University of Oregon

On the Hidden Nature of Complex Systems

(Macro Trends, Architecture, Nets, Grids, Bugs, Brains, and the Meaning of Life)
Who Should Come: 
This event is only open to the UO Community
Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
220 Deschutes Hall

This talk describes the essential architectural features of both biological and technological network-centric systems, and how these features combine to provide robustness and its dual fragility. In particular, we examine these universal features in light of recent Internet technologies such as Software Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualization, and cloud.

About David Meyer

David Meyer is currently CTO and Chief Scientist at Brocade Communications, where he works on future directions for Internet technologies. Prior to joining Brocade, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems, where he also worked as a developer, architect, and visionary on future directions for Internet technologies. He is currently the chair of the Technical Steering Committee of the OpenDaylight Project. He has been a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) of the the IETF ( and the chair/co-chair of many working groups. He is also active in the operator community, where he has been a long standing member of the NANOG ( program committee (and program committee chair from 2008-2011). He is also active in other standards organizations such as ETSI NFV, ATIS, ANSI T1X1, the Open Networking Foundation, and the ITU-T.

Mr. Meyer is also currently Director of the Advanced Network Technology Center at the University of Oregon. One of his major projects at the University of Oregon is routeviews (see and a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oregon.

Prior to joining Cisco, he served as Senior Scientist, Chief Technologist and Director of IP Technology Development at Sprint.