Internet Pioneer to Keynote Linux Conference

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Australia’s premier open source conference,, has announced its second keynote speaker for 2013. Radia Perlman is famous for her work on the Ethernet spanning tree protocol (STP), the ISIS routing protocol, TRILL (the recent standard that improves upon STP), and other technologies that are fundamental building blocks of the Internet as we know it. She has also made many contributions to network security, including assured deletion of data, the protocol for authentication and key establishment in IPSec,  trust models for PKI, and network infrastructure that is robust against malicious trusted components.

Radia is currently a Fellow at Intel Labs, specialising in network and security protocols. She is the author of the textbook "Interconnections: Bridges, Routers, Switches, and Internetworking Protocols", and coauthor of "Network Security". She has a PhD from MIT in computer science, holds over 100 issued patents, and has received various industry awards including lifetime achievement awards from ACM’s SIGCOMM and Usenix, and an honorary doctorate from KTH.

The keynote, titled "Reasoning about Networks", intends to show that a lot of what everyone thinks they know about network protocols is actually false. Radia will demonstrate that the field is shrouded in hype and rivalry between competing teams. It is difficult to know what, if anything, is true, since any of the designs can be changed to incorporate ideas from other designs. The talk will cover topics such how to get to the heart of what might be intrinsic differences, separate out orthogonal issues rather than focusing on complete specifications, and comparing technologies without emotion. Radia will also discuss some recent technologies, and help you to separate the hype from the facts.

For more information on the talks scheduled to be presented at this year, visit

About showcases the best of open source and community-driven software and hardware, and it’s coming to the Australian National University from 28 January to 2 February, 2013. The conference provides a great opportunity for open source developers, users, hackers, and makers to share their ideas and further improve their projects.


Michael Still (Conference Director) +61 2 6140 4546