Optical Interconnects Conference 2016

9 - 11 May 2016

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Final Program is NOW Posted

Program-at-a-Glance is NOW Posted

Panel Session (Monday, 9 May): How Will Digital Signal Processing and Error Correction Coding Impact the Future of Short-Reach Optical Interconnects?

Silicon Integration Initiative presents, “Challenges and Collaborative Solutions in Integrated Photonics Design”

Welcome to San Diego, California!

Welcome to the Optical Interconnects Conference 2016

9 - 11 May 2016

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina
San Diego, California USA

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina


Welcome to the Optical Interconnects Conference 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, San Diego, California!

The fifth IEEE Photonics Society Optical Interconnects Conference, whose roots trace back to the original 1990 Workshop on Interconnections within High Speed Digital Systems, seeks to facilitate the collaboration required to drive new interconnect architectures and technologies from concepts in research labs to commercial realities. The conference covers the complete spectrum of high performance interconnect challenges in network systems, architectures, applications, subsystems, and devices. The crucial role that any interconnect strategy plays can only be fully realized when optimized at the system level. This is particularly so in large future peta- and exa-scale platforms in datacenters and supercomputers. So we look forward to the participation of system architects, programmers and everyone researching the interconnect role in a more self-aware next generation platform. With the launch of the US Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation, we are particularly interested in exploring how new developments in integrated photonics will impact optical interconnects and next generation systems.

The conference provides a mix of high caliber invited talks in addition to refereed oral and poster papers, each providing a unique opportunity to learn and exchange ideas with the authors. In addition, the conference will once again include a stimulating evening panel discussion on “Are Increasing Amounts of DSP & FEC Inevitable or Insurmountable?” Recognized experts in industry and academia will bring different views to create thought provoking exchanges, and all attendees will have a chance to ask questions and participate in the exciting technical discussion. This year the panel will be held on Monday evening, May 9. We urge you all to attend the panel and learn what the panelists and other attendees envision for the future of optical interconnects. Also, following the conference there will be an open call for papers presented at OIC 2016 for inclusion in a special issue of the IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology.

We extend our personal thanks to each of the Program Chairs and the Program Committee Members who have volunteered and invested their time realizing this conference. We also thank our invited speakers for sharing their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for new and emerging interconnect technologies and architectures. We believe that the combined efforts of the organizers and speakers will continue the great tradition for which this conference series has achieved its esteemed reputation. Finally, we want to express our sincere appreciation to the Photonics Society staff for their professional organization and arrangements for this conference.

We look forward to seeing all of you at this year’s Optical Interconnects Conference!

Lukas Chrostowski and Samuel Palermo

Optical Interconnects Conference 2016 General Co-Chairs


General Co-Chair

Lukas Chrostowski

University of British Columbia, Canada
General Co-Chair

Samuel Palermo

Texas A & M, USA
Program Co-Chair

Dominic Goodwill

Huawei Technologies, Canada
Program Co-Chair

Rena Huang

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Program Co-Chair

Benjamin G. Lee

IBM Research, USA

Program Committee

Neal Bambha

US Army Research, USA

Shekhar Borkar

Intel Corporation, USA

John Cunningham

Oracle, USA

Azita Emami

California Institute of Technology, USA

Marco Fiorentino

HP Labs, USA

Ali Ghiasi

Ghiasi Quantum LLC, USA

Keith Goossen

University of Delaware, USA

Rich Grzybowski


Tian Gu

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Qinfen Hao

Huawei, China

Werner Hofmann

Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Satoshi Ide

Fujitsu Laboratories, Japan

Wei Jiang

Rutgers University, USA

Anthony Lentine

Sandia National Laboratories, USA

Yunchu Li


Odile Liboiron-Ladouceur

McGill University, Canada

Frederick (Rick) McCormick

Sandia National Laboratories, USA

Mike Peng Li

Altera, USA

David V. Plant

McGill University, Canada

Joyce Poon

University of Toronto, Canada

Saman Saeedi

Caltech, USA

Sudip Shekhar

University of British Columbia, Canada

Silvia Spiga

Walter Schottky Institut - Technische Universität München, Germany

Vladimir Stojanovic

University of California, Berkeley, USA

Harris Turk

US Department of Defense, USA

Ryohei Urata

Google, USA

Peter Van Daele

IMEC Ghent University, Belgium

S.J. Ben Yoo

University of California-Davis, USA

Xuezhe Zheng

Oracle, USA

Plenary Speakers

Ichiro Fujimori

Broadcom Corporation, USA

Niche to Mainstream: Wireline Transceivers Enabling “Optical Ethernet” in Mega Data Centers

Michael Liehr

SUNY Polytechnic Institute, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, State University of New York, USA

AIM Photonics – What Merging Photonics with Nano-Electronics Will Do

Katharine Schmidke

Facebook, USA

Optical Interconnects in Facebook Data Centers

Invited Speakers

Yuliya Akulova

Lumentum, USA

InP Photonic Integrated Circuits for Datacenter Optical Interconnects

Antonella Bogoni

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna-CNIT, Italy

Revolutionizing Optical Fiber Transmission and Networking using the Orbital Angular Momentum of Light

John Bowers

University of California-Santa Barbara, USA

Heterogeneous Integrated Circuits for On-Chip Interconnection

Charles Caer

IBM Research, Zurich Labs, Switzerland

Silicon Photonics Electro-Optical Assembly for Leveraging Optical Interconnects in Datacenters

Tony Chan Carusone

University of Toronto, Canada

Ultra-Short-Reach Interconnects for Package-Level Integration

Po Dong

Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, USA

Reconfigurable Photonic Networks-on-Chip for Chip-Scale Interconnects

Christian Koos

Karlsruhe Institute Technology, Germany

Silicon-Organic Hybrid (SOH) Integration and Photonic Multi-Chip Systems: Technologies for High-Speed Optical Interconnects

Ashok Krishnamoorthy

Oracle, USA

From Chip to Cloud: Optical Interconnects in Engineered Systems for the Enterprise

Pavan Kumar Hanumolu

University of Illinois, USA

Energy Efficient Electrical Interconnects: Architectures, Performance Limits, and Opportunities

Dan Kuchta

IBM Research, TJ Watson, USA

Directly NRZ modulated VCSELs at ≥ 50Gb/s for Short Reach Data Communications

Ilya Lyubomirsky

Facebook, USA

Advanced Modulation Techniques for Datacenter Optical Interconnects

Richard Penty

Cambridge University, UK

Energy Efficient Integrated Photonic Switches

Arun Rodrigues

Sandia National Laboratories, USA

Optical Networks for High-Performance Computing: Promises and Perils

Ryohei Urata

Google, USA

Datacenter Intwerconnects and Networking: Present State to Future Challenges


Final Program is NOW Posted

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Program-at-a-Glance is NOW Posted

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Panel Session (Monday, 9 May): How Will Digital Signal Processing and Error Correction Coding Impact the Future of Short-Reach Optical Interconnects?

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Silicon Integration Initiative presents, “Challenges and Collaborative Solutions in Integrated Photonics Design”

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Conference Planner

Megan Figueroa

Conference Planner

Phone + 732 562 3895


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