Showing posts with label OFC20. Show all posts
Showing posts with label OFC20. Show all posts

Sunday, March 15, 2020

OFC 2020: 90% of technical presentations delivered

Despite travel restriction arising from the COVID-19 crisis, the organizers of this year's OFC 2020 Conference and Exhibition, which was held last week in San Diego, said
more than 90 percent of the event's 700+ technical presentations were delivered either in-person or by virtual presence. Through live-streaming and two-way remote participation, technical registrants unable to travel to San Diego remained an integral part of the event.

The new technologies and advancements that fueled this year’s conference will set the stage for the industry’s next breakthroughs in 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, intra- and inter- data center equipment, disaggregation and more.

The OFC technical Program Chairs, Shinji Matsuo, NTT Device Technology Labs, NTT Corp., Japan; David Plant, McGill University, Canada; and Jun Shan Wey, ZTE TX, USA, worked tirelessly to ensure the OFC program remained accessible and collaborative for the broader community.

“OFC 2020 has demonstrated that large conferences can engage participants across the globe utilizing the optical fiber communications technologies developed by experts in the field,” said Wey, Plant and Matsuo. “The research and innovations enabled by the OFC community have made OFC 2020 the perfect opportunity to run a virtual conference experiment.”

“The travel restrictions that arose due to the Coronavirus created a new dynamic for this year’s event,” shared the Program Chairs. “But by partnering with OFC management, we were able to rise to the challenge and offer a way for continued global collaboration throughout the event.”

As in previous years, this year’s plenary session was live-streamed, providing important insights to the broader optical communications community from three respected technical and commercial leaders in the field. Professor Sir David Payne, director, Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, UK explored the role of silica in the future of optical communications, emphasizing its potential and challenging the audience to think differently about ways to tackle technical hurdles.

“Let me get to answer my initial question, ‘Is there a future for silica?’ Silica is not all done by any means. It’s very hard to beat for optical components largely because it’s a very refractory material,” Payne concluded.

Dr. Qi Bi, president, China Telecom Technology Innovation Center, CTO, China Telecom Beijing Research Institute provided a lessons-learned overview of China Telecom’s 5G deployment. “The ever-growing data rate of 5G is expected to revolutionize the way that we live and do business,” Bi shared. “Vendors need to think how we can do an integrated approach instead of an independent approach so we can have a much better handle on system integration.”

A video of the plenary is posted here:
https://www.ofcconference.org/en-us/home/program-speakers/plenary-session/

Dr. Benno Willke, research group leader, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Germany, rounded out the session with a visionary talk that discussed plans for a third-generation of gravitational-wave detector.

A commemorative event, “Celebrating 50 Years of Light-speed Connections,” was held this year to recognize the importance of bringing low-loss optical fiber and room-temperature semiconductor lasers together in 1970 to transform global communications and enable light-speed connections across continents and oceans. Special programming featured a keynote address by Dr. David Welch, founder and chief innovation officer of Infinera Corporation, Sunnyvale, California, U.S.A, whose talk gave a glimpse into the near-term future, a show-floor exhibit on the history of fiber optics and a reception.

“Optical networks are central to global connectivity and global communication, and it has absolutely transformed our society and our world,” Welch remarked. “In the end, life is about human-to-human activity. We may elect to utilize machines to facilitate better human-to-human connectivity, and I think that is the greatest contribution of the optical network: the expanse of our human-to-human connectivity.”

A video of the 50-year Commemorative Event is posted here:
https://events7.mediasite.com/Mediasite/Play/747ae78e651e4380989bcef3ed42146e1d

New this year, the Special Chairs’ Session, Vision 2030: Taking Optical Communications through the Next Decade, featured visionary speakers who discussed past successes alongside forthcoming innovations. With this year as the marker of a new decade, the session outlined projections for the next ten years in areas such as photonic integrated circuits, silicon/nanophotonics, photonic integrated circuits, evolution of undersea cables, and 5G optical transport, among other topics.

OFC 2021 will continue to serve as the industry’s premier optical communications event, which is set to take place 28 March - 1 April in San Francisco.

http://www.ofcconference.org

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

OFC Keynote: Celebrating 50 years of Light-speed Connections

From OFC 2020 in San Diego, here is a recording of the special keynote: Celebrating 50 years of Light-speed Connections.

This 50-minute video features a tribute to the many innovators over the past 5 decades, along with commentary from David Welch, founder & chief innovation officer, Infinera.

https://events7.mediasite.com/Mediasite/Play/747ae78e651e4380989bcef3ed42146e1d




Thursday, March 5, 2020

OFC 2020 in on next week in San Diego

The Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition (OFC) will kick off its technical programming on Sunday, 8 March at the San Diego Convention Center in California. Exhibits will be open 10-12 March.

“We are a global community who will continue to interact, in spite of difficult global situations,” the OFC Steering Committee and Program and General Chairs conveyed. “We now find ourselves in unchartered territory but are working together, aiming to put on a conference that utilizes the global telecommunication infrastructure that the OFC community has enabled to allow for virtual technical participation by the international community that has been impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The work and discovery that has made OFC the most important event in our field will continue as planned.”

Details on health and safety measures that have been implemented in response to the Coronavirus can be found here.
https://www.ofcconference.org/en-us/home/about/update-on-coronavirus/

All technical registrants will receive information on how to access live and pre-recorded and content captured presentations. All attendees, media/analysts can remotely participate in the OFC Plenary session via live video streaming. Participants must pre-register to receive the live-stream link.
https://ofc2020live.mediasiteservices.com/

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF LIGHT-SPEED CONNECTIONS

OFC will proudly celebrate two discoveries that led to the development of practical fiber optical communications: the demonstration of low-loss fibers (16dB/km) and the first room-temperature semiconductor lasers. Activities include a special keynote presented by David Welch, Infinera Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, on Tuesday, 10 March, 18:15 – 19:00 (PDT), the Timeline of Innovation, a show-floor exhibit that features 50 years of optical fiber milestones, an interactive exhibit highlighting recipients of the John Tyndall Award and a conference reception on Tuesday, 10 March, 19:00 – 20:30 (PDT). Sponsors include Corning (Innovator), Thorlabs (Premier) and Inphi (Supporter).

PLENARY SESSION

Three world-renowned visionaries will explore the future of silica as a pillar of telecommunication technology, the development and realization of 5G wireless networks, and new horizons in gravitational-wave astrophysics during OFC’s Plenary Session, Tuesday, 10 March, 08:00 – 10:00 PDT (15:00 – 17:00 GMT). These visionary speakers include:


  • Dr. Qi Bi, President, China Telecom Technology Innovation Center; CTO, China Telecom Beijing Research Institute, China
  • Dr. Karsten Danzmann, Director, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Germany
  • Sir David Payne, Director, Optoelectronics Research Centre Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics, University of Southampton, UK


All attendees, media/analysts can remotely participate in the OFC Plenary session via live video streaming. Participants must pre-register to receive the live-stream link.

https://www.ofcconference.org/

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Nokia withdraws from OFC

Nokia confirmed that it will not be participating in the upcoming OFC 2020 conference in San Diego due to the coronavirus situation.



Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Ciena pulls out of OFC 2020

Citing concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus, Ciena has withdrawn from the upcoming Capacity Middle East 2020 event, scheduled to take place March 2-5 in Dubai, and the upcoming OFC 2020 event, scheduled to take place March 9-11 in San Diego.

“We have made the decision to cancel our participation in all industry events for the next 30 days in order to safeguard the well-being of our employees, customers and partners. Although we are disappointed that we cannot continue with these events as planned, as they are important benchmarks for the industry, we believe this is the right decision under the circumstances and we look forward to participating in future events,” stated Gary Smith, president & chief executive officer, Ciena.

Monday, February 17, 2020

OFC 2020's COVID-19 Action Plan

Organizers of the upcoming OFC 2020 conference and exhibition, which will be held 8 – 12 March in San Diego, California, issued the following statement.

“Due to the COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus) outbreak, OFC Management is closely monitoring the ongoing potential impact for our attendees, exhibitors, and vendors”, said Ryan Strowger, head of OFC Management. “We are following the guidance from worldwide health organizations and experts. We are fully committed to taking appropriate precautions to provide a safe and healthy environment for attendees.”

Some additional points:

  • OFC Management understands that individuals who have been in China (originating or visiting) within 14 calendar days, will be unable to participate in-person at OFC 2020 due to travel restrictions barring access to the U.S. 
  • Some Chinese exhibiting companies have determined that they will be unable to exhibit, while other Chinese exhibiting companies may utilize non-China based staff, or sales representatives/distributors with knowledge of their products and services to represent them. 
  • OFC Management will continue to support OFC companies based in China on their final decisions, and we thank them for their continued engagement.
  • OFC Management will follow recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the policies of the local government and city officials


The full statement is here:
https://www.ofcconference.org/en-us/home/about/update-on-coronavirus/