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OFC/NFOEC Expands Programming to Address Trends in Datacom

The leading conference for the optical networking industry, the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC 2012), taking place in Los Angeles March 4–8, has announced expanded programming and exhibitor participation to include greater emphasis on the growing role fiber optics technology will play in datacom, cloud computing and data center networking to meet bandwidth and power challenges.

The technical conference programming includes highlights such as a keynote address by Google’s Milo Medin, vice president, Access Services, who will address attendees on “Bandwidth, Optics and the Age of Abundance,” as well as workshops, technical paper presentations and panel discussions with industry leaders from Facebook, NEC Systems and Fujitsu, among others.

“Our industry is seeing a convergence of computing resources and communications infrastructure, which has resulted in an emerging area of optical communication applications driven by data centers and cloud computing,” said Keren Bergman of Columbia University, chair of the OFC/NFOEC subcommittee on Optical Networking, Technologies, and Applications for Datacom and Computercom. “At OFC/NFOEC this year, we are bringing together both vendors and systems providers to redirect the efforts toward these emerging applications in order to solve problems related to bandwidth and energy consumption.”

As the largest and most comprehensive international event for both the science and business of optical communications, this year’s OFC/NFOEC will host the entire scope of optical communications, providing technical and business programming, exhibits and other activities for all audiences from systems companies to service providers and carriers and equipment manufacturers. Datacom products and services will be well represented among the more than 500 exhibitors with participation from companies including Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson, Fujitsu Network Communications, Google Fiber, Huawei, Infinera, Nokia Siemens and Juniper.

The complete OFC/NFOEC schedule is available online. A full list of key OFC/NFOEC datacom programming is available on the OFC/NFOEC website. Highlights include:

Plenary Session
Tuesday, March 6

  • Bandwidth, Optics and the Age of Abundance
    Keynote presentation by Milo Medin, vice president, Access Services, Google
  • How to Design and Build Your Very Own Exascale Computer
    Keynote Presentation by Greg Papadopoulos, Ph.D., venture partner, New Enterprise Associates

Show Floor Programming
Tuesday, March 6 – Thursday, March 8

  • Cloud Computing as a Service
    Service Provider Summit keynote address by Stuart Elby, Ph.D., vice president, Network Architecture and Technology & chief technologist, Verizon Digital Media Services, Verizon, USA
  • Lighting Up the Data Center
    Panel moderated by Brad Booth, director of network architecture, Office of the CTO, Dell Inc., USA
  • Advanced Integrated Photonics
    Market Watch panel moderated by Ted Schmidt, Ph.D., director, Optical Systems Technology, Juniper Networks, USA

Monday, March 5

  • Optics in the Data Center: How Can We Efficiently Move and Control Large Amounts of Data?
    Workshop organized by Odile Liboiron-Ladouceur, McGill Univ, Canada; Laurent Schares, IBM, USA

Technical Presentations
Sunday, March 4 – Thursday, March 8:

  • Delivering Scale Out Data Center Networking with Optics – Why and How, Amin Vahdat, Google/UC Davis
  • Design Principles in the Open Compute Project, Eitan Frachtenberg, Facebook, USA
  • Future Computing Architectures Enabled by Optical and Nanophotonic Interconnects, Moray McLaren, HP, USA
  • Optical Interconnect Opportunities in Supercomputers and High End Computing, Alan Benner, IBM
  • Optical Networking for Data Centers Across Wide Area Networks, Joe Berthold, Ciena, USA
  • Optically Interconnected Data Center Networks, Lei Xu, NEC Labs America, USA
  • Energy Efficiency and Scalability of Multi-plane Optical Interconnection Networks for Computing Platforms and Data Centers, Piero Castoldi, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Studi Universitari e Perfezionamento (SSSUP), Italy
  • Cost-effective Transceiver Technologies for High-bandwidth Optical Interconnection in High-end Server Systems, Tanaka Kazuhiro, Fujitsu Labs., Ltd., Japan

Short Courses:
Sunday, March 4 – Monday, March 5

  • Datacenter Networking 101, Cedric Lam and Hong Liu, Google, USA
  • Cloud Computing and Dynamic Networks, George Clapp, Telcordia Technologies, USA; Douglas Freimuth, IBM Research, USA
  • Computercom Interconnects: Circuits and Equalization Methods for Short Reach Power-Efficient Optical and Electrical Links, Alexander Rylyakov, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
  • Data Center Cabling: Transitioning from Copper to Fiber,Lisa Huff; DataCenterStocks.com, USA, Discerning Analytics, LLC, USA

Press Registration: Credentialed press and analysts can obtain a complimentary press badge to attend OFC/NFOEC. The press/analyst registration form is available on the OFC/NFOEC website.


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 and, recently, datacom and computing. Uniting service providers, systems companies, enterprise customers, IT businesses and component manufacturers, along with researchers, engineers and development teams, OFC/NFOEC combines dynamic business programming, an exposition of more than 500 companies and cutting-edge peer-reviewed research into one event that showcases 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. Acting as a non-financial technical co-sponsor is Telcordia Technologies, Inc. Visit http://www.ofcnfoec.org/.

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