The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

SC359 - Datacenter Networking 101

Monday, 12 March
09:00 - 12:00

Short Course Level: Beginner


Hong Liu; Google, USA

Short Course Description:

Datacenter networks have been rapidly growing in the last decade.   It is the enabling force for new applications such as cloud compute and storage, video streaming, Internet of Things, big data, and machine learning, etc.  Datacenter networks have also become a main force driving the business and development of fiber optic communication technologies.

This course describes architecture philosophies and technological considerations in constructing modern data center networks, with an emphasis on the roles of optical networking technologies.   We will introduce the key optical technologies for intra and inter datacenter networks, the trade-offs among various implementation options, and the trends in the next 3 to 5 years.

Technologies developed for datacenter networks are also shaping the development of modern telecommunication networks, which needs to evolve in order to support the growing need generated by cloud platforms.  In this course, we will explain how datacenter technologies are applied in telecommunication networks as well.

Short Course Benefits:

This course should enable you to:

  • Define warehouse-scale computer (WSC) and describe its structure.

  • Describe the engineering principles and philosophies behind scalable mega-datacenter infrastructures.

  • Compare different datacenter cluster topologies and switching technologies.

  • Compare the differences and similarities between traditional telecommunication networks and booming data-communication networks.

  • Identify the challenges for intra-datacenter and inter-datacenter communications.

  • Select suitable optoelectronic interconnect technologies.

  • Explain the roles of optics in transmission, multiplexing and switching.

  • Describe control plan and role of SDN for datacenter network

Short Course Audience:

This course is beneficial to optoelectronic designers and optical system engineers who would like to understand the requirements of datacenter networking.  It also benefits network engineers with the knowledge of high-speed optical communication technologies used to realize various datacenter network applications.  For network planners and architects, this course provides outlooks in optical network technology developments in the next 3 to 5 years.

Instructor Biography:

Hong Liu is a Principal Engineer and Director at Google Technical Infrastructure, where she is involved in the system architecture and optical solutions for datacenter, metro and access. Prior to joining Google, Hong was a Member of Technical Staff at Juniper Networks.  Hong received her Ph.D in electrical engineering from Stanford University and , is an OSA Fellow.

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