ANAHEIM, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) --
WHAT: Optical Fiber Communication Conference and
Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC)
WHEN/WHERE: March 17 - 21 (Exhibits open March 19 - 21) at the
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, Calif.
DETAILS: As the largest and most comprehensive international
event for both the science and business of optical communications, this
year’s conference—with more than 12,000 attendees expected, along with
more than 550 exhibiting companies (45 percent based outside the U.S.)
and more than 800 technical and business presentations—will host the
entire scope of optical communications, providing technical programming,
exhibits and other activities for all audiences from systems and
components manufacturers to service providers, carriers and enterprise.
Comprehensive technical program, featuring both the OFC and
NFOEC programs, which includes hundreds of sessions, workshops,
tutorials, short courses and paper presentations on the latest optical
communications research from more than a dozen topical areas.
Leading companies in the Exhibit Hall—from network and test
equipment vendors to systems and component manufacturers, plus
software, fiber cable and specialty fiber manufacturers.
Three Exhibit Hall theaters of business programming, featuring
presentations by experts from major global brands and key industry
organizations, including Verizon, Juniper, Google, Sprint, Microsoft,
Cisco, Corning, the Ethernet Alliance, Optical Internetworking Forum,
and many others.
HIGHLIGHTS: Technical and business programming highlights include:
Plenary and Awards Session - Tuesday, March 19, 8 – 11 a.m.
these industry leaders for a unique perspective into today’s business
Caio Bonilha, President and CEO, Telebras, Brazil
Telebras National Backbone: Deployment Challenges
Nick McKeown, Professor of Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science, Stanford University, USA
Software-Defined Transport Networks
Brian Protiva, CEO, ADVA Optical Networking, Germany
Capitalizing on Network Transformation in the Age of Programmable,
Private Press & Analyst Luncheon - “Examining the Flexible Network”
- Tuesday, March 19, 12 – 1:15 p.m.
Demand for core and
datacenter network flexibility is putting new requirements on
infrastructure vendors. During this panel, end-user requirements will
be explored, along with their impact on hardware, and the current
development status. The following will be addressed:
The discussion examines flexible networks with representatives from
different levels of the infrastructure ecosystem to assess the current
situation and outlook. Speakers include:
What flexibility features are service providers looking for? What
problems are they solving? How do these features support the
service provider business?
Where are flexibility features needed? In the telecom network
core? Inter datacenter networking? Intra datacenter networking?
What new requirements is flexibility placing on equipment and
Daryl Inniss, vice president and practice leader, Components,
Caio Bonilha, president and CEO, Telebras
Bill Gartner, vice president and general manager, Cisco Systems
Brian Protiva, CEO, ADVA Optical Networking
Buzz – A Real-time Look at the News and Trends Happening at OFC/NFOEC
2013 – Wednesday, March 20, 3:30 – 4:15 p.m., Expo Theater I
new session will feature real-time analysis of the 2013 OFC/NFOEC show
floor buzz, analysis of industry news announcements and what they mean
to the industry. An unscripted “fireside chat,” this program will
feature three industry analysts discussing the hot exhibitor news
announcements, trends and show buzz—offering an exclusive real-time
industry insider’s perspective.
Presentations – Sunday, March 17 – Thursday, March 21
of educational workshops, short courses, tutorial sessions and invited
talks covering hot topics such as cloud and datacenter networking,
space division multiplexing, 1Tb and beyond optical networking,
flexible grid networks, virtualization and software-defined networks,
photonic integration, and more.
Post-Deadline Paper Presentations – Thursday, March 21, 6 – 8 p.m.
papers give conference attendees the opportunity to hear new and
significant research in rapidly advancing areas at the earliest
possible opportunity. The post-deadline session highlights only those
papers judged to be truly excellent and compelling in their timeliness.
Symposia – Monday, March 18 and Tuesday, March 19
the Cloud – Monday, March 18, 1:30 – 6:05 p.m.
computing has emerged as a new paradigm that provides on-demand,
efficient, secure, reliable and cost-effective computing and
storage services. Technology is playing an increasingly prominent
role as cloud providers offer more complete and robust services
and as more enterprises enter the market. Networks among
datacenters and between clients and datacenters are essential
resources – just as essential as computers and storage devices –
and the industry is adapting their networks to meet the particular
challenges of cloud computing. Speakers from IBM, Cisco, ADVA
Optical Networking and the university research community will
provide in depth discussions of how networks can enable the cloud,
focusing on new network technologies both within datacenters and
of Wireless and Optical Networking - Tuesday, March 19, 2 –
The unprecedented growth in demand for wireless
services has spurred a race among carriers to upgrade and build
out their mobile and fixed broadband wireless networks. As both
the number of wireless sites and the bandwidth per site continue
to increase, the importance of well-engineered optical/wireless
networks has become ever more apparent. Speakers from NTT Labs,
AT&T Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, France Telecom, Ericsson and others
will discuss key 4G/5G mobile technologies and their potential
blueprint for optical access, requirements mobile imposes on
optical backhaul networks, how much integration between wireless
and optical is required, and whether software-defined networks can
help solve bandwidth bottlenecks in backhaul.
Session: Silicon Photonics: Disruptive Technology or Research
Curiosity? – Tuesday, March 19, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
photonics has been one of the hottest fields at OFC/NFOEC over the
last few years. There have been many invited, contributed, and
post-deadline papers that show devices and subsystems with promising
attributes such as low power consumption, compact size, WDM
capability, and monolithic integration. The dream is that Si photonics
can unlock a future of optical chips that integrate high-speed
logic/memory with fast and ultra-low power photonic I/O on the same
substrate. Yet there is a perception among some that the hype has
outpaced the technology and the field suffers from a lack of complete
scientific reporting in its publications with significant issues
overlooked. This rump session will be a spontaneous discussion among
the audience members to air out some overlooked issues and discuss the
potential impact of Si photonics on optical networks from a pragmatic
standpoint to re-align expectations with reality to move this
potentially important technology forward.
Provider Summit - Wednesday, March 20, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
program features topics of interest to CTOs, network architects,
network designers and technologists within the service provider and
carrier sector. Joe Weinman, senior vice president of cloud services &
strategy at Telx will deliver the keynote presentation, “What
Cloudonomics Means for the Network.” Panels include “Monetizing the
Network - Achieving Value out of the Infrastructure” and “Acquisition
and Integration Strategies - Consolidation in the Service Provider
Realm” and feature leaders from a global slate of service providers
and end users, including Sprint, TCD, Level 3, Zayo and more.
Watch - Tuesday, March 19 - Thursday, March 21
three-day series of panel sessions engages the applications and
business communities in the field of optical communications.
Presentations and panel discussions feature esteemed guest speakers
from the industry, research and the investment communities, including
JDSU, Verizon, Finisar, Ericsson and others. Topics covered this year
include the state of the industry, packet optical convergence,
components, high speed pluggable optics for the datacenter, and metro
PRESS REGISTRATION: Media/analyst registration for OFC/NFOEC 2013
can be accessed online.
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For more than 35 years, the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and
Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) has
been the premier destination for converging breakthrough research and
innovation in telecommunications, optical networking, fiber optics and,
recently, datacom and computing. Consistently ranked in the top 200
tradeshows in the United States, and named one of the Fastest Growing
Trade Shows in 2012 by TSNN, OFC/NFOEC unites service providers, systems
companies, enterprise customers, IT businesses, and component
manufacturers, with researchers, engineers, and development teams from
around the world. OFC/NFOEC includes dynamic business programming, an
exposition of more than 550 companies, and cutting-edge peer-reviewed
research that, combined, showcase the trends and pulse of the entire
optical communications industry.
OFC/NFOEC is managed by the Optical Society (OSA) and co-sponsored by
OSA, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers/Communications Society (IEEE/ComSoc), and the IEEE Photonics
Society. OFC/NFOEC 2013 takes place March 17 – 21 at the Anaheim
Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. For more information, visit www.ofcnfoec.org
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