Computer Networking


Electricity, water, the Internet. Computer networking is now a basic utility that is required for modern life. In the presentation we will discuss the history of networking and evolution of the Internet. Starting from the earliest days a research project, we will reminisce about the early connectivity solutions and the software stacks that we developed to support them.

Moving into the present, we will discuss the current state of computer networking, in particular the Internet, enterprise networks, and mobile. After reviewing the hardware and physical interconnections, the discussion will move to the software and the way the applications are changing the demands on the network. In particular, cloud and the visibility, latency and throughput requirements.

Finally, we will have a look into the future of networking and speculate on what might be coming down the pipeline.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 25 Oct 2018
  • Time: 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
  • All times are (GMT+10:00) Australia/NSW
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  • 8 Thomas St
  • Chatswood, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Australia 2067
  • Building: Engineers Australia
  • Room Number: Harricks Auditorium

  • Co-sponsored by Engineers Australia and The IET


Marc Fagion of Cisco


Our presenter is Marc Faggion who has almost 20 years of experience working for Cisco as a Software Engineer. Joining Cisco as a fresh graduate immediately after the dot com crash, he spent a good number of years working on pushing packets in the enterprise routers and developing software for the Cisco operating system IOS.

The next stint of his career was the development of a Session Border Controller to act as a voice and video gateway for the Internet service providers. Later he moved to bring virtualization technology to the Cisco platforms providing a hosting environment.

Moving up the networking stack, he spent three years in the Security team implementing firewalls and intrusion prevention systems. Currently, he is a Principal Engineer responsible for the enterprise operating system, IOS-XE.

He has a Masters of Computer Science and Engineering (Computer Engineering) from UNSW and a Master of Business from the University of Sydney. He is a long-time member of the IEEE and, in the distant past, ran the student chapter of the IEEE at UNSW.

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