The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Los Angeles Convention Center,
Los Angeles, California, USA

Panel V: A Rational Assessment of 400G Ethernet

Panel V: A Rational Assessment of 400G Ethernet

Thursday, 24 March
10:30 - 12:00

Julie Eng, Executive Vice President, Datacom Engineering, Finisar, USA

Panel Description:

This panel takes a close look at the current architecture, economics, applications and uncertainties surrounding 400G Ethernet. Work to define a 400 Gbit/s Ethernet standard is well under way and various 400GbE optical architectures are being debated. While solutions to make 400GbE work are on the horizon from a technical perspective, the declining costs of 100GbE present those in pursuit of this faster technology with a moving target for commercial success. This panel seeks to examine the possible technical approaches and realistic timelines for successful introduction of 400GbE in volume, or discuss niche applications that provide this nascent technology with a foothold for significant production. This panel is aimed to answer the following questions:

•When will 400GE be available for deployment?

•What are, if any, deployment issues with electrical, optical and mechanical interfaces? Is mechanically and electrically interchangeable product critical?

•What are the deployment scenarios, architectures and use cases in cloud data centers?

•Where are we at with 400G Ethernet standardization?

•What are the alternatives – Flex Ethernet? And when will Flex Ethernet ‘cost in’?



Lynn Nelson, AT&T, USA

Dave Templeton, Verizon, USA

Scott Kipp, Director of Engineering, Brocade, USA

Rob Stone, Broadcom, USA

Chris Cole, Director, Transceiver Engineering, Finisar, USA



Julie Eng
Julie Sheridan Eng has served as Executive Vice President, Datacom Engineering, for Finisar Corporation since 2015, and has held various senior management positions within the Finisar engineering organization. From 1995 to 2003, Dr. Eng was part of AT&T/Lucent/Agere, primarily leading Agere’s optoelectronic transmitter, receiver, and transceiver design for datacom markets.
Dr. Eng holds a B.A. degree (summa cum laude) in Physics from Bryn Mawr College and a BSEE degree with honors from the California Institute of Technology. She earned an MSEE and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. She has published over a dozen papers and holds 7 patents

Scott Kip
Scott Kipp is a director of engineering at Brocade and participates in multiple standards organizations and industry associations. He specializes in high-speed fiber optic technology and is the President of the Ethernet Alliance. He chairs the Roadmap Subcommittees for Ethernet and Fibre Channel.  He has written three books for the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) and created two maps for the Ethernet Alliance and the FCIA.


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