UKNOF34 (Manchester)

chaired by Keith Mitchell (UKNOF)
Thursday, 21 April 2016 from to (Europe/London)
at Manchester Central Convention Complex
Petersfield Manchester M2 3GX

Participant Survey: (until Friday 6 May 2016)

Presentation Videos

Live Webcast: (now ended)

IRC Chatroom:

Twitter hashtag: #UKNOF34

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



ADVA     Axians

Corero     Equinix


Alternative Networks     RIPE NCC

The Loop     ThousandEyes




Bogons       Bytemark      Jump Networks     Portfast     

PINTS N' PACKETS Networking Event

ADVA Optical     Corero


Registration: now open. Early Bird until 6 April

Call for Presentations: now closed, submissions for UKNOF35 are now open

Volunteers: We always appreciate volunteer help in setting up and running UKNOF events. If you're interested in helping at UKNOF34, please indicate this on the registration form. Our helpers always make a big difference.

Sponsors: We have the following sponsor opportunities for 2016:

  • Meeting Sponsorships
  • UKNOF Social / Pints n' Promos Sponsorships
  • Individual and Organisation Patron Sponsorships for 2016
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
  • Thursday, 21 April 2016
    • 09:00 - 09:55 Registration
    • 09:55 - 10:00 Welcome and Information 5'
      Speaker: Mr. Keith Mitchell (UKNOF)
      Material: Slides presentation file pdf file
    • 10:00 - 10:30 IPv6 Only Hosting 30' ( Charter 1, 2 & 3 )
      Mythic Beasts launched IPv6 only hosting services in 2014 and now around 5% of all servers on their network are IPv6 only, no IPv4, no RFC1918 and no NAT44. This talk details the journey to commercially offering and successfully selling IPv6 single stack.
      Speaker: Mr. Peter Stevens (Mythic Beasts)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides pdf file
    • 10:30 - 11:00 IP Networks in the TV Studio: Recent work by BBC R&D 30'
      The IP Studio project at BBC R&D is investigating how we can produce live TV content using COTS servers and IP networks instead of specialised audio and video hardware. This could give us a flexible, cost-effective platform for creating both conventional TV programmes and new forms of immersive and interactive content for delivery over IP. This presentation will start with an overview of IP Studio and its architecture. 
      Speaker: Mr. Stuart Grace (BBC R&D)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides pdf file
    • 11:00 - 11:15 PeeringDB 2.0 15' ( Charter 1, 2 & 3 )
      PeeringDB is an indispensable resource for peering information, and is now required by many networks in order to peer.  In this presentation we'll talk about the organizational changes behind PeeringDB, and look at some of the new user and automation features in PeeringDB 2.0.
      Speaker: Mr. Greg Hankins (Nokia)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides pdf file
    • 11:15 - 11:45 Morning Coffee Break ( The Gallery )
    • 11:45 - 12:15 dnsdist: DNS, latency and DoS-aware load balancing 30' ( Charter 1, 2 & 3 )
      "dnsdist is a highly DNS-, DoS- and abuse-aware loadbalancer. Its goal in life is to route traffic to the best server, delivering top performance to legitimate users while shunting or blocking abusive traffic."
      This recently released open source product has proven to be widely useful in protecting DNS infrastructure & providing optimal service in the face of malicious traffic. It has also turned out to be surprisingly useful in 'fixing up what is wrong', on one occasion saving a 100k home gateway rollout from replacement. In this presentation, we'll outline the why and wherefore of dnsdist, including several common usecases.
      Speaker: Mr. bert hubert (PowerDNS)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides unknown type file pdf file
    • 12:15 - 12:30 An overview of the PGP Key Signing Process 15' ( Charter 1, 2 & 3 )
      This lightning talk will discuss PGP signing, its importance and how to participate at a UKNOF event.
      Speaker: Mr. Matthew Walster (Fastly)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides pdf file
    • 12:30 - 12:45 ADVA Sponsor Presentation: NFV is real! Come and see it here. 15'
      Speaker: Anthony Magee (ADVA Optical)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides powerpoint file pdf filedown arrow
    • 12:45 - 14:00 Lunch Break ( The Gallery )
    • 13:00 - 13:45 PGP Signing Session 45'
      Speaker: Mr. Matthew Walster (Fastly)
    • 14:00 - 14:30 None of us knew what we were doing, we made it up as we went along 30' ( Charter 1, 2 & 3 )
      Some amusing anecdotes, historical artifacts, and possibly interesting technical tales of woe from the UK Internet of the late 1990s.
      Speaker: Mr. Paul Thornton (PRT Systems Ltd)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides powerpoint file pdf file
    • 14:30 - 15:00 The evolution of an educational WAN 30'
      - Background of Lancaster Uni networks (CANLMAN/CLEO/Commercial)
      CLEO network – the model
      - Design phases
      - Growth
      - Challenges
      - Anecdotes
      - Taken in house in 2011 under a strategic partnership with BT
      Speaker: Mr. Robin Williams (TNP Ltd)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides powerpoint file pdf file
    • 15:00 - 15:30 The evolution of the B4RN network 30'
      * Summary of B4RN model/project (for those that don’t know) 
      * Rollout update (progress since Barry’s presentation)
      * Storyboard process for connecting a parish (how it works – the community aspect)
      * Design/network layer
      * Customer usage patterns
      * Growth challenges
      * Questions
      Speaker: Mr. Tom Rigg (Broadband for the Rural North Ltd)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides powerpoint file pdf file
    • 15:30 - 15:45 A brief walk through some history and findings of NASA's telecommunication network during Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programmes 15'
      "They can land man on the moon but vendor X can't still write bug free code!". Since  Sputnik started the space race, it infact actually became a relay race across many different things, from integrated circuits to welding torches no period has surpassed this time for the pace of innovation. Communications was clearly a key requirement of "landing a man on the moon and returning him safety to the Earth". I'll explore my own personal research of this and some other facets of early networking and in effect the birth of our industry.
      Speaker: Mr. Neil McRae (BT)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides powerpoint file pdf file
    • 15:45 - 16:15 Afternoon Coffee Break ( The Gallery )
    • 16:15 - 16:30 Implementing "safe browsing" cost effectively using open source DNS 15' ( Charter 1, 2 & 3 )
      Some governments have pressured service providers into providing 'safe browsing'. In other countries, this is being explored as well. DNS has been chosen by a number of subscribers as a cost effective way of supplying such 'safe' browsing. In this presentation, we'll outline how PowerDNS Recursor (open source) hooks can be utilized to implement selective access to DNS either on a per-user or even on a per-device basis.
      Speaker: Mr. bert hubert (PowerDNS)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides pdf file
    • 16:30 - 16:45 Starting a wireless ISP by accident! 15'
      I had not set out to intentionally become an ISP. I will describe in this presentation the background of how the seed of an idea was planted, how it evolved, and what it has now become.
      Speaker: Mr. Tim Robinson (TxRx Communications Ltd)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides powerpoint file pdf file
    • 16:45 - 17:15 Balquhidder Community Broadband Community Interest Company 30'
      Balquhidder Community Broadband is developing a FTTP-based service to its local community. After campaigning for more than eight years, exclusion from DSSB meant that the community was then able to raise public grant finance to progress its goals of delivering 1 Gbit broadband to each property. 
      Speakers: Mr. David Johnston (Balquhidder Community Broadband CIC), Mr. Richard Harris (Balquhidder Community Broadband CIC)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides powerpoint file
    • 17:15 - 17:45 Delivering Wireless to an Urban environment - How we networked the Tour de France 30'
      The University of Cambridge is currently rolling out wireless provision across its many departments and buildings but the estate of the University in Cambridge also extends to the City centre.  In partnership with the City Council, and in time for the visit of The Tour de France, the University's Network Division worked against the clock to provide free public wireless in the streets and parks of Cambridge.  With the clock counting down to Le Grand Depart from Parkers Piece, it was a race against time to deliver wireless provision to places it's never been before. This presentation is an insight into how working with multiple partners within an urban environment can provide unique challenges and fulfilling rewards.
      Speaker: Mr. Jon Holgate (University of Cambridge)
      Material: Presentation Video link Slides powerpoint file pdf file
    • 18:00 - 20:00 Pints n' Packets Networking Event ( The Gallery )
      You will need to be registered as a UKNOF34 Delegate and wear your UKNOF34 Badge to attend this event.