Anita Nikolich, National Science Foundation (NSF)
Abstract: The National Science Foundation has made investments in Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) for many years, in both the research and infrastructure areas. SDN and NFV enable systems to become more open to transformative research, with implications for revolutionary new applications and services. Additionally, the emerging concept of Software-Defined Exchanges will enable large-scale interconnection of Software Defined infrastructures, owned and operated by many different organizations, to provide logically isolated "on demand" global scale infrastructure on an end-to-end basis, with enhanced flexibility and security for new applications. This talk will examine past NSF investments and successes in SDN/NFV, identify new research opportunities available to the community and present challenges that need to be overcome to make SDN/NFV a reality in operational cyberinfrastructure.
Bio: Anita Nikolich is Program Director for Cybersecurity in the Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Prior to her work at the NSF she served as the Executive Director of Infrastructure at the University of Chicago. Past assignments include Director of Global Data Networking at Aon and Director of Security for Worldcom. She has explored how information technology and secure networking can best support the creation and sharing of scientific knowledge in virtual, mobile and physical contexts.