The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Will Optical Switching Drive Data Center Design in 2028?

Event type: Workshop


Haoshuo Chen, Nokia Bell Labs, USA; Piero Gambini, STMicroelectronics, Italy, Richard Jensen, Polatis, USA


After a 10-year exponential traffic growth to 2028, increased server numbers and required single link capacity will pose challenges for both hardware and software in intra- and inter- data center applications.

New architectures based on advanced optical switching technologies can potentially lower energy consumption and support the enhanced capacity.

  1. Starting from a visionary overview, the workshop will focus on:

  2. How will capacity per link, switching performance and power consumption drive the architecture evolution?

  3. Which dimension: space, wavelength or time (packet) will be more cost- and energy- efficient for optical switching? How can photonic integration be used to lower the cost of optical switching and improve the performance?

  4. How will other building blocks, such as new optical fiber and transceivers, influence the choice of optical switching technology?

It will be a team competition workshop including four teams with their proposed data center infrastructures optimized for a 5 and 10 year time span.


Team Leaders

  • Shu Namiki, AIST (Team Leader) 

  • Georgios Zervas, UCL, UK (Team Leader)         

  • David Neilson, Nokia Bell Labs, USA (Team Leader)

  • Oded Raz, Tu/e, The Netherlands (Team Leader)

Panel of Experts:
Coming soon.


Sponsored by: