The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Los Angeles Convention Center,
Los Angeles, California, USA

Next Generation Data Center Optics

Tuesday, 22 March, 12:45 - 14:45
Expo Theater III, Exhibit Hall A

Session organizers: Gary Nicholl, CISCO, Canada; Craig Thompson, Finisar, US

Session Description

This special panel event will address the emerging optics needs of the data center market.  Discussion will compare and contrast the needs and solutions for the hyperscale and enterprise data center markets, for both the next wave of deployments at 25GbE and 100GbE, as well as the next generation based on 50GbE, 400GbE and possible derivatives (eg 200G).

Some of the most important questions to be addressed during the event will be:
  • What are the key differences between hyperscale and enterprise data center optics?
  • Which market segments and applications will dominate optics going forward?
  • What role do standards play in the various market segments and applications?
  • Which technologies are likely to be successful? Is there one technology that captures all needs or will reality be a lot more complicated?
Key panelists will include representatives from the hyperscale and enterprise data center segments, traditional and emerging optics suppliers and a view from a system host IC perspective.

Shane Thompson, UCLA Medical Centers, USA

Beck Mason, Oclaro, USA

Rob Stone, Broadcom, USA

Katharine Schmidtke, Facebook, USA

Near Margalit, Intel, USA

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