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Media in the Cloud: Ontology Guide

Virtualization In Modern Media Networks and Systems

A major discussion topic across the industry today is centered around migration from Serial Digital Infrastructure to packet based switching, routing, signal distribution and media control. The process is likely to evolve over time as new equipment, software and related interfaces become available. Next generation core switching, routing and signal distribution promise great potential to "change the way we do business". Communications and data center service providers having previously successfully adopted and deployed Virtualization techniques in servers and storage, are now turned their attention to virtualizing and updating their networks with a vengeance. Thus the buzz fueling Cloud, SDN and NFV.

Please join Long-time SMPTE Member Fred Huffman for an hour of exploration, explanation, and informative discussion of Software Defined Network (SDN) and its close relative, Network Virtualization (NFV). Though the terms and techniques have been around for many years, only recently have they come to the attention of technology development interests wishing to exploit virtualization within content creation facilities intent on improving operational efficiency and profitable strategic business growth.


Guest Speaker: Fred Huffman


Fred Huffman became a member of SMPTE in 1996. He has more than 50 years experience in Broadcast and Communications Network industries. Active in SMPTE NY section, he has served as a co-producer and speaker in two monthly programs on IP Based networking. He was an invited presenter on the subject IP/MPLS network architecture and design at SMPTE DC Bits By The Bay 2015 Technical Conference. He served as an advisor during development of SMPTE Online course Essentials of IP Media Transport for Broadcasters. He is author of Practical IP and Telecom for Broadcast Engineering and Operations, (Focal Press, 2004), and two short booklets, Ethernet Matters, all of which are available at the Amazon Author’s site (link above). He began his broadcast industry career in studio and transmitter operations at KLFY-TV (Lafayette, LA) in early 1960’s. He served as a microwave radio repair technician in the White House Communications Agency during the administration of John F. Kennedy. Following military service, he was employed by RCA Broadcast Systems Division as a Systems Engineer. Between 2003 and 2006 he worked as a Systems Engineer with Host Broadcasting Organizations of the Athens 2004 Summer Games and Torino 2006 Winter Olympics. On the communications network side, he has held various engineering positions at MCI Labs, AT&T Labs and RCA Communications. Current interests and recent focus includes research and gathering material for a new book about practical media network architecture and design for broadcast engineering and technical operations.

Huffman is owner and principal consultant, Huffman Technical Services, Middletown, NJ.