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Daily Wrap - Wednesday

By OFC Staff

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Wednesday, 22 March
07:30 - 17:00

Thursday, 23 March
07:30 - 17:00

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Exhibit Halls G – K

Wednesday, 22 March
10:00 - 17:00

Thursday, 23 March
10:00 - 16:00

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Schedule: Wednesday

Technical Sessions
08:00 - 17:30

Poster Sessions
10:00 - 12:00, Exhibit Hall K

Product Showcases
10:15 - 15:00, Expo Theater III

Show Floor Programming
10:15 - 17:00, Expo Theaters II/III

Network Operator Summit
10:30 - 15:00, Expo Theater I


Are Electronic and Optical Components Ready to Support Higher Symbol Rates and Denser Constellations?
13:00 - 15:00, Room 402AB

Quantum Communication Programs Around the World
15:30 - 17:30, Room 411


What is Driving 5G, and How Can Optics Help?
Part I: 13:30 - 15:30, Room 403B
Part II: 16:00 - 18:00, Room 403B

Market Watch

Panel IV: Pluggable Optics — How is the Ecosystem and Value Chain Changing?
15:30 - 17:00, Expo Theater I

Special Events

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

Photonic Society of Chinese-Americans Workshop and Networking Event
17:00 - 19:30, Room 518

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Plenary Presenter Mischa Dohler

Industry Challenges and Transformations:
The OFC Plenary Features the Evolution of Silicon Photonics, 5G Networking, the Cloud 3.0 and the Internet of Things

The OFC Plenary Session, held on Tuesday, 21 March, offered three presentations from industry leaders on optical innovations for next-generation 5G networks, Cloud 3.0, Internet of Things (IoT), Virtual Reality (VR) and much more.

A video recording of the session will be available from the OFC website soon.

Urs Hölzle
A Ubiquitous Cloud Requires a Transparent Network

As the Senior Vice President for Technical Infrastructure at Google, Urs Hölzle offered OFC plenary attendees a thoughtful overview of cloud 3.0 network. In his current work, Hölzle leads the design, installation and operation of servers, networks and datacenters that provide power to Google services. Hölzle, with the support of his team have reduced the energy consumed by Google datacenters to less than 50 percent, lower than the industry standard. Driving the need for disaggregation to the Google network, rapid innovation, transmission speed and overall network evolution, Hölzle explained Google’s goal of higher volumes and lower component cost per terabit.

Meint K. Smit
Photonic Integrated Circuits for All: How Foundries Are Transforming the Prototype of Exciting New Devices

Meint K. Smit, professor of electrical engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, provided OFC attendees with an overview of the evolution of foundries for integrated photonics. In his plenary presentation, Smit detailed the strengths and weaknesses of integrated photonics and presented a roadmap to move the industry forward. This roadmap outlined how optical component suppliers have the opportunity to reduce prototyping costs, thus significantly impacting the time to market for photonic integrated circuits. As the founder of the JePPIX platform, the joint Europe Platform for Photonic Integration of Components and Circuits, Smit’s insights during Tuesday’s plenary presentation will work to continue development of the InP-based photonic foundry system in Europe.

Mischa Dohler
Internet of Skills — Where Communications, Robotics and AI Meet

What do Virtual Reality, Software Defined Networking and a new album have in common? Professor Mischa Dohler, chair professor of Wireless Communications at King’s College in London, England, enticed attendees to the OFC Plenary with the combination of today’s latest technology advancements in SDN, wireless technology, virtual reality and classical music on a piano. At King’s College, Dohler’s research interests range from 5G networks to the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities. His presentation at OFC challenged those in attendance to embrace science and art. Today’s networks allow us to transmit video and audio, but the transmission of touch and physical movement has been elusive due to very stringent technical requirements on latency, reliability and data rate. Latest disruptive developments, underpinned by 5G, indicate that an Internet of Skills are closer than ever.

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Dispatches from the OFC Blog
Is the Optical Communications Market Growth for Real?

By Daryl Inniss, OFS

The optical communications market is expanding as evidenced by growth in vendors’ revenues and margins. Moreover, companies are spending to increase manufacturing capacity and the outlook for growth is good. But some question the sustainability of this expansion.

The optical community has many participants who experienced the dot-com bust at the turn of the millennium and know firsthand the pain of over-extension... Forecasting today’s market is just as challenging as it was in 2001. We are trying to estimate market performance that appears to have an insatiable demand for bandwidth with imperfect information and limited end-user resources to pay for the hardware. [more]

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