How many operators & academics does it take to build the Internet?

By on 20 Nov 2014

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With just three months to go before APRICOT 2015 summit in Fukuoka, Japan, I thought, as Programme Committee co-chair, I’d take this opportunity to do a bit of forecasting about the value of this event.

APRICOT is all about sharing the knowledge required to build and operate the Internet infrastructure of the Asia & Pacific regions. No small task, especially when we consider the rapidly expanding nature of the task combined with the number economies that qualify for United Nations Least Developed Country status.

(On that note, APRICOT training workshops this year include Advanced BGP, DNS/DNSSEC, MPLS, Network Management/Monitoring and Security)

The event will see many of the world’s best Internet engineers and operators converge in one place. And this year, as was the case in Hong Kong four years ago, the APRICOT summit will be held jointly with APAN, where our academic colleagues will report, share, and evaluate network research activity on the APAN backbone network.

The result will be upwards of 1,000 operators and academics coming together to contribute to discussions on Internet resource distribution and management policies, and discus technologies that are either at the heart of today’s Internet or are very likely to see operational deployment within the next 12 to 18 months.

Some of the topics being discussed by operators include:

  • IPv4 / IPv6 Routing and operations
  • IPv6 deployment and transition technologies
  • Internet backbone operations
  • ISP and Carrier services
  • IXPs and Peering
  • Software Defined Networking / Network Function Virtualisaton
  • Network security issues

By sharing joint plenary sessions and social events, the APRICOT 2015 summit will bring together the Internet infrastructure, research, academic, service provider, user, and policy communities representing as many as 60 economies across the region.

If this sounds appealing, we’d welcome you to join us. And if you’re quick and pay in full by 1 December 2014 you’ll receive a 20% discount.

Dean Pemberton is a Technical Policy Analyst at InternetNZ, and holds a number of board and trustee positions with the New Zealand Network Operators Group (NZNOG), the New Zealand IPv6 Task Force, and the Wellington Loop Trust. He also serves on the programme committee for the APRICOT and APNIC conferences. 

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