TEF 2021: The Road Ahead

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January 25-29, 2021

TEF 2021: The Road Ahead took place during the week of January 25 with a series of webinars happening daily at 1 pm PT. Throughout the week presenters and panelists explored the next generation of Ethernet rates, from market drivers to networking innovations. Drawing key stakeholders from across diverse markets and sectors, the agenda included presentations and panel discussions focused on Ethernet developments throughout the next 10 years. To access the recordings and presentations from the event, please click here.




Monday January 25th

Welcome remarks  – Peter Jones, Ethernet Alliance Chairman and Cisco Systems

Keynote Presentation – John D’Ambrosia, Chair of the IEEE 802.3 Study Group on “Beyond 400G”

Keynote presentation – Rakesh Chopra, Cisco Systems – “Looking Beyond 400G – A System Vendor Perspective”

Panel discussion – Market Need – The Next Rate

Moderator – Peter Jones, Ethernet Alliance Chairman and Cisco Systems

Panelists –

Sameh Boujelbene, Dell’Oro – “Market Drivers for Next Generation Ethernet Speed”

David Ofelt, Juniper Networks – “What comes after 400GbE”

Vlad Kozlov, LightCounting – “Diverging Needs of Enterprise and Cloud Customers”


Tuesday, January 26th

Panel discussion – New Applications Driving Higher Bandwidths

Moderator – Nathan Tracy, Ethernet Alliance Board Member and TE Connectivity 

Panelists –

Brad Booth, Microsoft,- “Paradigm Shift in Network Topologies”

Tad Hofmeister, Google – “OIF Considerations for Beyond 400ZR”

Rob Stone, Facebook – “Co-Package Optics for Datacenters”



Wednesday, January 27th

Panel discussion – Beyond 100G Electrical

Moderator – Chris Lyon, Ethernet Alliance President and Amphenol 

Panelists –

Cathy Liu, Broadcom – “Electrical Interfaces beyond 100G”

Nathan Tracy, Ethernet Alliance Board Member and TE Connectivity – “Electrical Future Work”

Ramin Farjad, Marvell – “224G Dual Duplex Signaling over Single Lane Copper Links”

Dave Stauffer, OIF Representative – “OIF Common Electrical I/O 224G Project Overview”



Thursday, January 28th

Panel discussion –  Next Generation Optical Interfaces

Moderator – Mark Nowell, Cisco Systems and Ethernet Alliance Advisory Board Chair 

Panelists –

Scott Schube, Intel – “Scaling Bandwidth with Optical Integration”

Matt Traverso, Cisco Systems – “Scaling Architecture for Next Gen Optical Links”

David Lewis, Lumentum -“Performance Photonics Enabling next Generation Interfaces”

Xinyuan Wang, Huawei – ” Observations on the Rate of Beyond 400GbE, 800GbE an/or 1.6TbE



Friday, January 29th

Panel discussion – Test & Measurement: Planning for Performance

Moderator – David J. Rodgers, Ethernet Alliance Events Chair and Teledyne LeCroy 

Panelists –

John Calvin, Keysight Technologies – “Validation Methods for Emerging 106Gbps Electrical and Optical Specifications relating to IEEE P802.3cu/P802.3ck”

Steve Rumsby, Spirent – “Recommended Design Practices for the Next Generation Ethernet Rate”

Francois Robitaille, EXFO – ” Full Compliance Validation of Next-Gen Transceivers”

The detailed agenda and registration for this webinar will be released shortly.