Workshop on 100G Signaling: Enabling Next Generation Interconnects

Tuesday, 5 June |   3:45pm-6:00pm   |   Mesa Ballroom

Bandwidth demand is an important technology driver in datacenter, HPC and transport applications and will continue to drive innovation and challenge our capacity to meet the demand. Not so long ago, 56G-based circuits (including 50G-PAM4 and the like) was a major leap and a clear response but aggressive growth of bandwidth consumption already pushes the envelope toward 112G.  Many pitfalls and debates awaits the industry to enable 112G-based solutions if we look at history and discussions around modulation formats and pluggable MSA form factor (QSFP-DD vs OSFP or even QSFP112) to get 400G and 1Tb+ capacities will happen. Many other fundamental questions, having a direct impact on systems architecture, like the (upcoming soon?) paradigm shift from pluggable toward Board Mounted through COBO. Many questions are in the picture since the quest for 112G also implies a quest for power and bandwidth density as well as better cost structure. What can we do to make 112G to make a potentially double leap in both bandwidth provisioning and design? The workshop aims at giving a very complete picture of the challenges, options and technologies for the roadmap toward 112G through the eyes of recognized experts and influencers in the field.


Andreas Bechtolsheim, Arista, USA
Brad Booth, Microsoft, USA
Chris Cole, Finisar, USA
Mark Nowell, Cisco, USA
Tom Palkert, Molex, USA
Nathan Tracy, TE Connectivity, USA
Jeff Twombly, Credo, USA