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Advanced Data Center Architectures and Technologies

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:30pm

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We are witnessing major advances and transformations in the design and implementations of new data centers, requiring new approaches to both architecture and data processing device technologies. These data center transformations are driven by the requirements of complex emerging applications that run within the data center and by the increasing demands for both the quantity and speed of data processing.


  1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are evolving as new key principal applications. AI and ML are driving the demand for more sophisticated data centers with increased speeds, high end CPUs and GPUs, edge/micro data centers, improved data center infrastructure management (DCIM) tools and, very importantly, cost-effective energy solutions, such as liquid cooling, airflow management and microgrids. Major investments are flowing into new data center architectures that allow rapid deployment of AI-based applications without performance bottlenecks, demanding high speeds, low latencies and massive storage.
  2. 5G is a cellular technology but its impact will be felt far beyond the radio network. Data centers will be an important part of the infrastructure needed to deliver on 5G’s promise. Likewise, it is necessary to understand the amount of increased data and application potential that will be enabled by 5G and advanced architectures that will be needed to support those applications.
  3. In addition, with the speed at which the world is becoming consumed by data, one of the most important requirements for data center supply chain providers is enabling rapid installations. Service providers are driving lower build cycle and deployments down as their desire to increase their speed to revenue.


Optical interconnects are now playing a pivotal role in ensuring high-speed operations within data centers. In fact, optical fibers have become the de facto transmission medium within the data center infrastructure. Novel optoelectronic devices and subsystems provide data centers links upward of 100 Gb/s nominal speeds, and are soon moving into the 400 Gb/s and even 1 Tb/s per fiber.


The most important challenge facing data center designers is power consumption. Satisfying the ever-growing demand for processing the ever-increasing quantity of data, and the increased demands of AI and ML data processing, requires a new generation of high energy efficiency optical components for encoding, decoding, and transporting data. The community of optical researchers and developers must invent and develop these devices, subsystems, and full systems for any future solutions.


Topics of interest include:

  • AI and ML applications driving the need for new approaches to data center design
  • Application driven data center architectures
  • The role of optical interconnects and device technology in next generation data centers
  • Critical design features for optical interconnects and optoelectronics
  • Optical device energy efficiencies: performance requirements and fundamental limits

SPRC Organizing Committee:

Dr. Waguih Ishak, Dr. Tom Baer

Professors: David Miller, Joseph Kahn, Shanhui Fan, Jelena Vuckovic, Jennifer Dionne