Photonic Technologies for Next-Generation Optical Transport Networks

Presenter: Caroline P. Lai, Postdoctoral Researcher,Tyndall National Institute, Ireland

We are witnessing an explosive growth in Internet traffic demand caused by broadband applications such as high-definition video streaming. Current network technologies cannot scale to meet these user-driven bandwidth demands with sustainable energy and cost. This is driving the need to redesign the optical transport network that forms the basis of the future Internet. Novel, energy-efficient optical network designs and photonic components will be imperative to support the rising bandwidth demands with low cost and reduced power consumption. In this talk, I will present two complementary designs that can effectively address these challenges. The first approach features a cross-layer optimized network, which uses optical switching and performance monitoring to create impairment-aware networks. The cross-layer framework allows optical packet transmission to be based on the physical-layer performance and higher-layer, quality-of-service parameters. Experimental demonstrations of the cross-layer platform show that packet protection switching techniques can be realized. The second approach uses reflective network architectures, which leverage multi-channel arrayed photonic integrated circuits with custom electronic circuitry. Caroline Lai received her B.A.Sc. degree (with honors) from the University of Toronto, Canada in 2006, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University, NY, in 2008 and 2011, respectively, all in electrical engineering.

Date: Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Where: Gross Hall 330
Contact: Currin, Ellen
Phone: 660-5252