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Servers and Routers: To Aggregate or Disaggregate?

By Casimer DeCusatis | Posted: 2 September 2015

One topic of note at the MIT Workshop on Photonics in Servers and Routers, commonly known as “Majorca at MIT” was the assertion made five years ago at the first Majorca meeting about network architectures migrating from the campus LAN into the data center, and then into boards and chips. 

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Majorca at MIT: Photonics in Servers and Routers – What a difference five years makes!

By Casimer DeCusatis | Posted: 18 August 2015

Casimer DeCusatis' special report from the MIT Workshop on Photonics in Servers and Routers, also known as Majorca at MIT. 

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Reality Check on 100G Metro Networks

By Casimer DeCausitus | Posted: 29 June 2015

One of the hot topics at this year’s OFC annual meeting was the impact of 100 Gbit/s data rates on metro and long haul networks.  OFC ran a panel discussion sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society, IEEE Communications Society, and OSA to consider how current market dynamics, combined with shifting traffic patterns in the MAN and WAN, would impact ongoing efforts to grow 100G installations.  While some people have claimed 2015 may be the year that metro 100G takes off, others have questioned whether 100G really solves any meaningful problems in the MAN.

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Something Scary Happened on the Way to the Internet of Things

By By Casimer DeCusatis, Ph.D. | Posted: 27 April 2015

There was a lot of discussion at OFC last month about enabling the Internet of Things (IoT), a next generation interconnect technology that could profoundly change almost every aspect of our daily lives. Although the IoT is almost certainly over-hyped right now, at least according to a recent Gartner Group report, there’s a clear trend in the industry towards interconnecting massive numbers of devices on pervasive, wireless networks. I’ve always been an advocate for new technologies, and usually I can’t wait to try out “the next big thing”, but while I can’t wait for some of the new features promised by the IoT, I’m also starting to lose sleep thinking about how to manage and provide security for all those new networked devices.

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Most Memorable Moments from OFC

By Casimer DeCusatis, Ph.D. | Posted: 7 April 2015

I’m starting to think that enthusiasm for a conference seems to follow the Gartner Group hype cycle - a huge buildup leading up to the event, followed by the culture shock of returning to your day job, and later the realization that you learned a bunch of useful things after all. 

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Service Provider Summit at OFC

By Casimer DeCusatis, Ph.D. | Posted: 27 March 2015

As the OFC conference continues, today provided a unique opportunity to hear from some of the industry’s leaders in a slightly less formal setting where business and technology issues come together to create market value.  Of course I’m referring to the Service Provider Symposium, held on the 300,000 square foot exhibit floor at OFC.  

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Hot Topic of Net Neutrality Wraps Up Special Sessions

By OFC | Posted: 26 March 2015

Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued new rules on net neutrality that are due to go into effect before the summer and will reclassify broadband Internet as a telecommunications service.

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Upbeat Mood at OFC Signals Market Potential

By OFC | Posted: 26 March 2015

Five hundred sixty exhibitors, 106,000 square feet of exhibit space, 12,375 registered attendees, five days in Los Angeles, countless business cards exchanged, meetings taken, pens and Jolly Ranchers handed out and it has all come down to this: Thank you!

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Daily Wrap - Thursday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 26 March 2015

Carriers have long desired greater control over transport so that they could reduce cost, increase availability, reduce time to deliver services and explore new services, such as on demand.

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Networking from a High-Performance Computing Perspective

By OFC | Posted: 26 March 2015

We have known since the dawn of the Computer Age that one thing you can almost always count on, like glorious weather in Los Angeles, is that computer processors tend to get faster, cheaper and smaller— a trend enshrined in Moore's Law.

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