The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

OCP, Transforming the future of Data Centers

Tuesday, 21 March 2017; 10:15 - 11:45
Expo Theater II
Session Organized by OCP

Session Description

Openly sharing ideas, specifications and other intellectual property is the key to maximizing innovation and reducing operational complexity in the scalable computing space.   The Open Compute Project (OCP) mission is to connect Engineers to design and enable the delivery of the most efficient server, storage and data center hardware designs that support scalable computing.  The OCP Foundation provides a structure in which individuals and organizations can be a community and share their intellectual property with Open Compute Projects.  In this panel, we will discuss how large content providers, datacenter owners, and solution providers from around the world are planning to use products that are developed under the OCP umbrella.  Share their experiences and if they are not currently using these products, what needs to change.   OCP will transform future data center design, implementations and operations.


Hans-Juergen Schmidtke, Director of Engineering, Facebook, USA

Hans-Juergen Schmidtke is Director of Engineering in Facebook's Infrastructure Foundation team based in Menlo Park, CA. In previous roles at Juniper Networks Hans-Juergen Schmidtke was VP of Product Management in the CTO office, VP of Advanced Technologies, and Chief Architect for Converged Core. In these roles he was responsible for the architecture of SDN, data center, access, core, edge solution, and WLAN. Before joining Juniper he was Head of the Fixed Network Operator Business in North America for Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) that is now part of Nokia. Over the years at NSN and Siemens Communications, he has held positions in product management and general management in both Germany and the US. He worked on various aspects of optical physics and communications technology from advanced research, to product development, to real-world large-scale deployments.


Open Network Hardware and Software: Anatomy of Disaggregation
Oleg Berzin, Sr. Director Technology Innovation, Equinix, USA

Oleg Berzin is a Senior Director of Technology Innovation at Equinix – the world’s largest provider of interconnection and data center collocation services. Prior to Equinix, Dr. Berzin worked at Verizon, where he held various technology roles, including the development of the 4G LTE network for enterprise mobile services, and SDN enabled architecture. He has extensive expertise in developing, designing and implementing, complex multi-vendor, multi-protocol, multi-technology network products and services. Oleg has earned a number of leading professional internetworking certifications and holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University.

Gaya Nagarajan, Director Network Engineering and Architecture, Facebook, USA

Gaya manages the Engineering team responsible for all architecture and engineering for network infrastructure outside of datacenters, comprising of both IP and Optical elements. Prior to joining Facebook, he worked at Brocade building and managing teams, focusing mainly on delivering products to large service providers architectures. He has more than 10 years of experience in networking after completing his masters at University of Kansas

Microsoft Project Olympus: An Open-hardware Platform for Large-scale Datacenters
Siamak Tavallaei, Principal Architect, Microsoft, USA

Siamak Tavallaei is a Principal Architect at Microsoft’s Cloud & Enterprise division.  Collaborating with industry partners, he drives a number of initiatives in research, design, and deployment of hardware for Microsoft’s cloud-scale services such as Azure, Bing, Office 365, Exchange, and SQL across a global datacenter footprint.
With over 30 patents and 27 years of computer industry experience, he has been instrumental in development and evolution of innovative multi-processor servers and technology initiatives in areas of storage and memory hierarchy as well as heterogeneous, distributed computing.
He held the rank of Principal Member Technical Staff at Compaq and was a Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett-Packard before joining Microsoft.  He is interested in Big Compute and Big Data solutions based on distributed, heterogeneous, accelerated, and energy-efficient computing.  His current focus is the optimization of large-scale, mega-datacenters for general-purpose computing and accelerated, tightly-connected, problem-solving machines built on co-designed hardware, software, and management.

Our Experiences with Datacenter Network Deployments
Srinivasan Ramasubramanian, Chief Architect, Big Switch Networks, USA

Srinivasan Ramasubramanian is currently the Chief Architect at Big Switch Networks and leads the development of SDN-based datacenter networking solution, Big Cloud Fabric.  Prior to this, he was an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona.  He received his PhD degree in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University.


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