co-authored the first industry book on SDN The OpenFlow Book and contributes to various open source SDN community projects. He also blogs at and contributes at



Srini SeetharamanSrini Seetharaman
Deutsche Telekom – Technical Lead for Software-defined Networking

Srini Seetharaman is the Technical Lead for Software-defined Networking (SDN) at Deutsche Telekom Innovation Center. Previously he was a member of the OpenFlow/SDN team at Stanford, between 2008-2011, where he lead the SDN deployments in several nation-wide campus enterprise networks, including Stanford. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Luncheon Speakers

Chris MarinoChris Marino 
Cisco Systems – OpenStack Business Development

Chris manages Product Management, Technical Marketing, and Business Development for Cisco’s OpenStack efforts. Chris came to Cisco via the acquisition of vCider, whose products enabled virtual networking in the public cloud. Prior to vCider, Chris was CEO of SnapLogic a cloud data integration company as well as founder and CEO of Resonate, an early pioneer in server load balancing solutions. Chris holds a BSEE from Columbia, an MSEE/CA from Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford.


Rony KayDr. Rony Kay
cPacket Networks Inc. – Founder, President, and CTO 

Dr. Kay combines unique expertise in high performance hardware and software design and product management with 20 years of experience in optimization and algorithms. Dr. Kay founded cPacket Networks and serves as its President and CTO. He is the principal architect of cPacket’s hardware and software technology.

Before founding cPacket Networks, Dr. Kay worked for Intel’s Enterprise Platform Group, where he managed engineering teams working on high-end server processors and drove corporate design methodology initiatives. Previously, he spent five years with IBM where he was research fellow and a project manager of cutting edge software and hardware development; he brought several products from inception, through conceptual design and product development and execution, to successful customer deployments. Prior to IBM, Dr. Kay was the R&D manager of a company developing CAD/CAM systems to compile standard paper maps to 3D databases and to solid models produced by CNC machines. Earlier he held positions in operations management and IT optimization consulting.

Dr. Kay earned his Ph.D in Computer & Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999. He has published a dozen technical papers and has been awarded six patents.


Luca DeriDr. Luca Deri
Open Source nTop Project – Leader

Luca Deri is the leader of the open source ntop project ( since its inception at 1998 aimed at developing an open-source monitoring platform for high-speed traffic analysis. His tools nTop, nProbe, and PF_RING are widely deployed by network operators and embedded in multiple vendor tools. Luca is well known in the open-source and Linux community and in the general users community of monitoring tools. When not working on the nTop, he shares his time between the .it Internet domain Registry ( and the University of Pisa Computer Science department. He has worked for the University College of London and IBM Research, and received his PhD at the University of Berne.


Joon KimMr. Joon Kim is Official Advisor for South Korea Cyber Space Command in Cyber Security, Incident Investigator in the Computer Forensic Division, and Advisor for Ministry of National Defense Criminal Investigation Command. 

Mr. Kim provides his cyber security expertise for defensible network security architecture. Mr. Kim developed Internal Threat Managing System with Korea Advanced Defense Development and is currently researching defensive methods for the Cyber Battlefield with Korea Advanced Defense Development. He provided the Cyber incident response training system for the military and private sector. Earlier in his career Mr. Kim worked as an incident response specialist in the Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA) dealing with nation-wide distributed denial of service attacks and other targeted attacks. He started his career as an intrusion detection system developer.


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Sarwar RazaSarwar Raza
Hewlett-Packard – Director, Cloud Networking and SDN, HP Networking

Sarwar Raza is Director of Cloud Networking and Software Defined Networking (SDN) in the Advanced Technology Group at HP Networking. His responsibilities include driving the strategy, development, marketing and sales of HP Networking products and SDN solutions for the Cloud and Enterprise.

He was previously a Distinguished Architect in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer for Networking at HP, where he provided technical and marketing leadership spanning the areas of cloud networking and orchestration, network and systems management, and unified communications and collaboration to engineering, marketing and sales teams across HP’s product and service businesses.

Sarwar joined HP in 2010 via the acquisition of 3Com Corporation, where, for 10 years he held a variety of senior roles in product management and engineering. Most recently, he led the Product Management team for 3Com’s Unified Communications business line. Prior to this, he served as a software architect on the Voice Engineering team for the VCX product line. His network management expertise includes work on carrier-class management systems for RAS, VOIP and 3G systems that have been deployed by some of the world’s largest service providers. Sarwar also was lead architect for 3Com’s flagship NMS product, Enterprise Management Suite.

Sarwar has a bachelor’s degree in economics and computer science (Phi Beta Kappa) from Clark University, a master’s degree in computer science with a concentration in computer and communications networks from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and an executive certificate in management and strategy from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.