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Guest Speaker – Larry Horner,  Solution Architect – Intel

Topic: Transforming 140 years of the Communication Network.

The Global Communications Network started with a simple phone call over 140 years ago.  In that time this network has never been turned off or totally out of service. It has grown to connect over 4 billion people around the globe.  Viewed as, and truly being, national infrastructure, there are unique demands to this space.  This network was built and is managed by over 300 ‘operators’ who spend over 1T USD on capital per year.  We are entering a new year where the network of old is quickly fading and a new network built on Standard High Volume Servers is emerging.  This disruption is taking the shape of a technology called Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN). Larry will hit on the business motivation and the technical methods being applied today to address this transformation and look forward to the areas where additional work remains.

About our speaker – Larry J. Horner

hornerLarry is member of Intel’s Communication Service Provider team focusing on accelerating the NFV transformation in the global network.  His work at Intel covers all aspects of the carrier transformation including virtualization from innovation to scale deployment from the enterprise premise equipment into the core.

Larry holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and specialized on information and communication theory beyond the Masters level.  He holds two U.S patents relating to fundamental changes in the communication network transitioning to the all IP network.  He has held various senior level positions in the Network Equipment Provider community in design, operations, test, support and influencer roles.  He has been a key technical and management contributor to the IP transformation of the communications community for over 18 years.  Larry has designed, developed and supported critical systems for the CSP network that have gone into over 300 networks world-wide.    Larry also has direct experience with a U.S based Tier 1 carrier where he was both a Principal Member of Technical Staff and Area Manager of Advanced Technical Support for their business and mobile VoIP network that carried over 100B VoIP calls per year.  In this role he was part of a team introducing large scale EPC and IMS solutions and beginning the transformation to the virtualized network envisioned for 2020.  As a Senior Member of the IEEE he is a member of the board of the local Communication Society and serves on the board for the International IEEE NFV SDN conference. A consummate builder; in his spare time he volunteers building homes both locally and internationally with Habitat for Humanity and has been known to produce quality furniture from time to time.