OIDA Software Defined Photonic and Data Center Networks Workshop

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Software defined networking (SDN) promises to be a key enabler for a new generation of networks by providing flexibility and control for emerging network applications. Meanwhile, as the capacities increase and bandwidth management becomes an issue of wavelength or fiber management, photonic devices become important tools for network control. A key question today is what role photonic devices can play in these SDN systems. The switch configuration and management capabilities of SDN have already been extended to many photonic switching elements such as MEMS based 3D cross-connects, and elastic transceivers and flexible grid WDM devices are candidates for SDN control.  
This raises many questions, however.  Optical devices are highly specialized in their operation, performance, and control—to what extent is SDN control desirable or even practical?  Demand for greater flexibility and control in optical systems may drive new markets and products for photonic devices—what are the possibilities?  What role can emerging standards for photonic integrated circuits play in bringing SDN to photonics?  What features of photonic devices should be made visible to SDN control and what standardization might be required?
Key questions to be addressed:

  • Can standard interfaces be described for photonic devices?
  • Should SDN control reach down to the photonics?
  • What PIC functions should be standardized to enable SDN?
  • What emerging standards in photonics can enable SDN?
Registration includes includes access to the workshop, continental breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, reception and onsite materials.

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Tentative Agenda

Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:30 - 9:30
Welcome Remarks
Claudio Mazzali, OIDA Chair
Nasser Peyghambarian, CIAN Director
Dominique Dagenais, NSF
Tom Hausken, OIDA
Dan Kilper, CIAN
9:30 - 9:50

Panel 1: SDN and Photonics

Session Chair: Dan Kilper (CIAN)
Introduction to Panel 1 9:50 - 9:55
Ioannis Tomkos
Athens Information Technology Center
9:55 - 10:15
Achim Autenrieth
10:15 - 10:35
John Dunne
Intune Networks
10:35 - 10:55
Brandon Collings
10:55 - 11:15
Panel Discussion 11:15 - 11:45
Lunch and Poster Session 11:45 - 1:30

Panel 2: Market, Standards and Research Drivers for Software Defined Photonic Networking

Session Chair: Tom Hausken (OIDA)           
Introduction to Panel 2 1:30 - 1:35
Jun-ichi Kani
NTT Corporation
1:35 - 1:55
Lyndon Ong
1:55 - 2:15
Daniel Mahgerefteh
2:15 - 2:35
Tony Lentine
Sandia National Labs
2:35 - 2:55
Panel Discussion 2:55 - 3:30
Coffee Break 3:30 - 4:00

Panel 3: Photonics and SDN in the Data Center

Session Chair: Dan Kilper (CIAN)
Introduction to Panel 3 4:00 - 4:05
Yuval Bachar
4:05 - 4:25
Atiq Raza
4:25 - 4:45
Mike Schlansker
4:45 - 5:05
Keren Bergman
Columbia University
5:05 - 5:25
Panel Discussion 5:25 - 5:55
Closing Remarks 5:55 - 6:00
Reception 6:00 - 7:00

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