Organizers: Ramon Casellas, CTTC, Spain; Filippo Cugini, CNIT, Italy; Nicolas K. Fontaine, Nokia Bell Labs, USA; Noboru Yoshikane, KDDI R&D Labs, Japan
The OFC Demonstration Zone features live demonstrations of research projects and proof-of-concept implementations for software functions as well as software tools in the space of optical communication devices, systems, networks.
Such demonstrations take place in a dedicated booth, and are shown to small groups favoring a very interactive format with real time exchanges between attendees and demo presenters. Demonstrations are typically executed on demand, and may involve a combination of on-site and remote equipment.
With software becoming a major influence in the control of (optical) networks, the demonstration zone has been expanded this year beyond SDN/NFV. The newly expanded OFC Demo Zone covers not only SDN/NFV researches, but also additional aspects such as control and optimization of transmission systems, network planning, and device design, while keeping the emphasis on the software aspects of the research work. Demonstrations should highlight the increasing role and importance of software in optical systems.
Live demonstrations are an opportunity to present technical achievements in greater detail and should facilitate vivid discussions with attendees. Authors must remain in the vicinity of the demo stand/table for the duration of the session to answer questions and to perform the demo upon request. Demonstrations may need to be carried out multiple times during the session.