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OFC 2016 Plenary: The Open Optics Revolution

By Casimer DeCusatis | Posted: 21 March 2016

The OFC plenary is always an exciting and thought-provoking presentation, and this year will be no exception The photonics industry is being disrupted by emerging technologies such as network function virtualization (NFV), software defined networking (SDN), and radical new network architectures.  Many traditional optics providers are struggling with the implications of this wave of change, and how it will impact their business models and the people they serve. One of this year's plenary speakers is the man responsible for delivering AT&T’s next generation network architecture, Andre Fuetsch.

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OFC Daily Wrap - Monday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 21 March 2016

Monday at OFC: It's about improved testing, speed and efficiency. Plus a preview of the plenary presentation.

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OFC Daily Wrap - Sunday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 21 March 2016

We're glad you're here. Each morning of the conference, we'll be sending The Daily Wrap — spotlighting things to note for the day ahead and highlights from the day before.

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OFC: Today’s Not to Miss Programming

By Rebecca Andersen, The Optical Society | Posted: 21 March 2016

Workshops and the Plenary Session are highlights of today's programming.

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OFC Highlights: Day 3

By Ron Kline, Ovum | Posted: 20 March 2016

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Record-breaking Signal Transmission Capacity Paves the Way for Faster Internet

By Rebecca Andersen, The Optical Society | Posted: 20 March 2016

OFC Reseach News: Promising Larger Capacity Optical Communication Systems – Researchers from ZTE have experimentally demonstrated the highest capacity signal transmission for a two-kilometer single mode fiber inter-connect

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Record-breaking Reach for Low-cost Data Transmission between Data Centers

By Rebecca Andersen, The Optical Society | Posted: 19 March 2016

OFC Research News
Record-breaking Reach for Low-cost Data Transmission between Data Centers

Researchers in Germany demonstrate highest speeds yet by use of PAM-4 transmission
01 March 2016 -  Researchers working at ADVA Optical Networking in Meiningen, Germany, and the Technical University of Denmark have shown real-time transmission of 400Gbit/s (8x50G) over 100 kilometers, using the PAM-4 transmission format. Their system, which uses pulse-amplitude modulation with four discrete levels, significantly improves the cost, space and power efficiency for data center interconnect applications, providing a solution for distances up to 100km.

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Improved Testing, Speed and Efficiency

By Jimmy Yu, Dell’Oro Group | Posted: 19 March 2016

Finally, the wait is over. While it felt like an eternity, OFC week is now here. A look at the first wave of press releases points us to a belief that the theme of OFC 2016 will be about speed and efficiency. Regarding speed, the press releases were geared around the development of higher speed components and better testing equipment as well as 100 Gbps WDM system deployments. Furthermore, this year efficiency announcements went beyond equipment and include software, services, and organizational changes. SDN is here and companies are positioning themselves to capture the opportunity and extract value.

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Economics of Data Center Optics

By Lisa Huff, Discerning Analytics | Posted: 18 March 2016

The use of optics in data centers has been slowly increasing over the last ten years. While there is promise of one converged data center network with Fibre Channel over Ethernet, Discerning Analytics, LLC (DA) is skeptical that we will ever see FCoE be the entire network. What makes most sense economically in the near term is what has been adopted up until now, that is separate storage, LAN and clustering.

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100G Inside the Datacenter Goes Prime Time

By Andrew Schmitt, Founder, Cignal AI | Posted: 18 March 2016

First and foremost of these will be the surge of demand in 2016 for the new 100G QSFP28 format. This module, in conjunction with new 100GbE switch silicon from several vendors, will trigger high volume deployment of 100GbE in hyper-scale computing environments.

This is truly an historic moment, as it represents the beginning of a transition from 10G technology, which served customers for the past decade, to faster 25G speeds. During 10G’s reign, we’ve witnessed component vendors deliver tens of millions of modules and the price for them dropping 20% annually. 10G technology was later bootstrapped to serve the demand for 40GbE but this was really an evolutionary, not revolutionary, step. 

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