Patents by Inventor Steven J. Hand

Steven J. Hand has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20220263581
    Abstract: A network or system in which a hub or primary node may communicate with a plurality of leaf or secondary nodes. The hub node may operate or have a capacity greater than that of the leaf nodes. Accordingly, relatively inexpensive leaf nodes may be deployed to receive data carrying optical signals from, and supply data carrying optical signals to, the hub node. One or more connections may couple each leaf node to the hub node, whereby each connection may include one or more spans or segments of optical fibers, optical amplifiers, optical splitters/combiners, and optical add/drop multiplexer, for example. Optical subcarriers may be transmitted over such connections, each carrying a data stream. The subcarriers may be generated by a combination of a laser and a modulator, such that multiple lasers and modulators are not required, and costs may be reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 25, 2021
    Publication date: August 18, 2022
    Applicant: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Rahn, Kuang-Tsan Wu, Steven J. Hand, David F. Welch
  • Publication number: 20220224419
    Abstract: Techniques are described for implementing an out-of-band communication channel used to exchange control channel information in sub-carrier-based optical communication systems. In an example implementation, an optical communication system includes a primary transceiver, a component, and secondary transceivers. The primary transceiver is operable to supply first optical subcarriers to an optical communication path, the first optical subcarriers being amplitude modulated at a first frequency to carry first control information and amplitude modulated at a second frequency to carry second control information. The component is operable to be coupled to the optical communication path and includes circuitry operable to detect the first control information. The secondary transceivers are coupled to a terminal end of the optical communication path. At least one of the secondary transceivers is operable to detect the second control information and block the first control information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2021
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Applicant: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Amir Jafari, Steven J. Hand, Mohamed Osman
  • Publication number: 20220173804
    Abstract: An example system includes a transceiver and a microcontroller. The microcontroller is configured to receive, from first and second network interfaces of the transceiver, a plurality of messages from a hub node and the leaf nodes. Each of the messages corresponds to a respective one of the ingress or egress data flows. The microcontroller is also configured generate a resource assignment map based on the messages. The resource assignment map includes pairings between a respective one of the ingress data flows and a respective one of the egress data flows, and, for each of the pairings, an indication of a respective network resource assigned to exchange the egress data flow of that pairing with a respective one of the leaf nodes. The microcontroller is also configured to generate a command to cause the transceiver to transmit the egress data flows in accordance with the resource assignment map.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2021
    Publication date: June 2, 2022
    Inventors: Rajan Rao, Steven J. Hand, Vasudha Bhaskara
  • Patent number: 11336368
    Abstract: An example system includes a transceiver and a microcontroller. The microcontroller is configured to receive first messages from a hub node via first network interfaces of the transceiver, and determine first logical identifiers associated with ingress data flows. Further, the microcontroller is configured to receive second messages from leaf nodes via second network interfaces of the transceiver, and determine second logical identifies associated with egress data flows. Further, the microcontroller is configured to generate a resource assignment map based on the first and logical identifiers, and to generate a command to cause the transceiver to transmit the egress data flows in accordance with the resource assignment map. The resource map indicates pairings between the ingress data flows and the egress data flows, and, for each of the pairings, a respective network resource assigned to transmit the egress data flow of the pairing to a respective one of the leaf nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Rajan Rao, Steven J. Hand, Vasudha Bhaskara
  • Publication number: 20220123831
    Abstract: A network or system in which a hub or primary node may communicate with a plurality of leaf or secondary nodes. The hub node may operate or have a capacity greater than that of the leaf nodes. Accordingly, relatively inexpensive leaf nodes may be deployed to receive data carrying optical signals from, and supply data carrying optical signals to, the hub node. One or more connections may couple each leaf node to the hub node, whereby each connection may include one or more spans or segments of optical fibers, optical amplifiers, optical splitters/combiners, and optical add/drop multiplexer, for example. Optical subcarriers may be transmitted over such connections, each carrying a data stream. The subcarriers may be generated by a combination of a laser and a modulator, such that multiple lasers and modulators are not required, and costs may be reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2021
    Publication date: April 21, 2022
    Applicant: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Rahn, Kuang-Tsan Wu, Steven J. Hand, David F. Welch
  • Patent number: 11297005
    Abstract: An example system includes a first network node, a second network node, and a third network node. The first network node is configured to generate a first optical subcarrier representing first data, and transmit the first optical subcarrier to the second network node. The second network node is configured to receive the first optical subcarrier from the first network node, generate a second optical subcarrier representing the first data, where the second optical subcarrier is different from the first optical subcarrier, and transmit the second optical subcarrier to the third network node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Infiriera Corporation
    Inventor: Steven J. Hand
  • Patent number: 11296812
    Abstract: In an example method, an edge transceiver receives a first message from a hub transceiver over a first communications channel of an optical communications network, including an indication of available network resources on the optical communications network. The edge transceiver transmits, over a second communications channel of the optical communications network, a second message to the hub transceiver, including an indication of a subset of the available network resources selected by the edge transceiver. The edge transceiver receives, from the hub transceiver, a third message acknowledging receipt of a selection by the edge transceiver and a fourth message confirming an assignment of the selected subset of the available network resources to the edge transceiver. The edge transceiver transmits, using the selected subset of the available network resources, data via the hub transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventor: Steven J. Hand
  • Patent number: 11290393
    Abstract: An example system includes a plurality of network nodes, each including one or more respective first transceivers configured to transmit data according to a first maximum throughput, and one or more respective second transceivers configured to transmit data according to a second maximum throughput that is less than the first maximum throughput. A first network node is configured to transmit, using a respective one of the first transceivers, first data including a plurality of optical subcarriers to two or more second network nodes according to the first maximum throughput, each optical subcarrier being associated with a different one of the two more other network nodes. The two or more second network nodes are configured to receive, using respective ones of the second transceivers, the first data from the first network node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventor: Steven J. Hand
  • Patent number: 11258528
    Abstract: A network or system in which a hub or primary node may communicate with a plurality of leaf or secondary nodes. The hub node may operate or have a capacity greater than that of the leaf nodes. Accordingly, relatively inexpensive leaf nodes may be deployed to receive data carrying optical signals from, and supply data carrying optical signals to, the hub node. One or more connections may couple each leaf node to the hub node, whereby each connection may include one or more spans or segments of optical fibers, optical amplifiers, optical splitters/combiners, and optical add/drop multiplexer, for example. Optical subcarriers may be transmitted over such connections, each carrying a data stream. The subcarriers may be generated by a combination of a laser and a modulator, such that multiple lasers and modulators are not required, and costs may be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Rahn, Kuang-Tsan Wu, Steven J. Hand, David F. Welch
  • Patent number: 11239935
    Abstract: An example system includes a hub transceiver and a plurality of edge transceivers. Each of the edge transceivers has one of several types of configurations for communicating with an optical communications network. Each type of configuration is associated with a different responsive optical subcarrier assignment protocol. The hub transceiver is operable to determine a plurality of optical subcarriers available for assignment by the hub transceiver to the plurality of the edge transceivers for use in communicating over the optical communications network, and assign, to each of the edge transceivers, a respective subset of the optical subcarriers. Assignment includes, determining that each of the edge transceivers has a particular type of configuration, and assigning a respective subset of the optical subcarriers to the edge transceiver according to the optical subcarrier assignment protocol associated with the that type of configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventor: Steven J. Hand
  • Publication number: 20220006553
    Abstract: An example system includes a hub transceiver, a plurality of edge transceivers, and a control module. The control module is operable to receive, from one or more of the edge transceivers or the hub transceiver, telemetry data regarding at least one of a transmission or a receipt of data over the optical communications network, and determine, based on the telemetry data, performance characteristics regarding the optical communications network. Further, the control module is operable to transmit, based on the performance characteristics, a command to one or more of the edge transceivers or the hub transceiver to modify an operation with respect to the optical communications network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Inventor: Steven J. Hand
  • Publication number: 20220006523
    Abstract: An example system includes a transceiver and a microcontroller. The microcontroller is configured to receive first messages from a hub node via first network interfaces of the transceiver, and determine first logical identifiers associated with ingress data flows. Further, the microcontroller is configured to receive second messages from leaf nodes via second network interfaces of the transceiver, and determine second logical identifies associated with egress data flows. Further, the microcontroller is configured to generate a resource assignment map based on the first and logical identifiers, and to generate a command to cause the transceiver to transmit the egress data flows in accordance with the resource assignment map. The resource map indicates pairings between the ingress data flows and the egress data flows, and, for each of the pairings, a respective network resource assigned to transmit the egress data flow of the pairing to a respective one of the leaf nodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Inventors: Rajan Rao, Steven J. Hand, Vasudha Bhaskara
  • Publication number: 20220006554
    Abstract: A system comprising a hub transceiver and edge transceivers is described. The hub transceiver is coupled to a first network node via an optical communications network. Each of the edge transceivers is coupled to a respective second network node, and to the hub transceiver. The hub transceiver is operable to form one or more logical partition of optical subcarriers in an optical signal based on connection types. Each logical partition has a first partition boundary, a second partition boundary and a plurality of subcarriers logically between the first partition boundary and the second partition boundary. Each partition boundary is assigned a particular connection type. The hub transceiver assigns a subset of available optical subcarriers of the plurality of subcarriers where each assignment includes a number of optical subcarriers based on the connection type in the service request, and a subcarrier location within the one or more logical partition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Inventors: Iftekhar Hussain, Steven J. Hand, Paul N. Freeman
  • Publication number: 20220006519
    Abstract: An example system includes a transceiver and a microcontroller. The microcontroller is configured to receive, from first and second network interfaces of the transceiver, a plurality of messages from a hub node and the leaf nodes. Each of the messages corresponds to a respective one of the ingress or egress data flows. The microcontroller is also configured generate a resource assignment map based on the messages. The resource assignment map includes pairings between a respective one of the ingress data flows and a respective one of the egress data flows, and, for each of the pairings, an indication of a respective network resource assigned to exchange the egress data flow of that pairing with a respective one of the leaf nodes. The microcontroller is also configured to generate a command to cause the transceiver to transmit the egress data flows in accordance with the resource assignment map.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Inventors: Rajan Rao, Steven J. Hand, Vasudha Bhaskara
  • Patent number: 11218220
    Abstract: An example system includes a plurality of hub transceivers and a plurality of edge transceivers. A first hub transceiver is operable to determine that the first hub transceiver is configured to assign a first subset of network resources to a first subset of the edge transceivers for communication over an optical communications network, and determine that a second hub transceiver is configured to assign a second subset of network resources to a second subset of the edge transceivers for communication over the optical communications network. The first hub transceiver is also operable to determine that the first subset of network resources overlaps the second subset of network resources, and in response, transmit a notification of the overlap to a control module of the optical communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventor: Steven J. Hand
  • Patent number: 11190291
    Abstract: An example system includes a hub transceiver and a plurality of edge transceivers. The hub transceiver is operable to transmit, over a first communications channel, a first message to each of the edge transceivers concurrently, including an indication of available network resources on an optical communications network. Each of the edge transceiver is operable to transmit, transmit, over a second communications channel, a respective second message to the hub transceiver including an indication of a respective subset of the available network resources selected by the edge transceiver for use in communicating over the optical communications network. Further, the edge transceiver is operable to receive, from the hub transceiver, a third message acknowledging receipt of a selection and a fourth message confirming an assignment of the selected subset of the available network resources to the edge transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventor: Steven J. Hand
  • Patent number: 11177889
    Abstract: Techniques are described for implementing an out-of-band communication channel used to exchange control channel information in sub-carrier-based optical communication systems. In an example implementation, an optical communication system includes a primary transceiver, a component, and secondary transceivers. The primary transceiver is operable to supply first optical subcarriers to an optical communication path, the first optical subcarriers being amplitude modulated at a first frequency to carry first control information and amplitude modulated at a second frequency to carry second control information. The component is operable to be coupled to the optical communication path and includes circuitry operable to detect the first control information. The secondary transceivers are coupled to a terminal end of the optical communication path. At least one of the secondary transceivers is operable to detect the second control information and block the first control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Amir Jafari, Steven J. Hand, Mohamed Osman
  • Publication number: 20210273739
    Abstract: A system comprising a hub transceiver coupled to a first network node; and a plurality of edge transceivers, each configured to be communicatively coupled to a respective second network node, and to the hub transceiver, wherein the hub transceiver is operable to transmit a first message to each of the edge transceivers, the first message comprising an indication of available optical subcarriers and availability to use multiple non-contiguous optical subcarriers; receive, a service request identifying a selected subset of the available optical subcarriers including a non-contiguous first optical subcarrier and second optical subcarrier, transmit a second message to indicate either a success or a failure, and receive, via the selected subset, data from the second network node, and wherein at least one of the edge transceivers is operable to, transmit, using the selected subset of available optical subcarriers, data from the second network node to the first network node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Inventors: Iftekhar Hussain, Steven J. Hand, Paul N. Freeman
  • Patent number: 11095374
    Abstract: Techniques are described for implementing an out-of-band communication channel used to exchange control channel information in sub-carrier-based optical communication systems. In an example implementation, an apparatus includes laser operable to supply an optical signal, a digital signal processor operable to supply digital signals, a digital to analog circuitry operable to provide analog signals based on the digital signals, and driver circuitry is coupled to the digital to analog circuitry and operable to supply at least one drive signal. The apparatus also includes a modulator operable to receive said at least one drive signal, modulate the optical signal based on said at least one drive signal to provide a plurality of optical subcarriers, amplitude modulate the plurality of optical subcarriers at a first frequency to carry first control information, and modulate the plurality of subcarriers at a second frequency to carry second control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Amir Jafari, Steven J. Hand, Mohamed Osman
  • Patent number: 11095364
    Abstract: A network or system in which a hub or primary node may communicate with a plurality of leaf or secondary nodes. The hub node may operate or have a capacity greater than that of the leaf nodes. Accordingly, relatively inexpensive leaf nodes may be deployed to receive data carrying optical signals from, and supply data carrying optical signals to, the hub node. One or more connections may couple each leaf node to the hub node, whereby each connection may include one or more spans or segments of optical fibers, optical amplifiers, optical splitters/combiners, and optical add/drop multiplexer, for example. Optical subcarriers may be transmitted over such connections, each carrying a data stream. The subcarriers may be generated by a combination of a laser and a modulator, such that multiple lasers and modulators are not required, and costs may be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Infiriera Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Rahn, Kuang-Tsan Wu, Steven J. Hand, David F. Welch