OIF Announces Industry Workshops to Focus on 400G and Transport SDN

  OIF Announces Industry Workshops to Focus on 400G and Transport SDN

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FREMONT, Calif. -- December 19, 2013

Some of the world’s leading experts on optical networking will gather in San
Jose, California in February when the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF)
presents two workshops on 400G electrical links and Transport SDN. Scheduled
for February 10, 2014 at the Sainte Claire Hotel, the workshops will precede
the OIF’s quarterly technical meeting. Open to the public and OIF members, the
workshops are intended to discuss technical challenges and potential solution
paths. The 400G workshop runs from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm while the Transport SDN
workshop takes place from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

“The OIF is excited to bring together this wide range of industry experts to
discuss the hot topics of 400G electrical links and Transport SDN,” said Dave
Brown of Alcatel-Lucent and the OIF’s vice president of marketing. “By opening
these workshops to the public we are hoping to help pave and accelerate the
path toward market adoption for these important technologies, much as we did
for 100G and multilayer control plane.”

OIF Challenges for Next Generation 400G Electrical Links

This OIF workshop will focus on the challenges of next generation electrical
link technology to support 400G standards in anticipation that 400 Gb/s
interfaces will require denser electrical links than current 28 Gb/s serial
link technology. Speakers will present on the chip-to-module and intra-rack /
backplane applications that are outlined in the OIF’s “Next Generation
Interconnect Framework” project. The project provides an overall picture of
the application spaces and identifies technological challenges for next
generation interconnects throughout a system.

Session 1: CEI History and Progress - 9:00 – 10:00 am
• Speakers:
 David Stauffer, OIF Physical and Link Layer Working Group chair, Kandou
  Tom Palkert, OIF Physical and Link Layer Working Group vice chair –
  Electrical, Molex
Session 2: CEI-56G-VSR Chip-to-Module Interface Requirements – 10:15 am –
12:00 pm
• Speakers:
  Scott Kipp, Brocade
  Gary Nicholl, Cisco
  Chris Cole, Finisar
Session 3: CEI-56G-VSR Chip-to-Module Technologies – 1:30 – 3:00 pm
• Speakers:
  Mike Li, Altera
  Adam Healey, LSI
  Ed Frlan, Semtech
Session 4: 56G Backplane Requirements and Challenges – 3:30 – 6:00 pm
• Speakers:
  Joel Goergen, Cisco
  Brian Holden, Kandou
  Mike Tryson, TE Connectivity

Transport SDN - Cutting Through the Hype

As SDN moves along the curve from curiosity to hype to reality, carriers and
their vendors need to cut through the hype and identify what is needed to make
Transport SDN a desirable and deployable technology. The workshop will present
views across the industry of what the enabling technologies and standards will
be, including practical use cases and applications for Transport SDN. Carriers
and vendors will present their views on Transport SDN and participate in panel
discussions with other industry experts.

1:00 pm  - Welcome Hans-Martin Foisel, OIF Carrier WG Chair/Deutsche Telekom
          - Introduction Vishnu Shukla, OIF President/Verizon

Session 1: Specification and Standardization Efforts – 1:30 – 3:00 pm
• ONF and Optical Transport - Lyndon Ong, Ciena
• NFV and Infrastructure Architecture - Evelyne Roch, Huawei
• OIF and Transport SDN – Jonathan Sadler, Tellabs

Session 2: SDN / NFV Implementations – Demonstrators, Field Trials,
• Carrier Panel – 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Moderator: Dave Brown, Alcatel-Lucent
                       Julio C R F de Oliveira, CPqD
                        Tad Hofmeister, Google
                        Dr. Xiaoyuan Cao, KDDI
                        Vishnu Shukla, Verizon
• Vendor Panel – 4:45 – 5:45 pm
Moderator: Hans-Martin Foisel, Deutsche Telekom
                        Lubo Tancevski, Alcatel-Lucent
                        Stephen Shew, Ciena
                        Loukas Paraschis, Cisco
                        Fred Gruman, Fujitsu
                        Maarten Vissers, Huawei
                        Geoffrey Mattson, Juniper Networks
                        Chris Liljenstolpe, MetaSwitch
5:45 pm - OIF: Wrap-up - Hans-Martin Foisel

There will be a joint reception immediately following both workshops.

For more information or to register go to



About the OIF

Launched in 1998, the OIF is the first industry group to unite representatives
from data and optical networking disciplines, including many of the world's
leading carriers, component manufacturers and system vendors. The OIF promotes
the development and deployment of interoperable networking solutions and
services through the creation of Implementation Agreements (IAs) for optical,
interconnect, network processing, component and networking systems
technologies. The OIF actively supports and extends the work of standards
bodies and industry forums with the goal of promoting worldwide compatibility
of optical internetworking products. Information on the OIF can be found at


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