The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Los Angeles Convention Center,
Los Angeles, California, USA

Thursday, 23 March, 10:15 - 11:45
Expo Theater II
Session Organized by TIP

Session Description

Meeting the demands of increasing global internet usage requires a combination of wireless connectivity and scalable, cost-effective backhaul infrastructure. The highest-performing bandwidth and reach technologies are still fiber-based — particularly switching, routing, and transport DWDM technologies. The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is a new initiative which aims to address these challenges with Open Packet DWDM technology. Open Packet DWDM uses combined packet and dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology for metro and long-haul fiber optic transport networks. It enables a clean separation of software and hardware, and is based on open specifications so anyone can contribute packet or DWDM systems, components, or software.  


Steve Vogelsang, Vice President, Strategy & CTO, IP/Optical Networks, Nokia, USA
Steve has over 20 years of experience in networking and telecommunications. He is currently responsible for Nokia’s IP routing and transport business strategy. Steve was previously Vice President Marketing for ECI Telecom's Data Networking Division following ECI's acquisition of Laurel Networks. Steve was a founder and Vice President Marketing of Laurel Networks which was among the few startups that successfully delivered service router products into the market. Over several years with Laurel Steve led the company's initial business development, product management, sales, and marketing activities. Previously, with FORE Systems, Steve held a variety of positions in customer support, systems engineering, product management, and strategic marketing.


Realize Whitebox Networking Gear with Opensource Solutions
Hari Gollapalli, Director Software Engineer, Snaproute, USA

Hari Gollapalli designed and architected the industry's first Opensource Network operating system for industry first whitebox packet optical system. Prior to this, Hari led the  Software Development team at Ciena, Inc. The group is responsible for the software that facilitates Metro Ethernet networks used by various carriers in the US, Europe, and Asia. Before Ciena, he led the Software teams at Open Clovis. While at Open Clovis he was responsible for architecting the industry’s first high availability software. Prior to Open Clovis, Hari developed routing and switching protocols at Motorola.

Voyager: Toward Open DWDM Transport
Ilya Lyubormirsky, Optical Engineer, Facebook, USA

Ilya Lyubomirsky received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from MIT in 1999. Early in his career at Telcordia and ONI Systems Inc., he contributed to system modeling and design of high-speed packet and optical metro networks. Next, Ilya developed ultra-dense WDM transmission systems at Ciena Corp., and researched PIC-based fiber-optic communications at Infinera Corp. From 2003-2010, Ilya was an electrical engineering faculty at UCR, researching and teaching in fiber optic communications. At Finisar Corp. from 2011-2015, Ilya researched advanced modulation, DSP algorithms, and coding techniques to enable advanced optical modules for 100/400 Gb/s and beyond. Ilya is currently developing hardware for open optical packet networking at Facebook.  Ilya has co-authored 50 peer reviewed journal and conference papers and 10 patents.

Open Optical Line Systems
Matthew Mitchell, Vice President of Optical Systems Architecture, Infinera, USA

Matthew Mitchell currently serves as Vice President of Optical Systems Architecture at Infinera Corporation.  He received his M.S and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1995 and 1998 respectively.  Upon finishing his Ph.D. he became a member of technical staff within the Advanced Development Department at Lucent Bell Laboratories working on high channel count DWDM transmission.  In 2000, he became a member of
technical staff at Corvis Communications serving as a technical lead in developing a next generation 10Gb/s DWDM long haul transport product. He has been with Infinera since 2001 and has contributed to numerous efforts including optical architecture, hardware research and development, and the creation of optical system planning tools.  Dr. Mitchell is a member of the The Optical Society, has co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications and holds 26 patents in the area of optical transmission and nonlinear optics.

The Optical White Box: An Enabler for Open Networking
Raj Nagarajan, Senior PLM, Lumentum, USA

Raj Nagarajan has worked in Fiber-Optic Communications for the last 20 years in various leadership capacities both in R&D and Product Marketing. He currently works at Lumentum (formerly JDSU CCOP) as a Senior PLM focused on next generation strategies. He has a PhD in Electrical Engg. from the University of Alberta.

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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.

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