OFC 2014

Advancing Optical Solutions in Cloud Computing, Communications and Networking

A special session at OFC 2014 sponsored by the IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative (CCI)
Tuesday, 11 March (12:30 – 14:00)
San Francisco, CA USA

Cloud computing already has widespread impact across how we access today’s applications, resources, and data. Yet many issues around cloud computing need to be addressed, including but not limited to security, reliability, architecture, and economics. During this CCI-sponsored session at OFC 2014, special attention will be given to current capabilities and future visions for the role of optical technologies and solutions to help solve these challenges. Invited speakers will discuss open issues and solutions for cloud computing, communications, and networking, including the impact of cloud computing on network infrastructures, ways to deal with the exponential increase in the number of network-connected devices, the use of reconfigurable networks that allocate resources where and when they are needed to help deliver any service or application when the user demands it, standards as an enabler of cloud interoperability, and the role of software-defined networking (SDN) and programmable infrastructures (e.g., Network Functions Virtualization, NFV) that are cheaper and simpler to manage than current networks.

The session will be moderated by Mark Karol. Invited speakers include: (i) Steve Alexander, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Ciena; (ii) Inder Monga, Chief Technologist and Area Lead - Network Engineering, Tools and Research, ESnet; (iii) Jonathan Sadler, Principal Engineer in the Optical Network Group, Tellabs; and (iv) Douglas Freimuth, Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM.

For more than 35 years, the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC) 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 (Trade Show News Network), the conference unites service providers, systems companies, enterprise customers, IT businesses, and component manufacturers, with researchers, engineers, and development teams from around the world. OFC 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 networking and communications industry. OFC is managed by the Optical Society (OSA) and co-sponsored by OSA, the IEEE Communications Society (IEEE/ComSoc), and the IEEE Photonics Society. OFC 2014 takes place March 9-13 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Calif., USA.

For more information about OFC, see http://www.ofcconference.org/home/.

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