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21st - 22nd Aug 2017

The LINX98 member conference will take place at Manchester Central Convention Complex, on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd August 2017.

Registration & Attendee List

Registration for LINX98 is available to members only. If you are not a LINX member and wish to attend please email us at where your request will be considered.

Meeting Sponsors

Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsor

NaMeX (Roma Internet Exchange Point)

Social Sponsor


Meeting Format

The basic overview of the event is as follows:

  • It is a standard day and a half meeting with a Social on the Monday evening.
  • Members are encouraged to provide lightning talks on their networks with these often taking place before a refreshment or lunch break.
  • Registration opens at 1300 with tutorial sessions planned from 1030 in the morning - details to follow.
  • Wireless connectivity plus a light lunch and refreshments will be available from late morning.
  • The meeting commences at 1330 with day one closing at approximately 1830.
  • Drinks will be available from 1800 until 1900.
  • On day two refreshments will be available from 0930 in readiness for a 1000 meeting start.
  • The second day will end at around 1630.


Monday Topic Speaker
10:30 AM Optional Tutorial Session: Digital Transformation with SDWAN
Software‐Defined WAN (SD‐WAN) is the extension of SDN that is pioneering the Digital Transformation experience for users. With SD‐WAN, no longer are the advantages of SDN limited to the data center. SD‐WAN abstracts network hardware into a control plane and multiple data planes that can be used with cloud‐based management and automation to simplify the delivery of services to the campus, branch, datacenter and Cloud. This is all achieved with the manageability, performance and reliability assurances that customers expect. SD‐WAN is in the spotlight and is gaining popularity in the IT world.
Santanu Ganguly
12:00 PM Registration Opens
Light lunch and refreshments plus free wireless connectivity available
13:30 PM Welcome & round-the-room introductions All
13:35 PM Meeting Start
  • Housekeeping & agenda bashing
  • Review of LINX97 Minutes (Monday)
  • Promotion of the sponsors
Kurtis Lindqvist
13:45 PM LINX CEO's Quarterly Report
inc. LINX stats and Euro-IX update
John Souter
14:20 PM Gold Sponsor Presentation: Daisy Group
FlexETHERNET - Looking beyond 400 GigE
FlexEthernet provides efficient sub-rating and link-bonding features to commodity Ethernet interfaces to match what the transport network can provide. The technology de-couples flow size from Ethernet rates - the next higher speed flows can now be implemented through FlexEthernet. This presentation addresses the use cases that are enabled through FlexEthernet and recognize how this will change packet-optical integration.
Sanatu Ganguly
14:35 PM SDN without the BS
Simon outlines a number of projects Simwood have recently undertaken that capture the spirit and philosophy of SDN. Examples range from Routing on the Host, selective route download and attack mitigation
Simon Woodhead
15:05 PM Public Affairs update (Part 1) Malcolm Hutty
15:40 PM Social Sponsor Presentation: ProLabs
A short introduction LINX98 social sponsor, ProLabs, with an overview of the company's service offerings.
Rob Harrison
15:45 PM 30 minute tea break -
16:15 PM Governance Consultation
Chaired by John Souter
17:00 PM Guest Speaker: Philip Smith
In the first of two talks at LINX98 Philip Smith speaks on IXPs in Asia and in developing countries
Philip Smith
17:30 PM LINX Technology (Part 1): CTO update
  • CTO Update
  • LON2 Status
  • Automation update
  • Capacity Trends
Richard Petrie
18:00 PM Day 1 round up
What have we learned, call for any last comments etc
Kurtis Lindqvist
18:10 PM End of day one of LINX98 -
18:30 PM LINX98 Social Event (Sponsored by ProLabs)
The evening social will be held at venue nearby and is free to attend to all delegates who attend the LINX98 event in person.
Tuesday Topic Speaker
09:30 AM Registration Opens -
10:00 AM Welcome & round-the-room introductions All
10:05 AM Meeting Start
  • Housekeeping & agenda bashing
  • Review of LINX97 Minutes (Tuesday)
  • Promotion of the sponsors
Howard Fisher
10:15 AM LINX Technology (Part 2)
  • Route Servers
  • Network upgrades
  • Services issues and maintenance
Mike Hellers
10:45 AM Platinum Sponsor Presentation: Wave 2 Wave
Wave2Wave was founded in 2003 in a Silicon Valley garage with the focus on data center cabling.
11:15 AM Silver Sponsor Presentation: NAMEX (Roma Internet Exchange Point)
A short presentation by LINX's first IXP Reseller partner
Luca Davoli
11:20 AM 20 minute coffee break -
11:40 AM IXManchester operational update Kurtis Lindqvist
11:50 AM RIPE Policy update Nigel Titley
12:00 PM General Data Protection Regulation
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) is a regulation by which the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission intend to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union.
Andrew Cormack
13:00 PM Lunch -
14:00 PM Afternoon session starts Richard Petrie
14:05 PM Guest Speaker: Philip Smith
Philip Smith was one of the first engineers working in the commercial Internet in the UK, and helped establish the LINX Internet Exchange Point. In this session Philip talks about the early days of LINX.
Philip Smith
14:45 PM IXManchester Steering Committee update Mat Hattersley
15:00 PM 10 minute comfort break -
15:10 PM Public Affairs update (Part 2) Malcolm Hutty
15:45 PM LINX Technology (Part 3)
  • LON2 Update
  • Design
  • PoC feedback and time plan
  • Next 3-4 months
Flemming Heino
16:15 PM Day 2 round up
What have we learned, call for any last comments and feedback form filling for a chance to win accommodation at future meeting
Kurtis Lindqvist
16:30 PM End of day two of LINX98 -


LINX has been webcasting its meetings since LINX41 held in May 2003. If you are unable to attend a LINX meeting for any reason the webcast is a great way to stay involved. The stream can be accessed by members only via an authenticated link on this website on the day of the meeting. The image quality is excellent and you can be involved in discussions via the IRC channel during the event.

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