The Great Debate: Will Software Make Everything Better?



Ernest Lefner, Bank of America and ONUG co-founder & co-chairman




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  • Dr. Douglas Comer, Purdue University
  • Dr. P. Brighten Godfrey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Session Description

Moderated by ONUG co-founder and co-chairman, Ernest Lefner, this fall’s debate will center around what will solve the networking industry’s biggest problems – hardware or software innovation? 

Dr. P. Brighten Godfrey, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will argue that open software and the use of Software Defined Networking to separate control from the underlying networking hardware is helping to solve long-standing networking problems. Dr. Douglas Comer, Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University, will argue that adding more software will make things worse because software is expensive to produce and contains bugs.

In this ONUG Great Debate we’ll explore both sides of the argument with a healthy involvement of the ONUG community and let you be the judge.