Plenty to see, hear at networking conference

Voice over IP, H.323 videoconferencing and IPv6 are some of the topics up for discussion this week at the New Zealand Network Operators' Group conference in Hamilton.

Voice over IP, H.323 videoconferencing and IPv6 are some of the topics up for discussion this week at the New Zealand Network Operators' Group conference in Hamilton.

The conference, to be held at Waikato University this Thursday and Friday, boasts overseas speakers including Telstra internet chief scientist Geoff Huston. His talk, "The trashing of the commons", will discuss how the internet is being swamped by distributed denial of service attacks, spam and other problems and what ISPs need to do about it.

There is also plenty of local expertise and comment to be had, including CityLink's Andy Linton, who will speak on IPv6, Victoria University's Pia Holland, who will talk about New Zealand's next generation internet project and Michael Sutton of InternetNZ, who will speak on multicasting and network interoperability.

Vendor representatives giving presentations include Cisco's Philip Smith, who will talk about troubleshooting BGP (border gateway protocol) and Juniper's Ian Quinn, who will give his views on high availability routers.

VoIP gets attention in two sessions, one from Ihug's Chris Rigby and the other by FX Networks' Jonny Martin, who will talk about VoIP peering.

Those and other discussions and workshops occupy the two days, which will conclude with an open discussion hosted by Alcatel's Donald Neal on the future of NZNOG and other applicable topics.

Attendance is $150 for two days ($50 for students) or $75 for one day ($35 for students).

To register, email register@nznog.org. For further information, see www.nznog.org/index.php.

The conference is being organised by Waikato University's WAND (Waikato applied network dynamics) research group, which will give presentations on its active measurement project and CRCnet, a wireless research project.

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