Overview of Categories
The OFC technical program is divided into 16 categories that cover the full breadth of component, system and network technologies relating to fiber optic communications. The categories also accommodate the full range of timescales from current deployment to long term research.
Devices, Optical Components and Fiber
Systems and Subsystems
Networks, Applications, and Access
|D1: Advances in deployable optical components, fibers, and field installation equipment
||S1: Advances in deployable subsystems and systems
||N1: Advances in deployable networks and their applications
|D2: Passive optical devices and circuits for switching and filtering
||S2: Optical, photonic and microwave photonic subsystems
||N2: Control and management of optical & multilayer networks
|D3: Active optical devices and photonic integrated circuits
||S3: Radio-over-fiber, free-space, and non-telecom systems
||N3: Network architectures and techno-economics
|D4: Fiber and propagation physics
||S4: Digital and electronic subsystems
||N4: Optical access networks for fixed mobile services
|D5: Fiber-optic and waveguide devices and sensors
||S5: Digital transmission systems
||N5: Market Watch, Network Operator Summit & Data Center Summit (Invited Program Only)
|DSN6: Optical devices, subsystems, and networks for Datacom and Computercom
The categories are grouped broadly into three tracks denoted by the letters ‘D’, ‘S’ and ‘N’ standing for Devices, Systems and Networks respectively, and this will help to quickly determine the main thrust of specific papers and sessions at OFC.
Submissions to Category D1, S1 and N1
Categories D1, S1 and N1 represent the nearer term focus of the conference and will attract an audience comprising people and companies that build, install, operate and maintain equipment in OFC’s areas of interest, ranging from fiber-based and integrated optical devices and subsystems to optical communications systems and network elements all the way to large optical networks. Program topics cover such diverse areas as network architecture, design and planning, installation of facilities and deployment of services. Near and mid-term components and systems are also covered, so recent field trial and other papers from carriers and service providers, component and sub-system manufacturers would fit very well into these categories.
Submissions to Category D2-5, S2-5, N2-5
The goal of the technical program surrounding the remaining D, S and N categories is to facilitate the dissemination of the latest information in the field of fiber optic communications and related technologies. Topics cover a wide range of areas and include materials, devices, systems, networks, and applications. Also solicited are papers on subjects related to fiber optic communication that have a significant overlap in technology, such as fiber sensors, fiber lasers, optical signal processing, and free-space communications. To maintain the technical and geographical diversity that attendees have come to expect, we seek submissions from around the world and from industry as well as academia. Authors with new techniques or devices that represent first-rate discoveries are encouraged to submit their work even if it has not yet been fully implemented or exhaustively characterized.
Category N5 represents the most near term topics in the conference, covering both the Service Provider’s Summit and Market Watch events, and taking place on the Show Floor. Submissions will not be accepted for N5. This is an invited program only.
Submissions to Category DSN6
The category DSN6 recognizes the need for a focus on data centers and short range computer communications, where the components, systems and architectures are so tightly bound together that it makes sense to provide a single track that integrates them.
Timescales of Categories
When submitting papers to the OFC conference, it is important to recognize the following:
Categories D1, S1 and N1 provide feedback to both the component, sub-system and equipment vendor community and also to the network operator community with a shorter-term relevance. This means submissions to these categories should focus on the near- to mid-term needs of solutions that are or will become commercially viable in a short timeframe. Technical contributions related to standardization and pre-standardization discussions are encouraged.
The other categories provide feedback to the R&D community with a longer-term relevance. This means submissions to these categories should focus on fundamental and evolving topics that one would expect to take several years before becoming commercially viable.
Evaluation of Criteria
Please consult the topic descriptions of the respective subcommittees to find the subcommittee that best describes the area of your work in its current phase.
Authors should keep the following considerations in mind when preparing and submitting technical papers and presentation materials to OFC.
Papers will be evaluated rigorously, irrespective of the subcommittee they have been submitted to. (If submitted to a subcommittee that does not represent a good fit to a paper’s technical content, OFC reserves the right to move the paper to a better matching subcommittee.) Key paper evaluation criteria include originality, depth of technical content, relationship to other published work, degree of applicability, accuracy, perceived degree of interest, supporting evidence for claims, degree of disclosure of related information, clarity and sufficient progress in the field. The Technical Program Committee will look closely at submitted summaries to ensure that papers accepted for the program represent new information of practical value to the conference attendees.
Interactive presentations will be selected after the papers have been accepted as oral or poster papers and are independent of the allocated presentation type. Authors’ interest in having a demo will neither affect whether your paper will be accepted by OFC nor whether your paper will be allocated an oral or a poster slot.
Claims of performance should be well documented and will be judged on how well they compare with accepted norms. For example, a paper reporting a transmission system of a certain capacity should include convincing evidence that all channels (or tributaries) making up the claimed capacity meet the specified performance target, rather than claims based on the performance of a few selected channels. Measurement details that affect performance should be sufficiently specified, for example, pseudorandom bit pattern lengths, relevant aspects of digital signal processing algorithms, etc. Putting the work in context with prior published work by the authors’ or other groups is especially important. Submissions that are little more than product announcements or promotional material with minimal technical detail will be rejected.