Keynote Speakers

Arpit Joshipura

General Manager/Sr VP Networking + Edge/IoT, Linux Foundation

About the Speaker: 

Arpit Joshipura is General Manager/Sr Vice President Networking + Edge/IoT at the Linux Foundation.  He leads projects in open source networking, orchestration, and high-speed networking, including ONAP, OPNFV, DPDK,  and OpenSwitch as well as work on cloud-native networks, 5G, and AI.  He is widely recognized as an industry leader in open networking and open-source, including such important developments as software-defined networking (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV), and software-defined data center (SDDC).  Before joining the Linux Foundation, he was VP Product Management at Dell, CMO at Force10 Networks, and VP Product Management at Ericsson and Redback Networks.   He earned an MS in computer engineering and an MBA from North Carolina State University.  He is a frequent conference speaker and industry interviewee in the trade and technical press. 

About the Linux Foundation: 

Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 2,000 members and is the world’s leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation’s projects are critical to the world’s infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, and more. The Linux Foundation’s methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit

Silvano Gai

Fellow, Pensando Systems

About the Speaker:

Silvano Gai, who grew up in a small village near Asti, Italy, has more than 27 years of experience in computer engineering and computer networks. He is the author of several books and technical publications on computer networking as well as multiple Internet Drafts and RFCs. He is responsible for 30 issued patents and 50 patent applications. His background includes seven years as a full professor of Computer Engineering, tenure track, at Politecnico di Torino, Italy and seven years as a researcher at the CNR (Italian National Council for Scientific Research). For the past 13 years, he has been in Silicon Valley where in the position of Cisco Fellow, he was an architect of the Cisco Catalyst family of network switches, of the Cisco MDS family of storage networking switches, and of the Nexus family of data center switches. Silvano teaches a course on the topics of this book at Stanford University.

About Pensando Systems: 

Pensando Systems is the leader in next-generation distributed computing, delivering software-defined services right at the edge. The Pensando Distributed Services Platform, a first of its kind, transforms current enterprise infrastructures into cloud-like environments that seamlessly and securely extend to the public cloud. It is supported by partnerships with industry leaders including Hewlett Packard Enterprise, NetApp, VMware, Equinix, Qualcomm, Ericsson, and more. Since its founding in 2017, Pensando has raised more than $300 million in venture funding from Lightspeed Ventures, HPE, and Qualcomm Ventures. To learn more please visit or email us at [email protected].

Brad Burres

Fellow/Chief Architect, Intel

About the Speaker:

Brad Burres is a Fellow in Intel’s Network and Edge Group and the Chief Architect of the Ethernet Products Group. He drives the technology and product definition for foundational and SmartNICs/IPUs as well as for networking IP for the two groups’ SoCs.   

Brad initiated Intel’s move into IPUs.  He previously led the development of the Cedar Fork Platform Controller Hub (PCH), the first Atom and Xeon converged chipset.  He also led the Data Products Group into the system-on-a-chip ecosystem with the Atom SoC line and the Xeon-D line, as well as being a key designer and architect of network processors.  He holds more than 50 patents with 25 pending and has received an Intel Achievement Award.  He has made many industry conference presentations, including at Hot Chips and the OCP Global Summit.   

Brad received his BS in Computer Engineering from The University of Arizona and his MSEE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

About Intel: 

Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) is an industry leader, creating world-changing technology that enables global progress and enriches lives. Inspired by Moore’s Law, we continuously work to advance the design and manufacturing of semiconductors to help address our customers’ greatest challenges. By embedding intelligence in the cloud, network, edge, and every kind of computing device, we unleash the potential of data to transform business and society for the better. To learn more about Intel’s innovations, go to and

Raj Yavatkar

CTO, Juniper Networks


As the cloud continues to dominate, enterprises must modernize their networks to improve the performance and scalability of services. Users want high response times and throughput, regardless of where computation is actually being handled. And they want their experience to be what they see today (or better), even as the amount of data and the complexity of operations (including intensive functions as AI/ML, real-time analytics, and cybersecurity) increase.  DPUs and SmartNICs can play a major role in making this happen.  In this talk, Raj will discuss how they can offload network services, ensure low-latency, high-performance packet processing, accelerate applications, and automate operations. This can also help modularize the network, making changes, upgrades, and advances easier to implement. The result will be an overall system that provides the automation, performance, and analytics required to keep up with cloud-era demands.

About the Speaker: 

Raj Yavatkar is the Chief Technology Officer of Juniper Networks, where he charts the company’s technology strategy. He focuses on intelligent self-driving networks, security, mobile edge cloud, network virtualization, packet-optical integration, and hybrid cloud. Before joining Juniper, he led cloud networking infrastructure at Google and the development of the private/hybrid cloud product Cloud Foundation at VMware. He has also been a Fellow at Intel, where he led R&D in data center networking and policy-based server management. He is an IEEE Fellow and has been a working group chair for IETF. He earned a PhD in computer science from Purdue University. He holds over 50 patents and has written over 60 publications. 

About Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks is dedicated to dramatically simplifying network operations and driving superior experiences for end users. Our solutions deliver industry-leading insight, automation, security, and AI to drive real business results. We believe that powering connections will bring us closer together while empowering us all to solve the world’s greatest challenges of well-being, sustainability, and equality. Additional information can be found at Juniper Networks ( or connect with Juniper on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

Seong Hwan Kim

Sr Director, AMD

About the Speaker:

Seong Hwan Kim is a Sr Director at AMD, where he leads the datacenter solutions architecture group. He focuses on accelerating workloads in datacenter compute, network, and storage platforms, defining solutions based on AMD FPGA platforms. His recent acceleration objectives involve SmartNIC, smart storage, and smart world applications. He is also interested in  machine learning, database acceleration, HPC, and Fintech.  Before joining AMD/Xilinx, he was a system architect at LSI/Agere and Lucent Technologies. He has 29 published articles and has presented at such conferences as Data+AI Summit, 5G World Forum, and the IEEE Sarnoff Symposium.  He earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from SUNY Stony Brook and an MBA from Lehigh University.

About AMD: 

For more than 50 years AMD has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics and visualization technologies ― the building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms and the datacenter. Hundreds of millions of consumers, leading Fortune 500 businesses and cutting-edge scientific research facilities around the world rely on AMD technology daily to improve how they live, work and play. AMD employees around the world are focused on building great products that push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information about how AMD is enabling today and inspiring tomorrow, visit the AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) website, blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Ami Badani

Vice President Marketing and Developer Ecosystem Strategy at NVIDIA

About the Speaker:

Ami Badani is VP Marketing and Developer Ecosystem Strategy at NVIDIA, where she focuses on data center technologies, market-driven solutions, and the BlueField DPU ecosystem. She was previously Chief Marketing Officer for Cumulus Networks, a highly regarder startup provider of network operating systems.  She also has worked at Cisco on corporate strategy and creating internally-defined startups.  She earned an MBA from the University of Chicago  and a BS from the University of Southern California.

About NVIDIA: 

NVIDIA’s invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market, redefined modern computer graphics, and revolutionized parallel computing. More recently, GPU deep learning ignited modern AI — the next era of computing — with the GPU acting as the brain of computers, robots, and self-driving cars that can perceive and understand the world. Today, NVIDIA is increasingly known as “the AI computing company.”

Carl Wilson

Board Member, Ethernet Alliance

Special Presentation 1: Ethernet Alliance

About the Speaker:

Carl Wilson serves on the Ethernet Alliance Board of Directors and is an Ethernet Silicon and Technology Planner for Intel’s Ethernet Products Group.  With Intel since 1999, Carl has held a variety of marketing and product planning roles covering Ethernet, encryption technologies, Xeon processors, and Thunderbolt.  His first marketing activities for Intel began in 1999 with Intel’s 100BASE-TX CardBus Mobile adapters and first 1000BASE-T adapters.  He has been part of Intel’s Ethernet marketing team through most of the Ethernet transitions over the last two decades, including: 1000BASE-T, PCI-X 10 Gigabit, PCI-X and PCI Express 10GBASE-T, 802.3bz (NBASE-T), 25GbE, RDMA, 40GbE, and 100GbE (and beyond!)

For last 10 years, Carl has been focused on marketing Intel’s Ethernet controllers and Ethernet IP for SoCs for worldwide market segments including IoT, Automotive, Client, Workstation, Datacenter, Comms, Storage, and Cloud Computing.  He is currently planning Intel’s next generation Ethernet IP.

About Ethernet Alliance: 

The Ethernet Alliance is a global, non-profit, industry consortium of member organizations that are dedicated to the continued success and advancement of Ethernet technologies.

We are the voice of Ethernet, the bridge between the standards and the end users.  We work to advance the adoption and use of Ethernet technologies across markets.

Our members include system and component vendors, industry experts, and university and government professionals. Ethernet Alliance members work together to take Ethernet standards to the marketplace. They support and originate activities that span from incubation of new Ethernet technologies to interoperability testing to demonstrations to education.

John Kim

Director Storage Marketing, NVIDIA

Special Presentation 2: SNIA

About the Speaker:

Analytical, high-energy marketing professional with experience in building technology solutions and partnerships. Interested in bringing new products to market. Always enjoys meeting customers. Loves to help sales close deals.

Specialties: Building technology partnerships; researching markets; defining product requirements; creating sales tools; evangelizing new solutions and products to sales, analysts, and customers

About SNIA: 

SNIA is a not-for-profit global organization that leads the storage industry in developing and promoting vendor-neutral architectures, standards, and educational services that facilitate the efficient management, movement, and security of information.

Rebecca Shaevitz

Board Member, COBO

Special Presentation 3: COBO

About the Speaker:

Rebecca K. Schaevitz is a Board Member of COBO and a Principal Engineer and Product Line Manager at Broadcom, where she focuses on bringing silicon photonics into mainstream networking and computing by both leading the development of optical connectivity solutions and defining the business case for products. Before joining Broadcom, she worked at Corning on optical cabling, optoelectronic modules, and solutions for optical infrastructure in data centers. She has three patents with another pending, two book chapters, and four first author publications on optical technology. She earned her PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

About COBO: 

The Consortium for On-Board Optics is working to develop specifications to permit the use of board-mounted optical modules in the manufacturing of networking equipment (i.e., switches, servers). The organization plans to reference industry specifications where possible and develop specifications where required with attention to electrical interfaces, pin-outs, connectors, thermals, etc. for the development of interchangeable and interoperable optical modules that can be mounted onto motherboards and daughtercards. COBO has four working groups: Multimode System Working Group, Co-Packaged Optics Working Group, Data Center Networking Working Group and Coherent Optics Working Group.  COBO also hosts member study groups for the advancement of Multi-Core Fiber and External Laser Source Solutions.