Topic Categories

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

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.

  • 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 inter- and intra- data center communication
  • VCSELs and VCSEL array for data centers / short reach applications
  • Advanced co-packaging and on-board optics technologies and development
  • Electronic driver and receiver circuits for energy-efficient transmitters and receivers
  • Photonic network elements and enabling hardware such as wavelength-selective switches, ROADMs, and performance monitoring
  • 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
  • Large-scale foundry PDK development for III-V and silicon-based integrated photonics
  • 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
  • Optics reliability and qualification standardization in data centers and 5G mobile networks
  • System deployment trends and breakthroughs of fibers and connectors

Papers on fiber and connectors should be submitted to D1 if focused on system deployment trends and breakthroughs, but studies on fiber and connector technologies should be submitted to D4. Studies on single devices such as laser diodes, modulators and detectors should be submitted to D3.

D2: Passive optical devices 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, discrete optics, photonic crystals, ring resonators, gratings, other passive free-space optics, 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).

  • 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 driver and automated tuning circuitry
  • 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)
  • MEMS optical or passive free-space 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
  • Passive optical devices for quantum cryptography
  • Passive optical devices coupling free space and lightwave circuits or fiber optics
  • Passive optical devices for neuromorphic computing
  • AI-based algorithm and computing for passive optical device design, fabrication and evaluation

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, such as semiconductor optical amplifiers and junction-based modulators used as on/off gates, or active semiconductor junction-based free-space switch for beam steering, 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. Advanced prototypes should also go to D1.

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.

  • 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

Papers focusing predominantly on the system or circuit 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. Advanced prototypes should all go to D1.

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: single- or multi-core; silica- or non-silica based; and conventional or microstructured fibers. 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 and GAWBS. This committee also covers advances in designs, characterizations, operations and evaluations of deployable optical fibers, cables, fiber components and field installation equipment.

  • Design and fabrication of optical fibers and fiber cables
  • Specialty optical fibers for passive applications
  • Microstructured and hollow-core optical 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

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.

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 (Kerr/Raman/Brillouin effects), fiber-based devices for SDM, WDM and PDM, and light sources (fiber lasers) based on fiber-optic cavities or the fiber-optic devices covered in this subcommittee. Applications can be either telecom or non-telecom.

  • Optical amplifier design and control
  • Doped fiber and waveguide amplifiers
  • Raman and Brillouin fiber amplifiers, lasers 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

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.

Track S: Systems and Subsystems

S1: Subsystems and systems for data centers and high performance computing
S2: Optical, photonic and microwave photonic subsystems
S3: Fiber-radio, optical wireless and sensing systems
S4: Digital and electronic subsystems
S5: Digital transmission systems

S1: Subsystems and systems for data centers and high performance computing

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

  • Cost effective, energy-efficient optical interconnect systems for data centers and computing systems
  • Parallel optical interconnect systems using polarization, wavelength or space division multiplexing
  • Digital optical transmitter and receiver subsystems for data centers and computing systems.
  • Subsystems based on analog or 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.
  • Modelling of transmission performance, characteristic impairments, and limits in data center and computer systems
  • Digital subsystems and systems specifically optimized for low latency.
  • Optical AI and machine learning subsystems for applications in data centers including optical accelerators
  • Strategies for transitioning from electrical interconnect to optical interconnect for the data center
  • Co-packaging with power efficiency and high density for the data center

Studies on hardware-only subsystems should be submitted to D1. Submissions on general digital signal processing techniques should be submitted to S4. Papers for non data-center orientated systems and subsystems should be submitted to S4 or S5.

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/microwave photonic techniques for the processing of information. This includes active and passive all-optical signal processing subsystems for telecommunications and digital data and quantum communications and 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 and distortion compensating techniques)
  • Photonic signal processing (e.g. signal processing based on optical frequency combs, ADC, DAC) and machine learning for photonic signal processing subsystems.
  • Microwave photonic subsystems, including microwave photonic filters, photonic generation and processing of microwave signals including microwave photonic signal processing based on optical frequency combs.
  • Optical logic and memory, data buffering, bit-, and label-processing subsystems
  • Optical packet and burst switching subsystems
  • Performance monitoring and signal characterization based on optical techniques (Fiber-optic devices for performance monitoring should go to D5).
  • Sub-system applications of phase-sensitive or phase-insensitive amplifiers (Kerr/Raman/Brillouin effect-based devices should go to D5).
  • Subsystems for sensor/communications interfaces.
  • Quantum optical subsystems (e.g. quantum random number generators) for data processing and communication, transduction between quantum and digital domains, novel quantum sub-systems techniques

Papers on quantum communications, including QKD and cryptography should be submitted to S5. Papers on active optical device elements and their integrated photonics platforms for optical communications should be submitted to D3. Kerr/Raman/Brillouin effect based devices should go to D5. Papers on machine learning for data center subsystems should be submitted to S1.

S3: Fiber-radio, optical wireless and sensing systems

This subcommittee seeks original contributions focusing on integrated fiber-radio (including RoF) systems, optical wireless (including free-space optics (FSO) and visible light communications (VLC) systems, microwave or photonics positioning systems, and non-telecom systems and applications. Fiber-radio technologies and optical wireless integration are a critical part of future broadband wireless communication systems and networks. Included here 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.

  • Fiber-Radio – including Radio-over-fiber (RoF) subsystems and systems
  • Optical-wireless integration, including multi-technology fiber-wireless converged transmission systems
  • Visible light and free-space optical communication systems using analog and digital signal processing – including LiFi, Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTNs), which includes any mobile platforms such as underwater, drones and unmanned aerial vehicle applications
  • High-frequency systems or applications, including microwave, millimeter-wave and Terahertz photonics
  • Analog and hybrid beamforming systems
  • High frequency radar, lidar, and positioning systems
  • Front-haul systems based on analog radio signals
  • Optical-wireless subsystems for non-telecom applications such as remote sensing, visible light positioning
  • Satellite communication systems, including coherent inter-satellite transmission
  • ML for RF and Optical Wireless transmission systems
  • Time and Frequency transfer systems

Papers focusing on microwave photonics subsystems (e.g. photonic generation and processing of microwave signals) should go to S2.

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, time, frequency 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.

  • Modulation and demodulation subsystems
  • 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 systems
  • Digital and electronic multiplexing and demultiplexing subsystems
  • Electronic digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters
  • Electronic and opto-electronic signal processing and impairment mitigation techniques
  • Digital signal processing algorithms for optical transmitter and receiver subsystems
  • Performance monitoring and signal characterization based on digital electronic techniques
  • Real-time implementation of advanced modulation formats, FEC, and DSP in ASICs and FPGAs
  • Machine learning in optical transmitter and receiver subsystems

Papers focusing on compensation/mitigation of nonlinear fiber propagation effects should be submitted to S5. Papers exclusively focusing on metro data center interconnect applications, for example focusing on low latency and energy efficiency should go to S1. Papers on satellite communications, including coherent inter satellite channel should be submitted to S3. Papers on quantum communications, including QKD and cryptography should be submitted to S5. Quantum optical subsystem papers, including quantum random number generators should go to S2.

S5: Digital transmission systems

This subcommittee seeks original contributions on optical transmission systems, space-division multiplexing systems, transmission with massive and dense multiplexing in wavelength or space, quantum communications, 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.)
  • Space-division multiplexing systems with multicore or multimode
  • Transmission with massive and dense space or wavelength division multiplexing
  • Pre- or post-compensation of linear and nonlinear transmission impairments
  • Digital signal processing and machine learning (ML) 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, QKD and cryptography in optical communications

Papers exclusively focusing on metro data center interconnect applications should go to S1. Quantum optical subsystem papers, including quantum random number generators should go to S2.

Track N: Networks, Applications and Access

N1: Advances in system, network and service developments and field trials in commercial data centers and networks
N2: Optical networking for data center and computing applications
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

This subcommittee focuses on near- to mid-term network trends and applications addressing both service provider and content provider needs. It seeks original contributions on deployable network solutions ranging from terrestrial to subsea to non-terrestrial, from access to core, include high-capacity inter-data center, intra-data center and datacenter to end-user networks, as well as enterprise and storage area networks.  Papers reporting assessments of the maturity of next-generation access, transport and switching technologies, descriptions of operational experiences or experimental evaluations of demonstrators, field trials, interoperability tests and new deployments are welcome. Carrier/operator and content provider technology requirements and strategies are also in scope. Applications include broadband network evolution, convergence, 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.

  • Experiences/applications with near term terrestrial, subsea and Low Earth Orbit (LEO) network technologies
  • Network engineering and deployment, including performance evaluation and installation techniques
  • Network migration/evolution experiences and issues
  • Network evolution technologies and applications to deliver 5G services
  • Field trial demonstrations/pilots 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), infrastructure monitoring and analytics or network virtualization technology
  • Subsea technologies and applications
  • Field trials of distributed acoustic sensing on terrestrial and subsea networks
  • High capacity and on-demand network connectivity to support cloud computing
  • High-capacity networks supporting large bandwidth video applications, such as SuperHD, 3D-video, large scale offering of Virtual Reality (VR) & Augmented Reality (AR) services, immersive experiences
  • Demonstrations of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Optical Networks.
  • Any other applications that require advances in optical network capabilities (e.g. very high capacity, low latency, synchronization etc.)

N2: Optical networking for data center and computing application

This subcommittee seeks original contributions on the topics of optical networking in support of intra-data center (Intra-DC), intra-HPC, Edge/Fog computing, high-performance computing (HPC), programmable photonics fabrics, Photonic Neural Networks,as well as Optical Interconnects and Optical Computing. The first focus area is on mid- to long-term evolution paths to advanced optical network architectures including both fiber and wireless optical networks for DCs and HPCs ranging from warehouse- to micro-scale. Relevant topics to this area are: end-to-end physical layer architecture; control and management; disaggregation of resources; and AI/ML data analytics that address challenges in energy- and cost-efficiency, performance, footprint, flexibility, reliability, security, etc. The second focus area is on architectures, networking solutions and security of edge/fog computing, enabling low latency and high density 5G and IoT applications. Topics of interests include architectures for higher scalability, manageability, security as well as convergence with cloud DC. The third focus area is on optical system solutions for computing. Topics of interests include quantum computing, quantum datacenters, neuromorphic computing, reservoir computing and computing accelerators.

The topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Optical interconnects (fiber, free-space and visible light communication) for DCs and HPC
  • Optical network architectures for intra-DC and Intra -HPC networks
  • Micro-DC architectures and networking
  • Disaggregated server architectures with pooled CPU and memory
  • Network accelerated memory transfers
  • Optical routing and packet/circuit/flow switching in DCs and HPCs
  • Protocols, arbitration and flow control for optical networking in DCs and HPCs 
  • High-bandwidth, programable and intelligent network interfaces for computing
  • Bandwidth steering in DCs and HPCs
  • Network measurements and monitoring in DCs and HPCs
  • Control and management for Intra-DC and Intra-HPC networks
  • Architecture, networking, control and management technologies for energy-efficient computing
  • Algorithms and designs for network reliability, service restoration and protection in DCs and HPCs 
  • Performance/complexity/cost trade-offs in DC and HPC architectures
  • Software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) for DC applications
  • Resource orchestration, co-scheduling and co-optimization in DC and HPC
  • Data analytics and AI/ML for the control and management of DC and HPC networks
  • Edge/fog computing architectures and networking
  • Scalable and manageable edge/fog computing systems
  • Low-latency edge/fog computing
  • Low-latency offload infrastructure and computation offloading
  • Networking and applications over converged edge/fog computing and cloud DC
  • Security in DC, HPC and edge/fog computing network
  • Optics for quantum computing and quantum data centers
  • Optics for neuromorphic and reservoir computing
  • Optical accelerators for digital computing
  • Programmable photonic network fabrics for computing and information processing
  • Optical computing and optical information processing systems
  • Implementations and trails for the above technologies

Papers on device technologies for data center and computing applications should be submitted to D1. Papers on subsystems for data center and computing applications should be submitted to S1. Papers on inter-DC architecture and networking should be submitted to N3.

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

This subcommittee seeks original contributions on the evolution of core and metro optical networks, as well as inter-data center architectures and networking. It covers control and management as well as data-plane architectures, including optical network planning, 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 multi-band, multi-layer, multi-domain networks. This category also includes recent advances on metro and core networks for emerging services of 5G/B5G/6G and Cloud Computing in the areas of service orchestration and service assurance.

Topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) in multi-layer and optical networks 
  • Data analytics and Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning for the network design, control and management of optical networks 
  • Open/disaggregated optical networks 
  • Network optimization, planning and planning tools 
  • Dynamic, on-demand and scheduled networking 
  • Programmable and cognitive optical networks 
  • Service orchestration of computing and network resources in inter-data center optical networks 
  • Service assurance (e.g., availability, latency) and security in softwarized multi-layer and optical networks  
  • Metro and core networks for Fixed and Wireless Convergence
  • 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  
  • 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-band optical networks 
  • Network techno-economics 
  • Energy efficiency in metro, core and end-to-end networks 
  • Optical node architectures for high-degree connectivity with multi-fiber/core/mode/band networks
  • Key distribution and quantum networking
  • Integration of terrestrial and satellite optical networks

Papers on edge/fog-computing should be submitted to N2, papers on machine-learning techniques for transmission should be submitted to S5.

N4: Optical access networks for fixed and mobile services

This subcommittee seeks original contributions to advance the future of optical access networks. In scope are innovations in architectures, system technologies and protocols for providing services to residential and business customers as well as for supporting applications in mobile backhaul/fronthaul and in IoT/sensor networks. The topics for this category comprise advanced signal multiplexing and modulation formats, technologies for increasing capacity and reach, and transmission improvements by massive exploitation of DSP, FEC and Machine Learning (ML) solutions. Real-time and bandwidth efficient interworking between the optical layer and its client applications is an area of increased interest for the evolution of access networks. Operational and business aspects are also areas that contributions are solicited for, such as improved robustness of network operations, OPEX vs. CAPEX reductions, low power consumption, and ease of service provisioning.

Topics suited for submission to N4 may include:

  • High-speed optical access system technologies and applications, including DSP, FEC and ML supported system design and operation    
  • DSP, FEC and ML supported system design and operation  
  • Implementation and operation aspects of PON variants: WDM-PON, TDM-PON, TWDM-PON, other multiple access PON technologies
  • Visible Light Communications, such as Li-Fi, in multi-user access networks
  • Network performance gains achieved by enhancing serial (time) vs. parallel (fiber, wavelength, mode, core, …) transmission 
  • nnovation in hybrid-fiber-coaxial (HFC) networks for access  
  • Long-reach broadband access networks and metro-access convergence 
  • Optical backhaul/fronthaul architectures for wireless networks, and low layer fixed-mobile convergence of networks  
  • Low latency solutions for time sensitive fronthaul and user plane services, including novel PON architectures for low-latency inter-ONU communications  
  • Innovations of dynamic bandwidth allocation (DBA) algorithms and multiple media access control (MAC) mechanisms
  • Low-cost reconfiguration of remote nodes, particularly regarding split factor, wavelength routing and fiber switching  
  • PON virtualization and network function virtualization applied to optical access 
  • Impact of new traffic types on optical access system and network requirements, e.g., introduced with IoT services and applications  
  • Deploying new applications, co-existence of services, and open access architectures  
  • Energy efficient optical access networks  
  • Optical access system reliability, protection and security  
  • Aspects of system and network operation, performance monitoring and proactive maintenance  
  • Easing upgrade and migration among PON generations, as well as enabling their co-existence  
  • In-doors optical networking systems and applications  
  • Comprehensive studies relating to emerging standards, including support for 5G mobile applications 

Papers on deployable solutions and field trials should be submitted to N1. Papers on front-haul systems based on analog radio signals should be submitted to S3.

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 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.

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 Optical Industry in the eyes of the analysts 
  • Engineering and deployment of latest bandwidth products 
  • New architectures for legacy infrastructure and services 
  • Keynote address by provider luminary on a hot industry topic and its application in a service or content provider network 
  • Trends in service and content provider networks: Industry consolidation, cloud computing enablement, content distribution, network service virtualization 
  • Optical components and the latest integration trends: Emerging technologies and their market impact on network deployment 
  • Carrier/operator and content provider network technology requirements 
  • Practicality of network convergence, SDN architectures and NFV applications 
  • Ways to monetize the network infrastructure 
  • Access networks and PON 
  • How optical networks will support the mobile network’s progression beyond 5G 
  • Cloud data centers and servers with high-speed connectivity 
  • Optical technology progression in data center interconnects - both inside and between data centers. 
  • Pluggable optics and its enabling technologies and applications 
  • 5G/B5G, emerging 6G and IoT applications and use cases 

The Network Operator Summit and 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 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, ultimately, like to see (assuming no legacy network implementation) that is grounded in their knowledge of what is implementable today 
  • How would what they want to see be used in their networks? 
  • What are the key gaps to reaching this goal (including technology, standards and regulation)?