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OFC/NFOEC 2011 Announces Plenary Session Speaker Lineup


29 September 2010

Lyndsay Meyer

OFC/NFOEC 2011 Announces Plenary Session Speaker Lineup

Leading optical communications conference moves to Los Angeles for 2011

The 2011 Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC), the world's leading international conference for optical communications and networking professionals, will feature three premier telecommunications industry leaders during its plenary session. Deutsche Telekom Senior Vice President of Strategy & Architecture Bruno Orth, IBM Blue Gene Chief Architect Alan Gara and AT&T Wireless Senior Vice President -- Architecture and Planning Kris Rinne will present keynote addresses during the OFC/NFOEC plenary session on Tuesday, March 8 in Los Angeles, Calif., USA. Their presentations will provide important insights into the latest improvements in supercomputing, broadband technology and network transformation, and the growth of new wireless services and wireless broadband demands. This year OFC/NFOEC will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, Calif., U.S.A.

WHO: OFC/NFOEC Plenary speakers are:

Bruno Orth
Deutsche Telekom
Senior Vice President, Strategy & Architecture

Currently titled, "Surfing the Wave of the Gigabit Society" Orth's presentation will discuss the future data and media centric world with a particular emphasis on the challenges it presents for network operators. Additionally, Orth will cover network transformation and strategy and practical examples of how to enable efficient broadband. Orth will also talk about Deutsche Telecom and their vision for the future.

Alan Gara
Blue Gene Chief Architect

Gara's presentation entitled "Supercomputing's symbiotic relationship with advanced optics" will discuss the challenges of reaching computing at the exaflop level with special emphasis on areas where traditional communication solutions will not suffice. As in the past, optical technologies will be needed to address new scales of cost, power and performance density. Innovation in optics is critical to the success of future supercomputers. This results in supercomputers also serving as a breeding ground for advances and development in optical technologies that will migrate to the broader commercial market.

Kris Rinne
AT&T Wireless
Senior Vice President, Architecture and Planning

Rinne's presentation will share insights into the explosive growth of mobile data and how that growth impacts optical networks including cell site backhaul. She will also discuss the evolution from HSPA to LTE.

WHEN: OFC/NFOEC will be held March 6 – 10, 2011 (Plenary Session – Tuesday, March 8, 08:00 – 11:00 PST)
WHERE: Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California, USA

For more than 35 years, the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) has been the premier destination for converging breakthrough research and innovation in telecommunications, optical networking and, recently, datacom and computing. Uniting service providers, systems companies, enterprise customers, IT businesses and component manufacturers, along with researchers, engineers and development teams, OFC/NFOEC combines dynamic business programming, an exposition of more than 500 companies and cutting-edge peer-reviewed research into one event that showcases the trends and pulse of the entire optical communications industry.

OFC/NFOEC is managed by the Optical Society (OSA) and co-sponsored by OSA, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers/Communications Society (IEEE/ComSoc) and the IEEE Photonics Society. Acting as a non-financial technical co-sponsor is Telcordia Technologies, Inc. Visit

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