The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Moscone Center,
San Francisco, California, USA

CANCELLED - Panel IV: What Is Next for Data Center Interconnects?

Expo Theater I

Panel Description:

The networks interconnecting datacenters, often referred to as Data Center Interconnects (DCIs), have grown more than any other transport infrastructure in the last decade, and DCI’s are projected to grow by several orders of magnitude in the coming years.  The economics associated with DCI growth have motivated: 1) dedicated DCIs accounting for some of the most spectrally efficient fiber networks deployed globally, and 2) a new class of purpose-built systems optimized for throughput and power consumption.  The emergence of DCIs has led to extensive adoption of software innovations in automation, programmability, management abstraction, and control-plane disaggregation, as well as the introduction of the associated open transport architectures.   

This panel will discuss the extent to which these innovations have been adopted in current and future DCI networks.  For example, 400GE coherent WDM pluggables in DCI routers have been advocated, often combined with system and control-plane disaggregation, in open (multi-vendor) network architectures that minimize operational overhead without compromising significantly transport network performance. At the same time, the potential value from optimization and traffic engineering, such as from network analytics, potentially even combined with optical margin “harvesting” or restoration in addition to IP/MPLS protection, has also recently been proposed.   

This panel will introduce the views of several industry leaders in this area and evoke discussion among panelists and the floor. 


Chongjin Xie, Senior Director, Alibaba Group, USA



Chongjin Xie, Senior Director, Alibaba Group, 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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