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How “flexible” will OFC/NFOEC 2013 be?

By Dr. Ioannis Tomkos | Posted: 13 December 2012

The world we live in is constantly changing. We see big transformations taking place across the globe that affect our lives. In such turbulent times, we all need to be flexible and adapt quickly to new conditions. As Darwin said, it is not the strongest that will survive but the fittest.

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Software-Defined Networking: The Next Frontier

By Casimer DeCusatis, Ph.D. Distinguished Engineer IBM System Networking, CTO Strategic Alliances Member, IBM Academy of Technology IBM Corporation | Posted: 26 November 2012

“May you live in interesting times” – reputed translation of an ancient Chinese curse and proverb, though its true origin remains in doubt (see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_you_live_in_interesting_times )
 
I can honestly say that this is the most interesting time to be involved in network engineering for at least the past 20 years.  In fact, we’re going through a major discontinuity in the networking industry, perhaps the largest since Ethernet was first invented inventors.about.com/library/weekly/aa111598.htm .  One of the major drives of this change is software-defined networking (SDN), a different approach to Ethernet design that overturns much of what we’ve taken for granted about how data flows should be manipulated.  There will certainly be a lot of discussion about this during OFC/NFOEC 2013, so in this blog I’ll give you a small sample of what to expect. 

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Optics in the Clouds: How will OFC/NFOEC address cloud computing?

By Casimer DeCusatis, Ph.D. Distinguished Engineer IBM System Networking, CTO Strategic Alliances Member, IBM Academy of Technology IBM Corporation | Posted: 7 November 2012

As we gear up for the 2013 OFC/NFOEC conference presentations, cloud computing is certainly one of the most anticipated hot topics.  The information technology industry continues to deploy dynamic, multi-tenant cloud computing environments for applications ranging from retail and banking to video distribution.  It’s become clear that cloud technology is a significant driver for optical networking, and that optical networks designed for the cloud have unique characteristics.  In this blog, I’ll talk about how cloud computing is changing the face of data networking, and point out some of the things to look for at this year’s OFC/NFOEC meeting.

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Another OFC/NFOEC is coming up! Why bother?

By Dr. Ioannis Tomkos | Posted: 24 October 2012

Another OFC/NFOEC is coming up! Most of us in the optical fiber communications community are looking forward to the event in March 2013. Although not all will be able to attend, it is certainly an event we all pay attention to as it generates news, research and industry trends and “sets the rhythm” in the respective scientific fields.

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Optical Interconnects – Less Power to Them! (and why that’s a good thing)

By Casimer DeCusatis, Ph.D. | Posted: 28 September 2012

Energy consumption is quite literally a hot topic for data center designers these days.  A recent year-long study on this topic, published by the New York Times, provides an interesting perspective on this problem.  According to the article, while most companies are reluctant to share details of their data center designs, it can be shown that a single data center supporting Amazon, Google, Facebook, or many other household names can easily consume as much power as a small city.  Data centers worldwide consume around 30 billion watts of electricity, the equivalent of about 30 nuclear power plants.  The power required to  run servers, networks, and storage may only be a fraction of this total; heating and cooling of the data center also contributes to overall power consumption, as well as redundant power in the form of backup generators and batteries. 

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Top 5 reasons why I went to OFC last year (and why I’m going back in 2013)

By Casimer DeCusatis, Ph.D., Distinguished Engineer, IBM System Networking Strategic Alliances, CTO Strategic Alliances, Member, IBM Academy of Technology, IBM Corporation | Posted: 26 September 2012

I’m going to go out on a limb here – I’ll bet that your work has been crazy busy lately, worse than last year, with tighter budgets and constant demands to do more with less.  Did you even find time to take a decent vacation this summer, or were you too busy checking email every day?  In fact, how did you even find the time to read this blog? That’s a rhetorical question, by the way; you’re invested in it now, a full four sentences in, so you may as well keep going.

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Fiber's Future in Postdeadline Papers, But Also Demonstrated Nearterm on Show Floor

By David Chaffee, Founder and CEO, Chaffee Fiber Optics | Posted: 12 March 2012

OFC has become well known for many reasons, including the fact that it provides strong glimpses into the future of the fiber optics industry. This is true in the development of the technology. But it often can become clear with regard to what the markets are going to be, as well.

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Cloud Computing, Layer Consolidation Are Major Themes at Service Provider Summit

By David Chaffee, Founder and CEO, Chaffee Fiber Optics | Posted: 7 March 2012

Decoding the importance of cloud computing and collapsing layers in the network to make for simpler, less expensive networks were two dominant themes at the Service Provider Summit located on the OFCNFOEC 2012 show floor this morning.

Cloud computing is essential to handling peak loads of traffic, according to Verizon’s Stu Elby, who provided the keynote address. Examples Stu provided included traffic the Internal Revenue Service has to handle up to April 15 and university registration in the days leading up to the fall and spring semesters.

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OFC Plenaries: HFC on The Way Out, Moving Talk from Japan’s Sugino

By David Chaffee, Founder and CEO, Chaffee Fiber Optics | Posted: 7 March 2012

The 2012 OFCNFOEC plenary session this morning was highlighted by a vision into the future of cable TV and a very moving talk by Isao Sugino of Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications on the impact on telecommunications infrastructure of the 2011 tsunami, which he considers the worst natural disaster in Japanese history.

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Infinera's Dave Welch: People will Figure Out the Solutions

By David Chaffee, Founder and CEO, Chaffee Fiber Optics | Posted: 5 March 2012

There may be no one in the fiber optics industry who believes more in the ability of the optical technologist to figure out problems holding the industry back than Infinera Chief Marketing Officer Dave Welch.

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