• Technical Conference:  30 March – 03 April 2025
  • Exhibition: 01 – 03 April 2025
  • Moscone Center, San Francisco, California, USA

OFC Blog

Will the Space-Division Multiplexing be the solution for the capacity crunch?

By Vivian (Xi) Chen | Posted: 4 March 2014

The exponential growth of internet traffic at about 2 dB per annum could exhaust the available capacity of single-mode fiber in the near future. But space-division multiplexing (SDM) has been proposed to keep up with capacity improvement. One of the categories of SDM, multi-core fibre (MCF), has multiple individual fibre cores via which signals propagate independently in different fibre cores. The other category of SDM, few-mode fibre (FMF), has one single core in which a few fibre modes are propagating together.

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The final countdown until OFC 2014: What to check out besides the main conference program?

By Dr. Ioannis Tomkos | Posted: 4 March 2014

Most researchers attending OFC every year rush to attend interesting talks that are presented at the many parallel conference sessions. The vast majority of people also take some time to visit the exhibition space, check out what new products are on display (by 550 exhibitors!), and observe the exciting live demonstrations at “mobile-labs” and the dazzling booths of the major exhibitors.

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Optical Networking: There’s an App for that

By Dr. Ioannis Tomkos | Posted: 24 February 2014

“…so many things I would have done, but clouds got in my way…”
Both Sides, Now by Joni Mitchell, who was ahead of her time predicting the next evolution beyond client-server technology when she released the album “Clouds” in 1969
The future is here, and it’s ready for download.  It’s been said that we live in the App Economy, because of the staggering impact that software apps have had on our daily lives.  Consider that there were a whopping 50 Billion mobile apps downloaded in 2012, and over 20 million installed daily on Facebook. 

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Software-defined networking and software-defined photonics: Putting the things straight at OFC!

By Dr. Ioannis Tomkos | Posted: 24 February 2014

OFC traditionally focuses on innovations associated with novel photonic devices and subsystems, as well as associated system/network demonstrations. However over the past few years the participants have clearly observed a significant shift in the topics covered by the conference sessions. The applicability and usefulness of advanced electronics in optical communication systems and networks has become evident through a large number of presentations that are focusing on advancements associated with electronic signal processing, FPGAs and ASICs.

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What I Talk About When I Talk About OFC

By Vivian (Xi) Chen | Posted: 23 February 2014

Hello, OFC!  I’m one of your bloggers Xi Chen (Vivian) for OFC’2014. I will be with you for the following a few months to report inspiring topics or events happen in OFC. I’m a research fellow in The University of Melbourne (Australia), doing research on high capacity and high spectral efficiency fiber optic transmission.

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Top 5 Amazing Trends at OFC

By Casimer DeCusatis Ph.D. | Posted: 7 February 2014

At the beginning of the new year, it seems that everyone wants to predict the Next Big Thing (NBT) in any given field of human endeavor. In keeping with this trend, I’d like to offer my take on the Top 5 amazing trends that you’ll see at OFC 2014.

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Betting on Exascale

By Casimer DeCusatis Ph.D. | Posted: 5 February 2014

One hot topic for the futurists at OFC 2014 is bound to be the outlook for exascale computing, and the role of optical interconnects in making it a reality.

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Which are the major topics for debate at OFC 2014?

By Dr. Ioannis Tomkos | Posted: 3 February 2014

OFC has been always the place where the major future scientific and commercial challenges are discussed extensively. Such discussions have proven to influence the future of the industry, so their impact is huge.

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Hacking the light: Software at OFC

By Casimer DeCusatis Ph.D. | Posted: 29 January 2014

Some said the world should be in Pearl
Some said in Lisp…
Should we write it all again,
I’d end it with a close-paren
“With apologies to Robert Frost”, from http://xkcd.com/312/

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What’s new about OFC 2014 (besides the move to San Francisco)?

By Dr. Ioannis Tomkos | Posted: 28 January 2014

This year’s OFC is the 39th event in a series! For a change this year, OFC is moving from its typical southern Californian locations (i.e. San Diego, Anaheim and Los Angeles) to lovely San Francisco. Of course San Francisco (besides being a very nice place to visit!) is the city next to the most developed hi-tech arena in the world with the most advanced innovation management eco-system; Silicon-Valley.

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