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Internet Interconnects – What makes the Internet cheap and robust?

12 December 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Topic: Internet Interconnects – What makes the Internet cheap and robust?

Synopsis: From the very early days of the Internet, with highly centralised points of interconnects between the various networks, through to todays highly distributed interconnects and ‘close to the edge’ content distribution, Internet interconnects have been at the heart of what makes the Internet work. The evolution of Interconnects is what has kept the Internet able to cope with growing End User bandwidth demand, yet provide an extremely robust and distributed service. We will learn about the history of Internet interconnects, their technology, and also where the future of Internet services such as Streaming and Cloud services is taking the Internet; How Interconnects will play an important part of guaranteeing a robust and resilient service delivery in the future.

Bio: Kurt Erik “Kurtis” Lindqvist has a background in engineering and business development at ISPs, world-wide carrier networks and IXPs. Kurtis is currently the CMO of LINX and started out in the industry by co-founding a local ISP in Finland in 1994, then worked as Technical Director for EUnet/KPNQwest Sweden 1997-2000 and worked for the office of the CTO as Director of Network Architecture 2000-2002. He was the CEO of Swedish IXP operator Netnod 2002-2015. He served as a member of the Internet Architecture Board between 2005 – 2009, and have chaired several working groups in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). He has also worked actively as a WG chair in RIPE where he has served as NCC-Services WG chair since 2004. He has been a board member of Euro-IX, the IXP association, since 2002 and since 2003 as chairman. He has participated actively in development, standardisation and deployment of IPv6 in the IETF and various operational forums. In addition, Kurtis previously served as an adviser to the Swedish Minister for Information Technology and Energy, as well as the Swedish Forreign Minister. He is a co-author of two RFCs and is a regular speaker at International Internet conferences such as RIPE, APRICOT and NANOG.


Richard Trail

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12 December 2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Mash Room, Teacher Building
14 St Enoch Square
Glasgow, Scotland G1 4DB
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