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OFC Daily Wrap - Monday

By OFC Staff

Day Two: the start of technical sessions (invited, tutorial and contributed talks), two symposia and two panels. Plus, it's the last day for Short Courses.

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OFC Conference and Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center

111 W Harbor Drive

San Diego, California, 92101

Technical Conference:

11 - 15 March 2018


13 - 15 March 2018

Get Directions and Parking Information. >

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Wifi Access

WiFi service is complimentary and available throughout the convention center.

Password: OFC2018

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Exhibit Hall E

Monday, 12 March

07:30 – 18:00

Tuesday, 13 March

07:00 – 19:00

Wednesday, 14 March

07:30 – 17:00

Thursday, 15 March

07:30 – 17:00

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Tuesday, 13 March

10:00 – 17:00

Wednesday, 14 March

10:00 – 17:00

Thursday, 15 March

10:00 – 16:00

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Program Highlights: Monday

Short Courses

08:30 - 17:30

It's the last day for Short Courses. The good news is that there are 29 courses offered today, including five hands-on programs and four that are new for 2018.

Short Courses are an excellent training opportunity. Among the topics presented today: data center networking, silicon photonics component design and fabrication, and link design for short reach optical interconnects. (Separate registration required.)

View courses and schedule. >

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Technical Sessions

08:00 - 18:30

Check program or app for rooms.

The foundation of the OFC Technical Conference begins today. This year, more than 520 peer-reviewed technical presentations and over 120 invited speakers comprise the program.

Learn more. >

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400G Optics for Hyperscale Data Centers

10:30 - 12:30

Room 7AB

Machine Learning and SDN: Towards Intelligent Data Centers

14:00 - 16:00

Room 7AB

Learn more. >

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Share Your Experience!

Follow OFC updates at @OFCConference or join the conversation by using #OFC18.

You may have noticed that yuge #OFC2018 hashtag outside of the exhibit halls. Share your "selfie" in front of it, and be entered to win a prize from OFC! (Actual prize not larger than life.)

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Day Two at OFC

Today, we offer the start of technical sessions, two symposia and two panels. Plus, it's the last day for Short Courses — with limited availability remaining for most courses.

A couple of things to note: you will need your registration badge to access the technical sessions. And if you can't make it to your preferred session, approximately 40% of sessions are being digitally captured. The first set of on-demand content gets posted to the OFC website tomorrow.

One more thing: getting to sessions early is recommended.

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OFC Symposia

Challenges 5G Brings to Optical Fiber Communications Systems?

14:00 – 16:00, 16:30 – 18:30, Room 6C

The symposium, which aims to inform attendees on key 5G drivers and system requirements that will create market opportunities, includes two technical sessions. The first focuses on an overview of the requirements of various applications and ecosystems in 5G new radio era and the challenges they place on the optical network solutions. The second illustrates key optical technologies that can be developed to meet the 5G vision and goals, such as flexible x-haul and radio over fiber.

Gee-Kung Chang, one of the symposium organizers, said, “We know that 5G will usher in a common network infrastructure for a variety of diverse applications spanning across enhanced mobile broadband services and the internet of things, supporting massive Internet of Things (IoT) and mission critical ultra-reliable and low latency machine-type communications. These new applications that demand low latency will drive a significant change in the architecture of our telecommunication networks, bringing new distributed cloud entities to no more than 40km from every user — this radical change in the overall architecture will especially drive the performance of the optical network that connects the access points and the myriad new connected cloud.”

Future Photonic Devices and Materials for Optical Communications

14:00 – 16:00, 16:30 – 18:30, Room 6F

Focusing on emerging photonic devices and materials for the next generation of optical communications, this symposium's topics include 2D-, magneto-optic-, and meta-materials, Photonic Nuerons, QKD, Topological Photonics, Entanglement, Plasmonics and optomechanical resonators.

View speakers for both symposia. >

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Dispatches from the OFC Blog

Breaking the Optical Glass Ceiling — What Comes after 400G/600G?

By Heidi Adams, IHS Markit

Successive rounds of optical innovation and investment have delivered higher capacity networks with significantly decreased cost-per-bit transmitted. In the near future, as we approach Shannon’s limit, gains will become more incremental, and the cost-per-bit of added capacity will become more linear. As an industry, will we be able to break through the optical glass ceiling to achieve terabit optical networks? [more]

Is This the Right Time for Optical Companies to Invest?

By Alan Varghese, LightCounting Market Research

With the confluence of multiple major trends such as 5G, Big data, AI, IoT, AR/VR, Autonomous driving — all signs signal a positive investment cycle. Confidence is high for 2018 as the optical and semiconductor industry builds next-gen scalable platforms to intercept these trends. [more]

New Study Compares 400G Optical Transceivers for Next-Generation Datacenter Networks

Technologies like cloud computing have brought with them a storm of global data traffic, eating up large bandwidths demanded by applications such as video streams and online gaming. Studies show up to a 25-percent annual increase in data center interconnect applications, and this significantly high demand for data processing, computation and storage in data centers calls for increasingly high-speed optical transceivers to support growing data centers. [more]

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Pace Yourself.

Tomorrow: the Plenary, the Exhibition Opens and Show Floor Programs Begin.


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