TNC21 Sponsor Workshops

During TNC21 several sponsors are hosting a technical workshop in the conference platform. 

Mark your calendars and join us for any of the sessions hosted by our level 1 sponsors! 

You will find the sessions in the TNC21 Conference Platform (log in credentials provided to all TNC attendees by Friday 18 June). Go to the specific day and time (see below), click on the Program item and enter the talk! You have the opportunity to mark the session as your favorite in advance, so you’re sure not to miss it! 


Monday 21 June 2021

Orange Business Services  | 12:00 – 14:00 CEST 
Straight out of the box AI development with ModelArts (12.00-13.00 CEST)
AI has the power to revolutionise the way we learn and conduct research through its ability to sift and analyse datasets, offering insights and, with the right data, predictions. AI development can be complex and costly, but it doesn’t need to be. ModelArts is an out-of-the-box AI development platform built-into a state of the art cloud platform, that helps your teams build AI models that promise and deliver new insights and streamline your research processes. Join the Orange technical workshop to explore how ModelArts can streamline your AI development.
Speaker: Mr. Tony Chevillat

Build highly resilient cloud based applications (13.00-14.00 CEST)
When handling highly sensitive and running critical applications, your computing infrastructure needs to be able to withstand any situation the world may throw at it. Learn how to build highly resilient applications that scale with the demands of your users, as well as the ever increasing amounts of data they need to process. Orange’s technical workshop will help you discover how you can protect, backup and restore your data and be prepared for any eventuality.
Speaker: Mr. Jean-Luc Ardouin


Ribbon |12:00 – 13:30 CEST

There are three 30 minute workshops

Reshaping Economics with 400G ZR+. (Jonathan Homa, 30 minutes)
Optical transport networks will be built on 400G lanes to transport 100GbE and growing 400GbE traffic. This session discusses how  new pluggables that implement 400G ZR+ technologies will reduce reliance on embedded proprietary transceivers, and transform the economics for building optical highways.

Open Optical & Shared Spectrum. (Ronen Cohen, 30 minutes)
This session explains how build optical networks using fully and partially disaggregated approaches, and the API standards needed to fulfill each approach. It then goes on to discuss how optical line systems are evolving from simple alien wavelengths, to shared spectrum capabilities like spectral pipes and spectrum sliced virtual optical networks.

Enhanced QoS Techniques. (Ivan Bykov, 35 minutes)
Many NRENs based on an MPLS-TP packet backbone are considering moving to a more sophisticated IP-MPLS network. This session explains the pros and cons of such a move, and specifically how to avoid QoS pitfalls by implementing Hierarchical QoS.

Tuesday 22 June 2021

Huawei | 9:00 – 10:00 CEST
Huawei IPv6 Enhanced Innovation Help Build Intelligent NREN (9:00 – 9:30)
HUAWEI IPv6 Solution for NREN,and 4 Lead-pats: One-port ultra-bandwidth,One-hop cloud accessOne-fiber multipurpose transport,One-network wide connection
Speaker: Victor Jimenez, EBG IP CTO Spain Rep. Office, Huawei

Intelligent OptiX Network, Builds Smart NREN( 9:30 – 10:00)
Speaker: Claudio Lugari, Transport Network Solutions Director, Huawei
How to build an intelligent optical network to face the challenges of the smooth evolution from a bandwidth driven to an experience driven network. We will definitely need an agile, proactive, convergent and extremely reliable transport network providing full service access and straight connectivity from access to the core. We will discuss the technologies paving the road of All Optical Networking.   

AWS (Amazon Web Services) | 12:00 – 14:00 CEST
Amazon’s culture of innovation
12:00 Education and research institutions often ask us, “How does Amazon innovate?” In this session, you will learn about the four pillars that help us innovate on behalf of our customers: culture, mechanisms, architecture, and organization. We will also encourage you to think about how your own organisation can use these pillars to innovate to meet the needs of staff and students.
Speaker: Daniel Bacelic, Education Partner Lead, Amazon Web Service

13.00 Andy Powell: How being an AWS partner helps Jisc to innovate
13.10 Simon Farr: Virtual Classroom – a new approach to lecture delivery on AWS
13.30 Michael Webb: Showcasing AI as part of Jisc’s National Centre for AI in Tertiary Education
13.50 Q&A

NOKIA | 12:00 – 14:00 CEST
Making waves with 5th generation super-coherent optics ( 12:00 – 13:00 CEST)
Speaker: Alberto Bellato, Business Development Manager, Europe & MEA Regional Business Center, Optical Networks Division Nokia
As research networks continue to push the limits of capacity and agility, industry partners continue to deliver innovations in response. Nokia’s 5th generation super-coherent optical processors, Photonic Service Engine 5 (PSE-5), are at the heart of the latest optical networking generation, enabling 400G everywhere. 

In this TNC’21 workshop, Nokia engineers will describe recent advances in super-coherent optics, silicon photonics and device packaging; all innovations that enable a range of applications including 400ZR pluggables through high performance modules for long haul networks.  Attend this session and learn how:
• Super-coherent processors continue to evolve, delivering span-optimized performance remarkably close to the Shannon limit
• Silicon photonics are now real factor in commercial development of optical transmission systems
• A range of devices enable ultra-high capacity deployment in any practical network scenario: across the campus or across the globe

Driving innovation outside-in through open collaboration: WaveHub ( 13:00 – 14:00 CEST)
Speaker: Massimo Meloni, Business Management Leader, Europe & MEA Regional Business Center, Optical Networks Division Nokia 
Nokia believes in the potential of openness and collaboration to drive innovation and create new value across the telecom industry with open interfaces, enabling multi-vendor interoperability, simplified network operations, analytics and agile service introduction.  Nokia’s WaveHub program was therefore created to connect with a global ecosystem of innovators to develop new ways to unlock the value in optical networks. This open market oriented ecosystem brings together the following ecosystem players with the aim of translating innovative ideas into commercially viable products.
• Independent software and hardware vendors, including startups
• Research institutions and academia
• System integration partners
• Technology partners
• Communication service providers, network operators and enterprises
Using the Open Ecosystem Network Platform, or OpEN, a purpose-built collaboration environment, WaveHub encourages an agile,  iterative, rapid prototype driven, fail-fast experimentation process.
Our speaker Massimo Meloni will introduce you to WaveHub and guide you through the different phases  of the co-creation process from exploration, idea selection, concept creation and development, market promotion, product delivery through to monetization.

Attendees of this session will learn:
• how to become more successful by leveraging innovations from a diverse ecosystem
• ways to remove barriers to collaboration to make innovating easier
• about Nokia’s WaveHub Ecosystem program and how they can benefit from the program
• how to access Nokia’s Optical Network products for rapid experimentation and research purposes

Wednesday 23 June 2021

Google | 12:00 – 14:00 CEST
The two following session are offered in the workshop:
Google Cloud in Higher Education and Research:
Hear inspiring use cases on how to use Google Cloud Platform. Learn best practices to leverage Google Cloud to accelerate your time to discovery.

High Performance Computing on Google Cloud:
Convert ideas into discoveries with HPC on Google Cloud. Learn how HPC works, best practices for  networking, instances we offer and how it can save you time. 

Huawei | 12:00 – 13:00 CEST 

The Convergence of Network & Services Sustains Future Intelligent Campus (12:00 – 12:30)
In this session Huawei will introduce the understandings, solutions, and best practices regarding how cutting-edge technologies, eg.,Optical Transmission, SRv6, SDN, Cloud, etc., applied to WAN and campus network.
To better provide cloud-based services and to handle challenges of multi-service flexibility and complexity, Huwei introduces ‘Four Ones’ Solution and case studies, which are one-port ‘400GE’ ultra-bandwidth, one-hop ‘SRv6’ cloud access, one-fiber ‘Hierarchical Slicing’ multipurpose transport, and one-network ‘Automated and Proactive O&M’ wide connection.
It is also witnessed that recently a bunch of NREN organizations have been extending their services to universities’ campus network, Huwei will introduce ‘Campus Network Convergence’ solution to enhance the services fusion, promote workplace efficiency and improve scientific research outcomes.
Speaker: Frank Huang, Director, Education & Healthcare Department, Huawei

Moving Towards an All-Flash Data Center; Extending AFA Benefits to Smart Education ( 12:30 – 13:00)
Speaker:  Marcel Pohle

Thursday 24 June 2021 

Microsoft | 12:00 – 14:00 CEST

Modern research in the Cloud
Microsoft helping NRENs articulate the value of Cloud-powered Research Environments