• Technical Conference:  05 – 09 March 2023
  • Exhibition: 07 – 09 March 2023
  • San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA

Beyond 400G – IEEE Update on Progress Towards 800 GbE and 1.6 TbE

Wednesday, 09 March 16:00 – 17:00
Theater III

Session Description:

The IEEE panel on next gen 800GbE optical interfaces and future 1.6TbE standardization will cover new developments happening in the industry and IEEE which include interoperable 800 Gbps coherent spec, and new work that covers 1.6T or co-packaging. This panel will show the latest results, market drivers, customer needs, etc. on these topics with a high level / applications focus.

Moderator: 

Mark Nowell, Fellow, CISCO, USA

Panelists: 

John D'Ambrosia, Distinguished Engineer, IP Standards Team, Futurewei (subsidiary of Huawei), USA
Introducing IEEE P802.3df - The Path to 1.6 Terabit Ethernet

Cedric Lam, Engineering Director, Google Fiber, Google, USA
Physical Layer Architectures – More Than Just 200 Gb/s Per Lane

Samuel Kocsis, Director, Standards & Technology, Amphenol, USA
A Datacenter Operator's Perspective Beyond 400 GbE

Gary Nicholl, Principal Engineer, Cisco, Canada
Optical PMD Overview for 800 GbE and 1.6 TbE

Biographies: 

John D'Ambrosia, Distinguished Engineer, IP Standards Team, Futurewei (subsidiary of Huawei), USA
John D’Ambrosia is a Distinguished Engineer at Futurewei Technologies, a U.S. subsidiary of Huawei. John is currently the Acting Chair of the IEEE P802.3df 200 Gb/s, 400 Gb/s , 800 Gb/s and 1.6 Tb/s Task Force.  He is also chairing the IEEE P802.3cw Task Forces that is developing  400 Gb/s Ethernet over DWDM systems.  Previously, Mr. D’Ambrosia led the IEEE 802.3 task forces that developed 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s Ethernet, 200 Gb/s and 400 Gb/s Ethernet, as well as the IEEE 802.3 New Ethernet Applications Ad hoc.  John is also a member of the IEEE 802 LMSC Executive Committee and is an IEEE Senior Member.  In addition to his multiple roles in IEEE 802, he is an advisor to the European Photonics Industry Consortium and was the Chairman of the Ethernet Alliance from 2011 to 2019.  His previous work experience includes Dell, Force10 Networks, and Tyco Electronics.

Samuel Kocsis, Director, Standards & Technology, Amphenol, USA
Sam Kocsis currently holds the role of Director of Standards and Technology at Amphenol, focusing on the proliferation of innovative interconnect solutions. Sam coordinates Amphenol’s involvement in various industry standards and consortiums across networking, server/storage, optics, and commercial markets. He is active in IEEE 802.3 and OIF projects, leads several ad-hoc activities for the OSFP MSA and currently chairs the PCI SIG Cabling Workgroup. Sam holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Rochester, in Rochester, New York.

Cedric Lam, Engineering Director, Google Fiber, Google, USA
Cedric F. Lam is a Principal Engineer in the Google Technical Infrastructure team.  He is now leading the coherent optical interconnect development for datacenter applications.  Cedric first joined Google in 2009 as an optical network architect.  He was a cofounder of the Google Fiber program which changed the landscape of broadband access networks in North America. 

Prior to Google, Cedric was the Chief System Architect of Opvista, a startup company on optical transport network equipment.  He also worked at AT&T Labs - Research on broadband access networks.  Throughout his career, Cedric worked on wireline as well as wireless network technologies, long haul, metro, access and short reach optical interconnect technologies.  He is a Fellow of Optica (formerly OSA).

Gary Nicholl, Principal Engineer, Cisco, Canada
Gary is a Principal Engineer working in the Transceiver Module Group (TMG) at Cisco Systems.  He is responsible for defining strategy and technology for high speed optical interfaces across Cisco’s routing and switching platforms. Prior to join Cisco, Gary spent 10 years at Nortel Networks in Ottawa, working in various R&D roles in the development of OC-3, OC-12 and OC48 optical transport products. Gary holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manchester (UK).

Mark Nowell, Fellow, CISCO, USA
Mark Nowell is a Cisco Fellow in Cisco’s Optics and Optical Systems Group. His focus is on next generation interconnect technology innovation to meet Cisco's needs. Mark is also active within the industry standards and forums and has chaired multiple IEEE 802.3 Ethernet projects. He represents Cisco on various industry alliances and Consortium.  Mark also chairs or co-chairs a number of industry MSA (Multi-source Agreement) groups focusing on next generation optical module form factors (QSFP-DD, QSFP-DD800, OSFP) and optical interface signaling technology (100G Lambda MSA).

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