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OIDA Executive Forum is a 2-day program featuring keynote sessions, panel presentations, a business fireside chat and optional meet the speaker networking opportunities.
Keynote Presentation: The Growing Facebook Network: Connecting the Planet
Wednesday 02 June 2021 | 10:00 - 10:30 Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 04:00)
Bandwidth growth for cloud providers continues to drive a new surge of subsea cable builds, at a time in our history when global dependence on reliable network connectivity is greater than ever.
Impending technology limits are pushing innovation in new directions, leading the subsea industry to embrace “SDM” design strategies, new materials, and more while charging towards Petabit cables.
Meanwhile, the open cables movement has moved beyond the sea into open global networks, simplifying connectivity and operations via integrated subsea & terrestrial networks.
Panel 1: Will Open Optical Networking Change the Service Provider Landscape?
Wednesday 02 June 2021 | 10:30 - 11:30 Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 04:00)
While the use of open software and systems has now become commonplace in the data center world, communications service providers (CSPs) are still evaluating whether such an approach can meet their requirements for reduced equipment costs, improved service velocity, and greater innovation. Key technology vectors include disaggregation, virtualization, SDN, open source software, and contributed reference designs for hardware. Open organizations such as the Open Compute Project (OCP), Telecom Infra Project (TIP), and ONF, along with MSAs such as Open ROADM, are challenging and complementing the role of established standards bodies in driving such innovation into transport networks. Meanwhile, new hardware and software players see open networking as their opportunity to enter the CSP market.
This session will explore the prospects of open optical communications in the evolution of technologies and network architectures, and will highlight the progress of key open initiatives and actors across the components, hardware, and software ecosystems.
Panel 2: The Next Big Things – Pushing the Boundaries of Optical Communications
Wednesday 02 June 2021 | 12:00 - 13:30 Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 04:00)
Technology is progressing at a breakneck speed. The pace of innovation across silicon and optics has been accelerating over the last few years. FTTH, 5G, 400G and many other technologies increase bandwidth, lower latency, and improve reliability of communications. Yet, the demand for more seems insatiable.
Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cloud Gaming, and eXtended Reality (XR) are hot areas to watch:
AI is the brain behind smarter chatbots, autonomous vehicles and collaborative robots. Cloud gaming is the next big thing in the entertainment industry offering high-end gaming to a mobile crowd. XR merges the digital, physical, and human world and opens completely new ways to interact with our environment.
Join us in an exciting session with industry luminaries to learn what the next big things are explore with us how they will push the boundaries of optical communications!
Keynote Presentation: An Edge-y Discussion on Cloud-Scale Networks
Thursday 03 June 2021 | 10:00 - 10:30 Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 04:00)
In this session, we will discuss the evolution of cloud architectures, the important role network continues to play in that evolution and a move towards more disaggregate edge clouds from the early centralized clouds. We will also touch upon the impact the ongoing pandemic has in this evolution.
Panel 3: What is Going on at the Edge?
Thursday 03 June 2021 | 10:30 - 11:30 Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 04:00)
5G, fiber access, and hyperscale cloud connectivity will impose new challenges on network operators. Emerging applications with stringent bandwidth and latency requirements will call for storage and computing resources closer to the network edge. 5G networks will quite possibly be the biggest opportunity in this space. A deployment at scale means that the network edge needs to become highly automated and virtualized while simultaneously keeping cost, space and power consumption under control. Above all, fiber will be the supporting infrastructure for enabling 5G networks. Fiber access networks need to continue to evolve, focusing not only on delivering higher speeds, but also on low latency and enhanced optical-wireless cooperation.
This panel will debate service requirements, network architectures, and the role of disaggregation and slicing at the network edge. It will address, but is not limited to the following topics:
How does the post Covid Edge traffic look so far and what adjustments are needed to further address the edge capacity?
How will 5G and other trends drive fiber optic expansion and edge computing?
What will edge computing nodes look like and where will they be located?
What will be the prevalent optical metro access architecture: point-to-point, point-to-multipoint or mixture of both?
What will be the role of coherent optics in future optical access and aggregation networks?
Business Fireside Chat
Thursday 03 June 2021 | 12:00 - 13:15 Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 04:00)
The optical landscape has seen major changes over the last year including Covid-related disruption and traffic pattern changes, resurgence of consolidation and vertical integration, impact from trade wars, looming threats of new architectures utilizing white box optical systems, pluggables and onboard optics. The big questions from here are whether these trends are transitory or signal a fundamental change in the industry landscape
This fireside chat features leaders from across the optical networking supply chain providing their unique perspective on a broad range of industry issues including:
View of market fundamentals in 2021 and over the next 3 years. Discuss trends by end markets, geos and products.
A discussion on the impact of Covid on manufacturing, deployments and traffic patterns – Did we see some pull forwards, and are we going through absorption now. Are we at a depressed level of deployments and should the industry see catch up spend at some point? Has Covid lead to some permanent changes in traffic patterns that will drive changes in how networks are built?
A discussion on industry consolidation and the factors driving it – vertical integration, optoelectronic integration, economies of scale, and synergies.
Are the lines between system, module, and component vendors blurring? Over the last 12 months we have seen examples of system vendors choosing to buy/build component technology across the telecom and datacom markets and attempting to monetize this technology not only through use in their own systems but also through component/module level sales. What is driving this and how does this affect economics as well as business models for system and component vendors?
New architectures or more of the same? For many years we have talked about disaggregation and use of pluggable optics in optical networking. The technology has existed but the tradeoffs and operator buying patterns have lead to limited adoption. Is that set to change with commercialization of ZR optics in 2021? At the same time are pluggables at risk for intra data center applications with the advent of onboard optics and copackaging or are these science experiments for now?
Are we going to have separate supply chains for the East and West? The imposition of tariffs on products built in China and restrictions on Huawei are the most recent, but not the first, instance of Chinese vendors being impacted by reliance on US components as well as operators being impacted by their reliance on Chinese systems vendors. Does this lead to the industry bifurcating into separate supply chains, and how do component and system vendors navigate this changing landscape?
This will be an interactive session with plenty of opportunities for the audience to ask their questions.