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400ZR Deployment and What’s Next – an OIF Update

Friday, 11 June 11:30 – 13:00

Session organized by Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF)

Session Description:

A panel of industry experts will provide an update to the state of the 400G coherent transmission ecosystem. We will provide an update for 400ZR deployment as well as status of ongoing OIF projects that are intended to accelerate the deployment of optical networking equipment. How has that worked for us? A panel discussion including representatives of the DSP, optics, equipment and end-user communities will ensure this will be a lively discussion.


Richard Ward, Intel Corp./OIF, USA

Richard is part of the Engineering R&D team in Intel's Silicon Photonics Products Division working on high speed products for optical modules and co-packaged optics. He is an editor in the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) for the 3.2Tb/s Co-Packaged Optical Transceiver for ethernet applications, and the High Bandwidth Coherent Driver Modulator (HB-CDM) for coherent systems to 128Gbd. Previously to Intel he worked as Senior Director of Optical Interconnect at Inphi developing products for coherent systems and prior to that comes from a circuit design background leading various SerDes design developments inside the Texas Instruments ASIC group. He holds 6 patents on high speed SerDes and high performance circuit techniques, his main interests are in electro-optical systems from inside DC to metro and long-haul core networks.


Josef Berger, Inphi, USA

Ian Betty, Ciena/OIF, USA

Paul Brooks, Viavi Solutions, USA
Presenation Title:
Getting Ready for Mainstream 400G ZR
Abstract: the ecosystem is quickly moving from alpha samples to solid beta class QSFP-DD and CFP2 400G pluggable coherent optics. The QSFP-DD ZR overs huge broad market appeal and will be deployed in many applications, often co-existing with classic client optics. With the increased complexity, especially around module management coupled with the need to seamlessly interoperate in an open multi-vendor ecosystem places new challenges on teams developing, validating and integrating ZR modules. In this presentation we exam a couple of key areas which need a bit more attention to ensure easy and trouble free deployment.

Paul has worked in the communications test and measurement industry since he joined Wandel & Goltermann in 1995.  After several roles in R&D including leading up the groups for analog and DSP he has been focused on marketing roles for high speed optical transport. With his role in VIAVI he is active at the OIF and IEEE and has been part of efforts to actively support the pluggable digital coherent optics ecosystem.  Originally from Ireland he lives in Southern Germany where he laments the lack of first class rugby.

Tom Williams, Acacia Communications (Cisco Systems), USA

Since 2015, Tom has been responsible for global marketing activities for Acacia Communications, now a part of Cisco Systems. Prior to Acacia, Tom spent 14 years at Optium and Finisar Corporations, where he held various management roles, including Director of Product Line Management for high speed (>100G) transmission products. Tom has also held positions at Lucent Technologies and Northrop Grumman Corporation. He has an MS in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Widener University.

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