The Next Generation of Data Center Optical Networks Driven by Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning Applications

Oct 14, 2021  |  4:00pm | Hybrid Event - 1010 Henley Hall & Zoom
Dr. Katharine Schmidtke
Director of Sourcing for ASICS and Custom Silicon at Facebook

Driven by the growth of AI Training and Inference applications, data center optical networks continue to penetrate into the compute fabric where electrical interfaces struggle to keep pace with increasing bandwidth interconnect requirements.


Katharine E. Schmidtke received a B.Sc. Degree in physics and mathematics from Keele University, UK, in 1989 and Ph.D in laser physics and non-linear optics from the University of Southampton in 1993. She went on to do post-doctoral research in epitaxial growth of non-linear optical materials at Stanford University, CA, USA.
She has 25-year career in the optical communications industry including roles at Finisar, JDS Uniphase and New Focus. For the past 7 years she has worked at Facebook, Menlo Park, CA where she has driven the technology strategy for data center optical interconnects. She is currently Director of Sourcing for ASICS and Custom Silicon focused on AI/ML applications.
Dr. Schmidtke is a fellow of the Optical Society of America and has been an invited speaker and served on committees for numerous international conferences, including Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC) European Conference on Communications (ECOC) and the Optical Interconnects Conference.

Zoom Information

Meeting ID: 843 2413 1696
Passcode: 617414

HostJohn BowersEvent TypeSeminar