The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Data Center Summit

(This program is included in the free Exhibits Pass Plus Registration.)

Moderator: Karen I. Matthews, Technology and Market Development Manager, Science and Technology, Corning Incorporated, USA


Tuesday, 10 March, 11:30-12:15
Theater II


Jeffrey L. Cox, Partner Director Network Architecture, Microsoft Corporation, USA
Presentation Title: TBD
For over 30 years, Jeff has been involved in architecting, designing, and operating some of the largest scale network infrastructures ever built.  Jeff has also led the development of hardware systems in the packet switching and optical transmission spaces, designed datacenters, developed protocols, and has taught numerous networking courses.  For the last 8 years, Jeff has focused on developing and delivering future end-to-end network infrastructure architectures and technologies supporting all of Microsoft’s online and cloud services.  Prior to joining Microsoft, Jeff held various positions including those at Juniper Networks, BT (British Telecom), JP Morgan Chase, Celion, Level(3) Communications, (Sprint) Paranet, and Texas A&M University.

Panel: Data Center 2020 – Less Hyperscale and More Co-location and Compute at the Edge?

Tuesday, 10 March, 12:15-13:45
Theater II

Moderator: Robert Blum, Director of Marketing and New Business Silicon Photonics Product Division, Intel, USA


A lot of focus has been put on the economy and scale of hyper scale data centers. The last decade witnessed a massive scale out of data centers, some of which contain upwards of a hundred thousand severs and require more than a hundred Megawatts of power. However, security, privacy and data sovereignty considerations have also required the use of much smaller data centers closer to the end user. And with the roll out of 5G and the need for more and more data tied to time critical applications such as real time maps for autonomous driving, edge and co-location data centers are becoming an increasingly critical component of the network as well. 

This panel will discuss the latest trends in data centers from an infrastructure and networking hardware perspective. What vectors and opportunities exist to reduce power consumption, size, and cost, what architectures are being considered inside data centers, and how are data centers evolving and being linked together at the regional and global scale to address the needs of the new decade?  


Ed Baichtal, Equinix
Dan Pitt, Vice President, MEF Forum, USA
Saurabh Sandhir, Vice president, product management, Nuage/Nokia
Zuowei Shen, Senior Staff Hardware Engineer, Google
Chongjin Xie, Senior Director, Alibaba 


Ed Baichtal, Solutions Architect, Equinix, USA

Robert Blum, Director of Marketing and New Business Silicon Photonics Product Division, Intel, USA

Robert Blum is Director of Marketing and New Business 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.

Karen I. Matthews, Technology and Market Development Manager, Science and Technology, Corning Incorporated, USA
Karen Matthews, a native of Baltimore, MD, began her academic career at the US Naval Academy, received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Morgan State University (1989) and a MEng (1991), a PhD in Electrical Engineering (1998) and an MBA (2007), all from Cornell University.

Karen has held senior positions in Corning Incorporated’s Science & Technology Division in opto-electronic packaging as a research and then senior research scientist, and now works in early innovation stage markets and technologies for the optical communications sector to identify and help implement new growth opportunities.  Her focus on moving concepts through to commercialization remains, with a current emphasis the wireless industry.

Dan Pitt, Vice President, MEF Forum, USA

Dan Pitt, a leading voice of SDNFV, serves as senior vice president of MEF, applying SDN, NFV, Cloud, Disaggregation, and Open Source to the offering of new, dynamic services across a global system of automated networks. Prior to MEF he was executive director of ONF from 2011-2016 and served as Dean of Engineering at Santa Clara University. His industrial career includes Nortel Networks, Bay Networks, HP Labs, and IBM Research Zurich. He holds a B.S. from Duke and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois and is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Saurabh Sandhir, Vice President, Product Management, Nuage/Nokia, USA

Saurabh Sandhir heads Product Management at Nuage Networks. Saurabh brings over 17 years of experience leading cross-functional engineering, product management and marketing teams focused on networking software products. Prior to Nuage, Saurabh was Head of Technology Strategy at Ericsson. Before that, Saurabh held a variety of leadership roles during a 13 year tenure at Juniper Networks including product line responsibility for Juniper’s network programmability and NFV platforms. Saurabh played key role in building Juniper’s SDN partner and channel programs and defining the SDN architecture/strategy leading to the acquisition of Contrail Systems.

Saurabh has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, a Masters in Computer Science from Purdue University and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley.

Zuowei Shen, Senior Staff Hardware Engineer, Google, USA

Zuowei Shen is a senior staff hardware engineer at Google technical infrastructure, working in optical interconnect and system architecture. Her research interests include network interconnect, signal integrity, server/storage/network hardware design, optics to machines and innovative system architecture. Prior to joining Google, Zuowei was at Avago Technology , where she works on signal integrity and optical transceiver design. Zuowei received her Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering and M.S. degree in Statistics from University of California, Davis. She received her in Electrical Engineering from Peking University.

Chongjin Xie, Senior Director, Alibaba, USA

Chongjin Xie is a senior director in Alibaba Group, leading an optical network team working on datacenter optical interconnect. Prior to joining Alibaba in 2014, Dr. Xie was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, doing research on optical communications. He was a post-doctor at Chalmers University of Technology from 1999 to 2001, and received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications in 1996 and 1999, respectively. Dr. Xie has published one book, 4 book chapters and over 200 papers. He is a Fellow of OSA and a senior member of IEEE.

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