The Optical Networking and Communication
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A Virtual Conference - Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-07:00)

IEEE Future Networks INGR Optics Roadmap

Thursday, 10 June 08:00 – 09:30

Future networks are expected to deliver even greater bandwidth, reach, and pervasive connectivity and optics will play even greater role in empowering these trends. Under the IEEE Future Networks Initiative, an International Network Generations Roadmap (INGR) working group has been drafting an optics in networking roadmap whitepaper. This session will outline the future directions for the role of optics in future networks, and invite participation from the OFC community to shape the development of the roadmap.

Questions for Discussion:

  • What are the general directions in which an increased role of optics can be expected ranging from but not limited to: xhaul networks, highspeed access networks, edge compute networks, data center interconnects, in building networks, space networks and other areas?
  • What are key drivers of future networks that will demand even greater capabilities of optics for networking? What technological advances can be expected?
  • What are the mechanisms for contributing to the roadmap development?


Dan Kilper, CONNECT Centre, Ireland
Presentation Title: Evolution of Optical Networks

Reza VaezGhaemi, Viavi Solutions, USA
Presentation Title: Optical Exhaul Networks

HanSeok Chung, ETRI, South Korea
Presentation Title: Highspeed Access Network Evolution

Volker Jungnickel, HHI, Germany
Presentation Title: In-Building Access Networks

Prakash Ramachandran, Emerging Open Tech Foundation, USA
Presentation Title: Data Center Interconnects and Optics

Sergey Ten, Corning, USA
Presentation Title: Optical Fiber Technologies

Murat Yuksel, University of Central Florida, USA
Presentation Title: Optics for Networking in Space

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