The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Panel V: Software Innovations in the Next-generation Optical Transport

Thursday, 15 March
10:30 - 12:00
Theater I

Osamu Ishida, SVP, GM of Electronics Device BU, NTT Electronics Corporation, Japan

Panel Description:

Software innovations have become increasingly important for next-generation transport networks, both packet and optical.  The OFC 2017 plenary by Google (Urs) highlighted 2 very important such innovations in the context of open APIs for network programmability, and network analytics, as well as service-aware networking for infrastructure optimization.   Other important related innovations have also been increasingly developed, including advanced planning tools (potentially including alien-waves), and enhanced multivendor network management, including “SDN” controllers, and new open operating systems that can (be container based and) employ external applications.   In this panel, senior members of network operations and engineering from service providers (traditional telecom, cable, and cloud/content) will debate the importance of these innovations.
Among the many interesting related topics, this panel will aim to particularly review:the 1-2 most important, immediate software innovations in the next-generation transport. 

  • The 1-2 most important, immediate software innovations in the next-generation transport.
  • The main current challenges, and enablers in their adoption
  • Any key similarities and differences in these innovations and their adoption efforts.
  • What will be the differentiation for open whitebox, open transport?
  • What’s the strategy and business case for in-house and outsourcing DSP for various markets?


Robert Blum, Intel, USA
Future Proofing Cable Optical Access Network

Marc Bohn, Elenion Technologies, Germany
Title to be Determined

Fred Gruman, Fujitsu Network Communications, USA
Open APIs for Optical Networks - Challenges and Successes

Zhensheng Jia, CableLabs, USA
Future Proofing Cable Optical Network

Rene Schmogrow, Google, USA
With Open Config and Declarative Config Towards a Vendor Agnostic Network

Masahito Tomizawa, NTT, Japan
Title to be Determined


Robert Blum, Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Development, Intel, USA

Robert Blum is Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Development for Intel’s Silicon Photonics Product Division. Prior to joining Intel, Robert was Director of Strategic Marketing at Oclaro Inc., and held various Director of Product Management and Marketing roles for Oclaro’s telecommunications products and consumer laser portfolio. Before joining Oclaro, Robert was Product Line Manager for optical transmission components at JDS Uniphase Corporation and held various engineering and marketing management roles at Gemfire Corporation, all in California. Robert worked at Deutsche Telekom’s research labs in Darmstadt, Germany, while completing his master’s thesis and holds a doctorate degree in Physics from the University of Technology in Hamburg. He has also studied and done research at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, Switzerland, and at Stanford University, California.

Marc Bohn, VP Product Line Management and Strategy, Elenion Technologies, Germany

Dr. Marc Bohn is currently VP Product Line Management and Strategy at Elenion Technologies. Prior to Elenion, Marc held senior positions at Siemens, Nokia Siemens Networks and Coriant working on optical communication systems in many different research and development and management functions.
Marc brings more than 15 years of experience in optical technologies and telecommunications and covers a broad spectrum in research and technology development, product development, system test and manufacturing as well as product definition, strategic direction and investment. Marc has published over 50 articles, including peer-reviewed journals and conference publications. He also contributes as a reviewer for various organizations (e.g. IEEE and OSA). Marc received his MA in Electrical Engineering and his Ph.D. in Optical Communications.

Fred Gruman, Distinguished Product Planner, Fujitsu Network Communications, USA

Fred Gruman is a product planner responsible for the introduction of new product concepts with a particular focus on operations. Fred is working on open interfaces for optical equipment as part of the Open ROADM MSA forum and extending these interfaces to wireless access applications. He is also responsible for the operational requirements for the 1FINITY product lines including management interface modeling, data communications protocols, and control plane signaling.
Prior to this position, Fred was the Product Line Manager for the WDM applications in the Virtuora NC SDN controller and was responsible for the SONET, WDM and OTN GMPLS control plane solutions for Fujitsu. At Xtera Communications, he was responsible for software system engineering of long haul DWDM solutions.
Fred has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in electrical engineering from MIT.

Zhensheng Jia, Principal Architect on Optical Technologies, CableLabs, USA

Dr. Jia is a Principal Architect on Optical Technologies at CableLabs, focusing on future optical network architectures and emerging broadband wired and wireless converged technologies. Dr. Jia has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers, 3 book chapters, he has 7 patents granted and more than 20s in pending. He has a bachelor and master degree in Department of Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA.

Rene Schmogrow, Network Architect, Google, USA

Rene Schmogrow has been a Network Architect at Google since 2016, helping to scale and optimize Google's production optical networks. He works on long haul, metro, and campus network design. Prior to Google, Rene was a system and hardware engineer for Infinera after a brief tenure as post doctoral researcher with ETH Zurich. Rene earned the Dr.-Ing. degree (EE) and M.Sc. degree (Optics and Photonics) from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He received his Dipl.-Ing (B.Sc. EE) degree from Baden-Wurttemberg Cooperative State University Karlsruhe in collaboration with Bosch’s Automotive Electronics division.

Masahito Tomizawa, Executive Research Engineer, Senior Manager, Photonic Transport Network Lab, NTT, Japan

Masahito Tomizawa is Executive Research Engineer, Senior Manager, Photonic Transport Network Laboratory at NTT Network Innovation Laboratories. He received an M.S. and Ph.D. in applied physics from Waseda University, Tokyo, in 1992 and 2000. From 2003 to 2004, he was a visiting scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. He has been engaged in R&D of highspeed optical transmission systems. Since 2009, he has been a project leader of the 100G Centerof-Excellence (CoE) Consortium consisting of several manufacturing companies and is responsible for the development and marketing strategies of 100G coherent DSPs. In 2013, he received the President’s Award of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan from the Telecommunication Technology Committee for his contributions and leadership of the consortium in the 100G digital coherent CoE project. In 2015 and 2016, he received Fellowgrade memberships from IEICE.



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