ESnet Chief Technologist Inder Monga is co-author of “Optical Networks Come of Age,” was has just been published in the September 2014 issue of Optics and Photonics News.
Although fiber optic transmission capacity has grown by seven orders of magnitude in just 20 years, these systems serve mainly as the “fat pipes,” the large-scale plumbing of the Internet, according to the article. But that is changing.
“Greater use of optical networks—particularly in network edge applications that carry less aggregated, more “bursty,” service traffic—and continued traffic growth will soon revise this picture,” the authors write. “A changing landscape in fiber optic communication technologies is stimulating a resurgence of interest in optical switching. These trends are coming together in ways that hold promise for the long-anticipated widespread deployment of optically switched fiber networks that respond in real time to changing traffic and operator requirements.
“The ultimate mission is to enable the next-generation Internet—one that can support terabit-per-second speeds, but that remains economical and energy efficient,” the authors write.
In addition to Monga, the authors are Daniel Kilper, University of Arizona; Keren Bergman, Columbia University; Vincent W.S. Chan, MIT; George Porter, University of California, San Diego; and Kristin Rauschenbach, Notchway Solutions LLC.
Registration is now open for the 2014 Technology Exchange, a leading technical event in the global research and education networking community. The annual meeting is co-organized by ESnet, the Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network, and Internet2. The conference will be held Oct. 27-30 in Indianapolis.
The annual meeting brings together a wide range of technical experts to address the challenges facing the research and education networking community as it supports data-intensive research. The conference will be hosted this year by Indiana University.
According to the conference website, the technical challenges facing organizations today are not confined to the network alone and require the convergence of networking, computing, storage and other, emerging technologies. The Technology Exchange brings together the community’s technology visionaries, including the most inventive chief technologists, scientists, engineers, architects, operators and students in the world, to address these demands.
Henrique Rodrigues, a Ph.D. student in computer science at the University of California, San Diego, who is working with ESnet, won the best student paper award at the Hot Interconnects conference held Aug. 26-28 in Mountain View, Calif. Known formally as the 2014 IEEE 22nd Annual Symposium on High-Performance Interconnects, Hot Interconnects is the premier international forum for researchers and developers of state-of-the-art hardware and software architectures and implementations for interconnection networks of all scales.
“Special thanks to ESnet that gave me the opportunity to work on such an important and interesting topic,” Rodrigues wrote to his ESnet colleagues. “Also to the reviewers of my endless drafts, making themselves available to provide feedback at all times. I hope to continue with the good collaboration moving forward!”