The Optical Networking and Communication
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San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

400G Standards, MSAs and Related Technologies: What is on the Horizon?

Wednesday, 14 March, 15:45-17:00
Theater III, Hall B2

Session Description

Get an update on the status of key 400G standards, MSAs and related technologies. You will hear what is close to coming out and what’s currently under consideration. Panelists will discuss IEEE Standard 802.3bs, TIA standards and underlying technologies supporting the move to 400G including current options and challenges.


Tom HauskenTom Hausken, Senior Industry Advisor, OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA), USA

With over 35 years in optoelectronics, Dr. Hausken focuses on industry activities at OSA—The Optical Society.  This includes OIDA (OSA Industry Development Associates, now a trade association within OSA), where he held a position earlier in his career.  For 13 years until 2012, Dr. Hausken led market research and strategy consulting for lasers, image sensors, and a range of other photonic products at Strategies Unlimited.  He was also a telecom policy analyst at the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and held R&D and production positions at Alcatel and Texas Instruments in photonics and electronics.  He has a PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara, in optoelectronics.


John D'AmbrosiaJohn D’Ambrosia, Senior Principal Engineer, Huawei; Chairman, Ethernet Alliance, USA
IEEE Standard 802.3 and Ethernet Roadmap

John D’Ambrosia is known in the industry for his efforts as Ethernet’s advocate.  In his role as a Senior Principal Engineer at Huawei, he participates in industry standards efforts that are driving Ethernet’s on-going evolution and its move to higher speeds.  Currently, he chairs the IEEE P802.3bs 400GbE Task Force, is a member of the IEEE 802 Executive Committee, and chairs the IEEE 802.3 Industry Connections Next Generation Enterprise / Data Center / Campus (ECDC) Ad Hoc, a forum for exploring new ideas for Ethernet standards.  Previously, he chaired the IEEE 802.3ba Task Force that developed 40GbE and 100GbE.  He is the Chairman of the Ethernet Alliance, an organization dedicated to the promotion of all Ethernet technologies, and a popular blogger on Ethernet matters.  In 2013 D’Ambrosia was awarded the IEEE-SA 2013 Standards Medallion and was inducted into the Light Reading Hall of Fame.  His previous experience includes Dell, Force10 Networks, and Tyco Electronics.

Mark NowellMark NowellDistinguished Engineer, Cisco, USA 
100Gb/s Lambda

Mark Nowell is a Distinguished Engineer in Cisco’s Data Center Switching team. His focus is on next generation interconnect technology innovation to meet Cisco's needs. Mark is also active within the industry standards and forums and is past chair of the IEEE 802.3by 25 Gb/s Ethernet Task Force and current chair of the 50GbE/100GbE/200GbE Study Groups. He is the Secretary of the Consortium of OnBoard Optics (COBO) and Vice-President of the Ethernet Alliance. Mark also chairs two industry MSA (Multi-source Agreement) groups focusing on next generation optical module form factors (QSFP-DD) and optical interface signaling technology (100G Lambda MSA). Before Cisco, Mark previously worked at Hewlett-Packard Research Labs. Mark earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, and his Ph.D. at Cambridge University in Cambridge, UK.

Rakesh Sambaraju, Applications Engineer and Nexans TESLA Sr. Expert, Nexans Data Center Solutions, USA
TIA Standards

Rakesh Sambaraju is the Applications Engineer and Nexans TESLA Sr. Expert for Nexans Data Center Solutions, where he is responsible for the technical road map by staying current with standards activities as well as customer demands. Rakesh received his MSC degree from Technical University of Denmark, and a PhD from the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia. For the last 10 years, Rakesh has worked on different aspects of fiber optic communications technology, and his current research interests are fiber optic solutions for data center networking.

Rob StoneRob Stone, Broadcom, USA
100Gb/s per lane / 400GbE switching

Nathan TracyNathan Tracy, Technologist and Manager of Industry Standards, TE Connectivity, USA
Form Factors

Nathan Tracy has over 30 years of experience in Technology Development, Marketing, and Business Development for TE Connectivity.  Currently, he is a Technologist on TE’s system architecture team, driving new product development for the data communications market.  He also manages TE’s industry standards activities for that market. Nathan is involved in a number of outside industry associations.  Presently he is a member of the board at the OIF, a regular attendee and contributor to the Ethernet Alliance and IEEE 802.3 as well as a number of industry consortiums and MSAs including COBO.


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