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Daily Wrap - Tuesday

By OFC Staff

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Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015

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South Lobby

Tuesday, 21 March
07:00 - 19:00

Wednesday, 22 March
07:30 - 17:00

Thursday, 23 March
07:30 - 17:00

Badges and conference materials can be picked up at Registration.

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Exhibit Halls G – K

Tuesday, 21 March
10:00 - 17:00

Wednesday, 22 March
10:00 - 17:00

Thursday, 23 March
10:00 - 16:00

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Program Highlights: Tuesday

Note: The Network Operator Summit is scheduled for Wednesday, 22 March.

08:00 - 10:00, Concourse Hall

Data Center Summit

Next Generation Optical Technologies Inside the Data Center
12:15 - 13:45, Expo Theater II

Session I: Open Platforms for Optical Innovation
14:00 - 16:00, 408A

Session II: SDN & NFV Demo Zone
16:30 - 18:30, 400 Foyer


Coherent Interoperability Beyond QPSK — Is it Needed and What Will it Take?
14:00 - 16:00, Room 402AB

Direct vs. Coherent Detection for Metro-DCI
16:30 - 18:30, Room 402AB

Technical Sessions
14:00 - 18:30

Rump Session
19:30 - 21:30, 409AB

Sub $0.25/Gbps Optics; How and When Will Fiber Finally Kill Copper Cable Interconnects in the DC?

Special Events

OFC Career Zone
10:00 - 17:00, South Lobby

How to Leverage the Exhibit Hall (for Students/Early Career Professionals)
11:00 - 12:00, 402AB

OSA Foundation Cheeky Scientist Workshops
Industry Resumes: 13:00 - 14:30, 501B
Transferable Skills: 14:30 - 16:00, 501B

Conference Reception
18:30 - 20:00

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Tuesday at OFC

OFC, day three, offers the plenary session, the Exhibition, show floor activities and the always invigorating Rump Session. With all of this going on, why would you ever want to think you're somewhere else?

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Today's Program Highlights
The Plenary, Exhibition Opens and Show Floor Activities

Plenary Session
08:00 - 10:00, Concourse Hall

Plenary speakers at OFC typically include an industrial leader and a research leader, both covering topics related to the technical core of the conference, and a visionary speaker who presents a topic outside of, but linking back to, the focus of OFC.

This year, the General Chairs chose Google’s Employee #8 and current VP of Engineering Urs Hölzle to speak about Google’s groundbreaking cloud network in terms of reach, scale and capability.

On the research front, Prof. Meint Smit, considered by many as the father of the integrated photonics foundry model, will talk about affordable photonic integration and the wide range of applications that the photonic foundry model is enabling.

Our visionary speaker, Prof. Mischa Dohler, will share his joint loves of communications research and music by firstly discussing how the ‘Internet of Skills’ will allow the transmission of labor, enabled by next-generation wireless 5G and optical networks, and then ‘playing us out’ with some tunes from his latest album!

Market Watch
10:30-16:00, Expo Theater I

Three-day series of panel discussions on the latest application topics and business issues. Presenters represent industry, research and investment communities.

Panel I: State of the Industry
10:30 - 12:00

The ‘State of the Industry’ analyst panel provides a forum where industry and financial experts join together to give their perspectives on where they see the market heading in the next few years. 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.

Panel II: Market Outlook for High Bandwidth Optical Technologies
12:30 - 14:00

Get an overview of the market outlook and real benefits of high optical bandwidth technology, review its influence to other technology sections and address related challenges in product development.

Panel III: Global Market for Subsea Fiber Optic Networking Applications
14:30 - 16:00

The rapid growth of dynamic Internet traffic is leading to increased bandwidth demand and a need for submarine optical networks to be more flexible. See how increasing global interconnectivity is forcing undersea optical networks to evolve to accommodate changing needs.

Rump Session: Sub $0.25/Gbps Optics; How and When Will Fiber Finally Kill Copper Cable Interconnects in the DC?
19:30 - 21:30, Room 409AB

In the data center, switch interconnects are exclusively fiber-based, but copper cables stubbornly hang on as service interconnects at ~$0.50/Gbps per link. Optical transceivers inside active cables will have to be $0.25/Gbps to match cost. After a short round of introductory presentations by organizers and provocateurs, attendees are invited to participate in robust debate. (Beer and other beverages are served, so robust debate is assured.)

Browse all Tuesday programs. >>

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Dispatches from the OFC Blog
Optical Communications for 5G Wireless

By OFC Staff

Short Course 444 was presented by Xiang Liu, Senior Director of Optical Access Network Research at Futurewei Technologies, Huawei R&D, USA.

5G is coming to a neighborhood near you but when is the question? Mobile data consumption is soaring, but a broad set of technology advances is poised to transform what today’s smartphones and other wireless mobile devices can do—ushering in high-resolution video and fully immersive, 3D and virtual environments.

This Short Course explained where we are today with 5G wireless communications and where the new R&D opportunities are happening in the field of converged fixed-mobile networks. Today we are able to transmit a blazing 10 gigabits of data-per-second and short course instructor, Dr. Xiang Liu explained that future networks will use Transport SDN (T-SDN) to free up bandwidth in locations where it is not needed to where the demand is needed.

Changes are coming for high-bandwidth, wide-coverage access FTTH, FTTB, mobile backhaul and fronthaul. [more]

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