The Optical Networking and Communication
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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. 

Speakers

Domenico Di Mola, Vice President Engineering, Juniper Networks, USA
Brendan Gibbs, Vice President, Service Provider Segment, Juniper Networks, USA
Martin Birk, Director, Optical Platforms, AT&T, USA
Arnold Mattheus, Fixed Mobile Engineer, Deutsche Telekom, Germany
Daniel Sparacin, Product Manager (Aurrion Silicon Photonics), Juniper Networks, USA
Tom Williams, Sr. Director of Marketing, Acacia Communications, USA
Víctor López, Technology Expert, Telefonica Global, USA
Amit Bhardwaj, Director Product Management, Juniper Networks, USA

Biographies

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.

 

Martin Birk, Director, Optical Platforms, AT&T, USA

OpenROADM introduction and extension to 400G

Martin Birk received his master's and doctorate degrees from Germany’s University of Ulm in 1994 and 1999, respectively. Since 1999, he has been with AT&T Labs in New Jersey, working on high-speed optical transmission at data rates of 100Gb/s and above. In 2016, Martin received the AT&T Fellow award.

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.
Brendan Gibbs, Vice President, Service Provider Segment, Juniper Networks, USA

Automating the Shift to 400G

Brendan joined Juniper Networks in 2018 as Vice President of the Service Provider Segment. Graduating from Georgetown University, Brendan has over 20 years of industry experience in routing technologies and Service Provider solutions, investing a significant portion of his tenure in various product management leadership roles with Cisco Systems. Over his career, Brendan’s contributions have influenced the evolving telecommunication industry, pairing innovative strategy with relentless execution to achieve industry-leading results that have captured market leadership while leading multiple product ideas from concept to billions in annual revenue.


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).

 

Arnold Mattheus, Fixed Mobile Engineer, Deutsche Telekom, Germany

 

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

Enabling Technologies: Client Optics & Silicon Photonics

Dr. Daniel Sparacin is the product manager for Juniper’s silicon photonics group.  Dr. Sparacin joined Juniper Networks in 2016 with Juniper's acquisition of Aurrion, Inc., where he was the Director of Technology. He worked previously as a silicon photonics researcher and an advisor to the US government on funding and management of research and development programs. Dr. Sparacin holds a PhD from MIT and a BS from Brown University.

 
Tom Williams, Sr. Director of Marketing, Acacia Communications, USA

Automating the Shift to 400G

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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