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OFC's high-speed optical network, OFCnet, enables select demonstrations of networking products, solutions and architectures.
This live network is built to showcase emerging technologies including quantum networking, network element interoperability, SDN and programmability, and networking for big data/big science applications.
OFCnet saw first light in 2022 in partnership with CENIC and Lumen. CENIC, the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, connects California to the world, advancing education and research statewide by providing the world-class computing network essential for innovation, collaboration and economic growth. Lumen is a multinational technology company enabling companies to capitalize on emerging applications and power the 4th Industrial Revolution. In 2022, Lumen laid the final piece to OFCnet and brought dark fiber into the San Diego Convention Center.
OFCnet enables booth-to-booth fiber connectivity for on-site optical demonstrations while also extending CENIC to the OFC Exhibitor show floor. This connectivity provides new opportunities for exhibitors who collaborate with affiliated academic institutions to highlight advancements and capabilities in a live real-time, fully operational network environment. Exhibitors participating in OFCnet may also have the opportunity to present their demonstrations to an audience in the Show Floor Theaters.
Be Part of OFCnet
OFCnet is always looking for partners to help build the network and join CENIC and Lumen as partners by contributing equipment, services and demonstrations suited to OFCnet's objectives. OFCnet is also looking for equipment vendors specializing in fiber test sets, transport, switching and routing, as well as service providers, cloud providers and research and education companies.
Companies interested in participating should contact OFCnet@ofcconference.org for more information.
If you would like to submit a proposal to utilize the live network for demonstration purposes please see the submission guidelines to submit.
Demonstration applications are being accepted through Thursday, 12 October 2023. Submit Demonstration Proposal Here.
OFCnet 2024 Committee
Marc Lyonnais, Ciena, Canada, Chair
Randy Giles, Optica, USA, Chair
Gwen Amice, EXFO, Canada
Sana Bellamine, CENIC, USA
Dave Brown, Nokia, USA
Cees de Laat, UVA, Netherlands
Casey Foulds, UTD, USA
Maurizio Gazzola, Cisco, USA
Eve Griliches, Cisco, USA
Scott Kohlert, Ciena, Canada
Reza Nejabati, University of Bristol, UK
Kevin Quire, UETN, USA
Tunde Sanda, CENIC, USA
Jim Stewart, UETN, USA
Sergey Ten, Corning, USA
Chris Tracy, ESnet, USA
Carl Williams, CJW Quantum Consulting, USA
Rodney Wilson, Ciena, Canada
2023 Demonstrations By (2024 Coming this Fall):
Northwestern University - ICAIR
Open ROADM MSA
University of Amsterdam
University of Bristol
OFCnet Equipment Provided By: