February 2011

Experimenting at OFC/NFOEC

Believe it or not, some of the programming at OFC/NFOEC this year is an experiment. As a program committee, we are focused on developing technical programming that is dynamic and responsive to the emerging topics in the industry.

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Posted: 24 February 2011 by Chuck Joyner | with 0 comments

Datacom as a Rising Trend for the Optics Industry

It's no secret that we're shipping more and more data these days, sharing more videos, and transferring larger files. For data centers, that translates into demand for more bandwidth to connect racks and racks of machines. This year, for instance, IBM will install Blue Waters, its petascale supercomputer at the University of Illinois with more than 2 million optical links, just to support the interconnect fan within it. Looking forward, the trend in supercomputing points to machines with even more optical interconnects.

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Posted: 24 February 2011 by Clint Schow | with 0 comments

Cloud Computing: Sky-High Opportunities For Photonic Pioneers

If you haven't already contemplated how cloud computing will affect optical networking then fasten your seatbelt because 2011 is squaring up to be a transformational year for this industry.

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Posted: 24 February 2011 by David Nugent | with 0 comments

Wall Street Investment Dollars Bring Added Excitement to OFC/NFOEC

Even the purest optical bench scientist will admit to at least a dim understanding of the money flowing into and out of the fiber optics industry at any one time. Investment funds provide job security, allow researchers better tools, offer more meaningful travel and better collaborations, increase understanding, and promote efficiency, an ability to do the job, and more opportunity.

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Posted: 22 February 2011 by David Chaffee | with 0 comments

Optical Internetworking Forum Program to Highlight Next-Generation Networks

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.

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Posted: 18 February 2011 by Jim Jones | with 0 comments

The Drive to Network Convergence

Modern data centers can be complex. The demands on IT have increased in part due to massive data growth, which by some estimates, is expected to grow as much as 800 percent over the next 5 years.

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Posted: 17 February 2011 by Jason Blosil | with 0 comments

Optical packet switching: Boom or burst?

Optical burst switching (OBS) and optical packet switching (OPS) are no strangers to OFC/NFOEC. The past decade has witnessed a steady increase in publications on both fronts, fostered partially by monolithic integration and the resultant availability of high-density optical cross-connect fabrics.

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Posted: 15 February 2011 by David Nugent | with 0 comments

2010 Fiber Optic Innovations Continue as Market Grows

OFC/NFOEC has become the innovative center for optical communications throughout the years. It has been the forum as the industry has engineered its way from fiber optic streams operating at 45 million bits per second to those now beginning to operate at 100 billion bits per second and beyond.

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Posted: 8 February 2011 by David Chaffee | with 0 comments



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