Show Overview

The Infrastructure Conference
Track i1: Designing an Optical Network

Track Leader:
Dave Beering, Principal
Infinite Global Infrastructures, LLC

Optical networks are evolving rapidly. Faster native transports, combined with Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing, are making more and more bandwidth available to network service providers and users alike. This track will examine the current state of Optical Network evolution, and how the optical revolution will change the way we provision services. Specific attention will be given to the components that comprise a state-of-the-art optical infrastructure, including advanced fiber optic cables, optical amplifiers, and multiplexors/switches. Special emphasis will be given to the future of optical networking, building toward the goal of all-optical networks.

Who should attend:
Service provider network engineers and planners, large enterprise end-users responsible for design and engineering of large campus networks, and equipment providers interested in an end-to-end perspective on optical networks.

Wednesday, June 28, 2000

8:00 – 9:15 AM
Supporting IP Part I

The literal explosion of the Internet has provided the energy, enthusiasm, and investment capital to fuel tremendous innovations. The need for high-speed core networks to accommodate the aggregation of millions of concurrent users is rapidly ratcheting up the speed of the core network. The need for global portability and access is causing the move of most applications to run over IP.

  • What are the options for running IP over optical networks?
  • What effect will these innovations have on the services provided to end-users and enterprises?
  • How are the standards keeping up with the rate of innovation and evolution in the IP/Optical network -- or are they?
  • How do we provide Quality of Service (QoS) to IP-based applications running over optical networks?


Bijan Khosravi
Co-founder & Vice President, Marketing
Siara Systems

James Frodsham
Qtera Corporation

Olov Schagerlund
President & Co-Founder
Dynarc, Inc.

9:30 - 10:45 AM
Supporting IP Part II


Rob Newman
CEO & Co-Founder
Atmosphere Networks

Bert Lindgren
Chief Technology Officer
Net-HOPPER Systems, Inc.

David Kaufman
Director of Product Management
Brix Networks

1:45 – 3:00 PM
Core Optical Network Technologies

With bandwidth multiplying rapidly at the core of the network, new mechanisms to intelligently allocate and manage it are evolving, as well.

  • What mechanisms are being implemented to more effectively manage optical network capacity?
  • Will these architectures interoperate with the installed base of optical networking equipment?
  • How fast can routers scale to compete with optical switches?
  • Will new network topologies emerge from the bandwidth blowout?


Rick Thompson
Product Manager, Optical Transport and Switching
Sycamore Networks, Inc.

Marianne Wu
Director of Business Development
Optical Networks

Ted Rado
Director of Marketing
Alidian Networks, Inc.

Sean Welch
Vice President - Market Strategy
Tenor Networks

3:15 – 4:30 PM
Looking Ahead in Optical Networking

With gigabits and terabits on tap today, what do we have to look forward to in the near future? How far will the optical revolution go and what will it mean to the services and applications that use the network?


David Huber
President & CEO
Corvis Corporation

Jonathan Reeves
President & CEO
Sirocco Systems

Vab Goel
Vice President, Emerging Technologies
Qwest Communications

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