The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

2018 Symposia

2018 Symposia

Network Management Evolution to Streaming Analytics and Cognitive Systems

Organizers: Loukas Paraschis, Infinera, USA; Vijay Vusirikala, Google, USA

New network analytics frameworks, extensively based on innovations in streaming telemetry methodologies, and lately even combined with the potential of cognitive systems, have been increasingly considered an important evolution of network management and mediation for wireline transport. More specifically, new innovative wireline transport automation and abstraction frameworks have been developed mainly by network operators; like Openconfig, Open‐ROADM, and more recently TIP. These frameworks identify network analytics as a very important use‐case. For example, OpenConfig, in particular, has identified streaming telemetry as a top priority, and explicitly aims to replace “data‐pull” monitoring to address limitations of the current network monitoring technologies (notably SNMP). It has already enjoyed significant evidence of success by achieving initial “all‐you-can‐eat” streaming telemetry implementations from the major routing, and more recently also transport vendors.

The underlying motivation for this evolution in network management is to a great extent related to the  pervasive “scale‐out” of automation use‐cases successfully employed initially by hyper‐scale  compute inside the Weboperators’ massively scalable DCs. These innovations have been extended to  networking with the exciting end‐goal of a fully autonomic, policy‐driven network operations paradigm with little (if any) human intervention. However, extending the automation achievements of compute to WAN transport may raise some interesting new challenges. Notably, WANs are characterized by significant heterogeneity in technology (both hardware and software), in failure modes (with typically more stringent availability requirements, e.g. up to 5 9s), and in performance metrics (e.g. latency variation in the WAN can be 3 to 9 orders of magnitude more than in compute).

In this symposium, senior architects of network operations, engineering, and development teams have been invited to debate the most important  characteristics, and true value of network analytics, telemetry, and cognitive systems in next generation network management and mediation. Such software innovations have become increasingly important for next‐generation transport networks, both packet and optical. Among the many interesting topics, the symposium will particularly aim to explore:

  • What are the key enabling technology and system innovations, and remaining limitations towards this new generation of Network Management and Mediation for wireline transport based on streaming Telemetry and Network Analytics? What is the current reality, and true future potential of Cognitive Systems?
  • What are the key similarities and differences in network analytics and cognitive systems between routing and optical transport?

Vinayak Dangui, Facebook, USA
Key Enablers of Automated Optical Networks

David Erickson, Forward Networks, USA
Intent Based Networking

Martin Machacek, Oracle, USA
Network Monitoring for Cloud

Anees Shaikh, Google, USA
Multi-vendor Streaming Telemetry

Simon Tse, AT&T, USA
Real-Time Traffic Management in AT&T’s SDN-Enabled Core IP/Optical Network

Challenges 5G Brings to Optical Fiber Communications Systems?

Organizers: Phillipe Chanclou, Orange Labs, France; Gee-Kung Chang, Georgia Inst. of Technology, USA; Theodore Sizer, Nokia Bell Labs, USA

The challenges and opportunities of 5G demand new solutions which will have impact in all sectors of telecommunication industry. Going far beyond the definition of a new radio interfaces, 5G creates a new vision of end-to-end interconnected network through seamlessly integrated optical, copper, and wireless access networks as well as the metro and core networks which interconnect them. 5G will usher in a common network infrastructure for a variety of diverse applications spanning across enhanced mobile broadband services and the internet of things, supporting massive Internet of Things (IoT) and mission critical ultra-reliable and low latency machine-type communications. New applications which demand low latency will drive a significant change in the architecture of our telecommunication networks, bringing new distributed cloud entities to no more than 40km from every user – this radical change in the overall architecture will especially drive the performance of the optical network which connects the access points and the myriad new connected cloud.   The symposium is aimed to inform and challenge the OFC community on key 5G drivers and system requirements that will create market opportunities for optical fiber communications and photonic networking systems.  There are two technical sessions in this symposium. The first session will focus on an overview of the requirements of various applications and ecosystems in 5G new radio era and the challenges that they place on the optical network solutions.  The second session will illustrate key optical technologies that can be developed to meet the 5G vision and goals, covering topics such as flexible x-haul, radio over fiber, distributed cloud and edge computing architecture and support for low latency Internet communications.

Kai Cong, ZTE, China
Innovative FlexE Solution to Meet the Critical 5G Transport Requirements

Joerg-Peter Elbers, ADVA Optical Networking SE, Germany
Next-Generation Optical Fronthaul in the iCirrus Project

Josef Gramsamer, Rosenberger, Germany
FTTA/PTTA Connectivity Solutions - On the Way to 5G

Zhensheng Jia, Cable Labs, USA
Evolved Cable Access Networks to Support 5G Services

Philippe Sehier, Nokia, Finland
Bandwidth Efficient and Flexible Fronthaul

Michel Tong, Huawei, United Kingdom
5G Bearer Network

Future Photonic Devices and Materials for Optical Communications

Organizers: Steven Koester, Univ. of Minnesota, USA; Gunther Roelkens, Ghent Univ., Belgium; Yoichi Taira, Keio Univ., Japan

This special symposium will focus on emerging photonic devices and materials for the next generation of optical communications. Topics will include 2D-, magneto-optic-, and meta-materials, Photonic Nuerons, QKD, Topological Photonics, Entanglement, Plasmonics, and optomechanical resonators.

Peter Bienstman
, Ghent University, Belgium
Photonic Reservoir computing: a brain-inspired approach for information processing

Kohzo Hakuta, University of Electro-Communications, Japan
Optical Nanofiber Technologies for Single Photon Generation

Tobias Kippenberg, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Frequency Comb

Juerg Leuthold, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Plasmonics for Communications

Mo Li, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota, USA
Magneto-optical Devices

Peter T. Rakich, Yale University, USA
Brillouin Scattering and Photon-phonon Signal Processing in Silicon

Youichi Sakakibara, Natl Inst of Adv Industrial Sci & Tech, Japan
Three Dimensional Silicon Optical Waveguide Structure Bent by Ion Implantation for Surface Coupling

H.Terai, NICT, Japan
Superconducting Nanowire Single-Photon Detectors for Future Optical Communications


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