The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

SC429 - Introduction to Flexible Photonic Networks

Sunday, 11 March
13:00 - 16:00

Short Course Level: Beginner

Instructor: David Boertjes; Ciena, Canada

Short Course Description:

Photonic networks have been evolving at an increased pace in recent years owing to a confluence technologies in both hardware and software.  The emergence of coherent optical modems, flexible grid wavelength selective switches and a handful of other important hardware components is allowing a level of flexibility which we are only beginning to tap into.  Advances in software development and deployment including cloud computing and the drive toward SDN are promising to unleash this flexibility.
This course will review the most common types of flexible photonic networks which are being deployed today.  We will begin with an exploration of the underlying technologies and the capabilities that they present and build toward the challenges that are facing operators today in trying to adopt these technologies.

Short Course Benefits:

This course will enable you to:

  • CD and CDC ROADM technologies

  • Flexible grid

  • Routing and spectrum assignment

  • Flexible modulation format

  • On-demand vs. end-of-life planning

  • Capacity optimization

  • Network defragmentation

Short Course Audience:

This course is intended for individuals with a working knowledge of ROADM networks and coherent modems. It will be of value for industrial professionals (system designers, managers) who need to understand the tradeoffs of performance and capacity in the design and deployment of optical networks, as well as for researchers who are new to the field.

Instructor Biography:

David W. Boertjes received his PhD from the University of Alberta where he worked on applications of active and passive polymer optics.  David joined Nortel’s Optical Networks division in 1998 working on photonics components in fibre optic systems.  David has several patents in the area of photonic transport and has been involved in several conferences including OFC/NFOEC and the Supercomputing Conference series.  In 2014 David received Ciena’s Distinguished Engineer Award.  David is currently a technical advisor working on Ciena’s next generation packet optical transport systems.

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