16 March 2011
OFC/NFOEC 2011 Wraps Up in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, March 16 -- At OFC/NFOEC 2011, the optical communications industry was buzzing with the sounds of a larger exhibit hall, expanded programming, product innovations, cutting-edge research presentations, and increased attendance March 6 - 10 in Los Angeles.
The exhibit hall grew by 20 percent over last year, featuring new programming for service providers and data center operators, and more exhibitors filling a larger space, alongside its core show floor programs and activities. The more than 500 companies in the exhibition hall showcased innovations in areas such as 100G, tunable XFPs, metro networking, Photonic Integrated Circuits, and more. On hand to demonstrate where the industry is headed were network and test equipment vendors, sub-system and component manufacturers, as well as software, fiber cable and specialty fiber manufacturers. Service providers and enterprises were there to get the latest information on building or upgrading networks or datacenters.
OFC/NFOEC also featured expanded program offerings in the areas of high-speed data communications, optical internetworking, wireless backhaul and supercomputing for its 2011 conference and exhibition. This new content and more was featured in standing-room only programs such as the Optical Business Forum, Ethernet Alliance Program, Optical Internetworking Forum Program, Green Touch Panel Session, a special symposium on Meeting the Computercom Challenge and more. Flagship programs Market Watch and the Service Provider Summit also featured topics on data centers, wireless, 100G, and optical networking.
Hundreds of educational workshops, short courses, tutorial sessions and invited talks at OFC/NFOEC covered hot topics such as datacom, FTTx/in-home, wireless backhaul, next generation data transfer technology, 100G, coherent, and photonic integration. Technical presentations were given on timely topics such as cloud computing, data center processing, multiplexing and record data rates of more than 1 Terabit per second.
Leading off the keynote presentations at the Plenary Session was Bruno Orth, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Architecture at Deutsche Telekom in Germany. Orth spoke on how innovation, convergence and scalability in volume and cost of networks will enable DT to prepare its business for the future. AT&T's Senior Vice President of Architecture & Planning Kristin Rinne discussed the company's efforts to deploy the next generation, high-efficiency mobility network known as LTE. Alan Gara of IBM rounded out the talks with a look at high-performance computing and how optics will be a key component in the race to develop the world's fastest supercomputer for applications as diverse as smart grid operability and climate modeling to whole organ simulation and pandemic prevention.
As the only conference and exhibition in 2011 that offers programming for all sectors of the telecom field, OFC/NFOEC proved to be the premier destination to stay up-to-date on the industry. With an increase in attendance to 11,100, OFC/NFOEC remains the largest show of its kind in the world. Join us next year as the telecom, networking, datacom and computing worlds converge for OFC/NFOEC 2012, March 4 – 8 in Los Angeles.