Posts about OFC

With more than 14,500 attendees, last week’s OFC is the biggest event on optical communications worldwide. The massive capacity needs of internet content providers (ICPs) stirred hot debates at the conference and on the show floor. In his plenary talk, Urs Hölzle highlighted that Google’s data center bandwidth is roughly doubling every year, posing serious scaling challenges to the network infrastructure ...
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With OFC/NFOEC just around the corner, I thought it might be fun to guess at what the big news might be on the show floor. While predicting buzz can be a hazardous endeavor, the steady ramp up in press releases leading up to the big event, plus the program guide give pretty good hints.
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As OFC/NFOEC approaches once again, I find myself reflecting upon the state of optical communications. Certainly, there is much to be enthusiastic about. The never-ending bandwidth explosion shows no signs of slowing, thus creating widespread demand across all optical industries, from 100GE for the core, pluggable optics for interconnect, and PON components for FTTx, to name just a few. And there is no better place than OFC/NFOEC to get a read on the status of these important optical technologies. While I would be foolish to make any predictions here, given the unpredictable nature of technology, there are certainly things I will be looking for in technical sessions, on the showfloor, and even in poster sessions.
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