The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Interoperability – The Foundation of Ethernet Success

Tuesday, 5 March, 10:15-11:15​
Theater II, Hall E
Session organized by Ethernet Alliance

Session Description

The panel will address the evolution of developments in Ethernet interoperability testing and the adoption of new practices that accelerate the seamless integration for all participants in the ecosystem. From switch, server, and storage arrays attached over the multitude of interconnect options, to the advanced storage applications, interoperability is becoming 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 and getting successful results.


David RodgersDavid Rodgers, Conference Chair​, Ethernet Alliance; Senior Product Marketing Manager, Teledyne LeCroy, 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 volunteering on the Board of Directors for the 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. 


Dr. Paul Brooks, Viavi Solutions Lab & Production Business Unit, Germany
David Chalupsky, Board Member, Ethernet Alliance, Product Architect, Intel, USA
Matt Traverso, Principal Engineer, Cisco, USA
Rakesh Sambaraju, Applications Engineer, Nexans Data Center Solutions, USA


Dr. Paul Brooks, Director - Lab & Production StrategyViavi 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!


David Chalupsky, Board Member, Ethernet Alliance, Product Architect, Intel, USA

David Chalupsky is a Product Architect for Intel’s Network Division.  With Intel since 1988, Dave has held a variety of hardware development and engineering management roles which began with single board industrial computer design.  In 1992 he developed his first 10BASE-T repeater product and has been in the Ethernet business ever since, holding roles in board development, ASIC design, applications, and validation.  During his tenure at Intel he has been on the leading edge of Ethernet transitions, from 10Mbit to 10Gbit Ethernet products.   Dave made key contributions to bringing Wake on LAN management functionality to 100Mbit Ethernet NICs, bringing 1000BASE-T connectivity to the PC motherboard, and 10GbE to the Server in both SFP+ and BASE-T forms.    An active contributor to the advancement of the Ethernet ecosystem, Dave currently chairs three BASE-T-related standards development projects in IEEE 802.3 as well as the BASE-T subcommittee of the Ethernet Alliance.   Dave holds a BS in Computer Engineering from California State University, Chico, a Masters in EE/CE from Portland State University, and eight U.S. patents.


Matt Traverso, Principal Engineer, Cisco, USA


Rakesh Sambaraju, Applications Engineer, Nexans Data Center Solutions, USA

Rakesh Sambaraju has a MSc in Telecommunications from The Technical University of Denmark and PhD in fiber optic communication systems from Universidad Politecnica de Valencia. For the last 10 years, he has worked on several optical communications applications like long-haul/metro telecom, radio over fiber, FTTx, and data center connectivity. Currently an applications engineer at Nexans Data Center Solutions, he is responsible for data center technology roadmap via participation in standardization and keeping up to date on customer requirements.  Rakesh has published more than 60 technical publications in journals and conferences, acts as a reviewer for IEEE and OSA publications, has been on several technical panels at tradeshows and customer events. His current research interests include 400G layer-1, 5G, and wireless over fiber.



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