OCP Educational Webinar: Delivering Fiber Connectivity for CPO

Learn about the timeline for the co-packaged optics (CPO) market to develop, identify fiber connectivity issues that have been largely ignored, and discuss potential solutions, including current prototypes for CPO.

Presenters (learn more below):

  • Cliff Grossner (Moderator): OCP
  • Vladimir Kozlov (Analyst): LightCounting
  • Ryan Vallance(Panelist): Senko
  • Matt Traverso (Panelist): Cisco


Large data sets and AI models deployed in hyperscale data centers are driving the need for bandwidth with much lower power consumption. As a result, the potential adoption of co-packaged optics (CPO) is one of the top topics of discussion in the optical communications industry. There are a lot of debates on whether CPO is needed, how it will be implemented and if it will prove to be reliable. The majority of the debates are focused on design of optical engines and lasers used to support then. Challenges with the fiber connectivity and fiber management are rarely mentioned, but these are just as critical for the success of CPO. This webinar will bring the industry experts and leading suppliers to discuss the timeline for the CPO market to develop, identify fiber connectivity issues that have been largely ignored, discuss potential solutions, including current prototypes for CPO.

During the webinar, you’ll learn:

  • What timelines can we expect for CPO and NPO adoptions
  • What are the requirements for CPO fiber connectors?
  • First designs and future directions for CPO
  • Will multi-wavelength solutions be needed to provide sufficient bandwidth density for CPO connectors?
  • How to manage all the fiber around switching ASICs with CPO?

Who should view?

Data Center Operators, System Integrators, Component Designers, Fiber Manufacturers, Fiber Cable and Connector Suppliers, Suppliers of Copper Flyover Cables, PCBs, Optical Polymer Materials

Meet the Speakers!

Cliff Grossner, VP Market Intelligence & Innovation at Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP)
At the Open Compute Project Foundation, Dr. Grossner leads its market intelligence function and is responsible for driving awareness of OCP, training and certification programs, and guiding inventors presenting their early-stage company ideas to potential investors. Dr. Grossner has more than 25 years of telecommunications industry experience encompassing scientific research, market analysis, corporate and product strategy, product management and marketing. His current interests includeIT Ecosystems from cloud to the edge looking at the equipment [servers, IT networking and storage] and software, and physical infrastructure [power and cooling] needed for computation, with a focus on edge computing, silicon components included in IT equipment including coprocessors for AI and ML. Previously, Dr. Grossner was head of the Cloud and Data Center Research Practice, which he launched at Infonetics research and followed through transitions to IHS, IHS Markit and Informa Group. Prior to Infonetics, he held senior positions, including heading strategic marketing for Alcatel-Lucent's enterprise network business, tenures at Bell Labs, several startups and Nortel. He earned his Ph.D. at McGill University, and his Master of Science in Computer Science at Concordia University, winning national scholarships to support his graduate work. He holds more than 10 patents in computer networking, networking embedded security and telecommunications applications.

Vladimir Kozlov, Founder & CEO at LightCounting
Vladimir Kozlov is the founder and CEO of LightCounting, which he set up in 2004. By now, LightCounting is the leading market research company covering the global communications industry, including optical and wireless networks. Dr. Kozlov has more than 30 years of experience in optoelectronic technologies and devices, optical communications and market research. Dr. Kozlov held market analyst, product development and research staff positions at RHK Inc., Lucent Technologies and Princeton University. Dr. Kozlov holds several US patents and has numerous publications in the area of optoelectronics. He received M.Sc. at Moscow State University in Russia and Ph.D in Physics at Brown University in the United States.

Ryan Vallance, Vice President, CudoForm Division at Senko Advanced Components
Dr. Vallance is the VP of the CudoForm Division at Senko Advanced Components. He previously founded CudoForm Inc. and served as CEO and CTO until it was acquired by Senko in 2022. Senko is applying the CudoForm’s proprietary stamping technology to create new solutions for fiber-optic connectivity to photonic integrated circuits. CudoForm’s micro optics offers new solutions in photonic packaging using metallic optical benches, which have features that locate passive components in optical assemblies and aspherical micro mirrors. Dr. Vallance provides executive leadership for the business and leads research and development. Dr. Vallance has many years of experience in precision engineering, including machine and instrument design, and dimensional metrology; expertise in micro machining, nanotechnology, and ultra-high precision stamping. He received his BS degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT. Dr. Vallance was a tenured professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The George Washington University, where he founded The George Washington University’s (GW) Institute for Nanotechnology and directed the Precision Systems Laboratory. Dr. Vallance is an inventor with more than 40 patents and more pending. He is an author on more than 30 journal articles and more than 90 conference papers.

Matt Traverso, Distinguished Engineer at Cisco
Matt Traverso is a Distinguished Engineer for Cisco Systems with a focus on next generation optical interconnect architectures based on silicon photonics. Matt has been active in the development and definition of optical communications standards and optical form factors since 2000 including as the original editor of the CFP MSA (Multi-Source Agreement). He has been a frequent contributor to the IEEE Standards Association, Optical Internetworking Forum and other optical communications forums. He graduated from Stanford University in Materials Science & Engineering.