The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Los Angeles Convention Center,
Los Angeles, California, USA

Thursday Wrap Up

Last Day to See the OFC Exposition!
South Tower, Exhibit Halls G, H, J & K
Thursday, 26 March
10:00 - 16:00

South Tower Lobby
Thursday, 26 March
07:30 - 17:00
Badges and conference materials can be picked up at Registration.

Highlights: Thursday
Technical Sessions
08:00 – 10:00, 400 Rooms
Coffee Break
10:00 – 10:30, Exhibit Hall
Interactive Demo Presentations [NEW!]
10:00 – 12:00, Exhibit Hall K
To enhance interactions between presenters and attendees, a select number of oral and/or poster presenters will provide live demonstrations of devices and/or system softwares.
Event: Light the Future: International Year of Light Student Outreach
11:00 – 15:00, Exhibit Hall G, #764
More than 115 middle and high school students from the Los Angeles area will be attending OFC today. They'll meet student chapters from IEEE Photonics Society and OSA, participate in light-based demonstrations, and meet up to 10 exhibitors in the Exposition.
Technical Sessions
13:00 – 15:00, 400 Rooms
Special Session: The Societal, Business and Technical Impact of Net Neutrality
13:00 – 15:00, Room 411
Symposium: Future of Broadband Access
13:00 – 17:30, Room 403A
Coffee Break
15:00 – 15:30, Exhibit Hall and Foyer, 400 Rooms
Technical Sessions
15:30 – 17:30, 400 Rooms
Symposium: Fiber Optic Parametric Amplifiers: A Tribute to the Research of Prof. Michel Marhic
15:30 – 17:30, Room 411
Beverage Break
17:30 – 18:00, Foyer, 400 Rooms
Postdeadline Paper Presentations
Electronic copies of papers are available online. Print copies of the digests will be available to all technical conference registrants at 09:00 today at Registration (South Tower Lobby).
Th5A: Session I
18:00 –19:45,Room 403A
Th5B: Session II
18:00 –20:00, Room 403B
Th5C: Session III
18:00 –20:00, Room 408A

Show Floor Programs
There are three theaters in the OFC Exposition; programs today include presentations on System Architectures Using OIF CEI-56G Interfaces and Flexi-Grid Super-Channels and Flexi-Rate/Multi-Modulation Format Transponders.
View activities offered today.
Market Watch
Expo Theater I
Panel VI: Do Carriers Really Want Network Convergence or Maintain Equipment Divergent?
10:30 – 12:30
Panel VII: Are CDNs Lightening the Load on the Core and Metro Networks?
13:00 – 15:00

SDN Deployments Every Customer Should Love

Carriers have long desired greater control over transport so that they could reduce cost, increase availability, reduce time to deliver services and explore new services, such as on demand.

That was part of the focus of OFC on Wednesday, when Panel I of the Service Provider Summit convened to explore the "Value and Cost of Multi-Layer SDN." It sought to weigh the pros and cons of software-defined networking (SDN) in order to uncover its real values and costs.

Solutions, Not Speeds and Feeds

One of the speakers was Jim Fagan, who is president of managed services at PACNET, a carrier and network services company in Asia/Pacific region. PACNET is, in fact, the only foreign operator that has licenses to operate data centers in China. Just over a year ago they deployed their first production version of an SDN network, which he said is changing the way they are interacting with their customers and how they are thinking about their business.


Networking from a High-performance Computing Perspective

We have known since the dawn of the Computer Age that one thing you can almost always count on, like glorious weather in Los Angeles, is that computer processors tend to get faster, cheaper and smalle—a trend enshrined in Moore's Law.

High-performance computers (HPC) are no exception to this trend. They have been around since the 1960s, continue to play a significant role in all fields of scientific research, and they get faster every year.

The current generation of cutting-edge supercomputers are operating at speeds in the tens of petaFLOPS, measured in quadrillions of floating point operations-per-second. This brings us within striking distance of even more powerful computers with speeds exceeding 1 ExaFLOPS, which would be capable of performing more than a billion, billion calculations per second. We may well achieve such exascale computing before the end of the decade. But what will it take to get there?



The Value of Multi-layer SDN

Repackaging, something of an art form, is also a viable approach to business because it can save cost or create new ventures. These themes were touched upon during a special symposium at OFC 2015 on Wednesday, which focused on how packaging and integration may be used to dramatically reduce the cost of traditional "gold box" optical modules for different applications in the network.

Ian Betty of Ciena opened the session by talking about the historic industry trend of getting more throughput from the same optical components, comparing pluggable optics to board-mounted optics and talking about where we are today and where we may be tomorrow.

He predicted that pluggable line-side modem architecture where the front-end optical solution is included-digital coherent (DCO) as opposed to analogue coherent (ACO)-has been and will continue to be niche architecture for coherent solutions.


Congratulations IEEE Photonics Society

The IEEE Photonics Society held a 50th anniversary reception at OFC on Tuesday where Dalma Novak, president, and Christopher Jannuzzi, executive director, were joined by past presidents to share the vision for the next 50 years. The professional society will continue to grow its student engagement, membership tools and programs and commitment to community outreach, including promotion of women in photonics. Leveraging the International Year of Light, the IEEE Photonics Society is collaborating with Solar Aid and the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon to bring critical lighting resources to the developing world and increase demand for sustainable energy.


Today: 23 Postdeadline Papers Presented

The newest research findings will be presented at OFC today. See times and room assignments on the left column. Subjects include:

25GBaud PAM-4 Error Free Transmission over both Single Mode Fiber and Multimode Fiber in a QSFP form factor based on Silicon Photonics-chosen for its deployable components and highly relevant results for the industry debate.

A WDM 4x28Gbps Integrated Silicon Photonic Transmitter driven by 32nm CMOS driver ICs-selected because it's the best Tx power dissipation particular driver.

114 Space-Division-Multiplexed Transmission over 9.8-km Weakly-Coupled-6-Mode Uncoupled-19-Core Fibers-chosen for the highest number of spatial channels (19 x 6) and record SE per fiber.


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