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Tuesday at OFC/NFOEC 2013 - Tutorials and Professional Society Partnerships

By Casimer DeCusatis, Ph.D. | Posted: 19 March 2013

It’s the next day of my annual trip to OFC/NFOEC, and I’m excited to be giving another talk this afternoon, a tutorial on data center networking. But first, there are a lot of good sessions that I want to attend, so it looks like another full day. I’m finding the conference app on my iPad to be incredibly helpful. This is the first week-long conference I’ve done with just my iPad, no clunky laptop to haul around, and it’s working out great. I don’t have to worry about my presentation this afternoon, since I uploaded the charts to OFC’s presenter website before leaving home. Even so, I have a backup plan – a converter cable that lets me connect the iPad directly to a projector, just in case.

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Focus On The Future

By Herbert Merz | Posted: 19 March 2013

When a company prepares for a trade show, there is one overriding concern. It’s not the booth design or the meeting schedules, although that is important. You may be focused on a particular element of the business, or a presentation you’re giving, but ultimately we are all coming to the OFC/NFOEC for one goal: to talk and learn about the future of optical networks, and what that means to our customers.

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Monday at OFC/NFOEC 2013 – Make New Friends & Keep the Old

By Casimer DeCusatis, Ph.D. | Posted: 18 March 2013

It’s another beautiful day in Anaheim, California, where I’m eager to get started at the first full day of the 2013 OFC/NFOEC conference.  Fortunately I remembered to download the OFC mobile app from Guidebook so I could keep track of everything that was going on, and keep my social media followers up to date at the same time. Here’s an update on my first day’s activities, and if there’s something you’d like me to address then drop me a line on Twitter (@Dr_Casimer).

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Sunday at OFC/NFOEC 2013 - Arrival and OIDA meeting

By Casimer DeCusatis, Ph.D. | Posted: 17 March 2013

I just flew in from New York (no, my arms aren't tired), and made my way to the Anaheim Marriot, which will be my base of operations for OFC 2013.
Today I participated in a roadmap workshop sponsored by the Optoelectronics Industry Association (OIDA) on metrics and roadmaps for future “scale-out” data centers.  My fellow workshop participants included representatives from Dell, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, U.C. San Diego, the Fraunhofer Institute, APIC Corporation, Finisar, and Ovum. 

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Photonics Sheds Light on Modern Data Centers

By Casimer DeCusatis, Ph.D. | Posted: 8 March 2013

The annual OFC/NFOEC meeting is less than a month away, and it couldn’t come at a better time for those of us working on cloud computing and data center networking.  More than ever before, photonics is poised to play a critical role in this industry, leading a significant revolution in the way that computer systems are interconnected.  In this blog, I’ll explore the issue in more detail and give you a peek at some of the hot topics coming up in March at OFC. 

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The “Disneyland” for Photonics experts!

By Dr. Ioannis Tomkos | Posted: 7 March 2013

We have written extensively on this blog about the high quality of the OFC/NFOEC technical program and the many exciting new topics generating innovation. However, another important highlight of OFC/NFOEC is the exhibition and the numerous events that are co-located with the booths. The OFC/NFOEC exhibition is certainly a joyful “playground” for photonics experts (and “geeks”!) and I am sure that many of the event participants would enjoy their visit to the exhibition space more than a visit to nearby Disneyland. There are some good reasons for that!

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A chance to dig into SDNs at OFC/NFOEC 2013

By Ernesto Burden | Posted: 26 February 2013

Our editor-in-chief Stephen Hardy’s always prescient crystal ball gazing had me well primed to have my eye caught by the roster of industry luminaries slated to dig into software defined networks (SDNs) at OFC/NFOEC March 19, 2013.

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OFC/NFOEC: A Cornucopia of Technology

By Jim Theodoras | Posted: 19 February 2013

OFC/NFOEC 2013 is rapidly approaching, and those with young kids (or an inner child) are surely looking forward to a return to Anaheim due to a nearby attraction with a large talking rodent as its mascot.

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Faster, Higher, Farther – Network Speeds Go Nowhere But Up

By Casimer DeCusatis, Ph.D. | Posted: 24 January 2013

I feel the need….the need for speed!

Time seems to be going by faster and faster – it seems like we just got done celebrating the new year, and we’re already getting ready for OFC/NFOEC in March. And it’s certain that faster speeds will also be the subject of much discussion at this year’s conference. I’d like to slow things down a bit, though, and reflect on what’s been going on in the industry to drive the most recent push towards higher and higher data rates over longer and longer optical networks.

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OFC/NFOEC moves to new dimensions!

By Dr. Ioannis Tomkos | Posted: 24 January 2013

A common issue that the OFC/NFOEC community has tried to address since the first OFC took place 38 years ago is how to increase the capacity of optical communications systems, which remains an important and challenging problem to this day. To address these capacity scaling needs, optical communications scientists try to explore all possible “dimensions” and properties of light, most recently the multiple spatial modes in multi-mode fibers. 

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