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Internet Growth Issues in Operations

J. F. Mergen - GTE Internetworking

Apr 23, 1998

Abstract

The Internet is currently running out of capacity on its collective backbone. The limits of its transmission system may soon begin to severely affect some ISP's ability to support their customer's and will limit some of the companies' ability to accept new customers. This in part has been at the core of a number of the recent acquisitions of the major ISPs by global telcos. Sales of new connections show that the growth in customers is expected in the high speed interconnect market with 10Mbps, 45Mbps and beyond having the fastest growth. This in turn leads to traffic growth far in excess of the growth of customers. At the same time functionality is increasing at a prodigious rate. The end result is a new class of management and control issues which are facing network operators. The discussion will review the current growth environment and speak to some of the research issues which the growth will raise.

About the Speaker

One of the three senior engineers at BBN Planet, Mr. Mergen is responsible for three main engineering areas:

  • The creation and deployment portion of Planet's (BBN's internet service) international service to forty countries and 200 PoPs in Europe, addition of Planet services to the Asia Pacific region and the initiation of a global dial access.
  • The securing of global high speed bandwidth (OC-3+) though partnering agreements.
  • The technical lead on GTE's rapidly growing Information Operations effort including both DoD and commercial countermeasures' efforts.

Mergen lead a year long consulting engagement with Xerox to redesign their corporate intranet. Since then he has been on Xerox's architecture advisory board. He has also worked on potential M&A efforts. Mergen provided technical and market guidance to the emerging Information Security and Information Warfare group at SAIC. He had been a invited speaker for numerous conferences and workshops.



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