Profile of Curt BeckmannPrincipal Architect, Brocade Networks
Curt Beckmann is a Principal Architect and Brocade's lead representative at the ONF, where he is chair of the Forwarding Abstractions Working Group and a member of the Chipmakers' Advisory Board. He entered networking as an ASIC architect at Bay Networks (later Nortel Networks) in 1995, where he worked on 10/100 Ethernet switching and early Layer 3 gigabit switches. He moved on to manage and design Fibre Channel storage virtualization and iSCSI/FCIP protocol-conversion system-on-a-chip ASIC designs at Rhapsody Networks, which was acquired by Brocade in 2003. Curt spent some years in product management before returning to engineering, where he now focuses on enhancing the OpenFlow Standard to accelerate hardware adoption of new features.