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OFC Daily Wrap - Tuesday

By OFC Staff

OFC, day three, offers the plenary program, the exhibit floor activities and the always invigorating Rump Session. With all of this going on, why would you ever want to be somewhere else?

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

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WiFi service is complimentary and available throughout the convention center.

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Exhibit Hall E

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: Tuesday

Rump Session

19:30 – 21:30, Room 6F

When Will Coherent Replace Direct Detection in the Data Center? That's the inciting and insightful question posed by organizer Chris Cole, Finisar, USA, and his group of industry "provocateurs". After brief presentations, the floor opens to vigorous audience participation. Bring your tough questions.

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Technical Sessions

14:00 – 18:30

Check program or app for rooms.

More than 520 peer-reviewed technical presentations and over 120 invited speakers comprise the technical program.

Browse the program. >

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Open Platform Summit: SDN & NFV Demo Zone

14:00 – 16:00, Room 7AB

16:30 – 18:30, Room 6A

In Session I, invited speakers showcase the benefits behind the concepts of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

In Session II, the SDN & NFV Demo Zone presents live demonstrations and prototypes of collaborative research projects, pre-commercial products and proof-of-concept implementations in the SDN and NFV space.

Learn more. >

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Network Management Evolution to Streaming Analytics and Cognitive Systems

16:30 – 18:30

Room 6F

Join senior architects of network operations, engineering, and development teams as they debate the most important characteristics and true value of network analytics, telemetry and cognitive systems in next generation network management and mediation.

Learn more. >

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Conference Reception

18:30 – 20:00

The Sails Pavilion, San Diego Convention Center

Unwind from a jam-packed conference day by joining your fellow attendees for food and drinks. Should be a gorgeous San Diego evening too. Full Conference registrations include a reception ticket. Others can purchase a ticket at Registration.

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The Plenary and the Opening of the Exhibition

OFC, day three, offers the plenary program, the exhibit floor activities and the always invigorating Rump Session. With all of this going on, why would you ever want to be somewhere else?

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Program Highlights for Tuesday


08:00 – 10:00, Ballroom 20BCD

In a world of complex networks, this year’s OFC Plenary Program is not to be missed as our speakers guide us through the most complicated networks for communications, computing and sensing. This year, the General Chairs chose three outstanding presenters from academia and industry.

John C. Doyle, Jean-Lou Chameau Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems, Electrical Engineer, and BioEngineering, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA

Marcus Weldon, President, Nokia Bell Labs, USA

Chengliang Zhang, Vice President of China Telecom Beijing Research Institute, China

Market Watch

10:30 – 16:00, Expo Theater I

Three-day series of panel discussions on the latest industry trends and larger business market drivers. Presenters represent industry, the research community and industry investors.

Panel I: State of the Industry - Analyst Panel

10:30 – 12:00

Panel II: Optical Bearer Technologies for 5G Networks

12:30 – 14:00

Panel III: Challenges and Solutions for Delivering 400G+ Client and Line Side Optics

14:30 – 16:00

Data Center Summit: Data Center Optical Interconnect — Technologies and Markets

10:15 – 12:15, Expo Theater II

The various types of data center operators, their needs and how they are being addressed will be discussed in detail. Bring your questions for responses from the esteemed panelists.

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Dispatches from the OFC Blog

Network Equipment Manufacturers Push Technology to the Limit at OFC

By Vladimir Kozlov, LightCounting Market Research

At the start of a busy week, Oclaro Inc. (OCLR) announced Monday morning that it has agreed to be acquired by Lumentum Holdings Inc. for $5.60 in cash per Oclaro share and 0.0636 of a share of Lumentum common stock. The transaction is valued at approximately $1.8 billion.

"Oclaro brings its leading indium phosphide laser and photonic integrated circuit and coherent component and module capabilities to Lumentum," said Alan Lowe, Lumentum's CEO, in a release. "The combined company will drive innovation faster and accelerate the development of products to enable our customers to win." [more]

Optical Data Center Interconnect: Hot and Highly Competitive

By Tim Doiron, ACG Research

Although the overall optical networking market struggled through the first three quarters of 2017, the optical DCI use-case, specifically the small form factor (SFF) appliance (“pizza-box”) category, continues to be one of the hottest growth segments in optical networking. Total optical DCI revenue has grown by over 24% y-y through the first three quarters of 2017 with the SFF appliance category increasing at a blistering 81% y-y. Optical DCI now represents over 17% of high-speed optical spending in the metro and long-haul markets. [more]

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