400ZR Deployment and What’s Next – an OIF Update

Friday, 11 June 11:30 – 13:00

Session organized by Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF)
 

Session Description:

A panel of industry experts will provide an update to the state of the 400G coherent transmission ecosystem. We will provide an update for 400ZR deployment as well as status of ongoing OIF projects that are intended to accelerate the deployment of optical networking equipment. How has that worked for us? A panel discussion including representatives of the DSP, optics, equipment and end-user communities will ensure this will be a lively discussion.

Moderator: 

Richard Ward, Intel Corp./OIF, USA

Richard is part of the Engineering R&D team in Intel's Silicon Photonics Products Division working on high speed products for optical modules and co-packaged optics. He is an editor in the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) for the 3.2Tb/s Co-Packaged Optical Transceiver for ethernet applications, and the High Bandwidth Coherent Driver Modulator (HB-CDM) for coherent systems to 128Gbd. Previously to Intel he worked as Senior Director of Optical Interconnect at Inphi developing products for coherent systems and prior to that comes from a circuit design background leading various SerDes design developments inside the Texas Instruments ASIC group. He holds 6 patents on high speed SerDes and high performance circuit techniques, his main interests are in electro-optical systems from inside DC to metro and long-haul core networks.

Presenters:

Ian Betty, Ciena/OIF, USA
Presentation Title: Deployment Considerations for Coherent Pluggables

Tom Williams, Acacia (now part of Cisco Systems​), USA
Presentation Title: Market Adoption of 400G Pluggable Coherent

Josef Berger, Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.​, USA
Presentation Title: 400ZR Deployment and Market Adoption

Paul Brooks, Viavi Solutions, USA
Presentation Title: Getting Ready for Mainstream 400G ZR

Biographies:

Josef Berger, Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.​, USA
Presentation Title: 400ZR Deployment and Market Adoption

Abstract: It has been more than a year since the official OIF 400ZR implementation agreement for the 400ZR coherent optical interface was published, yet the excitement is only increasing. 400ZR was said to be the critical enabler for IP over DWDM, supported by a multi-vendor ecosystem that would deliver interoperable modules, line systems, switches and routers. We will address where we are today, the latest deployment roadmaps and what the future holds.

Josef Berger has more than 20 years of experience in high-speed optics. Mr. Berger is the Associate Vice President Marketing, Optical Interconnect at Marvell, focused on next generation data center interconnect solutions. Prior to joining Marvell, he was the Chief Commercial Officer at Optical Zonu, an analog fiberoptic systems company, developing wireless solutions for US carriers and government agencies. Prior to that, Mr. Berger was at Source Photonics serving as its Vice President of Global Sales, Marketing and Business Development. Subsequently he was Director of Product Marketing at Opnext, which later merged with Oclaro. He holds a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Applied Sciences Munich and a M.S. degree in Physics from San Diego State University. Josef is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.


Ian Betty, Ciena/OIF, USA
Presentation Title: Deployment Considerations for Coherent Pluggables

Abstract: The ability to deliver the performance and economic benefits of coherent technology in new, compact pluggable form factors requires not just significant investment and innovation, but a deep understanding of end-to-end network functionality to meet operator requirements.  To date, an industry ecosystem for coherent pluggables is emerging, facilitated by work in global standards bodies, and transition to widescale deployments is the next big hurdle.  In this presentation we explore key 400ZR deployment considerations and associated operational needs for efficient adoption of coherent pluggables.

Ian is a Senior Director in the Coherent Modem Development Team at Ciena, and he has been involved in all of Ciena’s WaveLogic coherent modem product introductions during his 14-year tenure.  He is a Ciena Distinguished Engineer and has been active at the OIF since 2007.  Ian has served on the OIF Board of Directors since 2016 and was appointed President in October 2020.   For 10 years, prior to joining Ciena, Ian guided InP Mach-Zehnder modulator component development at Bookham and Nortel, to commercial success. Ian has a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Waterloo, an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University, more than 25 publications and invited talks, and he holds 17 patents.
 

Paul Brooks, Viavi Solutions, USA
Presentation Title: Getting Ready for Mainstream 400G ZR

Abstract: the ecosystem is quickly moving from alpha samples to solid beta class QSFP-DD and CFP2 400G pluggable coherent optics. The QSFP-DD ZR overs huge broad market appeal and will be deployed in many applications, often co-existing with classic client optics. With the increased complexity, especially around module management coupled with the need to seamlessly interoperate in an open multi-vendor ecosystem places new challenges on teams developing, validating and integrating ZR modules. In this presentation we exam a couple of key areas which need a bit more attention to ensure easy and trouble free deployment.

Paul has worked in the communications test and measurement industry since he joined Wandel & Goltermann in 1995.  After several roles in R&D including leading up the groups for analog and DSP he has been focused on marketing roles for high speed optical transport. With his role in VIAVI he is active at the OIF and IEEE and has been part of efforts to actively support the pluggable digital coherent optics ecosystem.  Originally from Ireland he lives in Southern Germany where he laments the lack of first class rugby.
 

Tom Williams, Acacia (now part of Cisco Systems​), USA
Presentation Title: Market Adoption of 400G Pluggable Coherent

Abstract: When OIF kicked off the 400ZR project, it stimulated investment in a 400G pluggable coherent solutions that address a range of network applications. The talk will provide an update on the adoption of these solutions and their impact on the coherent market going forward.

Since 2015, Tom has been responsible for global marketing activities for Acacia Communications, now a part of Cisco Systems. Prior to Acacia, Tom spent 14 years at Optium and Finisar Corporations, where he held various management roles, including Director of Product Line Management for high speed (>100G) transmission products. Tom has also held positions at Lucent Technologies and Northrop Grumman Corporation. He has an MS in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Widener University.