6th International Symposium for Optical Interconnect in Data Centres


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Tolga Tekin (Fraunhofer IZM, Germany)

Nikos Pleros (AUTH, Greece)

Richard Pitwon (Seagate, United Kingdom)

Dimitris Apostolopoulos (NTUA, Greece)


The focus of this symposium is the evolution of high-performance, low-energy and low-cost optical and photonic interconnect technologies for data communications. We intend to draw out and discuss the key technology enablers and inhibitors to widespread commercial proliferation of photonic interconnect in mega data centre environments and throughout the wider Internet of Things (IoT) all the way to the "Edge", and how the optical interconnect community can collectively help to address these.

This technology evolution is already strongly reflected in the research, development and strategic activities of mainstream organisations in the data centre and broader IoT space and the emergence of a new technology eco-system.

The topics addressed will include passive and active embedded optical and photonic interconnect technologies for data centre and IoT including photonic integrated circuits (III-Vs, silicon, polymer, photonic crystals, plasmonics), optical circuit boards, optical transceivers and switches, sensors and the advanced data centre architectures, which these technologies enable.


The draft program will be available March, 1st

The final program will be available April, 15th

Sponsors for Symposium:

H2020-L3MATRIX will sponsor/support.
Further, we are discussing with projects H2020- ICT-STREAMS and H2020-COSMICC the options for sponsoring/supporting the symposium, which will be finalized as late as February 28th.

Kindly notice that for the time being the H2020 projects consider to support/sponsor only the symposium.
Referring to sponsoring options listed on ECOC-homepage (www.ecoc2018.org/sponsorship/sponsoring-options), we shall identify a separate sponsoring option due to the limitations of resources in H2020 projects.