Special Symposia

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

Beyond The Gold Box: The Future of Integrated Optics

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?

Introduction: Chris Fludger; Cisco Optical GmbH, Germany

Beyond CFP2 ACO, Ian Betty; Ciena, USA.

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

Analogue Interfaces for Pluggable Optics, Thomas Duthel; Cisco Systems, Inc. USA

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

Integrated Devices for Metro Applications, 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.

Introduction: Clint Schow; IBM T.J. Watson Res. Ctr., USA

How Do You Do The Laser?, Yuliya Akulova; JDSU, USA

How Do You Do The Laser?, Greg Fish; Aurrion, USA; Alfredo Viglienzoni; Skorpios, Inc., USA

How Do You Get Off The Chip Into The Fiber?, Tymon Barcwicz; IBM Research, USA

How Do You Get Off The Chip Into The Fiber?, Bardia Pezeshki; Kaiam, USA

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

Introduction: Christopher Cole; Finisar Corporation, USA

Low Power Circuits, Thelinh Nguyen; Finisar Corporation, USA

Low Power Circuits, Haoli Qian; Credo Semiconductor, USA

Low Power Circuits, Mark Webster; Cisco Systems, Inc., USA

DSP to Reduce Package Size, Vipul Bhatt; Inphi, USA

DMT Reducing Package Cost, Tomoo Takahara; Fujitsu, Japan

56Gbaud PAM-4 Reducing Packaging Cost, Edward Frlan, Semtech, USA

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

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.

Future of Broadband Access

Part I “Future of Broadband Access: Trends and Drivers”
Part II “Future of Broadband Access: Technologies”

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.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Application Drivers and Trends for Future Broadband Access

  • The State of FTTx: Technologies and Trade-Offs

  • Cable at the Speed of Optical Access

  • G.fast: Copper Stays in the Broadband Access Game

  • Broadband Wireless Access: 5G, IoT, and Beyond

  • Operational Issues in Access Networks: Past, Present, and Future

  • Unlimited Access: Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime, Any Speed, for Anything

  • Net Neutrality and Broadband Access: What Does the Future Hold?