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Community Member Profile: Mahir Gunyel & Serkant Uluderya

May 15, 2020
Ain Indermitte
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In this community member profile, we would like to introduce Mahir Gunyel, Senior Technology Architect, and Serkant Uluderya, Engineering Manager, from Netsia. Both are  active contributors in the Open Networking Foundation’s SEBA/VOLTHA community. They are originally from Turkey and now reside in the Silicon Valley area in California.

Mahir and Serkant have been involved with ONF since 2015 when they started using and working on the ONOS and A-CORD projects while at Argela. About two years ago they both joined the SEBA/VOLTHA and COMAC communities. Currently they are working on the SEBA/VOLTHA project trying to find short and long term solutions to SEBA’s HA & Scalability problems and implementing performance improvements on VOLTHA.

They have both made impressive contributions to the ONF Community. Serkant is a member of the P4 brigade and has worked to Implement INT Telemetry Reporting functionality; member of the A-CORD, mostly contributed to the design and development of a  POC to demonstrate VES collector to integrate to ONAP DCAE; also worked with the ONF team to prepare ONF MWC 2018 demo to showcase M-CORD and ONAP integration; member of the OSAM team (SEBA and ONAP integration). Mahir is a member of VOLTHA TST and COMAC RDT. His contributions include technical contributions as well as coding in various components and code reviews.

Netsia has built an experienced team focusing on telecommunications, SDN, and DevOps working with ONF. Most of the team members contribute to the SEBA code base. Some of Mahir’s and Serkant’s best friends are also among their colleagues after working together for several years.

unnamed 2 300x268 pngMahir holds an Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering degree from Istanbul Technical University and Serkant a Computer Science and Engineering degree from Marmara University in Istanbul. They both have impressive careers in the telecommunications industry before joining Netsia in 2018.

Mahir has been working in the telecommunications software business for over 20 years, holding positions in software engineering, software architecting, and management. He has worked with software development, testing, and deployment teams to deploy large-scale, distributed, high capacity telco products, especially in mobile operator networks. He also has significant experience in mobile network protocols and procedures. 

Serkant  300x300 pngSerkant has worked on several large telecommunications projects including Turkey’s first national SDN/NFV deployment, customer experience management, and fixed-mobile convergence projects. His SDN journey started in 2015 when he learned about ONF and started using ONOS in one of his SDN projects. Serkant’s contributions on virtual switching and data plane development brought key knowledge to his company. He published a paper “Protecting SDN Controller with Per-Flow Buffering inside OpenFlow Switches” and applied for a patent “System and Method to Prevent Persistent Full Switch Queues in Software Defined Networks.”

When asked about working with ONF and the community, Serkant said “It’s a never-ending learning curve and I am glad to work with the other members of the community. I believe ONF’s community has many experienced members and they’re top engineers in their fields.” “I'm very glad to work with this community. I have met with very talented people and learned a lot, especially about new technologies, and development methodologies” added Mahir.

During their free time, both Mahir and Serkant spend time with their families and kids. Serkant has started to play chess again, learned to play pokemon and various other card and board games. He also enjoys snowboarding. Mahir spends time participating in his kids’ activities, including soccer, drums, and biking. When that’s all done, he reads books, watches TV, and works in the garden.

Back in Turkey, Serkant was a singer and guitarist in a band. He had long hair with piercings for a long time. Today he is still looking forward to joining a band here in Silicon Valley and growing back his long hair.

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Ain IndermitteHead of Developer Relations
Ain's extensive career in the developer relations, program management, mobile software, enterprise SaaS, and telecommunications disciplines spans Nokia, Microsoft, MobileIron, and ServiceNow. He has worked in Estonia, Finland, California, and Texas, and has traveled considerably around the globe for business. Ain is currently serving as Head of Developer Relations at the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), focusing on community leadership, developer tools, training, and member engagement - with the goal of transforming the telecommunications industry through the adoption of software defined networking and open source software. Ain is married with five children and a dog. During his free time, he likes to hike or bike to beautiful places and fly his drones.