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OFC Highlights: Day 3

By Ron Kline, Ovum

Overview of OFC’s Executive Forum
Executive Forum Part 1: Global Perspectives on the Future of Optical Communication
Monday morning's Executive Forum panel was billed as focusing on understanding perspectives from global tier 1 carriers on several key topics in communications infrastructure, and it did not disappoint. What the audience was treated to was deep insight from three subject matter experts.

Keynote speaker: Hong Liu, Principal Engineer, Google, US
Google has built one of the world's largest compute infrastructures to support the evolving demands of interactive, storage and cloud services.  In the past 15 years, the optical layer has evolved rapidly to connect servers, networking switches and routers.  In this talk, we will present an overview of optical interconnect requirements for large-scale datacenters and discuss the challenges facing various optical technologies, which must scale to deliver cost-effective performance while maintaining operational simplicity and footprint of infrastructure, in terms of size and energy.  We will highlight the need for innovation and the changes required to the standards development process to overcome these challenges. **Additional pictures to come**

OFC Research News
Record-breaking Signal Transmission Capacity Paves the Way for Faster Internet
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
WASHINGTON – The amount of data traffic on the internet and between servers in datacenters has exploded in the past few decades and shows no signs of slowing down. For example, Ethernet technology, used in small to medium-sized networks, has evolved from an original speed of 2.94 megabits per second to 100 gigabits per second, an increase of more than 3,000-fold. An IEEE 400 Gb/s Ethernet Task Force has been formed to take the standard up to 400 gigabits per second in the next year or so, and even this may not be enough for some especially data-heavy companies.
Researchers from ZTE USA, Inc., New Jersey, US, have set a new capacity record for a certain type of optical fiber link that could be used to connect segments of the internet, as well as connect servers in a datacenter. The team sent 560 gigabits per second over two kilometers of single mode optical fiber, a type of fiber used for long-distance links. The researchers’ solution is a low-cost and low-power optical solution that hinges on a unique combination of modulation techniques, which are used to encode digital data in an analog carrier, like light. Read more OFC News.

Research presentation:
Demonstration of Four Channel CWDM 560 Gbit/s 128QAM-OFDM for Optical Inter-connection
Wednesday, 23 March, 15:45, Ballroom D

OFC Conference Receptions

Exhibitor Appreciation Reception
Tuesday, 22 March, 17:30–19:00
Grand Plaza
OFC exhibitors are invited to celebrate the opening of the show. Join your colleagues, customers and friends for drinks and appetizers. Exhibitor badge required for entry.

Conference Reception
Tuesday, 22 March, 18:30 – 21:30
Hilton Anaheim, Pacific Ballroom
Enjoy the live vocals of That Vibe Band, light Hors d’oeuvres and drinks with your friends and colleagues. Tickets for this event are included with all full conference registrations. Badges must be worn and are required to enter the reception. (Short Course and Exhibits Pass Plus registrants are not eligible for entry.) Additional tickets may be purchased at Registration for US $75.

Today’s Not to Miss Programming

Market Watch: State of the Industry- Analyst Panel
Exhibit Hall Theater I
10:30 – 12:00
The ‘State of the Industry’ analyst panel is one of the most highly attended panels at OFC, it is where industry and financial experts join together to give their perspectives on where they see the market headed in the next few years and share new research. The panel will cover the top trends in all industry markets and will be presented with a focus with specific calculations and reported market data points. 
Invited Speakers

  • Lisa Huff, Chief Tech Analyst, Discerning Analytics, US
  • Ronald Kline, Research Director, Ovum, US
  • George Notter, Managing Director, Equity Research, Jeffries & Company, US
  • Sterling Perrin, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading, US
  • Andrew Schmitt, Founder, Cignal Al, US
Market Watch: The Promising Market of 100G and Beyond Pluggable Devices- Talk With Experts
Exhibit Hall Theater I
14:30 – 16:00
With the increase in bandwidth demands on data networks to meet, an even more demanding market for advanced technology, 100G and all it promises to offer— faster optical channel rates, greater bandwidth efficiency, data center interconnectivity—has become a red-hot area of interest for network manufacturers. Pulling together a panel of top industry experts, this exhibit will seek to define and predict the potential of the 100G market and answer the following questions:
  • Is it reasonable to expect that the price tag of a 100G pluggable can drop from about $30K to under $1K, providing a relative cost of $10/Gbps, in a matter of few years?
  • If achieved, what does $1/Gbps for high-speed transceivers mean for future vendor margins?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the PAM4 approach versus DMT?
  • Will demands of different types of data center operators be adequately accommodated?
Invited Speakers
Part I.
  • Sudeep Bhoja, CTO, InPhi, US
  • Mitch Fields, VP, Fiber Optics Products Division, Avago Technologies, US
  • Kenneth Jackson, Product Marketing Director, Sumitomo Electric Device Innovations, US
  • Yves LeMaitre, President of Optical Connectivity Business, Oclaro, US
  • Matt Traverso, Technical Marketing Group, Engineering, Cisco, US
Optical Integration With DC & Cloud Hyper Scale Growth
Exhibit Hall B, Theater II, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, US
14:00 – 15:00
Join Amit Bhardwaj, Director of Product Management at Juniper Networks, as he explores hyper scale DC/Cloud growth trends and discuss its impact on the evolution of network infrastructures.
  • Amit Bhardwaj, Director of Product Management, Juniper, Sunnyvale, CA, US

Next Generation Data Center Optics
Exhibit Hall A, Theater III
12:45 – 14:45
This special topics event will discuss the demands for optical technologies in data centers. The discussion will compare and contrast the needs and solutions for hyperscale and enterprise data center markets in next wave deployments of 25GbE and 100GbE, as well as the next generation based 50GbE, 400GbE and its possible derivatives (e.g. 200G). Questions to be addressed:
  • What are the key differences between hyperscale and enterprise data center optics?
  • Which market segments and applications can we expect to dominate optics moving forward?
  • What role do standards play in the various market segments and applications?
  • Which technologies are likely to be successful? Is there one technology that captures all needs or will reality be a lot more complicated?
Invited Speakers
  • Alexis Bjorlin, VP Data Center Group & GM Silicon Photonics Group, Intel, US
  • Mitch Fields, VP, Fiber Optics Division, Avago, US
  • Rob Stone, Technical Director, Broadcom, Ltd., US

OSA’s Light the Future Speaker Series with Mary Lou Jepsen
Wednesday, 23 March
Hilton Anaheim, Pacific Ballroom
Reception: 17:30 – 18:30
Program: 18:30 – 20:00

Join OSA as we celebrate our 100th anniversary with the Light The Future speaker series, which features distinguished scientists, engineers and Nobel Laureates. One of the world’s foremost display innovators, Mary Lou Jepsen will explore how the objectives, struggles and achievements of the great optical scientists and engineers of our past can help unlock today’s challenges in optical communications.

Speaker: Mary Lou Jepsen, Executive Director of Engineering, Facebook, US and OSA Fellow
Moderator: Alan Willner, OSA President and OSA Fellow

The event is free to all OFC participants.

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