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7th International Symposium for Optical Interconnect in Data Centres will take place at ECOC2019, Dublin

The focus of this symposium is the evolution of high-performance, low-energy and low-cost optical and photonic interconnect technologies for data communications.
Motivated by recent breakthroughs and emerging technologies in short reach optical interconnect and the evolution of data centre architectures, the symposium aims to highlight the latest achievements on optical system solutions and architectures, placing photonics among the key enabling technologies of datacom and computercom evolution.

Industrial Technologies
24 September 2019 - 24 September 2019
Dublin, Ireland

Tuesday 24 September 2019
Hall 6, ECOC2019, RDS, Dublin, Ireland

This is the seventh in a successful series of European symposia held over the past few years, which focusses on technologies for high-performance, low-energy and low-cost optical interconnects spanning the different hierarchy levels of modern and future data centre environments. More information about the Symposium can be found in https://www.ecoc2019.org/special-events.html
We have already secured a brilliant line-up of speakers from industry and the EU-funded research area.

The symposium is supported through the H2020-Projects on Optical Interconnects: H2020-L3MATRIX - https://l3matrix.eu H2020-ICT-STREAMS - http://www.ict-streams.eu H2020-COSMICC - http://www.h2020-cosmicc.com H2020-MASSTART - https://www.masstart.eu
L3MATRIX, ICT-STREAMS, COSMICC and MASSTART projects are co-funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union within the initiative of the Photonics Public Private Partnership.

The 7th International Symposium for Optical Interconnect in Data Centres intends to draw out and discuss the key technology enablers and inhibitors to widespread commercial proliferation of photonic interconnect in mega data centre environments and throughout the wider Internet of Things (IoT) all the way to the "Edge", and how the optical interconnect community can collectively help to address these.

This technology evolution is already strongly reflected in the research, development and strategic activities of mainstream organisations in the data centre and broader IoT space and the emergence of a new technology eco-system.

The topics addressed will include passive and active embedded optical and photonic interconnect technologies for data centre and IoT including photonic integrated circuits (III-Vs, silicon, polymer, photonic crystals, plasmonics), optical circuit boards, optical transceivers and switches, sensors and the advanced data centre architectures, which these technologies enable.

The projected increase in capacity, processing power and bandwidth density in data centre environments must be addressed by the migration of high density optical interconnect into the data communication enclosures. The conversion point between electrical to optical interconnects will move ever closer to the on-board processing complexes, whether these be CPUs, data storage controllers, FPGAs, routers or switches. This migration is already strongly reflected in the research, development and strategic activities of mainstream organisations in the data centre and broader ICT space and the emergence of a new technology eco-system.

Invited speakers are:

Session 1: Optical interconnects for data centres
Terry Morris, HPE Labs
Hitesh Ballani, Microsoft
Francesco Testa, Ericsson
Loukas Paraschis, Infinera
Elad Mentovich, Mellanox
Laurent Schares, IBM

Session 2: Bring quantum communications into data centres
Mark Stevenson, Toshiba
Ségolène Olivier, CEA-LETI
Andrew Lord, British Telecom
George Kanellos, University of Bristol
Bernhard Schrenk, Austrian Institute of Technology

Session 3: Photonic technologies for data centre interconnects
Kazuhiko Kurata, AIOCore
Takaaki Ishigure, Keio University
Mark Wade, Ayar Labs
Annika Dochhan, ADVA
Kobi Hasharoni, DustPhotonics
Bernard Lee, Senko
Katarzyna Ławnicz, Bright Photonics

Session 4: Next generation computing
Nicola Calabretta, Eindhoven University of Technology
Ibrahim Salah, NTT
Keren Bergman, Columbia University
Theoni Alexoudi, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Bogdan Sirbu, Fraunhofer IZM
Daniel Schall, AMO

Organizers:
Tolga Tekin (Fraunhofer IZM, Germany)
Nikos Pleros (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
Richard Pitwon (Resolute Photonics, United Kingdom)
Dimitris Apostolopoulos (Institute of Communications and Computer Systems / National Technical University of Athens, Greece)
Paraskevas Bakopoulos (Mellanox Technologies Ltd., Israel)