OFC/NFOEC 2013 to Feature Breakthrough Research, Technology-focused Programming at the World’s Leading Optical Communications

  OFC/NFOEC 2013 to Feature Breakthrough Research, Technology-focused
  Programming at the World’s Leading Optical Communications Event

 Hot topics covered to include cloud and datacenter networking, SDN, optical
 and wireless convergence, 100G/400G optimization, photonic integration, and


Business Wire

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- March 4, 2013

WHAT: Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/National Fiber
Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) 2013

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:

  *OFC/NFOEC Plenary and Awards Session - Tuesday, March 19, 8 – 11 a.m.
    Join these industry leaders for a unique perspective into today’s business

       *Caio Bonilha, President and CEO, Telebras, Brazil
         Presentation: Telebras National Backbone: Deployment Challenges
       *Nick McKeown, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer
         Science, Stanford University, USA
         Presentation: Software-Defined Transport Networks
       *Brian Protiva, CEO, ADVA Optical Networking, Germany
         Presentation: Capitalizing on Network Transformation in the Age of
         Programmable, Multi-Layer Infrastructures

  *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:

       *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
         hardware vendors?

    The discussion examines flexible networks with representatives from
    different levels of the infrastructure ecosystem to assess the current
    situation and outlook. Speakers include:

       *Daryl Inniss, vice president and practice leader, Components, Ovum,
       *Caio Bonilha, president and CEO, Telebras
       *Bill Gartner, vice president and general manager, Cisco Systems
       *Brian Protiva, CEO, ADVA Optical Networking

  *The 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
    This 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.
  *Technical Presentations – Sunday, March 17 – Thursday, March 21
    Hundreds 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.
    Post-deadline 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.

  *Special Symposia  – Monday, March 18 and Tuesday, March 19

       *Enabling the Cloud – Monday, March 18, 1:30 – 6:05 p.m.
         Cloud 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 between datacenters.
       *Convergence of Wireless and Optical Networking - Tuesday, March 19, 2
         – 6:30 p.m.
         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

  *Rump Session: Silicon Photonics: Disruptive Technology or Research
    Curiosity? – Tuesday, March 19, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
    Silicon (Si) 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.

  *Service Provider Summit - Wednesday, March 20, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    This 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.
  *Market Watch - Tuesday, March 19 - Thursday, March 21
    This 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 100G applications.

PRESS REGISTRATION: Media/analyst registration for OFC/NFOEC 2013 can be
accessed online.

CONTACT: Please contact us or visit the event website at www.ofcnfoec.org for
additional information, including travel arrangement details.

Keira Shein, 410.363.9494, keira@wilkinsonshein.com
Leah Wilkinson, 703.907.0010, leah@wilkinsonshein.com
Angela Stark, 202.416.1443, astark@osa.org
Brielle Day, 202.416.1435, bday@osa.org


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, visitwww.ofcnfoec.org


Angela Stark, 202-416-1443
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