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  • Transforming Computers of the Future with Optical Interconnects
    Transforming Computers of the Future with Optical Interconnects
    23 February 2012
    In order to build the next generation of very large supercomputers, it’s essential that scientists and engineers find a way to seamlessly scale computation performance without exceeding extraordinary power consumption. It is widely agreed that the major challenge to scaling future systems will no longer be the CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) integrated circuit technology but rather the data movement among processors and memory. The rapidly evolving technology of photonic interconnects promises to deliver this increase in computing capabilities by providing ultra-high communication bandwidths with extreme energy efficiency and should therefore provide the impetus to move the technology from the lab into actual products.

  • OSA Foundation Announces 2012 Corning Student Paper Competition Finalists
    OSA Foundation Announces 2012 Corning Student Paper Competition Finalists
    17 February 2012
    The OSA Foundation and Corning Incorporated today announced the finalists of the Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition, which recognizes student leaders in the field of optical communications. The winners will be announced at this year’s Optical Fiber Communication/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) at the Los Angeles Convention Center, March 4-8.

  • OFC/NFOEC Expands Programming to Address Trends in Datacom
    OFC/NFOEC Expands Programming to Address Trends in Datacom
    13 February 2012
    The leading conference for the optical networking industry, the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC 2012), taking place in Los Angeles March 4–8, has announced expanded programming and exhibitor participation to include greater emphasis on the growing role fiber optics technology will play in datacom, cloud computing and data center networking to meet bandwidth and power challenges.

  • Flipping a Light Switch in the Cell: Quantum Dots Used for Targeted Neural Activation
    Flipping a Light Switch in the Cell: Quantum Dots Used for Targeted Neural Activation
    08 February 2012
    By harnessing quantum dots-tiny light-emitting semiconductor particles a few billionths of a meter across-researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have developed a new and vastly more targeted way to stimulate neurons in the brain.

  • OSA Names Inaugural Outstanding Young Professionals
    OSA Names Inaugural Outstanding Young Professionals
    07 February 2012
    The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the first annual Outstanding Young Professional Recognition. This honor acknowledges significant contributions made by an OSA Young Professional through volunteer activities completed as part of the Young Professionals Program.

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