• A Hybrid Conference – In-Person and Virtual Presentations
  • Technical Conference:  24 – 28 March 2024
  • Exhibition: 26 – 28 March 2024
  • San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA

Beyond the Hype of Network Analytics: Use Cases, Feasibility, and Barriers

Wednesday, 08 March, 14:00 – 18:30

Room 1AB


Paolo Monti, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Loukas Paraschis, IEEE Communication Society and Alphawave Semi, USA
Christine Tremblay, École de technologie supérieure, Canada
Elaine Wong, Melbourne School of Engineering, Australia


Network Analytics has become an increasingly important new area of innovation, most often led by the explosive demands in data center  networks. There are many exciting use cases which collectively promise to catalyze the paradigm shift from event (and human) driven networking to machine-driven and eventually autonomous networking based on selfadjusting or self-healing frameworks. There are also many equally exciting recent innovations in the related enabling technologies, most notably leveraging advancements in software automation, telemetry and provisioning with model driven abstractions combined with machine-learning and AI data analytics, towards network (often multilayer) optimization or proactive (even predictive) protection or restoration. For example, in a notable such network optimization, Google announced in August 2022 the use of SDN analytics and control and optical switches to replace its packet switching clos fabric spine and enable a much more scalable data center fabric. The OFC 2023 symposium, as the first in a series of OFC symposia on this topic, will specifically aim to identify, beyond the hype, the main optical network analytics use cases, their feasibility, barriers, and related R&D efforts. Invited speakers from data center operators, telecom network, system and technology providers, and academia will review the advancements and debate the important next steps.

Session I

Andrew Lord, BT Exact, UK
Optical Fibre Sensing and the Network Digital Twin Ambition

Anny Xijia Zheng; Google LLC, USA
How Traffic Analytics Shapes Traffic Engineering, Topology Engineering, and Capacity Planning of Jupiter

Chongjin Xie; Alibaba Cloud, USA
Analytics for Datacenter Interconnect Optical Networks

Jian Kong; Microsoft Corp., USA
Secure and High-Available Cloud Optical Network Data Collecting and Analysis System

Vipul Deokar; Meta Platforms, USA
Services’ Sharing and DCI Analytics on Meta’s Backbone Network

Session II

Achim Autenrieth; ADVA Optical Networking AG, Germany
Analytics for Automating Critical Infrastructures

Bob Shine; Telescent Inc., USA
Industry Leading Work in Telescent

Darli Mello; UNICAMP, Brazil
When Digital Twins Meet Optical Networks Operations

Gauravdeep Shami; Ciena Corp., USA
Optical System Perspective on Network Analytics

Jelena Pesic; Nokia Bell Labs, France
Combining Machine Learning and Analytical Models

Luis Velasco; Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
Is Intelligence the Answer to Deal with the 5 V's of Telemetry Data?