The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Automating the Shift to 400G: Innovations in Packet Optical Integration

Tuesday, 5 March, 14:00-17:00
Theater II, Hall E
Session sponsored and organized by Juniper Networks

Session Description

The art of designing and evolving networks into simpler, more cost-effective operations in the 5G, IoT and Cloud era is rapidly approaching its next major inflection point. Demand for more infrastructure, for dynamic resource management and for on-demand enablement of increasing service types, are forcing paradigm shifts for how networks are engineered to support work flows. Automation and AI are key transformation agents to address these challenges. Networks can no longer be conceived in silos. They must be engineered with end-to-end integration and unification as end goals by leveraging packet-optical convergence, multivendor interoperability and multi-layer operational models. Three areas of innovation are converging to drive unprecedented changes in the way packet-optical networks are built and operated:


  1. The Emergence of Digital Coherent Optics (DCO): Converging form factors for high-performance client and coherent pluggable optics operating at 400G and beyond enable common design rules and operation models through standardization of YANG data models and control disaggregation via open API-interfaces
  2. Elimination of Vendor Lock-in: Operational normalization between vendor solutions with innovations that include interoperable FEC, open APIs and community-led control specifications and standards (e.g., Open ROADM, OpenConfig, TAPI, etc.)
  3. Automating Services and Transport: CapEx and OpEx reduction through more efficient resource utilization leveraging packet optical convergence and multi-layer (single pane-of-glass) orchestration, accelerating time-to-market and revenue

This inflection is fueled by the convergence of form factors and power requirements for appropriate client and line-side DCO pluggables with routing network processors (NPU) that enable immense performance flexibility.  A byproduct of interchangeable client and line-side optics is complete access to throughput capacity (eliminating density penalties of integrated packet-optical convergence platforms), and the mitigation of multivendor-induced service incompatibility between platforms. The broad adoption of evolving industry specifications and standards will lead to, rather than constrain, the trajectory of innovative service trends in the 5G, IoT and Cloud era. Machine Learning and Automation will become vital to evolving network architectures. This convergence of new hardware and software innovations will enable the service and transport layers to actively participate in automation trends going forward.


Join us for an in-depth review and discussion of trends, boundaries being crossed, optimal paths forward, and how roadmap alignment can accelerate architecture evolution to new levels of performance, efficiency and simplicity. 


To be Announced


Amit Bhardwaj, Director Product Management, Juniper Networks, USA
Brendan Gibbs, Vice President, Product Management, Juniper Networks 
Victor López , Technology Expert, Telefonica Global, USA
Dr. Jeffery J. Maki, Distinguished Engineer II, Juniper Networks, USA 
Domenico Di Mola, Vice President Engineering, Juniper Networks, USA
Daniel Sparacin, Product Manager (Aurrion Silicon Photonics), Juniper Networks, USA


Amit Bhardwaj, Director Product Management, Juniper Networks, USA

Automating the Shift to 400G, Session Summary

Amit is Director of Product Management at Juniper Networks responsible for Metro and Optical products. Amit has a variety of experience in Product managing portfolio in Core routing, Access/Aggregation, Packet Optical, Optical and SDN space at Juniper Networks and previously at Cisco. Amit has an MBA from Haas school of business, UC Berkeley and a B.E in Computer Science from PEC Chandigarh.


Victor Ló​pez, Technology Expert, Telefonica Global, USA

Víctor López (M.Sc. 2005 - Ph.D. 2009) is a Technology Expert at the Technology and Planning for Transport, IP and Interconnection Networks department in Telefonica Global CTO. He works on the IP and optical processes of the Telefonica group. Moreover, he is involved in the research projects as well as in the definition of the Telefonica network guidelines for IP/optical segment. He started his carrier in Telefónica I+D as a researcher (2004). He moved to Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in 2006, where he obtained the Ph.D. He worked as an Assistant Professor at UAM (2009) working on metro-backbone evolution projects (BONE, MAINS). In 2011, he joined Telefonica I+D as Technology specialist working on funded research project from the Telefonica group and the European Commission. He has co-authored more than 150 publications and contributed to IETF and ONF. Moreover, he is the editor of the book Elastic Optical Networks: Architectures, Technologies and Control (308 pages, Springer 2016). His research interests include the integration of Internet services over IP/MPLS and optical networks and control plane technologies (PCE, SDN, GMPLS).


Dr. Jeffery J. Maki, Distinguished Engineer II, Juniper Networks, USA 

Designing Open Optical Architectures – ITU-T, Open ROADM, OIF, Form Factors 

Dr. Jeffery J. Maki is a Distinguished Engineer II at Juniper Networks working on cloud optics. He is a member of the board of directors of the Ethernet Alliance and an IEEE 802.3 Ethernet voter. In the OIF, he is PLUG Working Group chair and technical voter for Juniper Networks. For the Consortium for On-Board Optics (COBO), he is a member of the board of directors and vice president. In addition, he is the COBO Data Center Networking Working Group chair. He is co-chair of the 100G Lambda MSA Group, chair of the 4WDM MSA Group and a participant in the QSFP-DD and SFP-DD MSA Groups. He is an OSA and IEEE member. He has a Ph.D. in Optics from The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.


Domenico Di Mola, Vice President Engineering, Juniper Networks, USA

Simplification through Automation in Packet-Optical Architectures

Born in Southern Italy (Puglie), Domenico Di Mola received his Master’s Degree in Electronic Engineering and post doctorate from Polytechnic of Turin-Italy. He started his career in Milan Italy with Italtel (Telecom Italia) contributing to the design of the first Glass on Silicon Arrayed Waveguide Grating (AWG) integrated Mux-DeMux. In 1995, he pioneered development and early deployment of the first tunable Add & Drop architecture and contributed to industry publications including JLT, JSQE and Photonic Letters. Throughout his career, Domenico has worked in various engineering and management roles for leading organizations in the optoelectronic field including Agilent (now Avago), JDSU (now Lumentum) and Oplink (acquired by Molex), where he led the development of first generation 10G, 40G and 100G optical module and pluggable transceivers. He was co-founder of a silicon-based technology start-up acquired by Agilent Technologies in 2001. In 2008, Domenico led the Alcatel-Lucent high-speed engineering team that develop the first single carrier 100G QPSK Coherent solution based on 65nm CMOS integrated DSP-ASIC. Currently, he is VP of Engineering in Juniper’s Chief Development Office and leads the Packet-Optical platform team.  He has been key note speaker at ECIO, ECOC, OFC and MWC and holds several fundamental patents in technologies, components and systems for DWDM networks. Domenico lives in California with his family and 2 dogs.


Daniel Sparacin, Product Manager (Aurrion Silicon Photonics), Juniper Networks, USA


Sponsored by: