UKNOF32 and UK & Ireland Peering Forum 1.0 (Sheffield)

chaired by Keith Mitchell (UKNOF)
from to (Europe/London)
at Holiday Inn Royal Victoria - Sheffield
Victoria Station Road, Sheffield, S4 7YE

Participant Survey: (closes Thursday, 1 October 2015)

Presentation Videos

Live Webcast: (now ended)


NOTE: Not all presentations may be broadcast and recorded.

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Twitter hashtag: #UKNOF32

We are thankful to our sponsors for supporting UKNOF, enabling us to keep attendance at UKNOF meetings mainly free.


Alternative Networks

Axians Networks



IPv4 Market Group






Axians      Ask4      Flexoptix



Bogons         Bytemark      Portfast



Registration: Registrations are now open.

UKNOF32 Call for Presentations: Now closed.

Volunteers: We always appreciate volunteer help in setting up and running UKNOF events. If you're interested in helping at UKNOF32, please indicate this on the registration form. Our helpers always make a big difference.

Sponsors: We have the following sponsor opportunities, open until 1 September, for UKNOF32:

  • Host Sponsorship
  • Meeting Sponsorships
  • Meeting Support Sponsorships
  • Social Recognition Sponsorships
  • Individual and Organisation Patron Sponsorships for 2015
Further details in our CALL FOR SPONSORS page. We are grateful to our sponsors, enabling us to keep attendance at the meeting mainly free.

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Go to day
  • Wednesday, 16 September 2015
    • 09:00 - 14:00 Registration
    • 10:00 - 14:00 RIPE Atlas Probe Distribution 4h0'
      Speakers: Fearghas McKay (UKNOF), Mike Hughes (UKNOF)
    • 10:00 - 13:00 UK and Ireland Peering Forum
    • 12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break
    • 14:00 - 14:10 UKNOF32 Introduction 10'
      Speaker: Mr. Keith Mitchell (UKNOF)
      Material: Slides pdf file
    • 14:10 - 14:30 An Update on the Openreach proof of Concept 20'
      Being a joint presentation from Openreach and TalkTalk Group with the aim of providing an update on the proof of concept trial being run from the end of August.
      The talk will provide an overview of the setup being tested and what questions we hope to answer along the way. Early findings may be included, but this will obviously be dependent on the amount of trial services made live by the presentation deadline.
      To finish there may be an opportunity to share some thoughts on what it may mean to UK network operators when ultra fast services become the norm.
      Speakers: Ms. Dawn Devonald (TalkTalk Group), Mr. Ian Boothsman (Openreach)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides powerpoint file pdf file
    • 14:30 - 15:00 Evolution of Ethernet Speeds - What’s New and What’s Next 30'
      In this presentations we'll talk about the latest Ethernet developments that are bringing a variety of new technology to the market for different applications with speeds ranging from 2.5 GE to 400 GE. We'll take a look at the new 2.5 GE, 5 GE and 25 GE speeds, 2nd generation 40 GE and 100 GE, 400 GE and what's possible in the future.
      Speaker: Mr. Greg Hankins (Alcatel-Lucent)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides pdf file
    • 15:00 - 15:30 Post-burnout presenting: what I learned about how not to persuade people. 30'
      The best presenters seem to be able to keep audiences fascinated. Is that just because they have great material to work with, or are there lessons we can all use in our presentations?
      We tend to learn by example, and that results in a particular style becoming the norm in a given environment. What are the risks of deviating from that norm, and is it worth trying?
      The areas we'll cover include:
      - constructing your story
      - understanding what the audience needs
      - relying on the technology (or not)
      - rehearsing
      - the small stuff (that makes a big difference)
      Speaker: Mr. Dave Wilson (HEAnet)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides unknown type file pdf filedown arrow
    • 15:30 - 16:00 Afternoon Coffee Break
    • 15:30 - 16:00 PGP Signing Session 30'
      Speaker: Mr. Matthew Walster (Fastly)
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    • 16:00 - 16:30 The $1,000 internet exchange 30'
      The 1000 Dollar Internet Exchange
      Remco van Mook
      Speaker: van Mook Remco (Individual)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides powerpoint file
    • 16:30 - 17:00 Internet History Talk - Great British IXP Failures 30'
      The UK has for 2 decades been world-leading in Internet Exchange innovation, operations and governance, home to some of the largest and best run IXPs globally. This has not been without a few bumps along the way however, and the count of failed exchanges to date is higher than the successful ones. 
      This talk reviews the history and some experiences of the various more or less well-conceived and resourced failed British IXPs, and attempts to arrive at some lessons about how *not* to do it.
      Speaker: Mr. Keith Mitchell (SMOTI Enterprises)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides pdf file
    • 17:00 - 17:30 UKNOF Status Update 30'
      2015 has been another busy year at UKNOF. This presentation, prepared for the UKNOF AGM, gives a brief overview of UKNOF's operations, visibility into its governance and finances, and what we have achieved in the past 12months.
      Speakers: Mr. Keith Mitchell (UKNOF), Denesh Bhabuta (UKNOF)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides pdf file
    • 18:00 - 22:00 UKNOF32 Social (Ticket required)
      Axians, ASK4, and Flexoptix are delighted to be sponsoring the UKNOF32 social event, hosting attendees in true Yorkshire style.
      Taking place at Kelham Island Museum, in one of in one of the city’s oldest industrial districts, the evening will include beer from Bradfield Brewery, some Authentic Yorkshire Crisps, a Yorkshire inspired ‘pie and pea’ supper and a not-to-be-missed experience of the mighty 12,000hp River Don Steam Engine.
      Places are strictly limited. To guarantee your place, please come by the Axians stand to collect your invite.
      Don’t forget to follow @axiansuk @ASK4Broadband and @flexoptix for more event news!
  • Thursday, 17 September 2015
    • 09:00 - 09:30 Registration
    • 09:30 - 10:00 Google datacentre networking 30'
      A look inside four generations of  Google's datacentre network
      A presentation of 10 years of evolution of warehouse-scale datacenters at Google, and some tales from the SDN coalface.
      Speaker: Mr. Sykes Phil (Google)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides pdf file
    • 10:00 - 10:20 How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Network 20'
      Want to learn how Facebook operates their global network to support more than 1.3 billion users? We will be describing the technologies and methods we use to manage Facebook's production network. The neteng org at Facebook has built/leverage several systems for managing and operating the production network, including an audit framework, alarms daemons, drainers, and an automatic remediation engine. This talk will focus on these technologies and how they have helped improve user experience, administer complexity, automate day-to-day operations, mitigate impact, and increase reliability.
      Speaker: Mr. David Rothera (Facebook)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides unknown type file pdf file
    • 10:20 - 10:25 UKNOF and NICC Co-operation 5'
      Speaker: Mr. Nigel Titley (Easynet)
      Material: Presentation Video link
    • 10:25 - 11:00 Morning Coffee Break
    • 11:00 - 11:15 Analysis of F-root placement using RIPE Atlas 15'
      ISC is using visualisations derived from RIPE Atlas data to analyse the effectiveness of F-root's existing peering and transit arrangements and to plan for future sites.
      The presentation will include details of how this analysis has already led to some changes in our network configuration.  If possible it will be accompanied by a live demonstration of "before and after" visualisations showing the effects of individual changes.
      Speaker: Mr. Ray Bellis (Internet Systems Consortium)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides pdf file
    • 11:15 - 11:40 Using BGP for realtime import and export of spam whitelist/blacklist entries 25'
      In the battle against Spam, many mail server admins collect and distribute IP addresses of systems that send them Spam. However, distribution of these lists are traditionally limited to 2 methods.
         * is periodically downloading this list from a source, usually a web server often causing massive load and slowness at the top of the hour.
         * is a real-time lookup against an external provider (such as dns-rbls) so your response time is dependent on how fast they respond or timeout.
      This talk discusses a 3rd solution: using BGP to distribute the IP addresses in a real-time manner.
      Speaker: Mr. Peter Hessler (OpenBSD)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides pdf file
    • 11:40 - 12:10 Verizon's DBIR 30'
      Verizon’s DBIR remains the principal research report of its kind and this year it delves into data from over 2,000 confirmed breaches and almost 80,000 security incidents. Verizon has analysed data from 61 countries provided by 70 law enforcement and other security organisations. In analysing all this data, the DBIR identifies nine attack patterns that describe the vast majority of threats and demonstrates which ones pose the biggest danger to any specific industry vertical. Our Information Security presenter will offers insights and recommendations that can help companies better understand the threat landscape and how to manage this risk. Given the sheer number of cyber security threats currently worldwide and with the cost of breaches being so high, companies large and small can’t afford a misstep in their defence strategy. Verizon’s presentation will help companies gain a better understanding of the security threats that threaten us all, which in turn will help them prioritise their security efforts.
      Speakers: Mr. Robert Lee (Verizon Global Wholesale), Laurance Dine (Verizon)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides pdf file
    • 12:10 - 12:15 Lightning Talk - Sheffield 3500sqm DC 5'
      Speaker: Mr. Trefor Davies (Lonap)
      Material: Presentation Video link
    • 12:15 - 12:20 Lightning Talk - iNOG 5'
      Speaker: Mr. Cristian Sirbu
      Material: Presentation Video link
    • 12:20 - 12:25 Lightning Talk - the (UKNOF32) network 5'
      Speaker: Mr. Tom Bird (Portfast Ltd)
      Material: Presentation Video link
    • 13:15 - 14:00 UKNOF AGM Lunch (Board and Advisory Committee)
    • 13:15 - 14:00 UKNOF Professional Training Delegates Lunch
    • 14:00 - 17:30 UKNOF Professional Training
      The Technical and Business Considerations of Secure DNS Deployment.
      The course will provide a description of Secure DNS, the technology and how it works. It will show how to configure popular DNS server implementations to use DNSSEC for signing and validating DNS data. An overview of the tools to support these activities will be given, along with some guidance on how to do DNSSEC troubleshooting.
      The course will also describe the impact of DNSSEC on existing network infrastructure and DNS operations and how these may need to be reviewed and changed: procedures, customer support and helpdesk issues, provisioning systems, middleware and so on. Advice on how to prepare for DNSSEC deployment will also be given: checklists, testing, documentation, migration schemes and key management considerations.
      Convener: Jim Reid (RTFM)
      • 14:00 DNSSEC Training Session 1 50'
        Speaker: Jim Reid (RTFM)
      • 14:50 Break 30'
      • 15:20 DNSSEC Training Session 2 50'
        Speaker: Jim Reid (RTFM)
      • 16:10 Break 30'
      • 16:40 DNSSEC Training Session 3 50'
        Speaker: Jim Reid (RTFM)
    • 14:00 - 16:00 UKNOF AGM 2h0'
      For  UKNOF Advisory Committee and Board members.
      Material: Slides link pdf file