The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Thursday, 7 March, 14:30-16:00
Session organized by TIP (Telecom Infra Project)

This session will provide a technical overview of the technologies that the Open Optical & Packet Transport team is developing as part of the Telecom Infra Project and how those technologies are meeting the different requirements and use cases from operators today.


Hans-Juergen SchmidtkeCo-Chair, Open Optical Packet Transport Project Group, TIP, and Director, Engineering, Facebook






Vittorio Curri, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

GNPy Raman Amplification

In July 1995 Vittorio Curri graduated in Electronic Engineering at Politecnico di Torino (PoliTO), 110/110 cum laude. The outcome of his Master's thesis done in collaboration with Andrea Carena was a software simulator for propagation in fiber links, that resulted to be the first implementation of the commercial simulator software OptSim, now a product of Synopsys Inc. This was the very first step of his career that has been so far aimed at technological transfer (TT), with high scientific added-value. He is currently Associate Professor at DET of PoliTO operating within the optical communications group (OptCom).

Simulation of fiber links has been the main area of investigation of the first half of his career, and it is still under development. It has delivered relevant scientific outcomes per se and has been the enabler for most of the outstanding scientific results of OptCom, while representing the knowledge-basis needed for most of OptCom’s research contracts.  In addition to this, the analytical modeling (AM) of the transmission of optical links has been - and still is - one of his key activities. AM was successfully carried out for legacy systems. and has produced outstanding results for state-of-the-art optical systems thanks to the results on the GN-model. Within the modeling carried out by OptCom, his core skills have always been related to the effects of Stimulated Raman Scattering and system optimization and management driven by AM-results. The latter is the investigation scenario that he has been expanding since 2014 in the innovative field of physical-layer-aware networking, starting from exploiting the GN-model and steering its evolution. This is his current main field of interest that is delivering excellent scientific results and funding from companies. This activity is indeed a key enabler for disaggregated, open, and vendor-agnostic networks. Thanks to his proficiency in this field, he has been invited to be part of the Fb-led TIP, with excellent scientific and TT results. Recently, he has started working on the use of photonics to remotely control power electronic systems. Finally, with INRiM, he is studying the effects of fiber transmission on T/F signals. 


Scott Emery, Principal Engineer, Cumulus Networks, USA

TAI, Cassini

Scott has been working as an engineer in the networking industry since the Reagan administration when Ethernet ran on cable the size of a garden hose. He began at 3Com working on NIC drivers, ASICs, and the NDIS specification. Then at Grand Junction Networks, he helped develop IEEE standards, including Fast Ethernet (802.3u), flow control (802.3x), and link aggregation (802.3ad), along with software for Fast Ethernet NICs and switches. Scott served time at Cisco from when Grand Junction was acquired until 2013 as an architect for software, hardware, and ASICs for the Catalyst 2K and 3K product lines. He now develops software, including for the Facebook Voyager, Backpack and OMP800 chassis’, and MLAG, at Cumulus Networks as a Principal Engineer.

Wataru Ishida, Field Application Engineer, NTT Electronics America, USA

TAI, Cassini

Wataru Ishida received the B.S. degree in information science, the M.E. degree in engineering from the University of Tokyo, in 2011 and 2013, respectively. He joined NTT Software Innovation Center in 2013 and have been worked on the development of various open source SDN software, especially Ryu SDN Framework and GoBGP. He joined NTT Electronics America in 2018. He is now working on disaggregation of optical transport network.


Luis MartinGarcia, Network Technologies Manager, Facebook, USA

TIP and ONF: OOPT + ODTN in Action 

Luis focuses on creating better telecom technologies and building partnerships with vendors, operators and other players in the networking industry to improve Internet connectivity across the globe and make the world more connected.
Prior to Facebook, Luis held various technical roles at Cisco Systems and Microsoft. He also worked as a researcher and software developer for the open-source security tool Nmap. He studied Computer Science and Networking Engineering. He is currently the co-lead of the Disaggregated Cell Site Gateways initiative in TIP.

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