The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Open Packet DWDM

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.


Open Optical Line Systems
Jay Gill, Principal Manager, Infinera, USA

Jay Gill is a principal manager at Infinera responsible for marketing strategy and development in cloud networking and open optical networks. Prior to Infinera, he was at Cisco for over 10 years in a variety of positions focused on growing Cisco’s service provider business, from strategy and product management to strategic customer engagements. Earlier in his career, Jay worked in engineering and product development at several service providers including both incumbents and startups. Jay holds a BSEE and MSEE from Stanford and an MBA from UCLA Anderson.

Hari Gollapalli headshotRealize 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.

Raj NagarajanThe 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.

Voyager: Toward Open DWDM Transport
Brian Taylor, Optical Systems Engineer, Facebook, USA

Brian Taylor is an Optical Systems Engineer at Facebook.  At Facebook, he works on developing white-box optical hardware for use anywhere within Facebook's network. Brian brings more than 15 years of experience in the area of high-speed optical interconnects.  Prior to joining Facebook, he was a Sr. Principal Engineer at Infinera within the Optical Systems Architecture group working on the design and development of transmission equipment based on large scale photonic integrated circuits.  He has a MSEE from Northwestern University, BS in Physics and BA in Mathematics both from the University of Rochester.


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