Beyond The Gold Box: The Future of Integrated Optics

Enabling The Cloud: Unleashing the Capabilities of Emerging Flexible Optical Transport through SDN and NFV

Future of Broadband Access

Special Session on The Societal, Business, and Technical Impact of Net Neutrality

Special Symposium on Fiber Optic Parametric Amplifiers: A Tribute to the Research of Prof. Michel Marhic

Beyond The Gold Box: The Future of Integrated Optics

Wednesday, 25 March
08:00 - 17:30

Room: 408B

Organizers: Christopher Cole; Finisar Corporation, USA; Robert Lingle; OFS, USA; Chris Fludger; Cisco Optical GmbH, Germany; Clint Schow; IBM T.J. Watson Res. Ctr., USA

The on-going explosion of data and the need to move and process it efficiently demands ever greater amounts of optical I/O at every level.  A special symposium at OFC 2015 will focus on how packaging and integration may be used to lower cost for different applications in the network.  A consistent theme will be a focus on optimizing the integration of optics and electronics as a path to dramatically reduce the cost of traditional “gold box” optical modules.  This symposium tackles the topic of packaging and integration technologies, targeting high capacity optical transport for line-side, client-side and inter- and intra- data centre applications.

A dynamic line up of invited speakers will illustrate the challenges and propose solutions to achieve the next generation of optimized optical interfaces.

Plan on attending and being a part of this exciting new field at OFC 2015!

Part I: Line-side Techniques to Move Beyond the Gold-Box

Line-side applications are also demanding integrated pluggable optics as a means of thermal separation of "hot" ASICs and sensitive optical components with the added benefit of adding and replacing optical interfaces on-demand.  Whilst long-haul traditionally demands the highest levels of performance, Metro DWDM applications have a greater emphasis on cost. Which packaging and device technologies are suitable for line-side applications (e.g. InP, SiP) and how can DSP be used to facilitate their use?

Beyond CFP2 ACO, Ian Betty; Ciena, USA.

Device Technologies for Integrated Packaged Transceivers, Robert Griffin; Oclaro, Inc., USA

Impact of Pluggable Analog Coherent Optics Modules on Line Card Architecture and DSP Functionality, Thomas Duthel; Cisco Systems, Inc. USA

Integrated Devices for Metro Applications, Michael Eiselt; ADVA Optical Networking AG, Germany

Integrated Devices for High-Performance Optical Links, Merhdad Ziari; Infinera Corporation, USA

Future Narrow Linewidth Lasers, Toshikazu Mukaihara; Furukawa Electric Co., Japan

Part II:  Data Center Optical Techniques to Move Beyond the Gold-Box

Within data center servers, will the next generations of optics move from the backplane to be embedded close to chip modules or even all the way onto chip packages?  How should next-generation optical devices be developed to address density and thermal challenges that will arise as integration levels increase? Integrated pluggable optical interfaces have been used extensively in client applications. Enabling technologies and modulation techniques for client-side applications will be discussed with the target of deploying cost-effective links of up to 2‑km through component and packaging reduction.

InP Photonic Integrated Circuits for High Efficiency Pluggable Optical Interfaces, Yuliya Akulova; JDSU, USA

High Bandwidth Transceivers Using Heterogeneous Integration on Silicon, Greg Fish; Aurrion Inc, USA

Silicon Photonics … With The Photons, Alfredo Viglienzoni; Skorpios, Inc., USA

Photonic Packaging in High-Throughput Microelectronic Assembly Lines for Cost-Efficiency and Scalability, Tymon Barcwicz; IBM Research, USA

Embracing Diversity – Interconnecting Different Materials and Components for the Lowest $/Gb, Bardia Pezeshki; Kaiam, USA

Part III: Data Center Circuits and DSP Techniques to Move Beyond the Gold-Box

Circuit Design Techniques For High Bit Rate and High Density Optical Interconnects, The'Linh Nguyen; Finisar Corporation, USA

Low-Power MOS-Capacitor Based Silicon Photonic Modulators and CMOS Drivers, Mark Webster; Cisco Systems, Inc., USA

Deploying DSP in Optical Transceiver Modules, Vipul Bhatt; Inphi, USA

Can Discrete Multi-Tone Reduce the Cost for Short Reach Systems?, Tomoo Takahara; Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., Japan

Investigation of 50 GBd PAM-4 Electrical Interfaces for 2km Data Center Interconnects, Edward Frlan, Semtech, USA

Enabling The Cloud: Unleashing the Capabilities of Emerging Flexible Optical Transport through SDN and NFV

Monday, 23 March
13:30 - 18:00

Room: 408B

Organizers: Clint Schow; IBM T.J. Watson Res. Ctr., USA; Dimitra Simeonidou; University of Bristol, UK; Marina Thottan; Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, USA

Software Defined Networking (SDN) is becoming an established trend in operation and management of today’s networks from Data Centre (DC) to Telecomm Infrastructures. Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) is another emerging trend that has been recently introduced to reinforce the evolution of network services. Enabling SDN and NFV to support optical networks can provide a new open framework that can potentially facilitate network virtualisation, application specific network slicing at the optical layer as well as coordination and orchestration of higher layers and applications with the optical layer.
In parallel with the two aforementioned trends, programmable network technologies  are rapidly emerging, which can utilise plugable photonics and electronics and synthesise on demand hardware platforms . These new technology capabilities will provide a framework for hosting various network functions at the transport layer and if combined with SDN and NFV can create a very unique and attractive solution that allows full application programmability of the optical networks.
This symposium will attempt to shed light on potentials and benefits of combined SDN, NFV and programmable hardware as the basis of an emerging framework for optical infrastructure evolution for telecommunication  and cloud service providers. It brings together leading experts from industry and research to discuss solutions for extending SDN and NFV frameworks, protocols and new functions in optical data plane technologies such as programmability within context of data center, metro and core networks.

Part I Speakers:

ONF: Applying SDN to Optical Transport, Dan Pitt; ONF, USA

Implementing SDN Controlled Flexible Optical Transport at AT&T, the Next Steps, Mehran Esfandiari; AT&T, USA

Architecting the Next Generation DCN for Flexibility and Scale with Optics and SDN, Katherine Barabash; IBM, Israel

Towards a Common Network Orchestration Protocol for Multi-tenant Multi-domain Optical Networks with Heterogeneous Control and Data Planes Technologies, Raul Munoz; CTTC, Spain

Part II Speakers:

Emerging Open Technology and Optics for the Next Generation Mega Data Centers, Yuval Bachar; Facebook, USA

How Server Designs Will  Change as Interface Bandwidth Demands Continue to Increase, Daniel Dreps; IBM, USA

Programmable Hardware in Software Defined Networking, Gordon Brebner; Xilinx Inc., USA

SDN Control of a Coherent Open Line System, Jeff Cox; Microsoft, USA

Future of Broadband Access

Thursday, 26 March
13:00 - 17:30


Organizers: Neda Cvijetic; NEC Laboratories America, USA; Junichi Kani; NTT Access Service Systems Laboratories, Japan; Peter Vetter; Alcatel-Lucent, USA; Antonio Teixeira, Aveiro University, Portugal

This symposium will examine the trends and technologies poised to shape the future of broadband access. Key drivers, including 5G mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), and universal/unlimited access initiatives, as well as their potential ramifications on future broadband access will be discussed. From the technology perspective, presentations will delve into the competing options for the access segment, including a summary of the latest advances in fiber, copper, and wireless technologies. Important operational aspects affecting access networks will also be examined.

Part I: Future of Broadband Access: Trends and Drivers

Application Drivers and Trends for Future Broadband Access, Tomoaki Yoshida; NTT Corporation, Japan

Internet Connectivity for the World's 60% Unconnected Population, Hamid Hemmati; Facebook Inc., USA

Operational Issues in Access Networks: Past, Present, and Future, David Payne; CTVR Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

FTTx Migration Challenges to Giga-bps Hyper-connectivity Networking Infrastructure, Bongtae Kim; Electronics & Telecom Rsrch Inst., South Korea

Part II: Future of Broadband Access: Technologies

DOCSIS 3.1® Technology and Hybrid Fiber Coax for Multi-Gbps Broadband, Dan Rice; CableLabs, USA

Copper is the New Black for Ultra Broadband Networks, David Eckard; Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, USA

Access Network Transformation Options for Gbps Broadband, George Ginis; Assia Inc., USA

Special Session on The Societal, Business, and Technical Impact of Net Neutrality

Thursday, 26 March
13:00 - 15:00

Room: 411

Organizers: Pat Iannone; Bell Labs, USA; Rich Linke; Aluben Research LLC, USA

Network neutrality-related regulatory decisions, or the lack thereof, will impact not only the business landscape for internet service providers (ISPs), content providers, and application innovators, but will have a profound effect on the user experience. Less widely publicized is the impact these decisions will have on optical network technologies and architectures. This symposium will illuminate the fundamental issues around net neutrality and the potential impact of various proposals. 


Scott Jordan; Federal Communications Commission, USA

Kurt Opsahl; Electronic Frontier Foundation, USA 

Special Symposium on Fiber Optic Parametric Amplifiers: A Tribute to the Research of Prof. Michel Marhic

Thursday, 26 March
15:30 - 17:30

Room: 411

Organizers: Periklis Petropoulos; University of Southampton, UK; Kenneth K. Y. Wong; University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Shu Namiki, AIST, Japan

Prof. Michel Marhic was one of the most dedicated researchers in the theory and applications of fiber optical parametric amplifiers. After learning that Prof. Marhic passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in August 2014, we were honored to organize a special session in recognition of his world-leading work in this area. Anyone, especially those who knew Prof. Marhic, are cordially asked to join this session and share their memories and research works. The session will celebrate the progress on fiber optic parametric amplifiers, a field that has benefitted so much from Prof. Michel Marhic’s contributions.


Kenneth K. Y. Wong; The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Prem Kumar; Northwestern University, USA

Colin McKinstrie; Applied Communication Sciences, USA

Youichi Akasaka; Fujitsu Laboratories of America, USA

Katsumi Uesaka; Sumitomo, USA

Stojan Radic; UCSD, USA

Peter Andrekson; Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Periklis Petropoulos; University of Southampton, UK

Shu Namiki; AIST, Japan

Nick Doran; Aston University, UK