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Trends in Optical Disaggregation
Date / Time: Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
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Simon Stanley, Analyst at Large, Heavy Reading

Matthew Mitchell, Vice President of Optical Systems Architecture, Infinera Corporation

Madhu Krishnaswamy, Senior Director, Product Line Management, Lumentum

Bandwidth demands continue to grow exponentially and network operators consistently report the need to accelerate innovation cycles and reduce costs across targeted parts of their network infrastructures. One approach is to leverage open white box systems to drive further innovation and cost reductions. Over the past few years, hyperscale data center operators have applied this approach to the switching fabric inside their data centers, enabling the construction of switches with simpler feature sets designed for their data center network performance, scaling, cost, and power requirements. A similar approach is now underway for optical transport; however, as one moves lower down the layers, the functions transition from digital to analog. Converting and managing analog performance, plus virtualization and disaggregation at the optical layer, is complex and necessitates collaboration among all participants.

Join Madhu Krishnaswamy, Senior Director Product Line Management at Lumentum and Matthew Mitchell, Vice President Optical Systems Architecture at Infinera as they discuss these upcoming trends in optical disaggregation, joint open line system interoperability and other industry efforts aimed at ensuring successful implementation of this new paradigm.



 

Simon Stanley, Analyst at Large, Heavy Reading
Simon is founder and principal consultant of Earlswood Marketing, an independent market analysis and consulting company based in the U.K. His work has included investment due diligence, market analysis for investors and business/product strategy for semiconductor companies. Simon has written extensively for Heavy Reading and Light Reading, and he authors the bimonthly Heavy Reading Components Insiderresearch newsletter, covering the latest developments in telecom silicon and subsystems. His reports and Webinars cover a variety of communications-related subjects, including LTE, policy management, SDN/NFV, IMS, ATCA, 100/400G optical components, multicore processors, switch chipsets, network processors and optical transport. He has also run several Light Reading events, including Next-Generation Network Components and ATCA. Simon holds a bachelor's degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Brunel University, London.

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Matthew Mitchell, Vice President of Optical Systems Architecture, Infinera Corporation
Matthew Mitchell currently serves as Vice President of Optical Systems Architecture at Infinera Corporation. He received his M.S and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1995 and 1998 respectively. Upon finishing his Ph.D. he became a member of technical staff within the Advanced Development Department at Lucent Bell Laboratories working on high channel count DWDM transmission. In 2000, he became a member of technical staff at Corvis Communications serving as a technical lead in developing a next generation 10Gb/s DWDM long haul transport product. He has been with Infinera since 2001 and has contributed to numerous efforts including optical architecture, hardware research and development, and the creation of optical system planning tools. Dr. Mitchell is a member of the Optical Society of America, has co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications and holds 26 patents in the area of optical transmission and nonlinear Matthew Mitchell currently serves as Vice President of Optical Systems Architecture at Infinera Corporation. He received his M.S and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1995 and 1998 respectively. Upon finishing his Ph.D. he became a member of technical staff within the Advanced Development Department at Lucent Bell Laboratories working on high channel count DWDM transmission. In 2000, he became a member of technical staff at Corvis Communications serving as a technical lead in developing a next generation 10Gb/s DWDM long haul transport product.

He has been with Infinera since 2001 and has contributed to numerous efforts including optical architecture, hardware research and development, and the creation of optical system planning tools.

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Madhu Krishnaswamy, Senior Director, Product Line Management, Lumentum
Madhu is responsible for product and business management of Lumentum optical subsystems, including ROADM-on-a-Blade, Optical Amplification and SDN Elements product lines. Madhu has 18 years of experience within optical networking, in R&D, product management, and entrepreneurial capacities at JDSU, Ceyba and Nortel. Madhu has a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering (Integrated Optics) from the University of Alberta.

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