Brigitte CARDINAEL was graduated from Telecom SudParis in 1987. She joined Matra Communication in 1987, where she was involved in the research and development for GSM during 6 years. Then she joined France Telecom Research and Development (FTR&D) in 1993 where she first worked on mobile satellite components in the context of IMT-2000, and next coordinated FTR&D’s activities in Globalstar from 1995 to 1999. In 2002, she joined the management team of the R&D Division on Mobile Services and Radio Systems as Innovation and Strategy Manager. From 2001 till 2005, she was also in charge of coordinating Beyond 3G activities which included France Telecom’s participation in FP6 projects (Winner, E2R, Ambient Network, Daidalos, SPICE, MAGNET and 4MORE) and in international bodies (WWRF, SDRF, IEEE, 3GPP, IETF,.). From 2006 until 2016, Brigitte has been Responsible of cooperative research at Orange Labs, including French and European research programs. In her role, she has been heavily involved as Chairwoman of the Research and Innovation Group at ETNO (European Telecom Network Operator association) and she contributed to the set-up of Public Private Partnerships with the European Commission: Future Internet PPP et PPP 5G, PPP Big Data. Since early 2016, she is Research Director of the Software Infrastructure Program at Orange Labs.
Title: “Is the network a software like any other ?”
Abstract: The advent of software defined networking (SDN) is changing the way transport networks are handled and Network Functions are moving towards software-centric cloud deployments. The vision is a network built on a common hardware controlled by software that requires very little, if any, manual intervention. Many of the earlier vertically integrated function are now being transferred to virtual machines and containers. Cloud innovations have had a major impact on the IT industry. But how much technologies and tools developed for IT or web services will apply to network softwarisation ?