The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

SC429 - Flexible Networks

Sunday, 19 March
17:00 - 20:00

Short Course Level: Beginner

Instructor: David Boertjes; Ciena, Canada

Short Course Description:

Photonic networks have been evolving at an increased pace in recent years owing to a confluence technologies in both hardware and software.  The emergence of coherent optical modems, flexible grid wavelength selective switches and a handful of other important hardware components is allowing a level of flexibility which we are only beginning to tap into.  Advances in software development and deployment including cloud computing and the drive toward SDN are promising to unleash this flexibility.
This course will review the most common types of flexible photonic networks which are being deployed today.  We will begin with an exploration of the underlying technologies and the capabilities that they present and build toward the challenges that are facing operators today in trying to adopt these technologies.

Short Course Benefits:

This course will enable you to:

  • Gain exposure to electro-optic technologies used for coherent transmission.

  • Learn network implications of electric field transmitters and coherent receivers.

  • Flexible grid & flexible modulation format.

  • CD and CDC ROADM technologies.

  • Capacity optimization & network defragmentation.

  • SDN Photonic Network and Control architectures.

Short Course Audience:

This course is intended for individuals with a working knowledge of ROADM networks and coherent modems. It will be of value for industrial professionals (system designers, managers) who need to understand the tradeoffs of performance and capacity in the design and deployment of optical networks, as well as for researchers who are new to the field.

Instructor Biography:

David W. Boertjes, PhD:  Currently, Dave is the principal architect for Ciena’s photonic line transport solutions and also one of the driving forces behind the Liquid Spectrum initiative.  David joined Nortel’s Optical Networks division in 1998 where he worked on fibre optic transmission products with a particular focus on photonics.  David received a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of New Brunswick, a Master’s degree in Physics from Dalhousie University and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta.  David’s PhD research was in the area of optical telecommunications at TRLabs in Edmonton, focusing on applications of active and passive polymer optics for low cost photonic components.  David has been involved in the OFC/NFOEC Conference series acting in several capacities including as an invited speaker and as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Optical Processing and Analogue Subsystems.  David’s work within Ciena’s R&D has resulted in more than 20 patents in the area of photonic transport.  In 2014 David received Ciena’s Distinguished Engineer Award.

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