[menog] ROGUCCI Study IEEE Web Discussions

Rauscher, Karl F (Karl) krauscher at alcatel-lucent.com
Tue May 26 10:11:14 GMT 2009

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Dear MENOG participant,

You may recall the presentation on an undersea cable reliability in Bahrain . . . here is an update . . .

The ROGUCCI Study web forums are starting to ramp up and believe that many of you have a lot to offer, particularly in the areas of networks.  Please go to http://community.comsoc.org/drupal/groups and join the ROGUCCI Study.  During my presentation at MENOG 4, I asked you to indicate, which of the 8 ingredients was you area of expertise . . .  note that you will have access to all of the discussion areas, and so can chose yourself.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at the global summit planned for Dubai in October.

Thanks in advance for your insights.



+1 610 966-3252


- Background -
Undersea communications cable infrastructure plays a vital role in the world, connecting the continents and their ~1 billion computer users, sustaining global markets and economies, and supporting countless important purposes including government, education, transportation and research.  It can be surmised that undersea cables make the worldwide web, "worldwide."  The dependency on this submerged infrastructure is already at the vast order of terabits (1012) every second, and is increasing at a rapid rate - in some regions doubling every 18 months.

Private sector network operators and industry consortia are responding with often heroic efforts in scientific and engineering advances and in the deployment of much needed systems to meet the world's insatiable thirst for bandwidth.  Even so, some imperative questions remain unanswered at the global level:  Is investment keeping pace with global demand?  Is the level of reliability appropriate for the level of dependence?  Are there avenues of global infrastructure failure that have remained latent until now?

- Research -
Research is now underway with undersea cable infrastructure subject matter experts from across world.  In addition to engaging a world-class community in consensus development, other elements of the study are unique.  One such aspect is that the reliability evaluation approach used is based on the Eight Ingredient Framework of communications infrastructure that recognizes the finite nature of intrinsic vulnerabilities.  This approach has been highly effective in other high consequence industry-government collaborative efforts (e.g., European Commission ARECI Study, U.S. President's NSTAC NGN Task Force Report).  Subject matter experts will cover the essential areas that involve the ingredients of power, environment, hardware, software, payload, networks, policy and humans.  The study will also include analysis of current trends, recent major outages, and will include the "titans" of the emerging electronic and financial world.

- Global Summit -
An IEEE Communications Society global Summit is planned for the ~October 2009 timeframe.  During the Summit, the research described above will be summarized by expert members of the teams.  In addition, working sessions will be formed with the assembled subject matter experts and stakeholders to the aim of developing recommendations to effectively address any gaps that may be identified.  Proceedings of the Summit will be published by the IEEE.

- more information -
Participation in the industry research leading up to the event and in the global Summit will be open to industry subject matter experts and government and critical sector stakeholders, such as senior leaders of the finance sector.

Additional information on the ROGUCCI Study and Summit will be available on the IEEE CQR website in the coming months.  The study is being led by Karl Rauscher, Bell Labs fellow and chair emeritus of the IEEE CQR advisory board.  He can be reached at: +1 610 966-3252 and krauscher at alcatel-lucent.com<mailto:krauscher at alcatel-lucent.com> .

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