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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 was open from 15:00 on Monday 3rd July 2017 and closed at 12:00 on Wednesday 16th August 2017. Registration for LINX98 was only available to members only.

Meeting Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor


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.
Ahmed Omran
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 update
John Souter
14:10 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.
Ahmed Omran
14:25 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
14:55 PM Public Affairs update (Part 1)
Update on public policy developments
Malcolm Hutty
15:35 PM Social Sponsor Presentation: ProLabs
A short introduction LINX98 social sponsor, ProLabs, with an overview of the company's service offerings.
Rob Harrison
15:40 PM 30 minute tea break -
16:10 PM Governance Consultation
Chaired by John Souter and Murray Steele
16:45 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
17:25 PM LINX Technology (Part 1)
  • CTO Update (Richard Petrie)
  • Projects Status (Mike Hellers)
Richard Petrie / Mike Hellers
17:45 PM IXManchester Steering Committee update Tom Hill
18:00 PM Day 1 round up
What have we learned, call for any last comments etc
Kurtis Lindqvist
18:05 PM End of day one of LINX98
Drinks will be available at the Manchester Central Convention Complex before delegates move on to the evening social
18:45 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)
  • NOC progress (Anne Bates)
  • Route Servers and Flowmon (Mike Hellers)
Anne Bates / Mike Hellers
10:35 AM Platinum Sponsor Presentation: Wave2Wave Solution
Robotic optical switching entered the market about 10 years ago. The technology became well recognized across major telco and data centre operators over the last 3 years.

Automating cross connect is a pressing issue as the world is evolving to software defined networking. Physical optical connectivity as of today is still a manual process, along with the downfall of human errors, which are often the root cause of outages.

Wave2Wave's patented mechanical latching technology, on its platform ROME®, offers a game changing tool for operators to design a dynamic optical infrastructure, and to completely automate the network provisioning process.
David Wang
10:55 AM Silver Sponsor Presentation: NAMEX (Roma Internet Exchange Point)
A short presentation by LINX's first IXP Reseller partner
Luca Davoli
11:05 AM RIPE Policy update Nigel Titley
11:15 AM 30 minute coffee break -
11:45 AM LINX CMO update
Round up of current regional exchange and LINX marketing activities
Kurtis Lindqvist
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 LINX Technology (Part 3)
  • LON2 update
Flemming Heino
14:40 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
15:25 PM 10 minute comfort break -
15:35 PM IXManchester DNS Training & Karting Event promo
LINX and Systems Network Training are to host a training and member engagement event in Manchester in October. SNT will be running a session on DNS and DNSSEC which be followed by lunch, networking and karting with the whole day based at Daytona Manchester. Registration will open on Tuesday 22nd August
Jeremy Orbell
15:40 PM Public Affairs update (Part 2)
A speculative overview of the future of intermediary responsibility for end users' content and conduct on the Internet
Malcolm Hutty
16:10 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
16:15 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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