"Photonic Technologies to Impact Future Systems: Efficiently Delivering and Routing Massive Bandwidth"

Dr. Clint L. Schow, Manager, Optical Link and System Design, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

December 18th (Thursday), 11:00am
Engineering Science Building (ESB), Room 1001

The big opportunity for photonics is now Computercom: developing the interconnection networks that will underpin the next generations of high performance computers and data centers. Today, there are single machines with > 500,000 optical links. To enable tomorrow’s systems that will demand millions of links, interconnect technologies must be developed that simultaneously offer low cost, low-power consumption, and high bandwidth density. My talk will describe aggressive projects targeted at meeting this challenge, including the development of Tb/s parallel optical transceivers, VCSEL links that push the limits of speed and power efficiency, and highly-integrated Si photonic transceivers and switches. Beyond the development of enabling hardware, there are significant opportunities to exploit unique features of photonic technologies to gain application-level advantages for systems. In doing so, we hope to open new opportunities for the proliferation of optics beyond the traditional and ongoing replacement of copper.

About Dr. Clint L. Schow:

photo of clint schow Clint L. Schow received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1999, Dr. Schow joined IBM in Rochester, MN, assuming responsibility for the receivers used in IBM’s optical transceiver business. From 2001 to 2004, he was with Agility Communications in Santa Barbara, CA, developing high-speed optoelectronic modulators and tunable laser sources. In 2004, Dr. Schow joined the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, as a Research Staff Member.

Dr. Schow currently manages the Optical Link and System Design group responsible for optics in future generations of high performance computers and data centers. He has led numerous cross-department, multi-site joint R&D projects involving extensive internal, external, and international collaborations. As PI for multiple DARPA-sponsored programs, Dr. Schow has directed investigations into chip-to-chip optical links, nanophotonic switches, and new system architectures based on low-latency photonic switching fabrics. For many years he has been heavily engaged with the Optical Fiber Communications Conference (OFC), currently serving on the Steering Committee and as a General Chair in 2015. He is a Senior Member of the OSA and the IEEE, has published more than 150 journal and conference articles, and has more than twenty issued patents.

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