Spring 2018 Optical Connections Magazine


OFC 11th to 15th March, San Diego

As detailed in our ‘OFC 2018 expands’ feature on page fourteen, the event is currently experiencing some impressive growth and organisers, OSA, are predicting in excess of fifteen thousand attendees and seven hundred exhibiting companies, a total attendee increase of 21% and overall square footage growth of 44% in the last five years. Key names on the exhibition floor include: Ciena, Coriant, Corning Incorporated, Cisco Systems, Fujitsu Optical Components, Huawei Technologies USA, Inphi, Juniper Networks, and Nokia. OFC’s programming is focused on relating the most recent progress in research and technology, and is presented in a variety of formats, including one hour in-depth tutorials, interactive workshops, panel discussions, half-day short courses and in-depth symposia. 1,100 conference sessions will tackle the very latest ground-breaking optical innovations, data-centre connectivity, 5G-oriented optical networking, quantum-scale and cloud computing, and the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning in optical networks. Anchoring the week long business and technical conversations and product demos, this year’s plenary features three industry visionaries PIC International

Data centre connectivity, 5G network upgrades and cloud computing will drive this year’s conference focus.

discussing future innovations in optics- based communication technologies. The ever-popular Market Watch is a three-day, six session series of panel discussions on the latest application topics and business issues in the field, and includes a “State of the Industry” analyst panel. The one-day Network Operator Summit presents the inside perspective from service providers and network operators, including their challenges, drivers and how their requirements may impact the future of the industry. The Data Centre Summit sessions will focus

on optical interconnect technologies and markets, where panellists will debate multiple topics related to the data centre and how connecting data centres poses a different opportunity for network operators. The OFC Open Platform Summit (OPS) Session, “SDN & NFV Demo Zone,” will provide attendees with the opportunity to view live demonstrations and prototypes of collaborative research projects, pre-commercial products and proof-of- concept implementations in the SDN and NFV space. presentations designed to provide an up- to-date overview of the market. This years’ presentations will be grouped into five key themes: PICs for cloud computing and telecoms; Achieving the next milestone in performance; Advances in PIC manufacturing; A blueprint for future success; New and emerging applications for integrated photonics. Confirmed speakers include Cisco, Facebook, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel, Jeppix and NEC.

10th to 12th April, Brussels

PIC International, now in its third year, provides comprehensive coverage of the sectors that make up the photonic integrated circuits industry and this year’s four hundred attendees will hear

In numbers: 550 industry innovators, 55 exhibitors and 5 key themes

Data Centre World

Equipment theatre. Event organisers, Closer Still Media, will introduce brand new content streams, including a GDPR stream, Diversity & Talent in the data centre industry with speakers including Tech UK, GCHQ, Massive Interaction, CNet Training & Next Tech Girls, and an AI & Machine learning stream where attendees can discover how to find new trends and patterns from large and diverse data sets. Attendees can also enjoy thousands of hours of free content from over five hundred of the industry’s leading practitioners. Companies speaking this year include BRE, Deutsche Bank, EURECA Project, Ford Motor Company and UBS.

Big data meets big ben: London will once again host DCW

21st to 22nd March, London

Co-located with Cloud Expo Europe, Cloud Security Expo, Big Data World and Smart IoT, Data Centre World is this year celebrating its tenth year and expects to attract a total of twenty thousand industry professionals and five hundred exhibiting companies. Notable attractions include a Data Centres of the Future theatre, Design Build and Physical Security theatre, Energy Efficient Cost Management and DCIM theatre and a Facilities and Critical


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