"Opportunities and Challenges for Photonics in Next-Generation Data Centers"

Clint Schow, Professor, ECE, UCSB

September 9th (Wednesday), 12:00pm
Elks Club in Goleta — 150 N. Kellogg Ave.

Data centers are driving the development of next-generation photonic technologies with the promise of higher performance at lower cost. Worldwide research encompasses multi and single-mode links, all-photonic switching and routing technologies, and hybrid networks combining electrical and optical switching.

This talk will provide background on the current role of optical interconnects in data centers and will highlight opportunities for photonics to dramatically improve the connectivity and performance of future installations. Integration of large-scale photonics with electronics in next generation multi-chip modules will be required, which raises a host of challenges and risks that provide fertile ground for research and innovation.

About Clint Schow:

photo of clint schow Clint Schow joined the ECE department as a Professor in the summer of 2015. He earned undergrad and graduate degrees at the University of Texas at Austin, finishing with a PhD in 1999. After positions at IBM in Rochester, MN and Agility Communications in Santa Barbara, he spent more than a decade at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. As a Research Staff Member and Manager, he led demonstrations of the first parallel optical transceivers capable of terabit/s data rates, set multiple records for the fastest and most efficient photonic links, and developed Si photonics technologies and components for transceivers and switches. Dr. Schow 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.

Hosted by: Science and Engineering Council of Santa Barbara
Location: Elks Club in Goleta — 150 N. Kellogg Ave.