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Atlanta Chapter

May, 2003

Meeting Abstract

Optical Networking: Recent Developments, Issues, and Trends


There has been a significant shift in the optical networking industry. The technologies that were hot in 2000 no longer seem promising. What is this shift and what is happening now? While Ethernet is trying to replace SONET/SDH in the carrier networks, SONET itself is changing to better meet the new demands of data traffic. Which technology is best for metro networks: Ethernet or next-gen SONET? IP and Ethernet everywhere are well known trends. However, the telecom revenue is still predominantly from leased line services. What approaches are being proposed to overcome this problem? These and other issues will be discussed in this talk designed to entertain both networking and non-networking professionals.


Raj Jain is a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Nayna Networks, Inc. - a next generation telecommunications systems company in San Jose, CA. Until August 2002, he was also a Professor of Computer and Information Sciences at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where he is now an Adjunct Professor. Raj Jain is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the ACM. He is on the Board of Technical Advisors to Corona Networks, Inc., Milpitas, CA, Teradiant Networks, San Jose, CA, Avatar Networks, Fremont, CA, and Rhonet Systems, Columbus, OH. Previously he was also on the Board of Advisors to Nexabit Networks, Westboro, MA, which was acquired by Lucent Corporation, and to Amber Networks, Fremont, CA, which was acquired by Nokia. He is the author of two popular books: FDDI Handbook: High-Speed Networking Using Fiber and Other Media (Addison-Wesley) and The Art of Computer Systems Performance Analysis (Wiley).

Meeting Location and Time

May 27 th, 2003 at 6:00 p.m.
GCATT Room 119