BICSI CEC recognized*

*Attendees of the live broadcast of each Data Center Summit session are eligible to earn one Continuing Education Credit (CEC) from BICSI by attending the live broadcast in its entirety. Partial viewing of the live broadcast, or viewing a session on-demand, do not qualify for a CEC from BICSI. The granting of one Continuing Education Credit for these sessions by BICSI does not imply or suggest BICSI approves or endorses this event.

All times are EST

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)

The growing adoption of AI, gaming and virtual reality is testing the limits of traditional data center cooling strategies. Rising power densities are boosting interest in liquid cooling, which offers the potential to pack more computing power into a smaller area. Rich Miller and his panel of experts will explore the benefits of different forms of liquid cooling in the data center including ‘indirect liquid cooling’ as well as ‘direct cooling’ also known as ‘immersion cooling’ which is attracting attention because it uses very little water, a key factor in markets facing drought and water scarcity. Join us for this informative session.

Matthew Archibald Bill Kleyman Rich Miller Marc Caiola

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)

The data center is a complex ecosystem, in which data transport, power supply, equipment cooling, pathway support and other systems evolve to optimally serve the compute function. Additionally, a data center can be virtually any shape or size depending on the applications and users it serves. Because of their essential function in human connectivity, data centers can and sometimes do evolve based on cultural and societal shifts. This roundtable discussion explores the essential role of data centers. It takes a close look at what is driving the need for more computing power within these facilities and describes some of the specific changes and innovations taking place within data centers because of this growing need.

Gary Bernstein Seán Adam Sameh Yamany Patrick McLaughlin Jonathan Jew


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)

With hyperscaler bandwidth requirements expected to reach into the terabits in the not-too-distant future, a variety of innovations will be necessary in data center optics. These will include optical transceivers at 400G and above as well as optical chip-to-chip interconnect and related co-packaged optics advances. Technologies such as photonic integrated circuits enabled via silicon photonics and other photonic integration strategies will play important roles, as will innovation in lasers. This session will focus on high-speed transmission requirements in the data center and the technologies that will help meet them. 

Anabel Alarcon Stephen Hardy Lisa Huff Tom Williams

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)

In many data centers, commerce is the primary compute function. In these environments, where network-traffic flow translates to cash flow, every second of downtime means business lost. For these data centers, agility is paramount when upgrading transmission speeds and when expanding the network’s size and scope. This roundtable discussion will provide guidance on defining a roadmap for a data center network. It will include a look at the technologies, systems, and tools enabling the agility that is essential when evolution happens quickly.

Ken Hall, RCDD NTS Patrick McLaughlin Carrie Goetz

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)

Cybersecurity is a major concern, particularly when it comes to digital access and who can interact with a server and its data. However, physical security can also present some huge challenges. Anyone with the right access can use or harm servers, even when in a locked facility. Data centers need to be protected from intruders and potential disasters such as water leaks, fires and cooling system failures. All security doors should be locked appropriately, with access only for vetted contacts. Even then, their exit and entry should always be logged.​

Greg Sarrail Steve Lasky Terry Young Chuck Brooks Peter Walhöfer


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)

Fiber is finding use in a wider variety of applications in data center networks. Meanwhile, density is becoming a preeminent concern as transmission rates increase. This session is​ designed to help data center network designers and operators make smart decisions when it comes to single-mode versus multimode fiber, when to switch from copper to fiber (particularly within the rack), how to manage fiber-optic cable in the data center, choosing the right connectors, and ensuring proper installation and maintenance.

Brian Berdan Jim Davis Stephen Hardy Keith Sullivan


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)

With data centers contributing 2% to global greenhouse gas emissions, the industry is now focused on employing new technologies and software to help data centers operate in a more environmentally accountable manner. Automating network maintenance, optimizing existing equipment and improving thermal management using liquid or immersion cooling are just a few strategies this roundtable will explore as it tackles what some consider the most pressing challenge data centers face today.

Loren Rapp Stuart Lawrence Sharon Vollman Afonso Salema Sean Graham Christopher Liljenstople