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OFC Daily Wrap - Thursday

By OFC Staff

In The Daily Wrap, program highlights for Thursday, new videos featuring plenary speakers, and blog posts on what 5G has to do with PON.

2018 OFC Conference and Exhibition; San Diego, California, USA
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San Diego, California, 92101

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11 - 15 March 2018


13 - 15 March 2018

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Exhibit Hall E

Thursday, 15 March

07:30 – 17:00

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Thursday, 15 March

10:00 – 16:00

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Technical Session Content

Approximately 40% of this year's technical sessions are being digitally captured (slides and audio) for on-demand viewing. Presentations are posted within 24 hours of being recorded. (Access limited to Full Technical Attendees only.)

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Postdeadline Papers

The Digest, which includes 3-page summaries of accepted postdeadline papers, is available online. Printed copies will be available by 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, 15 March, at Registration.

Papers will be presented on Thursday, 16:30 – 18:30.

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The Suzanne R. Nagel Lounge

10:00 – 17:00, Exhibit Hall, #6444

A special addition to OFC and sponsored by IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Photonics Society and OSA, this professional development destination supports gender equity both at OFC and the field of optical communications.

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OFC Career Zone

10:00 – 17:00, Exhibit Hall C

Job seeking or exploring career options? We have representatives from companies like Corning, Finisar, Infinera and Viasat on-hand to meet you.

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The Last Day

Still so much to see and do today, with another full day of technical sessions, the second Poster Session and the Postdeadline Papers Session. In the Exhibition, the Expo Theaters feature the concluding two panels for Market Watch, one product showcase and five show floor programs.

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OFC Market Watch Attendees
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Thursday Program Highlights

Market Watch

Panel V: Software Innovations in the Next-generation Optical Transport

10:30 – 12:00, Expo Theater I, Exhibit Hall G

A panel discusses the most important, immediate software innovations in the next-generation transport, including current challenges, and enablers in their adoption; and the strategy and business case for in-house and outsourcing DSP for various markets. Speakers come from Intel, Elenion Technologies, NTT and others.

Panel VI: IP and Optical Integration: Physical or Control Management Plane?

12:30 – 14:00, Expo Theater I, Exhibit Hall G

This panel looks at both SDN-based multi-layer interworking and physical multi-layer integration from an architectural perspective, with a focus on the drivers, benefits, technology enablers and primary applications for each. Speakers come from Oclaro, Verizon, Sedona and others.

Postdeadline Papers

16:30 – 18:30, Rooms 6C, 6D, 6E and 6F

The best and most cutting-edge research in optical communications is presented in this session, with a program selected by the 2018 OFC Technical Program Committee.

The Postdeadline Paper Digest includes the 3-page summaries of accepted papers. Print copies of the Digest are available to all technical conference registrants at 10:00 at Registration (Exhibit Hall E). They are also available for download online.

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OFC Plenary Speaker John C. Doyle
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The OFC Video Library

Plenary Presenters

John C. Doyle, California Institute of Technology, USA

The speaker recounts how his talk used the nervous system and cell biology to illustrate universal laws and architectures that must converge as we try to make our systems more efficient and robust. [go to video]

Marcus Weldon, Nokia Bell Labs, USA

Taped shortly after his presentation, the speaker reviews his talk, "The Future of Dynamic Deterministic Networking" and the importance of optical networking in the future. [go to video]

Exhibitor Highlights

Nathan Tracy, TE Connectivity & Optical Internetworking Forum

An overview of demonstrations presented at OFC, including the 56 Gbps electrical channel and the next generation 112 Gbps electrical interface. [go to video]

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Dispatches from the OFC Blog

OFC Is Abuzz, 5G Plays a Role, Which Brings Us to PON

By Julie Kunstler, Broadband Access at Ovum

What does 5G have to do with PON? 5G requires significant upgrades to wireline networking in order to support the bandwidth along with numerous bandwidth-intensive applications. PON, with its point-to-multipoint architecture has a role to play in supporting the massive 5G rollout and cell densification plans. In addition, WDM-PON may have found an application, finally.

On Monday, the Beyond 10G Workshop was packed with attendees interested in technical presentations on 25G, 50G and 100G PON. Several service providers are well on their way to 10G PON upgrades, such as China Telecom with 10G EPON OLT upgrades and Verizon with NG-PON2 deployments. Both China Telecom and China Mobile will be deploying XGS-PON later this year along with AT&T. By 2023, Ovum expects next-gen PON OLTs to dominate shipments, reaching almost 70% of total OLT shipments. [more]

Optics to Enable 5G Mobile Networks

By Lisa Huff, Discerning Analytics

The wireless infrastructure market is evolving. While mobile operators must maintain their 2G and 3G networks, they are also busy upgrading as much of them as they can to LTE and LTE-A now and planning for 5G in the next few years. As a result, we are now starting to see entirely new types of equipment. This article highlights content to be presented in Market Watch Panel 2 where industry experts discuss these and other optical technologies that are poised to enable the deployment of 5G. [more]

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