|[March 04, 2014]
OFC 2014 to Feature Breakthrough Research, Technology-focused Programming at the World's Leading Optical Communications Event
WHAT: 2014 OFC
Conference and Exposition
WHEN/WHERE: March 9-13 (Exhibits open March 11 - 13) at the
Moscone Center, San Francisco, Calif., USA
DETAILS: As the largest and most comprehensive international
event for both the science and business of optical communications, OFC
2014-with thousands of attendees, 550 exhibiting companies (47 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, including hundreds of
sessions, workshops, tutorials, short courses and paper presentations
on the latest optical communications research from more than a dozen
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 Session - Tuesday, March 11, 8 - 10 a.m.
these industry leaders for a unique perspective into today's business
David D. Clark, Senior Research Scientist and Leader,
Advanced Network Architecture Group, MIT (News - Alert) Computer Science and
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, USA
Future(s) of Fiber Deployment
Gary Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ciena, USA
The New Virtualized Network: Converged, Programmable, Intelligent and
Robert W. Tkach, Director, Advanced Photonics Research,
Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, USA
Presentation: Optical Fiber
Communications: The Next Generation
Private Press & Analyst Luncheon - "The "IT-ization" of Telecom and
its Implications" - Tuesday, March 11, 12 - 1:00 p.m.
"IT-ization" of telecom is underway, pushed by forces including
cloud-based service delivery; the need for networks that scale more
rapidly and economically; and the demand for real-time adaptive
services. What are the implications to optical communications and
connectivity service providers, network operators, and infrastructure
and component vendors when the "back office" moves into the heart of
the network, the CTO's and CIO's roles start to blur, and the "data
center" replaces the "wire center" in communications networks? Come
participate in a lively discussion with our panel. Panelists include:
Gary Smith, CEO, Ciena
Ihab Tarazi, CTO, Equinix (News - Alert)
Randy Nicklas, Executive Vice President - Engineering & CTO,
Dana Cooperson, VP and Practice Leader, Ovum (News - Alert) (moderator)
Buzz - A Real-time Look at the News and Trends Happening at OFC
- Wednesday, March 12, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
This session will
feature real-time analysis of the 2014 OFC show floor bzz, analysis
of exhibiting company 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.
Program - Sunday, March 9 -
Thursday, March 13
Hundreds of educational workshops, short
courses, tutorial sessions and invited talks covering hot topics such
as cloud and datacenter networking, bandwidth exhaust (space division
multiplexing), 1Tb and beyond optical networking, virtualization and
software-defined networks, silicon photonics, integrated photonics,
Post-Deadline Paper Presentations - Thursday, March 13, 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.
Session - Will Traffic Growth Break the Internet - and Can
Optical Communications Help? - Tuesday, March 11, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
traffic is growing at a staggering pace. Currently accepted annual
growth figures average around 30 percent, with significantly higher
numbers coming from directions such as mobile data. Ultimately, there
is a maximum amount of data capable of being transmitted, and without
innovation, bandwidth costs will revert to proportional increase. This
session- featuring spontaneous, audience-led discussion-will address
questions such as, "Will we hit a fundamental fiber capacity limit and
if so when?" and "How much time and capacity can network optimization
the Cloud: Datacenter Network Infrastructure - Tuesday, March 11,
1 - 5:30 p.m.
Cloud computing is creating new requirements and
driving innovations in network services such as
infrastructure-as-a-service, storage, bandwidth-on-demand,
platform-as-a-service, and software-as-a-service. At the same time, it
is accelerating the evolution of network architectures: both inter-
and intra-data center networks are adapting to meet these new service
offerings efficiently. This symposium discusses the requirements and
technologies for inter- and intra-data center networking that enable
Electro-optic Packaging and Assembly Technologies - Wednesday,
March 12, 1 - 5:30 p.m.
To achieve higher speeds, lower power
consumption, and smaller footprint, optics and electronics must start
to cohabitate into one package. This means things like ball grid
arrays, interposers, and through-silicon vias are now entering the
optics world. Traditionally, optics has been packaged in hermetic
boxes, but this also needs to change since most electronics do not
need hermetic packaging. This symposium aims to bring electronic
packaging expertise into OFC and apply it to optical devices, such as
silicon photonic integrated circuits.
Watch - Tuesday, March 11 - Thursday, March 13
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 investment communities, including
Google, IBM, JDSU, Ciena and others. Topics covered this year include
the state of the industry, data center architecture and content
delivery strategies, and a realistic dissection of the possibilities
of PIC vs. Si Photonics.
Provider Summit - Wednesday, March 12, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30
This program features topics of interest to CTOs,
network architects, network designers and technologists within the
service provider and carrier sector. Randy Nicklas, executive vice
president - engineering and CTO at Windstream (News - Alert), will deliver the
keynote presentation, "A Division of Labor: The Evolving Roles of
Packet Optical and OTN Technologies at Windstream." Panels include
"Packet Optical Convergence" and "Network Evolution" and feature
leaders from a global slate of service providers and end users,
including Sprint, XO Communications, AT&T, Comcast and more.
PRESS REGISTRATION: Media/analyst registration for OFC 2014 can be
CONTACT: Please contact us or visit the event website at www.ofcconference.org
for additional information, including travel arrangement details.
Keira Shein, 410.363.9494, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wilkinson, 703.907.0010, email@example.com
Stark, 202.416.1443, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meyer, 202.416.1435, email@example.com
For more than 35 years, OFC 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, the
conference unites service providers, systems companies, enterprise
customers, IT businesses, and component manufacturers, with researchers,
engineers, and development teams from around the world. OFC 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 networking and communications
industry. OFC is managed by The Optical Society (OSA) and co-sponsored
by OSA, the IEEE Communications Society (News - Alert) (IEEE/ComSoc), and the IEEE
Photonics Society. OFC 2014 takes place March 9-13 at the Moscone
Convention Center in San Francisco, Calif., USA.
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