The Edge Cloud: Descending Cloud – Ascending Edge, and What it Means for Optical Networks

Thursday, 10 March 13:30 – 14:30
Theater II

Session Description:

The IEEE Future Directions Committee has recently approved an activity leading towards a new initiative on Dispersed Computing. Dispersed Computing embraces the Cloud, Fog and Edge, thus distributing intelligence across the entire “cloud-to-thing” continuum.

Motivated by this new IEEE Future Directions activity, and its significant synergies with the OFC IEEE constituencies (ComSoc, Photonics Society, Standards, etc.) this OFC 2022 panel will review and debate the increasingly important expansion of cloud and Data Center Interconnect to the edge (aka edge compute) and expanding the capacity and use of coherent optical in the "edge" of Cloud/DCI as the network upgrades to 800GE and beyond


Douglas N. Zuckerman, Consultant, Peraton Labs, USA


Kathy Grise, Sr. Program Director, IEEE, USA
Leveraging Technology for Digital Intelligent Transformation and Realities

Mahmoud Daneshmand, PhD, IEEE Senior Life Member, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Former Assistant Chief Scientist, AT&T Shannon Labs-Research, Industry Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
Descending Cloud - Ascending Edge: Drivers, Architecture and Emerging Applications

Peter Winzer, Fellow, IEEE, Nubis Communications, USA
Low-Energy Parallelism Wins for Short Optical Communications Distances

Loukas Paraschis, IEEE Communication Society, USA
DCI Optical Innovations in the Cloud Edge Evolution


Mahmoud Daneshmand, PhD, IEEE Senior Life Member, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Former Assistant Chief Scientist, AT&T Shannon Labs-Research, Industry Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA

Dr. Daneshmand is Co-Founder and Professor of Department of Business Intelligence & Analytics as well as the Data Science PhD Program, and Professor of Department of Computer Science at Stevens Institute of Technology. He has more than 40 years of Industry & University experience as Executive Director, Assistant Chief Scientist, Professor, Researcher, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Technology Leader, Founding Chair of Department, and Dean of School at: Bell Laboratories; AT&T Shannon Labs–Research; University of California, Berkeley; University of Texas, Austin; New York University; Sharif University of Technology; University of Tehran; and Stevens Institute of Technology. Dr. Daneshmand received his Ph. D and M.S. degrees in Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley, M.S. and B.S. degrees in Mathematics from the University of Tehran.

Kathy Grise, Sr. Program Director, IEEE, USA

Kathy Grise, Senior Program Director - IEEE Future Directions, supports new technology initiatives, and is the IEEE staff program director for the Digital Reality Initiative, the IEEE Technology Navigator, Future Directions and Industry Advisory Board Committees, and manages the digital presence team for Future Directions. Previous initiatives included big data and cloud computing. Ms. Grise serves as the Technical Program Chair of the IEEE COMPSAC 2019 Symposium - Data Sciences, Analytics, & Technologies (DSAT). Prior to joining the IEEE staff, Ms. Grise held numerous positions at IBM, and most recently was a Senior Engineering Manager for Process Design Kit Enablement in the IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center.  Ms. Grise led the overall IT infrastructure implementation, and software development in support of semiconductor device modeling verification, packaging, and delivery; device measurement and characterization data collection and management, and automation for device modeling engineers. Ms. Grise is a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College, and an IEEE Senior member.

Loukas Paraschis, IEEE Communication Society, USA

Loukas Paraschis has 25-year experience in R&D leadership, product management, and business development of the Internet and cloud transport network infrastructure. Until the summer 2021, Loukas was senior director and CTO of cloud transport system engineering for Internet and content providers at Infinera. From 2007-2015, he was cisco’s senior technology architect for wireline transport in global service provider, and from 2000-2006 technical leader in cisco optical networking and routing. He has (co)authored more than 100 peer‐reviewed publications, invited and tutorial presentations, book chapters, and patents, has served in many IEEE and OSA leadership positions, including the OFC and JOCN steering committees, the OFC and IEEE ComSoc long range planning committees, as JOCN associated editor, IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer (2009), and is an OSA Fellow (2011). Loukas graduated from Stanford University (PhD 1999, MS 1998) where he worked at the Information Systems and Networking Research laboratories. He was born and raised in Athens, Greece, where he completed his undergraduate studies.

Peter Winzer, Fellow, IEEE, Nubis Communications, USA

Peter J. Winzer received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, and from 2000 to 2019 worked at Bell Labs in Holmdel, NJ, where he contributed to many high-speed optical transmission records from 10 Gbit/s to 1 Tbit/s per carrier, including the first field trial of live 100G video traffic. Following his involvement in estimating the optical fiber Shannon capacity, he investigated space-division multiplexing (SDM) to scale optical transport systems. In 2020 he founded the start-up Nubis Communications. Peter has widely published and patented and is actively involved with the IEEE Photonics Society and the Optical Society (OSA). A Highly Cited Researcher, Bell Labs Fellow, Fellow of the IEEE and the OSA, and elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering, Peter has received multiple recognitions for his work, including the John Tyndall Award and an honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Eindhoven.

Douglas N. Zuckerman, Consultant, Perspecta Labs, USA

Douglas N. Zuckerman received his B.S., M.S. and Eng.Sc.D degrees from Columbia University and is an IEEE Life Fellow. His professional experience, mainly at Bell Labs and Telcordia Technologies, spans the operations, management and engineering of emerging communications technologies, networks and applications. His work heavily influenced early standards for telecommunications network management. After retiring from Telcordia, as a consulting employee he contributed to optical networking standards through the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF). Doug is a past IEEE Board member, former IEEE Communications Society President, and has held leadership positions in conferences, publications and membership development. Currently, he is on the IEEE Future Directions and Industry Engagement Committees.