Systems Thinking in Mobile Networking: How Virtualization and Programming Change the Mobile Paradigm

MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series

Kevin Shatzkamer

Kevin Shatzkamer


Kevin Shatzkamer, CTO of Mobile Networking and Distinguished Engineer, Brocade; SDM Alumnus

Date: March 23, 2015

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About the Presentation

The mobile phone network is among the most complex of complex systems, with tens of thousands of radios connecting thousands of physical locations performing hundreds of different tasks. Now mobile architecture is rapidly evolving, presenting new challenges as the distinction between physical and logical constraints change and the foundational assumptions upon which mobile networking was built shift.

As in any complex system, individual network functions have different availability, scalability, and performance-related metrics that affect the success of the mobile system as a whole. However, new tools and technologies, such as software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV), now threaten to nullify one commonly held belief in networking: that a logical function must be contained within a physical boundary. This can be a game-changer.

In this webinar, SDM alumnus Kevin Shatzkamer, CTO of mobile networking and distinguished engineer at Brocade, will:

  • provide an overview of the current architecture and mode of operations of mobile networks;
  • describe how systems thinking can be applied to highly complex, distributed problems in different arenas, using mobile networking as an example; and
  • offer general suggestions for industry and other domains.

A Q&A will follow the presentation. We invite you to join us!

About the Speaker

As CTO of mobile networking at Brocade, Kevin Shatzkamer is responsible for long-term strategy and architectural evolution at the intersection of cloud technologies, digital media assets, and mobility devices/networks. His work in these areas encompasses deep industry trend analysis, business strategy, and technical architecture and infrastructure evolution.

Shatzkamer works directly with customers on aligning long-term technology investment strategies with emerging trends. For mobile carriers, these architectures align with next-generation business models, including mobile + cloud, network function virtualization, software-defined networking, analytics, and digital media distribution and delivery.

Prior to joining Brocade in 2014, Shatzkamer worked for 15 years at Cisco. He has more than 50 patents issued or pending. He holds a B.Eng. from the University of Florida and an M.B.A. from Indiana University. As an SDM alumnus, he also has an M.S. in engineering and management from MIT.

About the Series

The MIT System Design and Management Program Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges.