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Morning Symposium


Wednesday, 8:45-12:45, 30 September, 2015


Optical Communications and Networks for Datacenters


In remembrance of Professor Harm Dorren, a pioneer of Data Centre Technologies, Technical University of Eindhoven



Ken-ichi Kitayama, Osaka University

Dimitra Simeonidou, University of Bristol


Abstract: The global amount of digital information is growing at a staggering pace of 50% p.a. and will exceed 60 Zettabytes in 2020. While storing and processing of such massive data will offer new business opportunities, it will also require new Data Centre and Data Centre networking architectures to provide the necessary scalability, resource sharing, and automation.

Scalability is achieved by increasing the number of connected compute and storage devices as well as their interface and processing speeds. Warehouse-size Data Centres can easily host ten thousands of servers with their associated storage. Using multiple geographically dispersed Data Centres provides redundancy and further scalability. Server and storage disaggregation and virtualization improve the Data Centre utilization by resource sharing between multiple tenants or applications. Open source or vendor-specific software frameworks allow an automated control of compute and storage resources.

This special symposium provides a forum for service & content providers, system integrators, equipment manufacturers, component suppliers and academia to discuss requirements, challenges and solutions for next-generation Data Centres. Key results from latest research as well as practical findings from commercial deployments will be presented.




Ton Koonen, TUE

Tribute to Prof. Harm Dorren


Ryo Takahashi, NTT Device Tech. Labs

A Hybrid OPS/OCS/VOCS Torus-Datacenter Network Enabled by Smart Flow Management


Nicola Calabretta, TUE

High performance and low latency data center networks exploiting optical switching technologies


Nathan Farrington, US San Diego

Enabling Data Center SDN with Stateless Source Routing


Antonella Bogoni, CNIT

The ROAM project: revolutionising optical fiber transmission and networking using the orbital angular momentum of light


Nick Parsons, Polatis

Dynamic optical circuit switching for efficient and scalable software-defined datacentre networks


Reza Nejabati, University of Bristol

Towards a Completely Softwareized and Functional Programmable Optical Data Centre


Jorg Peter Elbers, ADVA

Emerging Trends in Optical Data Center Networking


Ramon Casellas, CTTC

Inter DC orchestration solutions and overarching control: towards a 5G integration


Dominique Verchere, Alcatel-Lucent

Potential and Challenges of SDN Control for on-demand Optical Network provisioning


Albert Rafel, BT

Pragmatic and open SDN approaches to video-centric and resilient optical access networks


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Afternoon Symposium


Wednesday, 14:15-17.30, 30 September, 2015


Light: Enabling the Global Internet Era


To commemorate the International Year of Light 2015



Periklis Petropoulos, Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton


Abstract: The International Year of Light celebrates the importance of light-based technologies in the development of our societies. Optical technologies have been responsible for the transformation in communications and the evolution of the Internet as we have experienced it in the last two decades, and will play an ever-increasing role in tomorrow’s communication networks. This event looks back at the history of optical communication technologies and offers a glance to what the future may hold.





John Harvey, Vice President of the International Commission on Optics

The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies




Emmanuel B. Desurvire, Thales Research & Technology

Light information traveling through a fiberglass web




Meint K. Smit, COBRA Research Institute, Technical Univ Eindhoven

Past, Present and Prospects of Photonic Integration




Neal S. Bergano, TE Subsea Communications, LLC

Undersea Fiber Optic Cable Systems – Enabling a Connected World




Andrew R. Chraplyvy, Bell Labs

The Second Era in the Age of Optical Fiber Communications




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