18 February 2011 3:16:33 PM
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By Jim Jones
As President of the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF), I am looking forward to once again bringing OIF programming to OFC/NFOEC. Our two-day program will feature speakers from Cisco, Infinera, Alcatel-Lucent as well as an exciting cross-section of member companies that include carriers, system vendors and component suppliers.
We are running two panels in conjunction with the show that I think will nicely complement the technical subjects being presented as part of the conference’s programming. OIF’s focus is on extending and developing networking protocols to provide flexibility and intelligence in optical networks. Our program at OFC/NFOEC will reflect that, while also appealing to a broader audience - from those on the technical side to the marketing & sales side.
The first panel - “400G vs. 1 Terabit” - will look at the market needs and technical challenges facing our industry. It will include an industry analyst discussing market needs and business drivers behind it, as well as system vendors offering up their take on the business and operational side. Component and subsystem suppliers who focus on hardware will finish up the symposium, covering topics such as the common electrical I/O and fiber or cabling issues.
The second panel on next-generation high-speed networks will cover both hardware development and the networking and protocol sides. It will look at the work that the OIF did on the common electrical I/O and 100G development, as well as what’s beyond 100G. This one will reflect a little bit more of the character of the OIF.
Overall, I believe our programming will offer insights about industry trends and some of the drivers behind the technical developments. We are excited to be bringing OIF’s content to OFC/NFOEC this year.
Jim Jones, Optics Transport Applications Marketing Manager at Alcatel-Lucent, is the president of the Optical Internetworking Forum.