The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Los Angeles Convention Center,
Los Angeles, California, USA

Topic Categories

OFC introduced an updated structure for the submission topic categories in 2015. These modifications reflect the changing technologies and markets and more accurately capture current developments in the field.

The chart below provides an overview of the new categories organized by three tracks: Track D Devices/components, Track S Systems/subsystems and Track N Networks/Applications. Each track now includes submissions of both near- and long-term work.
 

Track D: Devices, Optical Components and Fiber

D1: Advances in deployable optical components, fibers, and field installation equipment
D2: Passive optical devices and circuits for switching and filtering
D3: Active optical devices and photonic integrated circuits
D4: Fibers and propagation physics
D5: Fiber-optic and waveguide devices and sensors
DSN6: Optical devices, subsystems, and networks for Datacom and Computercom

D1: Advances in deployable optical components, fibers, and field installation equipment

This subcommittee seeks original contributions on optical components, fibers, and field installation equipment, such as optoelectronic or passive optical chips and modules, TOSAs/ROSAs, connectors, amplifiers, fibers, cables, enclosures, and fusion or mechanical splicers, that are currently being discussed in standards bodies, have recently been prototyped or field-trialed, have become commercially available, or have widely been deployed or used in the field. A significant level of technical depth and relevant citations of the open literature are required, going substantially beyond material typical of product marketing and standards presentations.  Industry panels will complement the technical program in this area. Papers focusing on system aspects and datacenter interconnects should go to the DSN6 committee or the appropriate S-track.

  • Comprehensive studies related to standardization and commercialization
  • Issues on fabrication, assembly, packaging, inspections, installation, and operations
  • Statistical studies on production yield, reproducibility, stability, or reliability
  • In-field characterization of metrology of components or fiber attributes
  • Thermal and reliability design, and environmental testing of optical components and cables
  • Optical components, fibers, and field installation equipment at a commercial or engineering sample level, such as optoelectronic or passive optical chips and modules, TOSA/ROSA, connectors, amplifiers, fibers, cables, enclosures, and fusion or mechanical splicers
  • Design, operations, and evaluations of field installations and related equipment
  • Process quality control and management

D2: Passive optical devices and circuits for switching and filtering

This subcommittee seeks original contributions focusing on the passive optical component technologies based on either bulk-optics or integrated-photonics that offer various linear functions such as multiplexing/demultiplexing, spatial routing/switching, filtering, and equalizing, for fiber-optic systems. These include planar lightwave circuits (PLCs), MEMS, liquid crystal, free-space optics, discrete optics, photonic crystals, ring resonators, gratings and plasmonic devices and circuits, mostly for the realization of wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM), wavelength-selective switching (WSS), orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM), polarization-division multiplexing (PDM), and space-division multiplexing (SDM). Passive fiber-based devices for SDM, WDM and PDM should be submitted to D5. Devices with nonlinear functions must go to either D3 (resonant) or D5 (off-resonance). Devices for sensors must go to D5. Switching devices which emit light, such as semiconductor optical amplifiers used as on/off gates, should be submitted to D3. Papers focusing predominantly on the system performance of devices considered within D2 should go to the appropriate S-track or DSN6 committee.

  • Wavelength-, polarization-, and space-division filters, multiplexers, demultiplexers, equalizers, interleavers, switches, splitters, add/drops, and cross-connects
  • Passive optical devices for performance monitoring
  • Optical devices for dispersion or other distortion compensation
  • Integrated devices containing passive silicon, silicon nitride, silica, polymer, or other dielectric planar lightwave circuits
  • Integrated devices containing doped silicon materials used for switching (but not modulating)
  • Free-space or MEMS optical devices
  • Photonic crystal, ring resonator, grating, and other nano-optic devices
  • Plasmonic waveguides, devices, and switches
  • Waveguide and other novel materials, simulations, and theory
  • Silicon (and other group IV) photonic based fabrication processes
  • Optical waveguide mode converters and tapers for off-chip coupling

D3: Active optical devices and photonic integrated circuits

This subcommittee seeks original contributions focusing on the active optical device elements and their integrated photonics platforms for optical communications. The active elements include laser diodes, modulators, detectors, semiconductor optical amplifiers, nonlinear (resonant) and ultrafast devices, exploiting carrier dynamics in semiconductors. The integration platforms include those based on compound semiconductor and silicon. The level of integration is broad, ranging from novel discrete components to highly-integrated photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and fully packaged devices. Also solicited are papers on design, fabrication techniques and characterization of optoelectronic devices, hybrid and monolithic integration techniques, fundamental aspects of device packaging and reliability. Papers focusing predominantly on the system performance of devices considered within D3 should go to the appropriate S-track or DSN6 committee. Silicon photonic switching devices should be submitted to D2. Devices with off-resonance nonlinear functions must go to D5.

  • Lasers (including external cavity lasers) and modulators (to include plasmonic based modulators)
  • Detectors (including plasmonic based) and receivers
  • Silicon and III-V photonic integrated circuits
  • Semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOA)
  • Wavelength converters and comb sources (semiconductor-based only, others go to D5)
  • Nonlinear devices based on carrier dynamics in semiconductors (e.g. SOA-based)
  • Semiconductor-based active switches (and optical burst switching devices)
  • Optoelectronic hybrid and monolithic integration
  • Integration platforms for optoelectronic devices
  • Fundamental aspects of optoelectronic device testing, packaging and reliability
  • Ultrafast devices
  • Silicon (and other group IV) photonics based active devices (except Kerr/Raman/Brillouin effect based devices, which should go to D5)
  • Optoelectronic devices based on graphene or other 2D metamaterials

D4: Fibers and propagation physics

This subcommittee seeks original contributions focusing on all aspects of optical fibers including their design, fabrication, and physical properties, and measurement or characterization methodologies. Fibers include but are not limited to: those single- or multi-mode; single- or multi-core; silica- or non-silica based; and conventional or micro-structured. This subcommittee also focuses on the physics of light propagation in optical fiber that include Kerr-induced nonlinear effects such as self- and cross-phase modulation, and four-wave mixing, and light scattering processes such as Rayleigh, Brillouin and Raman scattering. Papers focusing predominantly on the system performance of fibers or system impact of propagation phenomena considered within D4 should go to the appropriate S-track or DSN6 committee.

  • Design and fabrication of optical fibers
  • Specialty optical fibers for passive applications
  • Microstructured and photonic bandgap fibers
  • Multimode and multicore fibers
  • Non-silica and multi-material optical fibers
  • Sub-micron fibers and waveguides
  • Propagation, dispersion, and polarization related effects in fibers, waveguides, and free space
  • Nonlinear effects, scattering, and propagation related transmission impairments in optical fibers
  • Fiber characterization and measurement techniques
  • Fibers for ultrahigh capacity transmission
  • Fundamental studies on fiber reliability

D5: Fiber-optic and waveguide devices and sensors

This subcommittee seeks original contributions focusing on active or passive fiber or planar waveguide devices and sensors mostly based on either doped glass, off-resonance nonlinearities, fiber Bragg gratings or fiber couplers. They include all of the optical amplifiers (except for semiconductor amplifiers, which must go to D3), all fiber Bragg gratings, all devices for sensors, devices based on off-resonance nonlinearities, fiber-based devices for SDM, WDM and PDM, and light sources based on fiber-optic cavities or the fiber-optic devices covered in this subcommittee. Applications can be either telecom or non-telecom. Waveguide gratings except for sensors must go to D2. Papers based on resonant nonlinearities and/or carrier dynamics in semiconductors should go to D3. Papers focusing predominantly on the system performance of devices considered within D5 should go to the appropriate S-track or DSN6 committee.

  • Optical amplifier design and control
  • Doped fiber and waveguide amplifiers
  • Raman and Brillouin fiber amplifiers and devices
  • Device aspects of phase-sensitive and -insensitive amplifiers
  • Fiber-based devices for SDM, mode multiplexer, multicore, interference devices
  • Novel fiber-optic and waveguide devices based on off-resonance nonlinearities
  • Fiber lasers (including random lasers, high power lasers, wavelength tunable lasers), and short-pulse, supercontinuum, or frequency-comb sources
  • Fiber-optic devices for performance monitoring
  • Fiber Bragg gratings, long period gratings and fiber coupler based devices for pulse-shaping, signal multiplexing, signal measurement and sensing
  • Fiber-optic (bulk and distributed) and waveguide sensors, including LIDAR
  • Non-telecom (including biophotonic and astrophotonic) applications of fiber and waveguide technologies, e.g. for biomedical imaging or endoscopic optical coherence tomography (OCT)
  • Devices and sensors for avionics and automotive applications

Track S: Systems and Subsystems

S1: Advances in deployable subsystems and systems
S2: Optical and photonic and microwave photonic subsystems
S3: Radio-over-fiber, free space and non-telecom systems
S4: Digital and electronic subsystems
S5: Digital transmission systems
DSN6: Optical devices, subsystems, and networks for Datacom and Computercom

S1: Advances in deployable subsystems and systems

This subcommittee seeks original contributions on subsystems, network elements, and transmission systems solutions that are currently being discussed in standards bodies, have recently been prototyped or field-trialed, or have become commercially available. A significant level of technical depth and a proper embedding into previous reports available in the open literature is required, going substantially beyond material typical of product marketing and standards presentations. Industry panels will complement the technical program in this area.

  • Client and line interfaces (Ethernet, OTN, etc.) for optical transmission systems
  • Digital transceivers and optical transponders at various data rates such as 100 Gb/s, 400 Gb/s, and 1 Tb/s
  • Digital transmission systems, field trials or laboratory demonstrations using prototypes or deployable modules for long-haul, metro, DWDM inter-datacenter and submarine applications
  • In-field transmission system-level testing of components and fiber
  • Photonic network elements and enabling hardware such as wavelength-selective switches, ROADMs, performance monitoring subsystems, etc.
  • Next generation pluggable, integrated devices for optical communication
  • Techniques for modulation/demodulation, forward error correction, clock and carrier recovery, protocol mapping and framing that are practically implementable in existing ASIC technology
  • Energy-efficient and cost-effective subsystem implementations
  • Design aspects for deployable subsystems including ADC/DACs, ASIC implementation and photonic integrated devices

S2: Optical,  photonic and microwave photonic subsystems

This subcommittee seeks original contributions focusing on the subsystem performance of those photonic network elements that rely on optical and photonic/microwave photonic techniques for the processing of information. This includes active and passive all-optical signal processing subsystems for telecommunications and digital data processing applications. This subcommittee also covers optical performance monitoring subsystems and optical switching subsystems.

  • Passive all-optical signal processing subsystems (e.g., based on wavelength-selective switches, ROADMs, and various optical filters)
  • Active all-optical signal processing (wavelength conversion, optical switching and routing, optical regeneration, optical clock recovery, optical multiplexing and demultiplexing, and other linear and nonlinear optical signal processing techniques)
  • Photonic signal processing including ADC and DAC
  • Microwave photonic subsystems, including microwave photonic filters, photonic generation and processing of microwave signals
  • Optical logic and memory
  • Optical buffering, bit-, and label-processing subsystems
  • Optical packet and burst switching subsystems
  • Performance monitoring and signal characterization based on optical techniques
  • Control of optical network elements and nodes
  • Sub-system applications of phase-sensitive or phase-insensitive amplifiers

S3: Radio-over-fiber, free-space and non-telecom systems

This subcommittee seeks original contributions focusing on radio-over-fiber (RoF), free-space (including visible light communications), microwave photonics and non-telecom systems and  applications. Radio-over-fiber and optical wireless integration are concerned with the development and improvement of broadband wireless communication systems and networks. Included are also  the transmission and control of microwave signals for, e.g., RF sensing, antenna remoting, high-speed instrumentation and measurement systems, or biomedical, THz, ultra-wideband, ultra-stable frequency metrology, and other high-frequency applications. Papers focusing on microwave photonics subsystems (e.g. photonic generation and processing of microwave signals) should go to S2.

  • Radio-over-fiber (RoF) subsystems and systems
  • Optical-wireless integration, including multi-technology converged transmission systems
  • Visible light and free-space optical communication systems using analog and digital processing
  • High-frequency systems or applications, including microwave, millimeter-wave and Terahertz photonics
  • Front-haul systems based on analog radio signals
  • Optical subsystems for non-telecom applications such as remote sensing

S4: Digital and electronic subsystems

This subcommittee seeks original contributions focusing on digital and electronic subsystems and transceivers and subsystems contained therein. These cover subsystems aspects of advanced optical modulation formats (single-carrier or multi-carrier), including wavelength, time, and space-division multiplexing, as well as digital optical transmitter and receiver subsystems based on digital signal processing techniques for pulse shaping, MIMO equalization, and clock/carrier/phase recovery in coherent receivers. Modeling, design, and implementation of purely electronic and algorithmic subsystems are also included in this category. Papers focusing on compensation/mitigation of nonlinear fiber propagation effects should go to S5.

  • Digital optical transmitter and receiver subsystems
  • Modulation and demodulation subsystems
  • Digital signal processing algorithms for optical transceivers
  • Forward error correction and coding
  • Subsystems and digital signal processing for point-to-point short-reach applications
  • Subsystems and digital signal processing for space-division multiplexing
  • Digital signal processing for burst-switching subsystems
  • Electronic digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters
  • Electronic multiplexing and demultiplexing subsystems
  • Electronic and opto-electronic signal processing and impairment mitigation techniques
  • Performance monitoring and signal characterization based on digital electronic techniques

S5: Digital transmission systems

This subcommittee seeks original contributions on optical transmission systems, massive wavelength or spatial multiplexing, and on system aspects of devices, subsystems, and networking elements. The subcommittee covers modeling, design, experimental demonstration and implementation of optical transmission systems from metro to long-haul, highlighting system-level implications and mitigation of propagation impairments. Contributions may also focus on system aspects of certain modulation, detection, multiplexing, coding, and routing techniques beyond pure subsystem performance.

  • System aspects of modulation formats, multiplexing schemes, coding and FEC
  • System aspects of linear and nonlinear transmission effects (such as CD, PMD, PDL, fiber nonlinearity, concatenated ROADM filtering, etc.)
  • Massive multiplexing in wavelength or space
  • Pre- or post-compensation of linear and nonlinear transmission impairments
  • Digital signal processing techniques to mitigate distortions from nonlinear fiber propagation effects
  • Transmission experiments or simulations over more than about 100 km of fiber
  • Modeling of digital transmission systems, characteristic impairments, and limits
  • Propagation effects focusing on transmission performance instead of propagation physics
  • Security aspects of digital optical transmission systems
  • Quantum communications and cryptography in optical communications
 

Track N: Networks, Applications and Access

N1: Advances in deployable networks and applications
N2: Control and management of optical and multilayer networks
N3: Network architectures and techno-economics
N4: Optical access networks for fixed and mobile services
N5: Market Watch, Network Operator Summit & Data Center Summit (Invited Program Only)
DSN6: Optical devices, subsystems, and networks for Datacom and Computercom

N1: Advances in deployable networks and applications

This subcommittee focuses on near- to mid-term network trends and applications addressing service provider as well as content provider needs. It seeks original contributions on deployable network solutions ranging from access to core, including high-capacity inter-data center and data-center to user networks, as well as enterprise and storage area networks.  Papers reporting assessments of the maturity of next-generation transport and switching technology, descriptions of operational experiences or experimental evaluations of demonstrators, field trials, interoperability tests and deployments are welcome. Carrier/operator and content provider technology requirements and strategies are also in scope. Applications include broadband network evolution, high-bandwidth, latency-sensitive and dynamic applications that require advances in network capabilities. A significant level of technical depth and a proper embedding into previous reports available in the open literature is required, going substantially beyond material typical of product marketing and standards presentations. Industry panels will complement the technical program in this area.

  • Experiences with near term network technologies
  • Network engineering and deployment, including installation techniques
  • Network migration/evolution experiences and issues
  • Field trial demonstrations and interoperability tests
  • Carrier/operator and content provider network technology requirements
  • Operational aspects of emerging networks, including the application of software-defined networking (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV) or network virtualization technology
  • High capacity and on-demand network connectivity to support cloud computing
  • High capacity networks to support large bandwidth video applications, such as Digital Cinema, SuperHD, 3D-video
  • Interactive video and gaming applications and their impact on optical transport and access networks
  • Any other applications that require advances in network capabilities (e.g. low latency)

N2: Control and management of optical and multilayer networks

This subcommittee seeks original contributions to advance the control and management of optical and multi-layer networks. New approaches to data modelling and management protocols, open application programming interfaces (APIs) for multi-domain interoperability and vendor independence, and open-source software frameworks are of particular interest. Papers discussing Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) in a packet-optical network context are also welcome. Other focus areas include network resource virtualization, virtual network composition, optical network programmability, and intent based networking. Subcommittee N2 also welcomes contributions to simplify the support of existing services and the operation of complex networks as well as the control of emerging services such as bandwidth calendering, advanced reservations, alien wavelengths and inter-datacenter networking.

  • Management and control of multi-layer and multi-domain networks
  • Novel network control, management and monitoring approaches
  • Optical network resource abstraction and virtualization
  • SDN for service provider and data center networks
  • Network virtualization, management and control of overlay & underlay networks
  • Control algorithms for programmable and cognitive optical networks
  • Network Functions Virtualization in optical and multi-layer networks
  • Data analytics for self-organizing networks
  • Dynamic, on-demand and scheduled networking
  • New data models, description languages and management protocols (e.g. Netconf/YANG based)
  • Open and intent-based APIs for functions such as topology discovery, service management, and path calculation
  • Software frameworks (especially open source based) targeted at optical and multi-layer networking

N3: Network architectures and techno-economics

This subcommittee seeks original contributions on the data plane evolution of optical networks from access to core, including inter-data center and data-center to user networks, as well as enterprise and storage area networks. Network architectures and related techno-economic studies, as well as tools, analytical methods, algorithms and design methodologies are all in scope. Included are also discussions of protection and restoration schemes and other critical areas for network evolution, such as the design of multi-layer networks using packet, TDM and optical technologies. This category also includes network design and techno-economic trade-offs of emerging services such as Bandwidth-on-Demand and network services for Cloud Computing.

  • Data plane architectures for access, metro, core and inter data-center services
  • Network optimization, planning and planning tools
  • Algorithms and designs for network reliability, service restoration and protection
  • Network modeling techniques and algorithms for resource allocation
  • Elastic optical path and flexible grid networks
  • Space division multiplexed and multi-dimensional optical networks
  • Network infrastructure programmability
  • Network techno-economics
  • Energy efficiency in core networks
  • Design of node architectures including protection and failure recovery
  • Design of high connectivity contentionless node architectures

N4: Optical access networks for fixed and mobile services

This subcommittee seeks original contributions to advance the future of optical access networks. In scope is innovation in architectures and protocols for optical access networks, including network applications such as residential and business services, or mobile backhaul/fronthaul. Novel optical access systems  and optical transmission/device technologies such as hybrid signal multiplexing, advanced modulation formats, DSP-based transmission, high-speed burst-mode detection and coherent reception, that will increase capacity and reach, improve robustness for sustainable operation, reduce CAPEX/OPEX, lower power consumption, and provide attractive new services, are the main topics for this category. Network-wide techno-economic studies and related architecture investigations should go to N3. Work on SDN/NFV approaches in multi-layer access networks and related software-interfaces should be submitted to N2. Deployable solutions and field trials must go to N1. Papers on front-haul systems based on analog radio signals should go to S3.

Novel optical access network architecture, design, control, and management paradigms

  • High-speed optical access networks and applications
  • Future PON architectures, including WDM-PON, high rate TDM-PON, TWDM-PON, OFDMA-PON, and Hybrid PON
  • Innovation in optical backhaul/fronthaul networks and fixed-mobile convergence
  • Long-reach broadband access networks and metro-access convergence
  • Novel access techniques, including DSP-based optical access
  • Energy efficient optical access networks
  • Optical access system reliability, protection and security
  • Operational issues (e.g. testing, monitoring, installation procedures, and methods to reduce issues)
  • Access network architecture, including upgrade and/or migration from legacy PON to next-gen PONs, introduction of new applications, co-existence of services, and open access
  • In-home optical networking applications
  • Emerging standards, including optics for 5G mobile applications

N5: Market Watch, Network Operator Summit & Data Center Summit (INVITED PROGRAM ONLY)

These programs take place on the exhibit floor and comprise of the following:

  • The Network Operator Summit & Data Center Summit is a daylong program shaped around the needs and interests of carriers and content providers. It features topics and speakers of interest to CTOs, network architects, network designers and technologists. The program includes a keynote speaker and several panel sessions.
  • The Market Watch is a three-day series of panel discussions that  covers the latest application topics and business issues in the field of optical communications. Sessions highlight developments in equipment and components as they relate to all facets of the communications markets from submarine systems to data center networks.
  • The Network Operator Summit & Data Center Summit is where service providers discuss what they are doing with the latest technologies. The context is: What would they like to see if it was a clean slate and they had no legacy network implementation which has to be integrated into the vision? So, not pie in the sky but grounded in the knowledge of what is actually implementable today and how they would use it in their network.

    Market Watch comprises a General State of the Optical Industry session as seen from the industry and financial analysts view and then dives deep into the component technology and OEM manufacturers that are creating platforms to address these latest topics and trends in the optical industry. The Market Watch segment looks at two years to present technologies from now to near-term deployments and applications in all parts of the network from local area network (LAN) to core. This includes next generation Ethernet to high-speed transmission and switching technology and new access deployment in PON and wireless as well as operational strategies.
     

  • State of the Optical Industry in the eyes of the analysts
  • Engineering and deployment of latest bandwidth products
  • New architectures for legacy infrastructure and services
  • Keynote address by provider luminary on a hot industry topic and its application in a service or content provider network
  • Trends in service and content provider networks: Industry consolidation, cloud computing enablement, content distribution, network service virtualization
  • Optical components and the latest integration trends: Emerging technologies and their market impact on network deployment
  • Carrier/operator and content provider network technology requirements
  • Practicality of network convergence, SDN architectures and NFV applications
  • Ways to monetize the network infrastructure
  • Access networks and PON
  • Cloud data centers and servers with high-speed connectivity
  • Optical technology progression in data center interconnects - both inside and between data centers.
  • Pluggable optics and its enabling technologies and applications

DSN6: Optical devices, subsystems, and networks for Datacom and Computercom

We seek contributions on device, subsystem, system, and network levels that enable the deployment of high-performance computing (HPC) systems and highly interconnected data centers. The length scales of interest primarily include inter-/intra-chip, inter-/intra-rack and intra-datacenter (up to approximately several km of length). Converged networks spanning intra- and inter-datacenter should also be submitted to DSN6. High-capacity, DWDM inter-datacenter papers should be submitted to the appropriate D-, S- or N-track categories.  A particular focus is on highly optimized short-reach, low-power, and low-cost optical interconnection modules, links and networks, from enabling optical interconnect technologies, switching and routing subsystems, to integrated interconnection networking architectures and new applications that address the unique challenges of Datacom and Computercom. Papers should be submitted to D1 (resp. S1) if they are based on devices (resp. subsystems) that are currently being discussed in standards bodies, have recently been prototyped or field-trialed, or have become commercially available.

Topics include:
  • Cost effective, energy-efficient optical interconnects for computers and datacenters.
  • Parallel optical interconnects using wavelength or space division multiplexing.
  • Silicon photonics integrated circuits including laser sources for computers and data centers.
  • Packaging and integration for low-cost optical interconnects including optical backplanes.
  • Optical switching devices, architectures, and control schemes for data centers and supercomputers.
  • Electronic driver and receiver circuits for energy-efficient optical interconnects and switches.
  • On-chip optical networks and integrated nanophotonic computer architectures.
  • Disaggregated server and rack-scale technologies/architectures.
  • Interconnection network architectures for computing platforms and datacenters.
  • Optical interconnection network interfaces, protocols, arbitration and flow control.
  • SDN, APIs and software frameworks for intra-data center applications.

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