Comsoc Distinguished Lecture: Machine Learning in and for Optical Data-Center Networks

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IEEE Comsoc San Diego Chapter distinguished lecture:  In Person only meeting

9/18/2023, Monday, 5:30pm - 7:15pm    ATEC

Title:  Machine Learning in and for Optical Data-Center Networks

 By Prof. Zuqing Zhu, University of Science and Technology of China, 

Abstract: In the first part of this talk, we will first discuss the challenges on scalability, energy and manageability of data-center network (DCN) systems, and then explain why all-optical inter-connection can be a promising solution for future DCN systems. Next, we describe a novel all-optical inter-connection architecture based on arrayed waveguide grating router (AWGR) and wavelength-selective switches (WSS'), namely, Hyper-FleX-LION, explain its operation principle, and show experimental results of running distributed machine learning (DML) in a DCN in Hyper-FleX-LION. In the second part of this talk, we will explain how machine learning can be leveraged to realized knowledge-defined networking (KDN) and facilitate network automation in DCNs. Experimental results demonstrate that KDN can automatically reduce task completion time.



Zuqing Zhu received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Davis, in 2007. From 2007 to 2011, he worked in the Service Provider Technology Group of Cisco Systems, San Jose, California, as a Senior Engineer. In January 2011, he joined the University of Science and Technology of China, where he currently is a Full Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Information Science and Technology. He has published 360+ papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences, which have received 9,700+ Google Scholar citations with an h-index of 53. He is the Area Editor of Optical Communications and Networking of the IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society, and is also an editorial board member of IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, Optics Express, Optical Switching and Networking, and others. He is the Steering Committee Chair of the IEEE International Conference on High Performance Switching and Routing (HPSR), and the Chair of the Technical Committee on Optical Networking (ONTC) in the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc). He has received the Best Paper Awards from ICC 2013, GLOBECOM 2013, ICNC 2014, ICC 2015, and ONDM 2018, and has been a Distinguished Lecturer of ComSoc (2018-2021). He is a Senior Member of Optica (formally OSA) and a Fellow of IEEE.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 18 Sep 2023
  • Time: 05:30 PM to 07:15 PM
  • All times are (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
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  • 10401 Roselle Street
  • San Diego, California
  • United States 92121
  • Building: ATEC

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  • Co-sponsored by Control System Chapter, Computer chapter
  • Starts 30 August 2023 07:15 PM
  • Ends 18 September 2023 12:01 PM
  • All times are (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
  • No Admission Charge


9/18,  Monday

5;30 to 6:00pm  Networking with food

$6:00-7:00pm   Lecture with Q7A