• Technical Conference:  30 March – 03 April 2025
  • Exhibition: 01 – 03 April 2025
  • Moscone Center, San Francisco, California, USA

Next Generation Optical Interconnects for AI Clusters: Beyond Linear Drive Optics

Tuesday, 26 March, 10:45 – 11:45

Theater II

Session Description:

Massive investments into AI infrastructure are accelerating development of new solutions for optical connectivity. Performance of AI clusters is constrained by cost and power consumption of the optics. Linear drive pluggable (LPO) and co-packaged optics (CPO) offer signification improvements in cost and power consumption compared to standard re-timed transceivers. Yet, further improvements are needed to meet the needs of AI Infrastructure, including new optical materials and devices that are in various stages of development.

This panel discussion will review promising optical technologies and barriers for their adoption. It will present a realistic roadmap for the next generation optical interconnects and requirements to connectivity in AI Clusters. This will be a call for action to leading suppliers, start-ups and industry organizations.


Organized by:


Vladimir Kozlov, Founder and CEO, Light Counting, USA


Drew Aldino, Meta, United States

Hamid Arabzadeh, Ranovus, Canada

Andy Bechtolsheim, Arista/OCP, United States

Ram Huggahalli, Microsoft, United States

Chongjin Xie, Alibaba, United States

Yinxing Zhang, ByteDance, China