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Re: [802SEC] FW: NetFPGA tutorial at IEEE plenary in San Francisco

First off, I'm not sure that what they are asking for is the same type of tutorial session that we normally have.
"We offer NetFPGA tutorials worldwide to provide new users hands-on experience using the platform."
Hands-on experience using the platform sounds more like a 1-day tutorial such as occurs before some conferences rather than an evening 90 minute slot.

Secondly, it seems to be on the edge between legitimate tutorial topic and too commercial. It doesn't seem to directly fit the "Purpose of Tutorials" in the Chair guidelines:
2) Purpose of Tutorials should:
• Explore possible new directions for 802 efforts
• Summarize ongoing major work of Study Group or WG or TAG.
• Describe basic 802 or other standards process.

Admittedly, there are other valid tutorial topics that don't fit the purpose description above such as a tutorial covering related work done by a non-802 standards body (unless we interpret Study Group or WG or TAG to include similar groups in other standards organizations or to the extent that understanding what other groups are doing helps us explore new directions for our efforts). For instance, if T11 wanted to do a tutorial on their FC-BB work regarding FCoE or one of the other IEEE groups working on AVB related topics or IETF on their Emergency Services or TRILL work. That sort of tutorial should be suitable.

There are a host of potential similar topics if purpose of tutorials includes updating us on network development and network monitoring tools. Tutorials on network monitors, simulation tools, other prototyping tools. Does it make a difference that this tool comes from a .org rather than a .com? I don't think it should.

My inclination would be to not open our tutorials to this category of presention.


-----Original Message-----
From: ***** IEEE 802 Executive Committee List ***** [] On Behalf Of Everett O. (Buzz) Rigsbee
Sent: Friday, April 01, 2011 8:31 AM
Subject: [802SEC] FW: NetFPGA tutorial at IEEE plenary in San Francisco

Question:  Does this sound like a legitimate tutorial topic and is anyone interested in sponsoring it, or is it way too commercial to be an 802-topic ???         

Thanx, Buzz
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-----Original Message-----
From: Sachidanandan Sambandan [] 
Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2011 8:18 PM
Subject: Re: NetFPGA tutorial at IEEE plenary in San Francisco

Hi Bruce, Buzz,
          I work with the NetFPGA team under Prof. Nick McKeown at Stanford University.
We maintain the 1G NetFPGA platform and just released the 4 port 10G version. 

The NetFPGA platform ( was created to give our students and researchers hands-on experience building networking hardware that processes packets at line-rate. NetFPGA is a teaching tool used by undergraduate and graduate students to learn about networking hardware; and it is a development platform used by researchers to build working prototypes of high-speed, hardware-accelerated networking systems operating at line-rate. 

Over two thousand NetFPGA systems are in use by 150 groups in 15 countries. The NetFPGA has been used by teachers at Stanford, Rice, Washington and Cambridge Universities in the classroom to help students learn how to build Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) switches and Internet Protocol (IP) routers. It has also been used by researchers to prototype new modules that use hardware rather than software to forward packets. 

The NetFPGA platform was originally built at Stanford University with funds from NSF to support teaching of a networking class (CS344: “Build an Internet Router”). The first version of the hardware was designed in 2001 based on 10Mb/s Ethernet. Prototypes were used to teach a graduate course in 2003 and courseware for the class was made available on the web. Subsequently, we have built a 1 Gb/s version of the NetFPGA that is currently in production and just released a 10 Gb/s version. We offer NetFPGA tutorials worldwide to provide new users hands-on experience using the platform. We offer boards to researchers and academics at deeply discounted prices made possible by donations from the industry.

We would like to offer a NetFPGA tutorial at the IEEE plenary in San Francisco this July. I am writing to you to request your sponsorship of this tutorial. 

I look forward to a positive response.

Best Regards,
Sachi Sambandan
Stanford NetFPGA team

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