The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

OFC Demo Zone

OFC Demo Zone

Demo Proposals Submission Method
Peer Review


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.

Paper Submission Deadline: 9 November 2018 12:00 EDT (16:00 GMT)

Demo Proposal Submission Method

Adherence to the instructions for preparation of the demo proposals is imperative. No changes or revisions will be allowed after the deadline. Proposals for demonstrations must be submitted via the online submission system, with a demo description in PDF format in adherence with the OFC regular paper style guide. Do NOT email, fax or mail your proposal. A completed electronic submission is due prior to the published deadline. A complete submission should be three pages in length and will include the following:
  • A 35-word abstract
  • An Overview section giving a full description of the research and technologies to be demonstrated
  • An Innovation section describing the problem and novelty of the approach in solving it
  • An OFC relevance section explaining why OFC audience and communities should be interested in this demo
  • The demo proposal summary abstract paper should explain the objective and contents of the demo, and detail its configuration and main elements. The objective should be to demonstrate an innovative application, a working prototype or a novel concept through the implementation of a software function(s) or a software tool(s) in the space of optical communication devices, systems, networks.
  • Demonstrations should be based on technical achievements and prototypes at a research and pre-commercial stage (i.e. no product demonstrations are allowed).
The title of the demo and the primary demo presenter name, and affiliation must appear on the first page with all additional authors and their affiliations. Proof your work before submitting.
For each selected demo, a rectangular table, 2 chairs, a power outlet strip (5 outlets), an 8-foot-high x 4-foot-wide (244 cm x 122 cm) bulletin board (as for the poster session), WLAN connectivity (on best effort basis), and dedicated ethernet line will be provided.  Should additional equipment be required (e.g. a large monitor or better network connectivity), this can be supplied as paid service by the OFC AV company subject to individual agreement.


Peer Review

Demo proposals will undergo a selection process conducted by Demo Zone organizers and Program Chairs.
The followings are not requirements but recommendations which may be considered in the selection process: 
Live demonstrations are preferred. Pre-recorded videos and other material can be used as support/backup material but should not be the main technical content of the demonstration.
Demonstrations highlighting the use of open platforms, components and interfaces (e.g. Open Source Software projects) are preferred.


All technical information contained in the demo proposal summary must be approved for public distribution by all controlling organizations prior to submission. OFC is a public forum for the exchange of information. For all reasonable questions (including technical detail), presenters are encouraged to have answers approved for distribution prior to the presentation. Authors not interested in discussing their work with attendees in a conference setting are encouraged to submit their work to other forums.


Authors will be notified of the evaluation decisions the week of 3-7 December 2018.

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