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Online Course

11 March 2021 - 9:00 am to 4:30 pm EST

Registration closes on 9 March 2021 at 5:00pm EST

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Online via WebEx


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Course Description

This course will discuss and provide details on the photonic technologies used to connect datacenters.  Data center optical interconnects are extremely interesting since they blur the line between traditional datacom and telecom links.  The reach requirements, from meters to up to around two kilometers for intra data center connections, require new approaches to meet aggressive cost, power, and density requirements.  Furthermore, the use of optics in datacenters is rapidly evolving due to both advances in technologies as well as system architectures that drive the adoption of new solutions. The advantages and limitations of technologies, including VCSELs, Si Photonics, and InP platforms will be discussed to provide insight into how systems are wired today and how the future may evolve. 

Leading edge research efforts aimed at enabling greater proliferation of photonics, including both interconnects and optical switching fabrics will be examined.  A focus will be placed on opportunities for new technologies and architectures to radically change the trajectory of system design and implementation.

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Who Should Attend

This Advanced Beginner course is intended for anyone interested in learning about the underlying technology platforms that underpin the optical networks in data centers.   In particular, network engineers involved in designing next-generation systems, researchers working on photonic interconnects and switching, and managers making product decisions will gain insight into the main strengths, limitations, and future prospects of photonic platforms.


Clint L. Schow

Clint L. Schow


University of California

Learning Objectives

This course will enable you to:

  • Compare the different optical technologies used in data centers today and identify their strengths and limitations.
  • Define the requirements for photonic links at different levels of network hierarchy in terms of reach, power, cost, and density.
  • Describe the factors that have driven the current implementation of systems and future trends that will drive technologies.
  • Discuss research efforts in the worldwide community aimed at increasing the role of photonics in data centers.
  • Explain current networking topologies and identify the technology capabilities that drove their adoption.

Course Content

  • Introduction: Interconnecting Large-Scale Systems (30 min)
  • Overview of High-Speed Data Links (45 min)
  • Ethernet Roadmap and Standards (30 min)
  • Photonic Devices (75 min)
  • Technology Examples in the Marketplace (75 min)

Course Materials

Each registered participant receives a copy of instructor slides and access to the recording of the course for 20 business days after the live lecture. Earn 0.6 IEEE Continuing Education Units for participating.

Upon registration, you will automatically be emailed the WebEx invitation for the course session, but you will also be sent a reminder message to join the WebEx session prior to the start of the course. Course materials will be emailed to you and will be available for download from the WebEx session page for this course, the day prior to the scheduled course date.

Course Cancellation and Refund Policy: Requests for online course cancellations must be received 3 business days prior to the course date for a full refund. Once course materials have been shared with a participant, a cancellation request cannot be accommodated.

Contact Us

For general inquiries and technical support, contact Tara McNally, Certification and Professional Education Manager.

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