The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

2019 Special Sessions

There are three Special Sessions scheduled for OFC 2019:
Integrated Photonics for Energy Efficient Datacenters: The ARPA-E ENLITENED Program
Special Chairs' Session: The Role of Optics in Future Data Center and Computing Applications
Quantum Technology and Optical Communications


Integrated Photonics for Energy Efficient Datacenters: The ARPA-E ENLITENED Program
Monday, 4 March, 16:30-19:00
Room 6C

Organizers: Michael Haney, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, USA; Alan Liu, Booz Allen Hamilton, USA

The ARPA-E ENergy-efficient Light-wave Integrated Technology Enabling Networks that Enhance Datacenters (ENLITENED) program seeks to improve datacenter energy efficiency by advancing transformative integrated photonic solutions and co-designed network topologies enabled by the former. This special session will give a comprehensive overview of the ENLITENED portfolio, which includes technologies such as optical switching, co-packaged photonics, and coherent links for the datacenter; as well as network concepts ranging from Clos variants to reconfigurable topologies. ENLITENED kicked off in August of 2017 and targets an overall doubling of datacenter efficiency in 10 years through deployment of the technologies developed in the program.

Michael Haney, ARPA-E, USA
ENLITENED Program Overview

Ming Wu, University of California at Berkeley, USA
Dynamically Switched WDM Source for Energy-proportional Interconnect for Datacenters

Ben Lee, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, USA
Toward Optical Networks Using Rapid Amplified Multi-wavelength Photonic Switches

George Papen, University of California at San Diego, USA
LEED: A Lightwave Energy-effficient Datacenter

Seamless Hybrid-integrated Interconnect NEtwork (SHINE)

Dan Kuchta, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, USA
Multi-wavelength Optical Transceivers Integrated on Node (MOTION)

Roy Meade, Ayar Labs, USA
LytBit: An In-rack Optical Communications System

Keren Bergman, Columbia University, USA
PINE: An Energy Efficient Flexibly Interconnected Photonic Data Center Architecture for Extreme Scalability

Clint Schow, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA
INTREPID: Developing Power Efficient Analog Coherent Interconnects to Transform Data Center Networks

Gordon Keeler, DARPA, USA
Photonics in the Package for DoD Applications

Special Chairs' Session: The Role of Optics in Future Data Center and Computing Applications
Tuesday, 5 March, 14:00-18:30
Room 6F

Organizers: Chongjin Xie, Alibaba Group, USA; Jun-ichi Kani, NTT Access Service Systems Labs, Japan; Laurent Schares, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, USA; Jörg-Peter Elbers, ADVA Optical Networking AG, Germany

Data-center and high-performance computing technologies are rapidly evolving to accommodate emerging applications such as artificial intelligence, data-centric workloads and IoT. Hardware acceleration, new memory technologies, high-capacity low-latency networking, and programmatic control are key enablers to optimize application performance and improve resource scalability. In this session, industry leaders and cutting-edge researchers will discuss the evolution of data center and computing architectures, related hardware and the role of optics in this context.

Part I: Architecture Evolution
Tuesday, 5 March, 14:00-16:00
Jeff Cox, Microsoft Corp., USA
Microsoft Cloud Hardware Futures

Zheng Cao, Alibaba Group, China
Alibaba Datacenter Architecture: Today and the Future

Larry Dennison, Nvidia, USA
How AI and Data Science Drive the Need for Novel Connectivity

Tomohiro Kudoh, The University of Tokyo, Japan
High Performance Computing in Japan and the Role of Optics in the Future

Part II: Hardware Evolution
Tuesday, 5 March, 16:30-18:30
Hong Liu, Google, USA
The Role of Optics in Evolving Google’s Cloud

Mitchell Fields, Broadcom Inc., USA
Evolution of Data Center Switches and Optical Interconnects

Ken Chang, Xilinx, USA
How FPGAs Evolve to Address Compute Acceleration and Interconnects

Andrew Rickman, Rockley Photonics, USA
High-density Silicon Photonics for In-package Optics

Quantum Technologies and Optical Communications
Wednesday, 6 March, 14:00 - 18:30
Room 6C

Organizers: Eleni Diamanti, CNRS, France; Werner Klaus, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan; Erwan Pincemin, Orange Labs, France

The use of the fundamental properties of quantum physics for applications in communication and information processing is at the very heart of the so-called second quantum revolution, which follows the conceptual advancements due to the quantum mechanical description of matter and light that have shaped up our technological capacities today. The emerging quantum technologies hold the promise to improve tremendously our computing power and the security of our communications, with implications in virtually all financial, industrial and societal sectors.

The goal of this special session will be to explore and highlight the importance of these technologies as well as the impact they may have on optical communications in the future. In the first part of this session, we will discuss the recent developments in quantum computing devices, which enable unprecedented tasks in particular for optimization algorithms, but also open the way to decoding the most advanced cryptographic algorithms used nowadays. This drives the need for the development of techniques that protect communication systems at the physical layer level, including quantum key distribution (QKD). We will also explore quantum communications in the longer term, going towards quantum repeaters links and eventually a quantum internet, which will require the development of adapted and increasingly advanced optical technologies.

In the second part of the session we will then focus more on near-term applications using QKD based on encoding various properties of light. As such, we will discuss different trends to improve network security through implementations of QKD over optical fibers or through free space optics between satellites and ground stations, look at means to decrease the cost of current QKD solutions by making them more compliant with existing optical communication networks, and touch upon potential use cases and applications for service and content providers.

Eleni Diamanti - Introduction

Part 1: Quantum Computing, Quantum Networks, Quantum Communication in General
Wednesday, 6 March, 14:00 - 16:00
Moderator: Werner Klaus, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan

Bo Ewald, D-Wave Systems, USA
An Introduction to Quantum Computing and its Application​

Dirk Englund, MIT, USA
Quantum Memory-integrated Photonic Circuits for Quantum Networks

Mark Thompson, University of Bristol, UK
Large-scale Integrated Quantum Photonic Technologies for Communications and Computation

Yu-Ao Chen, University of Science and Technology of China, China
Global Quantum Communication Network and Future Aspects​

Part 2: Quantum Communication with a Focus on QKD
Wednesday, 6 March, 16:30 - 18:30
Moderator: Erwan Pincemin, Orange Labs, France

Andrew Shields, Toshiba Cambridge Research Lab, UK
Quantum Key Distribution in Telecom Networks​

Christoph Marquardt, Max Planck Institute, Germany
Telecom Compatible Quantum Key Distribution - Learning from Classical Coherent Communication

Gabriel Charlet , Huawei Munich, Germany
Why do I Believe that Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) is Finally about to Reach Telecom Markets and Grow Out of Its Present Exotic Standing?​

Akihisa Tomita, Hokkaido University, Japan
Implementation Security Certification of a Quantum Key Distribution System through Device Characterization


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