The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Topic Categories

OFC 2019 Topic Category Restructure

For OFC 2019, several of the topic categories have been restructured to reflect the growth of data centers across all three of the tracks: devices (D), systems (S) and networks (N).

The topics formerly included D1, S1 and N1 (deployable devices, systems and networks, respectively) have been re-categorized, with D1, S1, N1, N2 and N3 being the most affected, as described in the following.

D1 now seeks contributions to prototypes and product developments of components and subsystems in and between data centers as well as other networks. The topics include research-type advanced photonic modules as well.

N1 has expanded to include the topics on deployable system and network solutions in data centers as well as other networks.

S1 now solely seeks contributions of digital subsystems and systems for data centers, without limitation to near-term technologies. The topics also include inter-chip and inter-/intra-rack interconnects.

N2 has been revised to focus on architectures and software-defined control of intra-data center networks and high performance computing. The topics also include data analytics and artificial intelligence for the control and management of the intra-data center networks. 

N3 is now covering both architectures and software-defined control of metro and core networks.

 

Track D: Devices, Optical Components and Fiber

D1: Advances in prototypes and product developments of components and subsystems for data centers and optical networks
D2: Passive optical devices for switching and filtering
D3: Active optical devices and photonic integrated circuits
D4: Fibers and propagation physics
D5: Fiber-optic and waveguide devices and sensors

D1: Advances in prototypes and product developments of components and subsystems for data centers and optical networks

D1 now seeks contributions to prototypes and product developments of components and subsystems in and between data centers as well as other networks. The topics include research-type advanced photonic modules as well.

This subcommittee seeks original contributions on components and hardware subsystems addressing the challenges of optical communication in and between data centers and for optical networks in general. Components and subsystems addressed in D1 can be at a broad range of maturity levels, from the research phase to being discussed in standards bodies, have recently been prototyped or field-trialed, have become commercially available or nearly available, or have widely been deployed or used in the field. Though full technical device information may not be necessary for components or subsystems no longer in the research phase, a significant level of technical depth and relevant citations of the open literature are required, going substantially beyond material typically used for product marketing or standards presentations. Emphasis is on technologies, such as optoelectronic or passive optical chips and modules, TOSAs/ROSAs and amplifiers. Studies on fibers and connectors should be submitted to D4. Studies on single devices such as modulators and detectors should be submitted to D3.

  • Energy-efficient and cost-effective modules and subsystem implementations
  • Multi-mode and single-mode devices and modules
  • High capacity transmitter and/or receiver modules
  • WDM and parallel-channel PICs and modules
  • Silicon photonics integrated circuits including laser sources for data centers
  • Electronic driver and receiver circuits for energy-efficient transmitters and receivers
  • Photonic network elements and enabling hardware such as wavelength-selective switches, ROADMs, performance monitoring, etc.
  • Packaging and integration for cost-efficient optical interconnects and modules
  • Scalable electro-optical integration schemes including large channel count links and optical backplanes
  • Comprehensive studies related to standardization and commercialization
  • Issues on fabrication, assembly, packaging, inspections, installation, and operations of optical modules and subsystems
  • Statistical studies on electro-optic module yield, reproducibility, stability, or reliability
  • Thermal and reliability design, and environmental testing of optical components
  • Optical components at a commercial or engineering sample level, such as optoelectronic or passive optical chips and modules, TOSA/ROSA, amplifiers
  • Design, operations, and evaluations of field installations and related equipment for optical modules
  • Process quality control and management

D2: Passive optical devices and circuits for switching and filtering

This subcommittee seeks original contributions focusing on the passive optical component technologies based on either bulk-optics or integrated-photonics that offer various linear functions such as multiplexing/demultiplexing, spatial routing/switching, filtering, and equalizing, for fiber-optic systems. These include planar lightwave circuits (PLCs), MEMS, liquid crystal, free-space optics, discrete optics, photonic crystals, ring resonators, gratings and plasmonic devices and circuits, mostly for the realization of wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM), wavelength-selective switching (WSS), orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM), polarization-division multiplexing (PDM), and space-division multiplexing (SDM). Passive fiber-based devices for SDM, WDM and PDM should be submitted to D5. Devices with nonlinear functions must go to either D3 (resonant) or D5 (off-resonance). Devices for sensors must go to D5. Switching devices which emit light, such as semiconductor optical amplifiers used as on/off gates, should be submitted to D3. Papers focusing predominantly on the system performance of devices considered within D2 should go to the appropriate S-track or D1.

  • Wavelength-, polarization-, and space-division filters, multiplexers, demultiplexers, equalizers, interleavers, switches, splitters, add/drops, and cross-connects
  • Passive optical devices for performance monitoring
  • Optical devices for dispersion or other distortion compensation
  • Silicon photonic switches and filters with integrated electronic circuitry for driving and automated tuning
  • Integrated devices containing passive silicon, silicon nitride, silica, polymer, or other dielectric planar lightwave circuits
  • Integrated devices containing doped silicon materials used for switching (but not modulating)
  • Free-space or MEMS optical devices
  • Photonic crystal, ring resonator, grating, and other nano-optic devices
  • Plasmonic waveguides, devices, and switches
  • Waveguide and other novel materials, simulations, and theory
  • Silicon (and other group IV) photonic based fabrication processes
  • Optical waveguide mode converters and tapers for off-chip coupling

D3: Active optical devices and photonic integrated circuits

This subcommittee seeks original contributions focusing on the active optical device elements and their integrated photonics platforms for optical communications. The active elements include laser diodes, modulators, detectors, semiconductor optical amplifiers, nonlinear (resonant) and ultrafast devices, exploiting carrier dynamics in semiconductors, not limited to classical communications or applications but including quantum optic active devices. The integration platforms include those based on compound semiconductor and silicon. The level of integration is broad, ranging from novel discrete components to highly-integrated photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and fully packaged devices. Also solicited are papers on design, fabrication techniques and characterization of optoelectronic devices, hybrid and monolithic integration techniques, fundamental aspects of device packaging and reliability. Papers focusing predominantly on the system performance of devices considered within D3 should go to the appropriate S-track or D1. Silicon photonic switching devices should be submitted to D2. Devices with off-resonance nonlinear functions must go to D5.

  • Lasers (including external cavity lasers) and modulators (including plasmonic based modulators)
  • Detectors (including plasmonic based) and receivers
  • Silicon and III-V photonic integrated circuits
  • Semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOA)
  • Wavelength converters and comb sources (semiconductor-based only, others go to D5)
  • Nonlinear devices based on carrier dynamics in semiconductors (e.g. SOA-based)
  • Semiconductor-based active switches (and optical burst switching devices)
  • Optoelectronic hybrid and monolithic integration
  • Integration platforms for optoelectronic devices
  • Fundamental aspects of optoelectronic device testing, packaging and reliability
  • Ultrafast devices
  • Silicon (and other group IV) photonics based active devices (except Kerr/Raman/Brillouin effect based devices, which should go to D5)
  • Optoelectronic devices based on graphene or other 2D metamaterials
  • Devices for free space communication (VLC or other)
  • Quantum devices, single photon devices, photon pair devices, devices for photonic quantum gates

D4: Fibers and propagation physics

This subcommittee seeks original contributions focusing on all aspects of optical fibers including their design, fabrication, and physical properties, and measurement or characterization methodologies. Fibers include but are not limited to: those single- or multi-mode; single- or multi-core; silica- or non-silica based; and conventional or microstructured. This subcommittee also focuses on the physics of light propagation in optical fiber that include Kerr-induced nonlinear effects such as self- and cross-phase modulation, and four-wave mixing, and light scattering processes such as Rayleigh, Brillouin and Raman scattering. This committee also covers advances in designs, characterizations, operations and evaluations of deployable optical fibers, cables, fiber components and field installation equipment. Papers focusing predominantly on the system performance of fibers or system impact of propagation phenomena considered within D4 should go to the appropriate S-track committees.

  • Design and fabrication of optical fibers
  • Specialty optical fibers for passive applications
  • Microstructured and photonic bandgap fibers
  • Multimode and multicore fibers
  • Non-silica and multi-material optical fibers
  • Sub-micron fibers and waveguides
  • Propagation, dispersion, and polarization related effects in fibers, waveguides, and free space
  • Nonlinear effects, scattering, and propagation related transmission impairments in optical fibers
  • Fiber characterization and measurement techniques
  • Fibers for ultrahigh capacity transmission
  • Fundamental studies on fiber reliability
  • In-field characterization of metrology of fiber and fiber component attributes
  • Thermal and reliability design, and environmental testing of fiber components and cables
  • Optical fibers, fiber components and field installation equipment at a commercial or engineering sample level, such as fibers, connectors, amplifiers, cables, enclosures, and fusion or mechanical splicers
  • Design, operations, and evaluations of field installations and related equipment

D5: Fiber-optic and waveguide devices and sensors

This subcommittee seeks original contributions focusing on active or passive fiber or planar waveguide devices and sensors mostly based on either doped glass, off-resonance nonlinearities, fiber Bragg gratings or fiber couplers. They include all of the optical amplifiers (except for semiconductor amplifiers, which must go to D3), all fiber Bragg gratings, all devices for sensors, devices based on off-resonance nonlinearities, fiber-based devices for SDM, WDM and PDM, and light sources based on fiber-optic cavities or the fiber-optic devices covered in this subcommittee. Applications can be either telecom or non-telecom. Waveguide gratings except for sensors must go to D2. Papers based on resonant nonlinearities and/or carrier dynamics in semiconductors should go to D3. Papers focusing predominantly on the system performance of devices considered within D5 should go to the appropriate S-track or D1.

  • Optical amplifier design and control
  • Doped fiber and waveguide amplifiers
  • Raman and Brillouin fiber amplifiers and devices
  • Device aspects of phase-sensitive and -insensitive amplifiers
  • Fiber-based devices for SDM, mode multiplexer, multicore, interference devices
  • Novel fiber-optic and waveguide devices based on off-resonance nonlinearities
  • Fiber lasers (including random lasers, high power lasers, wavelength tunable lasers), and short-pulse, supercontinuum, or frequency-comb sources
  • Fiber-optic devices for performance monitoring
  • Fiber Bragg gratings, long period gratings and fiber coupler based devices for pulse-shaping, signal multiplexing, signal measurement and sensing
  • Fiber-optic (bulk and distributed) and waveguide sensors, including LIDAR
  • Non-telecom (including biophotonic and astrophotonic) applications of fiber and waveguide technologies, e.g. for biomedical imaging or endoscopic optical coherence tomography (OCT)
  • Devices and sensors for avionics and automotive applications

Track S: Systems and Subsystems

S1: Digital subsystems and systems for data centers
S2: Optical, photonic and microwave photonic subsystems
S3: Radio-over-fiber, free space optics and sensing systems
S4: Digital and electronic subsystems
S5: Digital transmission systems

S1: Digital subsystems and systems for data centers

S1 now solely seeks contributions of digital subsystems and systems for data centers, without limitation to near-term technologies. The topics also include inter-chip and inter-/intra-rack interconnects.

This committee seeks original contributions on highly optimized low-power, low-cost and high-density systems, digital and electrical subsystems for data center optical interconnects and high-performance computing (HPC) systems. The length scales of interest primarily include inter-/intra-chip, inter-/intra-rack and inter-/intra-data centers. The inter-data center links are limited to short-reach and metro distances. These cover system aspects of devices, components and modules, subsystems aspects of modulation formats including wavelength, time, and space-division multiplexing, as well as digital optical transmitter and receiver subsystems based on digital signal processing techniques that address the unique challenges of optical interconnects for data centers and HPC systems, including papers on subsystems and systems that are currently being discussed in standards bodies or have recently been prototyped. Studies on hardware-only subsystems should be submitted to D1.

  • Cost effective, energy-efficient optical interconnect systems for data centers and computers
  • Parallel optical interconnect systems using wavelength or space division multiplexing
  • Digital optical transmitter and receiver subsystems for data centers and computers
  • Subsystems based on digital signal processing for data center and computer applications
  • Subsystems and digital signal processing for point-to-point data center applications
  • Performance monitoring and signal characterization based on digital electronic techniques for data centers
  • Electronic and opto-electronic signal processing and impairment mitigation techniques for data centers and computers
  • Forward error correction, coding and advanced modulation for data center and computer systems
  • High-capacity, DWDM inter-data center (< 100 km) subsystems and systems
  • Modeling of transmission performance, characteristic impairments, and limits in data center and computer systems

S2: Optical, photonic and microwave photonic subsystems

This subcommittee seeks original contributions focusing on the subsystem performance of those photonic network elements that rely on optical and photonic and/or microwave photonic techniques for the processing of information. This includes active and passive all-optical signal processing subsystems for telecommunications and digital data processing applications. This subcommittee also covers optical performance monitoring subsystems and optical switching subsystems.

  • Passive all-optical signal processing subsystems (e.g., based on wavelength-selective switches, ROADMs, and various optical filters)
  • Active all-optical signal processing (wavelength conversion, optical switching and routing, optical regeneration, optical clock recovery, optical multiplexing and demultiplexing, and other linear and nonlinear optical signal processing techniques)
  • Photonic and electro-optic signal processing units, including ADC and DAC
  • Microwave photonic subsystems, including microwave photonic filters, photonic generation, processing and characterization of microwave signals
  • Optical logic and memory
  • Optical buffering, bit-, and label-processing subsystems
  • Optical packet and burst switching subsystems
  • Performance monitoring and signal characterization based on optical techniques
  • Sub-systems for the control of optical network elements and nodes using purely physical mechanisms (electro-optics, nonlinear optics, thermal effects etc.)
  • Sub-system applications of phase-sensitive or phase-insensitive amplifiers
  • Optical and photonic sub-systems aimed at mitigation of fiber-propagation impairments (nonlinearities, noise etc.)

S3: Radio-over-fiber, free-space optics and sensing systems

This subcommittee seeks original contributions focusing on radio-over-fiber (RoF), free-space (including visible light communications), microwave photonics and non-telecom systems and  applications. Radio-over-fiber and optical wireless integration are concerned with the development and improvement of broadband wireless communication systems and networks. Included are also the transmission and control of microwave signals for, e.g., RF sensing, antenna remoting, high-speed instrumentation and measurement systems, or biomedical, THz, ultra-wideband, ultra-stable frequency metrology, and other high-frequency applications. Papers focusing on microwave photonics subsystems (e.g. photonic generation and processing of microwave signals) should go to S2.

  • Radio-over-fiber (RoF) subsystems and systems
  • Optical-wireless integration, including multi-technology converged transmission systems
  • Visible light and free-space optical communication systems using analog and digital processing
  • High-frequency systems or applications, including microwave, millimeter-wave and Terahertz photonics
  • Front-haul systems based on analog radio signals
  • Optical subsystems for non-telecom applications such as remote sensing

S4: Digital and electronic subsystems

This subcommittee seeks original contributions focusing on digital and electronic subsystems and transceivers. These cover subsystems aspects of modulation schemes (single-carrier or multi-carrier), including wavelength, polarization and space-division multiplexing, as well as digital optical transceiver subsystems based on digital signal processing and error correction coding techniques for direct-detection receivers and coherent receivers (e.g., constellation shaping, pulse shaping, equalization, and polarization/clock/carrier recovery). Modeling, design, and implementation of purely electronic and algorithmic subsystems are also included in this category. Papers focusing on compensation/mitigation of nonlinear fiber propagation effects should go to S5 and papers exclusively focusing on metro data center interconnect applications should go to S1.

  • Modulation and demodulation subsystems
  • Digital signal processing algorithms for optical transceivers
  • Forward error correction and coded modulation
  • Digital and electronic subsystems for coherent systems
  • Digital and electronic subsystems for direct-detection systems
  • Digital and electronic subsystems for space-division multiplexing
  • Electronic digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters
  • Digital and electronic multiplexing and demultiplexing subsystems
  • Electronic and opto-electronic signal processing and impairment mitigation techniques
  • Performance monitoring and signal characterization based on digital electronic techniques
  • Practical and real-time implementation of modulation, FEC and DSP in ASICs and FPGAs
  • Machine learning in optical transmitter and receiver subsystems

S5: Digital transmission systems

This subcommittee seeks original contributions on optical transmission systems, massive wavelength or spatial multiplexing, and on system aspects of devices, subsystems, and networking elements. The subcommittee covers modeling, design, experimental demonstration and implementation of optical transmission systems from metro to long-haul, highlighting system-level implications and mitigation of propagation impairments. Contributions may also focus on system aspects of certain modulation, detection, multiplexing, coding, and routing techniques beyond pure subsystem performance.

  • System aspects of modulation formats, multiplexing schemes, coding and FEC
  • System aspects of linear and nonlinear transmission effects (such as CD, PMD, PDL, fiber nonlinearity, concatenated ROADM filtering, etc.)
  • Massive multiplexing in wavelength or space
  • Pre- or post-compensation of linear and nonlinear transmission impairments
  • Digital signal processing techniques to mitigate distortions from nonlinear fiber propagation effects
  • Transmission experiments or simulations over more than about 100 km of fiber
  • Modeling of digital transmission systems, characteristic impairments, and limits
  • Propagation effects focusing on transmission performance instead of propagation physics
  • Security aspects of digital optical transmission systems
  • Quantum communications and cryptography in optical communications

Track N: Networks, Applications and Access

N1: Advances in system, network and service developments and field trials in commercial data centers and networks
N2: Architectures and software-defined control for intra-data center networks
N3: Architectures and software-defined control for metro and core networks
N4: Optical access networks for fixed and mobile services
N5: Market Watch, Network Operator Summit & Data Center Summit (Invited Program Only)

N1: Advances in system, network and service developments and field trials in commercial data centers and networks

N1 has expanded to include the topics on deployable system and network solutions in data centers as well as other networks. 

This subcommittee focuses on near- to mid-term systems, networks and applications addressing service provider as well as content provider needs. It seeks original contributions on network elements and transmission systems solutions that are currently being discussed in standards bodies, have recently been prototyped or field-trialed, or have become commercially available. It also seeks original contributions on deployable network solutions ranging from access to core, including high-capacity inter-data center and data center to user networks, as well as enterprise and storage area networks.  Papers reporting assessments of the maturity of next-generation transport and switching technology, descriptions of operational experiences or experimental evaluations of demonstrators, field trials, interoperability tests and deployments are welcome. Carrier/operator and content provider technology requirements and strategies are also in scope. Applications include broadband network evolution, high-bandwidth, latency-sensitive and dynamic applications that require advances in network capabilities. A significant level of technical depth and a proper embedding into previous reports available in the open literature is required, going substantially beyond material typical of product marketing and standards presentations. Industry panels will complement the technical program in this area.

  • Digital transmission systems, field trials or laboratory demonstrations using prototypes or deployable modules for metro, long-haul and submarine applications
  • In-field transmission system-level testing of components and fiber
  • Experiences with near term technologies including network migration/evolution
  • Network engineering and deployment, including installation techniques
  • Field trial demonstrations and interoperability tests
  • Carrier/operator and content provider network technology requirements
  • Operational aspects of emerging networks, including the application of software-defined networking (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV) or network virtualization technology
  • High capacity and on-demand network connectivity to support cloud computing and large bandwidth video applications, such as Digital Cinema, SuperHD, 3D-video
  • Interactive video and gaming applications and their impact on optical transport and access networks
  • Any other applications that require advances in network capabilities (e.g. 5G fronthaul)

N2: Architectures and software-defined control for intra-data center networks

N2 has been revised to focus on architectures and software-defined control of intra-data center networks and high performance computing. The topics also include data analytics and artificial intelligence for the control and management of the intra-data center networks. 

This subcommittee seeks original contributions on optical networking and hybrid optical and electrical networking technologies for data centers and high-performance computing (HPC) systems.  A particular focus is on highly optimized optical network architectures as well as control and management that address the unique challenges of data centers with respect to energy- and cost-efficiency, latency, flexibility, reliability, security, etc. New network elements to advance data centers networks are within the scope. New approaches to data modeling and management protocols, open application programming interfaces (APIs) for interoperability and vendor independence, and open-source software frameworks are of particular interests. Papers discussing Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Service Orchestration in a context of intra-data center networks are also welcome. Other focus areas include network resource virtualization, virtual network composition, optical network programmability, intent-based networking and control of disaggregated and novel hardware for data center networks.  Papers of wide-area or metro-scale inter-data center networks should be submitted to N3.
Topics include:

  • Optical network architectures for data centers
  • Hybrid optical and electrical network architectures for data centers
  • Optical routing and switching technologies for data centers
  • Disaggregated server- and rack-scale technologies/architectures
  • Control and management of optical networks for data centers
  • Interfaces, protocols, arbitration and flow control for optical networking in data centers
  • Software Defined Networking (SDN), APIs and software frameworks for data center applications
  • Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) in data center networks
  • Open and intent-based APIs for functions such as topology discovery, service management, path calculation and provisioning for data center networks
  • Data analytics and artificial intelligence for the control and management of data center networks
  • Optimization, planning and planning tools for data center networks
  • Algorithms and designs for network reliability, service restoration and protection in data centers
  • Network modeling techniques and algorithms for resource allocation

N3: Architecture and software-defined control for metro and core networks

N3 is now covering both architectures and software-defined control of metro and core networks.

This subcommittee seeks original contributions on the evolution of core and metro optical networks. It covers control and management as well as data-plane architectures, including techno-economic studies, analytical methods, algorithms and design methodologies. Included are also discussions of protection and restoration schemes and other critical areas for network evolution, such as the design of multi-layer networks using packet, TDM and optical technologies. This category also includes network design and techno-economic trade-offs of emerging services such as Bandwidth-on-Demand and network services for Cloud Computing.

Topics include:

  • Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) in optical and multi-layer networks.
  • New information and data models, description languages and management protocols (e.g. NETCONF/RESTCONF and YANG) and applicability to transport networks
  • Open and intent-based APIs for functions such as topology discovery, service management, path calculation and provisioning
  • Data analytics and Artificial Intelligence for the Control and Management of optical networks
  • Dynamic, on-demand and scheduled networking
  • Programmable and cognitive optical networks
  • Optical networks for Fixed and Wireless Convergence  
  • Network optimization, planning and planning tools
  • Algorithms and designs for network reliability, service restoration and protection
  • Network modeling techniques and algorithms for resource allocation
  • Elastic optical path and flexible grid networks
  • Space division multiplexed and multi-dimensional optical networks.
  • Network techno-economics
  • Energy efficiency in metro and core networks
  • Design of disaggregated optical networks
  • Design of high connectivity contentionless node architectures, including protection and failure recovery

N4: Optical access networks for fixed and mobile services

This subcommittee seeks original contributions to advance the future of optical access networks. In scope is innovation in architectures and protocols for optical access networks, including network applications such as residential and business services, or mobile backhaul/fronthaul. Novel optical access systems and optical transmission/device technologies such as hybrid signal multiplexing, advanced modulation formats, DSP-based transmission, high-speed burst-mode detection and coherent reception, that will increase capacity and reach, improve robustness for sustainable operation, reduce CAPEX/OPEX, lower power consumption, and provide attractive new services, are the main topics for this category. Network-wide techno-economic studies and related architecture investigations should go to N3. Work on SDN/NFV approaches in multi-layer access networks and related software-interfaces should be submitted to N2. Deployable solutions and field trials must go to N1. Papers on front-haul systems based on analog radio signals should go to S3.
Topics include:

  • Novel optical access network architecture, design, control, and management paradigms
  • High-speed optical access networks and applications
  • Future PON architectures, including WDM-PON, high rate TDM-PON, TWDM-PON, OFDMA-PON, and Hybrid PON
  • Innovation in optical backhaul/fronthaul networks and fixed-mobile convergence
  • Long-reach broadband access networks and metro-access convergence
  • Novel access techniques, including DSP-based optical access
  • Energy efficient optical access networks
  • Optical access system reliability, protection and security
  • Operational issues (e.g. testing, monitoring, installation procedures, and methods to reduce issues)
  • Access network architecture, including upgrade and/or migration from legacy PON to next-gen PONs, introduction of new applications, co-existence of services, and open access
  • In-home optical networking applications
  • Emerging standards, including optics for 5G mobile applications

N5: Market Watch, Network Operator Summit & Data Center Summit (INVITED PROGRAM ONLY)

These programs take place on the exhibit floor and comprise of the following:

  • The Network Operator Summit & Data Center Summit are daylong programs shaped around the needs and interests of carriers and content providers. It features topics and speakers of interest to CTOs, network architects, network designers and technologists. The program includes a keynote speaker and several panel sessions.
  • The Market Watch is a three-day series of panel discussions that covers the latest application topics and business issues in the field of optical communications. Sessions highlight developments in equipment and components as they relate to all facets of the communications markets from submarine systems to data center networks.
The Network Operator Summit & Data Center Summit sessions are where service providers discuss what they are doing with the latest technologies. The context is: What would they like to see if it was a clean slate and they had no legacy network implementation which has to be integrated into the vision? So, not pie in the sky but grounded in the knowledge of what is actually implementable today and how they would use it in their network.
 
Market Watch comprises a General State of the Optical Industry session as seen from the industry and financial analysts view and then dives deep into the component technology and OEM manufacturers that are creating platforms to address these latest topics and trends in the optical industry. The Market Watch segment looks at two years to present technologies from now to near-term deployments and applications in all parts of the network from local area network (LAN) to core. This includes next generation Ethernet to high-speed transmission and switching technology and new access deployment in PON and wireless as well as operational strategies.
 
Some relevant overall topics include:
  • State of the Industry Panel – Analysts
  • Market Projections for Wireline and Wirless Technologies to Support 5G
  • High Capacity Long Distance Optical Transport:  Challenes and Business Reality
  • Optical Fiber Plant Infrastructure - Technologies and Markets
  • What's After 400G Ethernet Inside the Data Center?
  • Optical Network Management Using Cognitive Systems - Reality or Hype?
  • The Access Network - Next Generation PON, Mobile and Cable Network Upgrades
  • 5G Applications and Networks:  Real-World Operator Case Studies
  • How ready are "Open Transport" Architectures in Inter-data Center, Metro and LH Networks?

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