The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Moscone Center,
San Francisco, California, USA

CANCELLED - Ethernet Interoperability and Deployments – New and Legacy Solutions Work Together

Theater II

Session organized by Ethernet Alliance


Session Description
This panel will discuss the testing that results in successful end user deployments. It will also address the evolution of new PAM4 based solutions – 50GbE and above – entering the market and the advancements supporting Ethernet interoperability testing for the successful deployment and integration into legacy networking environments. From switch, server, and storage arrays attached over the multitude of interconnect options, to the advanced storage applications, seamless integration and interoperability for all participants in the ecosystem is a critical “must have” for meeting product deployment schedules, reducing post-sales support issues, and ensuring customer expectations are exceeded. The panel will review the challenges of testing the myriad of Ethernet speeds, and the impact of emerging, mission critical applications utilizing legacy and new, 50GbE and higher speed Ethernet networks.


Paul Brooks, Director  - Lab & Production Strategy, Viavi Solutions, Germany
Sheng Huang, Director of Applications Engineering, Credo, USA
Shawn Nicholl, Director of Design Engineering, Xilinx, Canada
Matt Traverso, Principal Engineer, Cisco Systems, USA


David Rodgers, Conference Chair, Teledyne LeCroy PSG - Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Ethernet Alliance, USA

David J. Rodgers is Senior Product Marketing Manager with Teledyne LeCroy Protocol Solutions Group, where he focuses on defining, designing, deploying, and marketing a broad range of high-speed serial analysis test and measurement products for Ethernet and Fibre Channel SANs and LANs. With over 30 years of leading-edge computer industry experience, Rodgers represents Teledyne LeCroy Test and Measurement solutions in various industry standards groups, including on the Board of Directors for Ethernet Alliance and the Fibre Channel Industry Association, and participation in IEEE and T11 standards bodies, and involvement in the USB, PCIe and NVMe special interest groups.

Paul Brooks, Director  - Lab & Production Strategy, Viavi Solutions, Germany

Paul Brooks currently leads the strategy for the Viavi lab and production business unit. After a career in the Royal Navy as a weapons officer he spent time in a variety of roles with the communications test and measurement industry with a particular interest in enabling the high speed Ethernet ecosystem. He holds a PhD in opto-electronics from the university of Southampton and lives in Southern Germany where he laments the lack of 1st class rugby!

Sheng Huang, Director of Applications Engineering, Credo, USA

Sheng Huang is the President of the HiWire Consortium and Director of Applications Engineering at Credo, focusing on high performance and low power ethernet solutions at 56G and 112G PAM4 line rates for Chip to chip, Backplane and Line Card, Optical Modules and Copper Cable Connectivity. Prior to join Credo, Sheng spent 17 years at Marvell Semiconductor as Director of Technical Marketing and Field Applications Engineering supporting product definition, new customer engagements and customer bringup. Sheng has an MS in Electrical Engineering from UC Irvine.

Shawn Nicholl, Director of Design Engineering, Xilinx, Canada

Shawn is a Director of Design Engineering within the Wired and Wireless Group of Xilinx and has over 20 years of experience in the industry.  He leads a team that is responsible for the design development of Intellectual Property (IP) covering Ethernet applications across a wide variety of rates (1GE to 400GE, and rates beyond).   With a focus on Xilinx ACAP (Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform) and FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) devices, this development targets emerging standards and use-cases while spanning the domains of architecture, design, verification, hardware validation, and multi-vendor interoperability. Over the course of his career Shawn has focused primarily on the development of connectivity IP for networking and communications protocols including Ethernet, Flex Ethernet, OTN, and Interlaken.

Matt Traverso, Principal Engineer, Cisco Systems, USA

Matt Traverso is a Principal Engineer for Cisco Systems with a focus on next generation optical architectures based on silicon photonics. Matt has been active in the development and definition of optical networking standards and module form factors since 2000 including as the original editor of the CFP MSA (Multi-Source Agreement). He has been a frequent contributor to the IEEE Standards Association, Optical Internetworking Forum and other optical communications forums. Matt graduated from Stanford University in Materials Science & Engineering. 



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