The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

SC359 - Datacenter Networking 101

Monday, 09 March
09:00 - 12:00

Short Course Level: Beginner


Hong Liu; Google, USA
Ryohei Urata; 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 and interconnect technologies for intra-datacenter. We will introduce the key optical technologies for intra datacenter networks, the trade-offs among various implementation options, the evolution and trends for optical interconnects.

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, switching and interconnect technologies.

  • Identify the challenges for intra-datacenter communications.

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 Distinguished Engineer 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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