Panel II: The Path to Co-Packaged Optics for Switching Applications

Tuesday, 08 March 12:30 – 14:00
Theater I

Session Description:

The industry continues to debate the merits of co-packaged optics and is now reaching the point where deployments of Ethernet switches with co-packaged optics are viable. But viability doesn’t always translate into commercial reality. This panel will review the benefits and challenges around the deployment of co-packaged Ethernet switches from both a technical and commercial perspective. How is CPO affecting investments by the optical and Ethernet component supplier landscape and when will we see deployments in commercially meaningful volumes?

Moderator: 

Robert Blum, Senior Director of Marketing and New Business, Intel, USA

Panelists: 

Andreas Bechtolsheim, Chairman and Chief Development Officer, Arista Networks, USA
Challenges with Co-Packaged Optics

James W. Stewart, Director, Optical Technologies, Meta (formerly Facebook), USA
51Tps Fabric Switch Design Using Near Package Optics

Near Margalit, Vice President and General Manager, Optical Systems Division, Broadcom, USA
The Benefit of Using Soldered Silicon Photonics Chiplets in Package (SCIP) for Co-Packaged Systems

Greg Young, Vice President & General Manager, Cisco, USA

Ed Doe, Vice President, General Manager, Barefoot Division (Network & Edge Group), Intel, USA

Guy Azrad, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Switch Business, Marvell, Israel

Biographies: 

Guy Azrad, Sr. VP and General Manager, Switch Business, Marvell, Israel
Guy Azrad is Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Switch Business Unit at Marvell. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s Ethernet switching portfolio which includes solutions for the enterprise, data center, carrier and industrial markets. He also serves as the Marvell Israel Site Leader and General Manager. Prior to assuming the position of General Manager of the Switch Business Unit in 2019, Guy held the role of Vice President of Engineering for Marvell’s switch products. He joined Marvell in 2015 from Ericsson Beijing where he was Senior Director of the Mobile Backhaul and Aggregation Routers product line, and before this led Ericsson NPU device development in Silicon Valley as Engineering Director. Before his tenure at Ericsson, Guy held several engineering leadership roles at Densbits, Ocean Technology and Galileo Technology (acquired by Marvell in 2001).

Andreas Bechtolsheim, Chairman and Chief Development Officer, Arista Networks, USA
Andreas “Andy” Bechtolsheim is Chairman, Chief Development Officer and Co-Founder of Arista Networks, a leading vendor of cloud networking solutions. Previously, Andy was a Co-Founder and Chief System Architect at Sun Microsystems, responsible for next generation server, storage, and network architectures. As a private venture investor, Andy has been involved in the funding of numerous companies including Google, VMware, Mellanox, and Brocade. He has served on the Board of Directors of over 25 companies, the majority of which went public or were acquired. Andy earned a M.S. in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1976. He was a doctoral student in Computer Engineering at Stanford University from 1977 to 1982. He has been honored with a Fulbright scholarship, a Studienstiftung scholarship, the Stanford Entrepreneur Company of the year award, the Smithsonian Leadership Award for Innovation, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Robert Blum, Senior Director of Marketing and New Business, Intel, USA
Robert Blum is General Manager of New Business and Sr. Director of Marketing for Intel’s Silicon Photonics Product Division. Prior to joining Intel, Robert was Director of Strategic Marketing at Oclaro Inc., and held various Director of Product Management and Marketing roles for Oclaro’s telecommunications products and consumer laser portfolio. Before joining Oclaro, Robert was Product Line Manager for optical transmission components at JDS Uniphase Corporation and held various engineering and marketing management roles at Gemfire Corporation, all in California. Robert worked at Deutsche Telekom’s research labs in Darmstadt, Germany, while completing his master’s thesis and holds a doctorate degree in Physics from the University of Technology in Hamburg. He has also studied and done research at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, Switzerland, and at Stanford University, California.

Ed Doe, VP, GM, Barefoot Division (Network & Edge Group), Intel, USA
Bio not available.

Near Margalit, VP and General Manager, Optical Systems Division, Broadcom, USA
Bio not available.

James W. Stewart, Director, Optical Technologies, Meta (formerly Facebook)
James W. Stewart has over 30 years of experience developing photonic hardware for optical communications. Currently, he works at Meta supporting the development of optical networking hardware for their hyper-scale data centers.  James has been granted over 25 US patents and has authored/co-authored numerous publications for conferences and journals on optical communication subsystems.

Greg Young, VP & General Manager, Cisco, USA
Bio not available.