22 - 26 September 2013
ICC London ExCeL, UK



Sunday 22 September | 14:00 - 17:30


Workshop 1 - Room A

SDM: How to migrate from point-to-point transmission to full optical networking?
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Workshop 2 - Room B

Low-cost access to photonic ICs 5th European Photonic Integration Forum


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Workshop 3 - Room C

Integration of optical devices for SDM transmission

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Workshop 4 - Room D

Technologies for Short Reach Optical Interconnects

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Workshop 5 - Room E

Architectures and control for elastic optical networks

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Workshop 6 - Room F

SDN Applications for optical network operating system: Challenges and opportunities

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WS1 - SDM: How to migrate from point-to-point transmission to full optical networking?

Room A

SDM: How to migrate from point-to-point transmission to full optical networking?

Organised by: Georgios Zervas, University of Bristol (UK)


Additional organisers
Periklis Petropoulos, ORC, UK
Yoshinari Awaji, NICT, Japan
Hidehiko Takara, NTT, Japan


We experience Internet traffic growth of 100 times every 10 years. The capacity of existing standard single-mode fibre is approaching its limits following significant progress on transmission technologies which allow for high spectral efficiencies to be realised. Space Division Multiplexing (SDM) has emerged as a solution to the problem of saturation of the capacity of optical transmission systems and has effectively achieved a 10-fold increase in the


overall fibre capacity within the space of just 2 years. The idea behind SDM is to transmit simultaneously over several different spatial modes of propagation, and the research community is exploring in parallel several different avenues that would allow this to happen; the use of fibres comprising multiple cores, multimode fibres and even the use of optical vortices are the prime examples. In order to fully benefit from the advantages of SDM technologies in a complete network scenario, the corresponding devices for the implementation of optical nodes, transceivers and networks will also need to be developed. However, clearly the relative benefits of the different SDM technologies are not the same and several technical and economic challenges need to be addressed before the wide adoption by service providers.

This workshop will discuss the following questions:

  • Which is the most suitable SDM technology for networking?
  • What are the benefits and challenges of using SDM in networks?
  • What is the optimum casting of optical and electronic solutions for SDM networking?
  • How do the different SDM alternatives compare when considered for backbone, metro/access and HPC / data-centre networking?
  • What are the benefits and challenges of SDM for network virtualization?


List of topics and targeted audience the workshop will cover

  • SDM networking as well as their associated node, switching and transmission technologies
  • What is the optimum casting of optical and electronic solutions for SDM networking?
  • Wider audience from Operators to Vendors and research institutes


Times Title Organisers
Part 1 Chair: Periklis Petropoulos (ORC, UK)
14:00 Opening talk Georgios Zervas, University of Bristol, UK
14:10 Recent progress in SDM transmission technologies and perspectives for optical networking Toshio Morioka, DTU, Denmark
14:25 High capacity MCF transmission technology for future optical transport networks Akihide Sano, NTT, Japan
14:40 Key technologies and requirements for space division multiplexing (SDM) networks Takehiro Tsuritani, KDDI, Japan
14:55 Optical nodes for SDM networking: challenges and possible approaches Norberto Amaya, University of Bristol, UK
15:10 Multi-dimensional spatial-spectral switching network nodes Dan Marom, The Hebrew University of Jerusalim, Israel
15:30 Break
Part 2 Chair: Hidehiko Takara (NTT, Japan)
16:00 IBM SDN-VE: Software Defined Networking for Virtual Environment Rami Cohen, IBM, Israel
16:15 Exploiting SDM benefits in optical networks Jun Sakaguchi, NICT, Japan
16:30 SDM: What’s It Worth to You? – Scenarios for Price-Points of Components of Multi-Core Fiber Systems Steven Korotky, Alcatel-Lucent, USA
16:45 Panel session Yoshinari Awaji, NICT, Japan


Titles of talks are tentative and subject to change.

WS2 - Low-cost access to photonic ICs 5th European Photonic Integration Forum

Room B

Organised by: Professor Meint Smit, Eindhoven University of Technology

Professor Roel Baets, University of Ghent, Belgium
Professor Mike Wale, Oclaro, UK


In the last few years major progress has been made in the development of a generic foundry infrastructure for low-cost access to design and manufacturing of advanced Photonic ICs, in a similar way to how the microelectronics industry is configured.
The generic photonic foundry approach includes development of standardized fabrication processes, software design kits with component libraries, generic packages and test facilities. This year novel foundry processes with improved capabilities in both InP, Silicon Photonics and TriPleX technology have been announced and will be discussed in the workshop.

The workshop will review the roadmap for the generic photonic foundry approach and it will address the business opportunities that are created by the large reduction of the entry costs for application of Photonic ICs in novel or improved products.


List of topics

  • Generic InP & TriPleX roadmap
  • STM Silicon Photonics Roadmap
  • Economics of PICs
  • Present status of Photonic Foundry Design Kits
  • Photonic IC design
  • Photonic IC packaging
  • Business examples for low-cost Application-Specific Photonic ICs (ASPICs)
  • Capabilities of coming MPW foundry runs in InP, Silicon Photonics and TriPleX technology


Targeted audience: Everybody interested in advanced devices and subsystems for a broad range of applications, including data transport systems and data networks.


Times Title Speaker Affiliation
14:00 Introduction to Generic Photonic IC technology Meint Smit COBRA TU/e, Netherlands
14:10 Roadmap for InP and TriPleX-based Photonic Integration Mike Wale Oclaro, UK
14:30 Silicon Photonics Roadmap Maurizio Zuffada STMicroelectronics, Italy
14:50 Economics of PICs Martin Schell FhG-HHI, Germany
15:10 Photonic IC design Twan Korthorst Phoenix Software BV, Netherlands
15:30 Break
16:00 Silicon PIC Packaging Peter O'Brian Tyndall, Ireland
16:10 InP PIC Packaging Bob Musk Gooch & Housego, UK
Application examples
16:20 The Eastern European Design Hub Kasia Lawniczuk Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
16:30 Fiber Optic Sensing using Photonic Integrated Circuits Rolf Evenblij Technobis Fibre Technologies, Netherlands
16:40 Coherence tomography applications based on TriPleX waveguides Ton van Leeuwen Academic Medical Centre, Netherlands
16:50 Silicon-organic hybrid integration Christian Koos IPQ, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Capabilities of coming MPW foundry runs
17:00 InP & TriPlex technology / JePPIX Luc Augustin JePPIX, Netherlands
17:10 Silicon Photonics technology / ePIXfab Pieter Dumon ePIXfab, Belgium
17:20 Silicon Photonics technology / OPSiS Michael Hochberg OPSiS, US


Titles of talks are tentative and subject to change.

WS3 - Integration of optical devices for SDM transmission

Room C

Organised by: Dr Tetsuya Kawanishi, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology


Additional organisers 
Brian Corbett, Tyndall National Institute, Ireland
Dr Brian Kelly, Eblana Photonics, Ireland
Dr Hirotaka Ono, NTT, Japan


Recently, space division multiplexing (SDM) based on multi-core or multi-mode fibres has attracted a great deal of attention in huge capacity data transmission technologies. Similar to conventional systems, SDM based transmission systems are composed of transmitters, receivers, amplifiers and optical fibres. Large scale integration is recognised as an important step towards reducing costs in conventional systems and in SDM based systems there is the potential to achieve even greater component consolidation. However this requires dramatic improvement of the system components to increase total transmission capacity. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss device requirements for large-scale SDM systems which should have a high number of transmitters and receivers, advanced modulation formats to increase the total capacity and low power consumption to construct sustainable network systems. Crosstalk should be suppressed in SDM systems to avoid degradation of advanced modulation formats. Integration is the key technology for such optoelectronic components and is important for the fibre itself as well as optical components such as connectors, mux/demux devices and amplifiers. This workshop, co-organised and sponsored by EU FP7 project MODEGAP and the EXAT program, Japan, will review and discuss possible new technologies including optoelectronic device integration, amplifiers for SDM, multi-core and few mode fibres. The goal of this workshop is to achieve insights for the future direction of research on components designed for SDM.


List of topics  

  • Large scale integration of optoelectronic devices and component performance criteria for SDM
  • implications of advanced modulation formats for the design of SDM components
  • signal processing for MIMO
  • design and fabrication of multi-core and multi-mode fibres
  • novel optical devices for SDM including optical amplifiers
  • crosstalk reduction using fibre design and signal processing
  • lowering power consumption in transmission systems.


Targeted audience
Researchers in optical device or signal processing technologies; transmission system operators; manufacturers of measurement instruments.


Times Title Speaker Affiliation
14:00 - 15:30 Part one
Overview of Mode Gap Dr Ian Giles Phoenix Photonics, UK
Overview of EXAT Dr Itsuro Morita KDDI labs, Japan
Amplifiers for SDM Dr Shaiful Alam ORC, UK
Fibre splicing Dr Shoichiro Matsuo Fujikura, Japan
Fibers for mode multiplexing Dr Lars Gruner-Nielsen OFS, Denmark
Photonic lanterns Prof Tim Birks University of Bath, UK
Selective Coupling to Higher Order Fibre Modes using compact Silicon Photonics Grating Devices Prof Petermann Klaus TU Berlin, Germany
Optical couplers for SDM Prof Yasuo Kokubun Yokohama National University, Japan
Photonic Lightwave Circuit Dr Kenya Suzuki NTT, Japan

Panel session


Dr Shu Namiki AIST, Japan
15:30 Break
16:00 - 17:00 Part two
Si Photonics Integration Dr Sylvie Menezo LETI, France
Photonic and RF integration Dr Toshimasa Umezawa NICT, Japan
High density RF connections Dr Nobuhiro Kikuchi NTT, Japan
Integration strategies for mode mux Prof Ton Koonen TUE, Netherland
Power consumption of SDM systems Dr Peter Winzer Alcatel-Lucent, USA

Panel session


Prof Andrew Ellis Aston University, UK


Titles of talks are tentative and subject to change.

WS4 - Technologies for Short Reach Optical Interconnects

Room D

Technologies for Short Reach Optical Interconnects

Organised by: Professor Richard Penty, University of Cambridge, UK


Very Short Reach Interconnects

Additional organiser: Dr Terry Clapp, Dow Corning


Short-reach optical interconnects have recently attracted significant interest due to the ever increasing demand for bandwidth and reduced energy consumption in large-scale high-performance electronic systems. Optical fibre technologies are now widely deployed in rack-to-rack communications in such systems as they can offer high-capacity low-power interconnections. Next generation supercomputers are expected to require even larger interconnection capacities and reduced power consumption. As a result, optics is increasingly being considered for use in even shorter (<1 m) communication links such as for backplanes and board-to-board, chip-to-chip and on-chip communications owing to the performance advantages it offer with respect to electrical interconnect counterparts when operating at high data rates: larger bandwidth, immunity to electromagnetic interference, reduced power consumption and relaxed thermal management requirements. However, the cost-effective integration of optics into existing electronic systems constitutes a significant technological challenge. Optical technologies need to be compatible with existing electronic system architectures and conventional manufacturing processes of the electronics industry and allow system assembly and packaging at low costs.


This workshop will therefore consider the drivers and optical technologies for next generation very short reach (sub metre) interconnects. This will include guided wave and free space approaches, and will consider length scales for on-chip (~mm), on board (~10cm) and backplane (~1m) communications as well as interconnect architectures for the above applications. Finally barriers to adoption of optical technologies over the existing Cu incumbent technologies will be considered.


List of topics

  • Guided wave interconnects (including silicon, silica, polymer waveguides)
  • 2D and 3D free space interconnects
  • Interconnects for optical backplanes
  • On-board (chip-to-chip) optical interconnects
  • On-chip optical interconnects (including silicon photonics and III-V based PICs)
  • Integration of photonics and electronics and hybrid integration
  • Reconfigurable optical interconnects


Times Title Speaker Affiliation
14:00 Trends in optical interconnects for computing applications Dr Bert Offrein IBM Zurich
14:10 Trends in data rate and link length in evolving optical standards Dr David Cunningham Avago Technologies
14:30 Systems Partitioning for Future Optics on Board Applications Dr Matt Traverso Cisco
15:10 Migration of Embedded Optical Interconnect into Data Centre Systems Mr Richard Pitwon Xyratex
15:30 Break
16:00 Multichannel 1.3-um Lens-Integrated Surface-Emitting DFB Laser Arrays for High-speed Optical Interconnects at 100Gbps and beyond Kiyo Hiramato Oclaro
16:20 Development of Optical Interconnect PCBs for High Speed Electronic Systems - Fabricator's View Dr Marika Immonen TTM Technologies
16:40 Planar Polymer Waveguides for Optical On-Board Interconnects and Backplanes Dr Felix Betschon Vario-optics
17:00 PolyBoards for Short Reach Optical Interconnects Ziyang Zhang HHI
17:20 Scalability of Microring-Based Silicon-Photonic Links for Chip-to-Chip Communications Noam Ophir Columbia University


Titles of talks are tentative and subject to change.

WS5 - Architectures and control for elastic optical networks

Room E

Organised by: Juan Pedro Fernández-Palacios, Telefonica I+D


Additional organisers
Dimitrios Klonidis, AIT


Wavelength Switched Optical Networks (WSON) were designed with the premise that all channels in a network have the same spectrum needs, based on the ITU-T DWDM grid. However, this rigid grid-based approach is not adapted to the spectrum requirements of the signals that are best candidates for long-reach transmission and high-speed data rates of 400Gbps and beyond. An innovative approach is to evolve the fixed DWDM grid to a flexible grid, in which the optical spectrum is partitioned into fixed-sized spectrum slices. This allows facilitating the required amount of optical bandwidth and spectrum for an elastic optical connection to be dynamically and adaptively allocated by assigning the necessary number of slices of spectrum. Additionally, since optical networks represent the core substrate responsible for inter-carrier data transport, other key research topics addressed in this area include possibly standardized multicarrier and multivendor control solutions to make  more effective and open (i.e. vendor-independent) the current implementations. Furthermore new control plane solutions are necessary to introduce dynamicity, elasticity and adaptation in flexi-grid DWDM networks. This workshop aims to provide an overview of the objectives, framework, functional requirements and use cases of elastic optical network architectures and their control architectures. In particular some the topics to be covered in the workshop are: architectural design and use cases for Elastic Optical Networks, metro and core Flexgrid architectures, IP/MPLS and Flexgrid integration, SDN application in elastic optical networks, control architectures for cognitive optical networks, Flexgrid control plane standardization.


List of topics

  • Use cases for Elastic Optical Networks
  • Metro and core Flexgrid architectures
  • IP/MPLS and Flexgrid integration
  • SDN application in elastic optical networks
  • Control architectures for cognitive optical networks
  • Flexgrid control plane standardization.


Targeted audience

Network operators, system vendors and research groups.


Times Title Speaker Affiliation
14:00 Introduction Juan Fernandez-Palacios Telefonica I+D (Spain)
14:05 Will Flexgrid Networks be worth? Akira Hirano NTT (Japan)
14:25 Use Cases for Flexgrid networking Andrew Lord BT (UK)
14:45 IP over Flexgrid control architectures Ori Gerstel Cisco (Israel)
15:05 Carrier SDN transport Networks Geoff Bennett Infinera (USA)
15:25 Standardisation activities on Flexgrid Adrian Farrel Juniper (UK)
16:00 Architecture on Demand Norberto Amaya University of Bristol (UK)
16:20 FOX-C Network Architecture Erwan Pincemin Orange (France)
16:40 CHRON Network Architecture Ioannis Tomkos AIT (Greece)
17:00 Panel discussion
17:20 Close


Titles of talks are tentative and subject to change.

WS6 - SDN Applications for optical network operating system: Challenges and opportunities

Room F

Organised by: Dr Hiroaki Harai, NICT, Japan


Additional organisers:
Dr Reza Nejabati, University of Bristol, UK
Dr Diego R. Lopez, Telefónica I+D, Spain
Dr Inder Monga, ESnet, USA


Software Defined Network (SDN) is becoming an established trend in operation and management of today’s networks from Data Centre to telecomm operators’ infrastructures. This trend has been recently reinforced by the evolution of network services by means of Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) and the consolidation of the OpenFlow protocol that support decoupling of network control and data plane.
SDN brings a promising solution to network operators and Data Centre providers for reducing the complexity and costs of deploying and managing their necessarily heterogeneous networks and services. However, a SDN-based network operating system supporting existing and emerging optical network transport that will lay the foundation for true network programmability at all network layers is still missing.
This workshop will attempt to shed light on SDN’s potentials and benefits as the basis of a network operating system for control and management of optical network for telecom network operators and Data Centre providers. It brings together leading experts from research and industry to discuss solutions for extending SDN frameworks, protocols and technologies to support new advances in optical data plane technologies such as new photonic sub-wavelength or grid-less technologies within context of data centre, access, metro and core networks. Finally, this workshop will also focus on the role and advantage of SDN on supporting large-scale optical infrastructures.


List of topics

  • Software defined optical networking for inter and intra Data Center connectivity
  • SDN-based network control and management for converged packet over optical networks
  • Decoupling of the optical transport from the control plane
  • OpenFlow extensions for emerging optical transport technologies
  • Coexistence of GMPLS and OpenFlow
  • Transport formats, transponder, switching technologies supporting software defined optical network
  • Programmable and application-aware optical network enabled by SDN
  • SDN role on supporting large scale experimental optical infrastructures


Targeted audience
Network Operators
Data Centre Providers
Network and Data centre Vendors
Researchers and academic


Times Title Speaker Affiliation
14:00 Opening talk Dr Hiroaki Harai NICT
14:10 Supporting IP Services over Virtualized Transport Networks Dr Ping Pan Infinera
14:30 What Can SDN Bring to Transport Networks Dr Maarten Vissers Huawei
14:50 Expectations and Controversies of SDN Technologies in Optical Networks Dr Ryutaro Kawamura NTT
15:10 Transport SDN Standardization in ONF Dr Lyndon Ong ONF
15:30 Break
15:45 SDN: Typical Operator Use Cases Prof Andrew Lord BT
16:05 Applicability of SDN principles for the control and management of optical networks within the STRAUSS EU-Japan project Dr Ramón Casellas CTTC
16:25 Software Defined Multi-dimentional Optical Networks Prof Dimitra Simeonidou University of Bristol
16:50 Workshop panel discussion
17:25 Concluding talk Dr Reza Nejabati University of Bristol


Titles of talks are tentative and subject to change.


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