Dr Ali Khayam
- Super User
- Monday, 07 October 2013 06:11
Country Manager Plumgrid
Syed Ali Khayam has a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University. From February 2007 to January 2012, he served as an assistant professor at the School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (SEECS), National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Pakistan. At NUST-SEECS, he was the founding director of the Wireless and Secure Networks (WiSNet) Research Lab [http://wisnet.seecs.nust.edu.pk].
In March 2011, he co-founded a technology company, xFlow Research, which was focused on providing services in the software-defined networking space. During his tenure as CEO of xFlow, the company won business from ande delivered projects to Marvell Technologies, Broadcom, Dell, Netgear, Cavium Networks, and Calient Technologies.
Since April 2012, he has been working as the Country Manager (Pakistan) of PLUMgrid—a technology startup with products in the Virtual Network Infrastructure (VNI) space.
Dr. Khayam has over 70 publications in some of the most prestigious conferences and journals in his areas of interest, including IEEE Transactions, ACM and Elsevier journals, ACM CCS, IEEE Infocom, RAID and ACSAC. In his academic career, he won research and consultancy grants from Nokia Research, Korean Research Foundation, Pakistan National ICT R&D Fund, Tellabs, Marvell Technologies and Nokia-Siemens Networks. He currently has 7 patents pending at USPTO, some of which were indigenously drafted and filed by him.
Title: SDN Gone Wild
Abstract: SDN promised to free us from the tyranny of legacy protocols and incumbent technology vendors. However, despite considerable research interest over the past five years, SDN still remains constrained by protocols and its commercial adoption is very slow. In this talk, I will discuss the main technology, standardization and business barriers that are hampering widespread adoption of SDN technologies. I will also share customer-driven ideas on how SDN technologies should be architected and delivered in mission-critical networking markets.