UKNOF36 (London)

chaired by Keith Mitchell (UKNOF)
Thursday, 19 January 2017 from to (Europe/London)
at etc Venues Bishopsgate
155 Bishopsgate Liverpool Street London EC2M 3YD

The UK Network Operators' Forum is returning to London for UKNOF36 on Thursday 19th January!

UKNOF events offer an OPEN environment for anyone within or interested in the Internet Industry.
Network with industry players, participate in knowledge sharing and freshen up on best practice around network operations and security.

For more information about UKNOF itself, please visit our primary site.

Social Media hashtag: #UKNOF36

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



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Laser 2000     ProLabs


Ai Networks Logo     EPS Global     Flexoptix     Inex     RIPE NCC     Xantaro


Bogons       Portfast     

PINTS N' PACKETS Networking Event

Corero     Inex     sohonet


Registration: Now open

Call for Presentations: Now closed

Webcast: (goes live on 19 January)

IRC Chatroom:

Twitter hashtag: #UKNOF36

Volunteers: We always appreciate volunteer help in setting up and running UKNOF events. If you're interested in helping at UKNOF36, please indicate this on the registration form. Our helpers always make a big difference.

Sponsors: We have the following sponsor opportunities for UKNOF36 and 2017:

  • Meeting Sponsorships
  • UKNOF Social / Pints n' Promos Sponsorships
  • Individual and Organisation Patron Sponsorships for 2017

Further details in our Call for Sponsors page. We are grateful to our sponsors, enabling us to keep attendance at the meeting mainly free.

If you are interested in supporting UKNOF, please contact us on

Go to day
  • Thursday, 19 January 2017
    • 09:00 - 10:00 Registration ( Concourse )
    • 09:55 - 10:00 Introduction and Welcome 5'
      Speaker: Mr. Keith Mitchell (UKNOF)
      Material: Slides presentation file pdf file
    • 10:00 - 10:30 Your Sixty Seconds Starts Now 30'
      In times of yore it would take users some time to notice that their Internet connection was down. While NOCs still tried to fix things as quickly as possible, reasonable SLAs were accepted and issues only occurred if they were breached. Time has moved on and tolerance for service outages has dropped. The SLAs we offer our clients (and by definition our end users) often haven't really moved on to reflect this new reality. These days many services have an effective SLA (or really a Service Level Obligation) of closer to a minute ie the time between the service (such as a Virtual Learning Environment) going offline and the end user noticing.
      Speaker: Mr. Brian Nisbet (HEAnet)
      Material: Slides powerpoint file pdf file Video link
    • 10:30 - 11:00 when big data and OSS collide 30'
      In this presentation we propose that big data analytics can be used to realise the next generation of operational analysis functions, analysing the data produced by these services and providing operational and business insight as fast as they can be provisioned.  We show how the open source data platform can be used to realise these functions and present use cases which demonstrate how this can be used to leverage the rapid industry innovations in big data analytics. is a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project.
      Speaker: John Evans (Cisco)
      Material: Slides powerpoint file pdf file Video link
    • 11:00 - 11:15 The March of Merchant Silicon (Arista Sponsor Presentation) 15'
      The widespread adoption of merchant silicon has caused a massive disruption in the data centre market, with traditional hardware networking vendors struggling to maintain differentiation as silicon evolves on a year on year basis to provide improved cost per performance. With previous generations of merchant silicon, table scale, and forwarding logic limited their deployment to within the data centre, with routing still seen as the playground of the traditional vendors. This approach is now being disrupted by the latest evolution of merchant silicon, which blurs the line between switching and routing logic and software innovation which can extend the default hardware capabilities of the merchant silicon.
      Speaker: Mr. Alex Nichol (Arista)
      Material: Slides presentation file pdf file Video link
    • 11:15 - 11:45 Morning Coffee Break
    • 11:45 - 12:15 Points of View (UKNOF Edition) 30'
      Feedback to your feedback, from the UKNOF crew
      Speakers: Mrs. Liz Stevens (UKNOF), Mike Hughes (UKNOF)
      Material: Slides presentation file pdf file Video link
    • 12:15 - 12:45 Evolving the Transport-Layer 30'
      Many applications would benefit from a richer set of services than is provided by TCP and UDP. Ossification makes it difficult to develop novel protocols, restricting solutions to using widely-deployed protocols as substrates. In this talk, I'll outline our broad approach to transport-layer evolution, and introduce TCP Hollywood as an example. Further, I'll appeal to network operators for help in understanding their middlebox deployments, and how these might impact transport-layer evolution.
      Speaker: Mr. Stephen McQuistin (University of Glasgow)
      Material: Slides pdf file Video link
    • 12:45 - 14:00 Lunch Break
    • 13:40 - 13:55 PGP Signing Session 15' ( One )
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    • 14:00 - 14:15 Deploying DDoS Protection Against The Latest Surgical Attacks 15'
      Following on from the previous UKNOF update on the changing DDoS threat landscape, this session covers how traditional approaches to DDoS protection are failing as a result – Out-of-band monitoring, with simple black-holing or re-routing to centralized DDoS scrubbing facilities are not meeting the demands of today’s Internet enabled businesses, where every minute they are offline adds up to huge revenue losses.  The session concludes with some practical examples of how the latest solutions are now being deployed in typical provider networks, to deliver real-time, automatic, protection.
      Speaker: Mr. Sean Newman (Sponsor)
      Material: Slides presentation file pdf file Video link
    • 14:15 - 14:45 IPv6-only mobile devices on EE 30'
      EE, the mobile network of BT, enabled IPv6 for many EE consumer customers on Pay Monthly contracts in H2 2016.
      The cellular network provides the eligible IPv6 smartphone with only an IPv6 address. Access to IPv4 content and services is available through a technology known as 464xlat (RFC6877). This session will cover how the mobile network (APN) has been enabled for IPv6 and how 464xlat ensures a seamless internet experience on an IPv6-only mobile network.
      Speaker: Mr. Nick Heatley (BT)
      Material: Slides pdf file Video link
    • 14:45 - 15:45 IPv6-only Hosting
      • 14:45 Single Stack IPv6 Hosting for the masses. 20'
        Mythic Beasts have been running IPv6 only hosting services starting in 2012 with Raspberry Pi. This service now has many different customers running many different services, this talk collates the experiences, where it works well, some work arounds for common cases and some of the more creative demonstrations of how to do it wrong.
        Speaker: Mr. Peter Stevens (Mythic Beasts)
        Material: Slides presentation file Video link
      • 15:05 SIIT -DC - IPv4 Service Continuity for IPv6 Data Centres 20'
        In the data centre, IPv4-only is just soo last century while running a dual stack infrastructure is just a pain in the arse. We decided, therefore, to throw ourselves in at the deep end and start making the servers and applications in our data centres IPv6-only. In order to keep our customers happy we did need to maintain backward compatibility with those old-fashioned IPv4-only Internet users, though. We came up with a stateless layer-3 translation solution we called SIIT-DC, and in this talk I'll explain everything you need to know about it in order to deploy it in your data centre network during the upcoming coffee break.
        Speaker: Tore Anderson (Redpill Linpro AS)
        Material: Slides presentation file pdf file Video link
      • 15:25 IPv6-only Hosting Panel Discussion 20'
        Speakers: Mr. Ian Dickinson Dickinson (Sky UK Ltd), Mr. Peter Stevens (Mythic Beasts), Mr. Tore Anderson (Redpill Linpro AS), Tom Hill (Bytemark Hosting)
    • 15:45 - 16:15 Afternoon Coffee Break
    • 16:15 - 16:45 A Cambridge Lesson on building your own fibre network 30'
      In 1992, the University of Cambridge completed the installation of its own metropolitan wide fibre optic network, principally to support the transfer of ‘digital books’ for the Classics departments. On its 25th anniversary, Jon Holgate takes the opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned from deploying and managing the largest academic private fibre network in Europe. This presentation reflects on how assumptions made 25 years ago have transpired, the statistical probability of fence post boring machines and the price of peas.
      Speaker: Mr. Jon Holgate (Cambridge University)
      Material: Slides powerpoint file Video link notes pdf file
    • 16:45 - 17:00 Radio Fun 15'
      War stories about radio and fibre networks, including lots of pretty pictures of challenging environmental conditions at high sites, recommendations for best practices in fibre maintenance and a new data centre metric.
      Speaker: Mr. Donal Cunningham
      Material: Slides powerpoint file Video link
    • 17:00 - 17:15 LPWAN developments 15'
      There are various LPWAN technologies being rolled out at the moment such as SIGFOX and LoRAWAN which sit in the 868MHz (license exempt) band.
      SIGFOX is currently being rolled out by Arqiva and there are various grassroots LoRa networks such as The Things Network and commercial networks such as Everynet (and Digital Catapult).
      Speaker: Mr. Steve Karmeinsky (NetTek Ltd / DBVu Ltd / City Meets Tech Ltd)
      Material: Slides pdf file Video link
    • 17:15 - 17:30 Adventures in Software Security Vulnerability Management 15'
      A frank and unabashed review of some of the realities, challenges and difficult decisions that have to be made by an organisation responsible for the development and maintenance of several pieces of core Internet infrastructure software.  If you were standing in their shoes, what would you do?  (Audience participation and feedback positively encouraged).
      Speaker: Ms. Cathy Almond (Internet Systems Consortium)
      Material: Slides pdf file Video link
    • 17:30 - 17:50 Large BGP Communities 20'
      Large BGP communities are a new standardisation that solves the problem of 32 bit ASN holders being unable to use standard (RFC1997) communities as others do.
      Speaker: Mr. David Freedman (Claranet)
      Material: Slides powerpoint file pdf file Video link
    • 18:00 - 20:00 Pints n' Packets ( Concourse )