Stephen Trowbridge, Nokia, USA
This course provides an introduction to a complementary set of technologies for high-speed optical networking including the Optical Transport Network (OTN) standardized by ITU-T Study Group 15, higher speed Ethernet (100 Gb/s, 200 Gb/s, 400 Gb/s) standardized by IEEE 802.3, and the Flex Ethernet implementation agreement developed by the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF).
Hong Liu, Google, USA
This course describes architecture philosophies and technological considerations in constructing modern data center networks, with an emphasis on the roles of optical networking technologies. It covers the key optical technologies for intra and inter data center networks, the trade-offs among various implementation options and the trends in the next 3 to 5 years.
Petar Pepeljugoski, IBM Research, USA
This course provides an understanding of the components of short multimode fiber links, describes the basic elements of power budget and possible trade-offs, identifies suitable models for various components of the link to be used in the design phase and provides in-depth insight in multimode fiber propagation, including launch conditions and connector effects, covering the advantages and disadvantages of advanced modulation formats in short optical interconnects.
Clint Schow, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, USA
This course compares the different optical technologies (including VCSELs, Si Photonics, and InP platforms) used in data centers today and identifies their strengths and limitations. It defines the requirements for photonic links at different levels of network hierarchy in terms of reach, power, cost and density and describes the factors that have driven the current implementation of systems as well as future trends that will drive technologies.
Robert Blum, Intel Corp., USA
Sharon Hall, Oclaro, USA,
This course covers the different pluggable optics solutions and form factors ranging from 1Gbps to the latest 400Gbps. Detailed information is provided on optical and electrical technologies used, data rates supported, power classes, thermal challenges, and the overall dimensions, which determine the maximum front panel density for each of the form factors available. The course covers the different pluggable optics solutions by all data rate ranges and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
David Maltz, Microsoft, USA
This course explains each of the layers of the network, from the physical switches and fiber, through the software that runs on the switches, through the Software Defined Networking layers that provide a customizable virtual network while enabling the cloud platform to optimize its resource usage and automatically mitigate faulty equipment. Drawing examples from Microsoft Azure, the course covers how large cloud networks are designed and operate.