The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Beyond 400ZR….What Comes Next?

Thursday, 12 March, 11:00 - 12:00

Theater III

Session Sponsored and Organized by Acacia Communications

 

Session Description
400ZR is bringing the benefits of coherent pluggable solutions to the data center edge network environment after a relatively rapid convergence thanks to hyperscale operators, module suppliers, equipment vendors, and the Optical Internetworking Forum. The question now is, where do we go from here? This session wil discuss with industry experts the potential areas of expansion beyond 400ZR such as:  data rates beyond 400G, channel spacing evolution, technology enablers, and how these will collectively affect next generation architectures beyond DCI edge.
 
Moderator

Tom Williams, Vice President of Marketing, Acacia Communications
 

Speakers

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

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

Tad Hofmeister, Optical Network Architect, Google, USA


Biographies

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

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 40Gbit/s, 100Gb/s and above. Dr. Birk received the AT&T Fellow award in 2016.


 

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.
 

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.
 

Tom Williams, Vice President of Marketing, Acacia Communications, USA

Tom is responsible for global marketing and communications activities for Acacia. 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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