From subsea fiber cables to short-reach switch interconnects, opto-electronics is a key technology for hyperscale data center networks. As performance requirements increase, photonics moves deeper into the network replacing copper for shorter distances. The next move for photonics is to distances of less than 3m for in-rack applications. This talk will describe how the scale of data-bandwidth growth has challenged what is possible with traditional networks and where the next opportunities for innovation lie.
Dr. Katharine Schmidtke is responsible for Optical Technology strategy at Facebook. She obtained a Ph.D. in non-linear optics from Southampton University in the UK and completed post-doctoral research at Stanford University. She has over 20 years' experience in the Opto-Electronics industry including positions at New Focus, JDSU (now Lumentum), and Finisar Corporation (now II-VI).