The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Panel II: Transport on a Plug

Wednesday, 11 March
13:30 - 15:00
Expo Theater I

Moderator: Joy Jiang, Technical Program Manager, Google Fiber, USA

Panel Description:

IP over DWDM (IPoDWDM) is not a new topic and the idea has been in debate for many years. By eliminating part or all of the traditional optical transport layer functions, e.g., SONET/SDH, OTN, etc., significant savings in CAPEX and OPEX can be achieved, in addition to power and space reductions. With DCI-edge type of metro applications, e.g., DCI, 5G xhaul, remote-PHY, etc., continuing to grow exponentially, industry is moving towards adoption of IPoDWDM to connect network equipment, e.g., switches, routers, radio antennas, remote-PHY devices, etc. at different tiers of the network. On the other hand, traditional long-haul, transcontinental, and subsea connections are still employing conventional optical transport systems. The other driving momentum for IPoDWDM types of systems is the deep penetration of WDM technology into access network as ISPs start to become more confident in handling these systems directly. Above all, IPoDWDM is becoming a buzzword in both the telecom and the datacom industry.  

This Network Operator Summit session will assemble speakers from leading edge operators around the world that are exploring and deploying IPoDWDM and some systems alongside component vendors that are developing IPoDWDM technology. Throughout the session, speakers will articulate IPoDWDM use cases and technology updates.  

This 90-minute session will include 4-5 network operator panelists. To provide a global view, we will seek to balance speakers across major geographic regions. 

Speakers:

Jörg-Peter Elbers, SVP Advanced Technology, Standards & IPR, ADVA Optical Networking, Germany
Mark Filer, Principal Engineer, Optical Networking, Microsoft, USA
Tad Hofmeister, Optical Network Architect, Google, USA
Radha Nagarajan, Chief Technology Officer, Interconnects, Inphi, USA

 


Biographies:

Jörg-Peter Elbers, SVP Advanced Technology, Standards & IPR, ADVA Optical Networking, Germany

Jörg-Peter Elbers is Senior Vice President Advanced Technology, Standards & IPR at ADVA and has more than 20 years of experience in the optical networking industry. At ADVA, he is responsible for technology strategy, applied research, standardization and intellectual property management. Before joining ADVA, Jörg had leadership roles at Ericsson, Marconi and Siemens. He holds a Dipl-Ing. and Dr.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering from Technical University Dortmund, Germany.
 

Mark Filer, Principal Engineer, Optical Networking, Microsoft, USA

Mark is currently Principal Engineer in Optical Networking at Microsoft where he is focused on metro DCI, long-haul, and subsea optical solutions and next-generation data center architectures. Prior to that, he spent 14 years in optical R&D at ADVA Optical Networking in Atlanta, GA. He has published research in the areas of cloud-scale open line systems, long-haul transmission, ROADM network architectures, and system impairments. He holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA.

 

Tad Hofmeister, Optical Network Architect, Google, USA

Tad Hofmeister is a Network Architect at Google with a focus on scalable, cost-effective DWDM technologies and software management innovations. He manages the Optical Architecture and Transport Engineering teams in Google’s Cloud Networking group and is Vice President and member of the board of the OIF. Prior to working at Google, Tad was an architect, system engineer, and hardware designer for several optical transport and packet processing companies including: Ciena, Matisse Networks, OpVista, and Applied Signal Technology. Dr. Hofmeister earned MS and Ph.D. degrees in EE from Stanford University and BS degrees from Columbia University and Bates College.
 

Joy Jiang, Technical Program Manager, Google Fiber, USA

Dr. Joy Jiang is the Technical Program Manager at Google Fiber. She manages various innovative projects such as Super-PON, the TWDM-PON network that was developed by Google Fiber. Dr. Jiang holds received a PhD in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley in 2003.




 

Radha Nagarajan, Chief Technology Officer, Interconnects, Inphi, USA

Radha Nagarajan is Inphi’s Chief Technology Officer, Interconnects. Prior to Inphi, he was with Infinera, as a Fellow, working on the development of large-scale photonic integrated circuits.Dr. Nagarajan is a Fellow of the IEEE, OSA and IET. In 2006, he shared the IEEE/LEOS Aron Kressel Award for his work on commercializing large-scale photonic integrated circuits. He has been awarded 171 US patents, and authored/coauthored over 185 technical papers and five book chapters.He received his Ph.D. from UC, Santa Barbara, in Electrical Engineering.

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