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44th European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC 2018)

23 September, 2018 - 27 September, 2018

ECOC Exhibition – ‘Market Focus’

Andrew Lord, Metro-Haul project manager and head of optical research at BT, is one of the speakers for the morning session: “Service and content provider optical transmission” (Wednesday 26th September) in the ‘Market Focus’ area of ECOC Exhibition. The presentation title is:  “Optical Metro Networks in a 5G World” (10:55 – 11:25).


During the Technical Conference, Metro-Haul will hold the following DEMONSTRATIONS in the Demonstration Session (13:30 – 17:00, Tuesday 25th Sep, at Hall 9) with Filippo Cugini (CNIT, Italy) as one of the co-chairs;

By  Alba Perez Vela, Lluis Gifre, Oscar Gonzalez de Dios, Marc Ruiz, Luis Velasco, from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Telefonica I+D;

  • Title: CASTOR: A Monitoring and Data Analytics Framework to Help Operators Understand What is Going on in Their Networks [TuDS.1]
  • Abstract: CASTOR MDA allows collecting huge amounts of measurements from devices. Such data needs to be preprocessed and analyzed to discover and summarize knowledge that can be consumed by human operators. Helper tools are demonstrated on a realistic multilayer network scenario.

By R. Morro, F. Lucrezia, P. Gomes, R. Casellas, A. Giorgetti, L. Velasco, E. Riccardi, A. Chiadò Piat, A. Percelsi, J. Pedro, Ll. Gifre, A. Sgambelluri, F. Risso, G. Marchetto, from  Telecom Italia (TIM), Coriant Portugal, Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC);

  • Title: Automated End to End Carrier Ethernet Provisioning over a Disaggregated WDM Metro Network with a Hierarchical SDN Control and Monitoring Platform [TuDS.4]
  • Abstract: This demo shows how a hierarchical control plane of ONOS SDN controllers orchestrates the dynamic provisioning of end-to-end Carrier Ethernet circuits on a composite network, programming the whole data path from the CPE to the core optical equipment.

By S. Troia, A. Rodorigues, I. Martin, J. A. Hernandez, O. Gonzalez de Dioz, R. Alvizu, F. Musumeci, G. Maier, from Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), Telefonica I+D;

  • Title: Machine-Learning-Assisted Routing in SDN-based Optical Networks [TuDS.6]
  • Abstract: We demonstrate a Machine-Learning-based routing module for software-defined networks.By training with the optimal routing solutions of historical traffic traces, the module can classify trafficmatrices to provide real-time routing decisions.

By F.J. Moreno-Muro, C. San-Nicolas-Martinez, M. Garrich, P. Pavon-Marino, O. Gonzalez de Dios, R. Lopez Da Silva, from Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT), Telefonica I+D;

  • Title: Latency-aware Optimization of Service Chain Allocation with joint VNF instantiation and SDN metro network control [TuDS.8]
  • Abstract: This demonstration showcases the open-source Net2Plan tool optimally computing and
    provisioning Service Chain requests with latency considerations by interfacing to an ONOS-controlled
    metro network and an ETSI-OSM instance orchestrating a set of OpenStack VIMs.




By Nicola Calabretta from Technical University of Eindhoven (TUE) will be one of the speakers for the workshop: “Disaggregation in data centres and metro networks” (13:30 – 17:00, Sunday 23rd Sep);

  • Title: Photonic integrated WDM cross-connect switches for disaggregation in intra-datacenter and metro networks [WS14]


Conference contributions – Presentations


In “Mo4D: Flexible and Open Connectivity” session in Domizia Room;

By N. Sambo, Emilio Riccardi, Filippo Cugini from Telecom Italia (TIM), Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario Per Le Telecomunicazioni (CNIT);

  • Title: Connection Setup in Open Systems: Interfaces, Amplification, and Equalization [Mo4D.2, 15:45 – 16:00]
  • Abstract: We propose a procedure for connection setup in open systems involving equalization of optical channels. We experimentally demonstrate the procedure, based on finite state machine, in a fully centralized environment and in a scenario where the ROADM itself manages equalization.


In “Tu1D: Physical design of networks” session at Domizia Room;

By F. Paolucci, Robert Emmerich, Isaac Sackey, Luca Poti, Colja Schubert, Johannes Fischer, Filippo Cugini, from Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario Per Le Telecomunicazioni (CNIT) and Fraunhofer HHI;

  • Title: Filterless Optical WDM Metro Networks exploiting C+L Band [Tu1D.5, 10:00 – 10:15]
  • Abstract: Design solutions for C+L filterless networks are proposed and experimentally validated. Results show that, compared to C-band filterless networks, capacity is effectively doubled without doubling the deployed amplifiers.


In “Tu1F: Nonlinearity mitigation techniques” session at Flavia Room;

By Felix Frey, Robert Emmerich, Colja Schubert, Johannes Fischer from Fraunhofer HHI;

  • Title: Improved Perturbation-based Fiber Nonlinearity Compensation [Tu1F.6, 10:15 – 10:30]
  • Abstract: We demonstrate a novel perturbation-based fiber nonlinearity compensation technique andevaluate its performance in a metro-reach system experiment. The achieved gains in Q2-factor arecomparable to digital back-propagation over a wide range of symbol rates and pulse-shapes.


In “Tu3D: Monitoring” session at Domizia Room;

By Mohammad Behnam Shariati, Fabien Boitier, Marc Ruiz, Patricia Layec, Luis Velasco, from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and Nokia Bell Labs (NBLF);

  • Title:  Autonomic Transmission Through pre-FEC BER Degradation Prediction Based on SOP Monitoring [Tu3D.2, 13:45-14:00]
  • Abstract: An Autonomic Transmission Agent based on machine-learning is proposed for excessive biterror-rate prediction resulting from real-time analysis of state-of-polarization (SOP). The accuracy andspeed of the agent enables its use for local and remote transceiver reconfiguration.


In “Tu4D: 5G and metro” session at Domizia Room;

By Nicola Calabretta, Bitao Pan, Fulong Yan, X. (Xuwei) Xue from Technical University of Eindhoven (TUE);

  • Title: Performance Assessment of Metro Networks based on Fast Optical Add-Drop Multiplexers under 5G Traffic Applications [Tu4D.1, 15:30 – 15:45]
  • Abstract: We numerically assess the performance of metro networks based on Fast Optical Add-Drop Multiplexers (FOADM) nodes under modelled traffics of multiple 5G applications. Simulation results show a packet loss <1E-5 with <400us latency for a network load of 0.5.

By Evangelos Kosmatos, Chris Matrakidis, Andrew Lord from OpenLightComm and British Telecom (BT);

  • Title: A Dynamic Transportation Platform for Metropolitan Networks Exploiting PON Technology and a Novel Control-Plane [TuD3, 16:00-16:15]
  • Abstract: The creation of a truly dynamic transportation platform tailored for a Metro network is elaborated. The dynamic data-plane exploits PON technology while the dynamic control-plane is SDN-enabled using OpenFlow/Netconf; the dynamic operation of the platform is demonstrated on a test-bed.


In “Tu4E: Data centre networks” session at Euphemia Room;

By Nicola Calabretta, X. (Xuwei) Xue, Fulong Yan, Bitao Pan from Technical University of Eindhoven (TUE);

  • Title: Flexibility Assessment of the Reconfigurable OPSquare for Virtualized Data Center Networks Under Realistic Traffics [Tu4E.4, 16:15 – 16:30]
  • Abstract: Resources allocation of the reconfigurable OPSquare data center to support multi-tenant virtual networks are assessed under realistic traffics. End-to-end latency <2µs and packet loss <10-4 are guaranteed for different traffic patterns by elastically configuring the WDM transmitters and optical switches.

By Fulong Yan, X. (Xuwei) Xue, Bitao Pan, Xiaotao Guo, Nicola Calabretta from Technical University of Eindhoven (TUE);

  • Title: FOScube: a Scalable Data Center Network Architecture Based on Multiple Parallel Networks and Fast Optical Switches [Tu4E.5, 16:30 – 16:45]
  • Abstract: We propose a novel scalable and low-latency DCN architecture (FOScube) based on multiple parallel interconnected networks employing distributed low-radix FOS. Numerical analyses on 92160-server indicates that FOScube can interconnect with 3.0us end-to-end latency and 2E-4 packet loss at load 0.3.


Conference contributions – Poster Sessions


In “7) Core, Metro, and Convergent Networks” category, (11:00~, Wed 26th Sep, at Hall 9);

By Chris Matrakidis and Andrew Lord from OpenLightComm and British Telecom (BT);

  • Title: DuFiNet: A Flexible, High-Capacity and Cost-Effective Solution for Metropolitan Area Networks [We2.56]
  • Abstract: We present a novel, highly flexible and low-cost, filterless Metro network that overcomesexisting architectural limitations. We detail the architectural aspects and introduce novel physical layer modeling tailored for Metro, to assess the capacity and scalability of the transport platform.

By A. Giorgetti and Filippo Cugini, from Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario Per Le Telecomunicazioni (CNIT);

  • Title: ONOS MetroApp for Filtering Effect Assessment in Metro Optical Networks [We2.60]
  • Abstract: We propose an integrated framework to perform routing and spectrum assignment with QoT evaluation in an SDN-based metro-regional disaggregated optical networks. The modulation format and the required bandwidth are selected by considering, besides OSNR, the filtering cascade effects.

By Evangelos Kosmatos, Chris Matrakidis, from OpenLightComm;

  • Title: An SDN Architecture for PON Networks Enabling Unified Management using Abstractions [We2.64]
  • Abstract: An SDN architecture for PON networks is presented and experimentally validated. The architecture enables unified management and multi-tenancy exploiting PON abstractions, while uses OpenFlow and Netconf in order to provide a highly automated SDN solution for optical access networks.

By Ignacio Martin, Jose Alberto Hernandez, Sebastian Troia, Francesco Musumeci, Guido Maier,
Oscar Gonzalez de Dios, from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Politecnico di Milano (Polimi),  Telefonica I+D;

  • Title: Is Machine Learning Suitable for Solving RWA Problems in Optical Networks? [Th2.58]
  • Abstract: We show that classical supervised Machine Learning techniques, after trained with a large number ofoptimal RWA configurations solved via ILP, can rapidly procure the most appropriate RWA configurationto be applied for a new traffic matrix.


In “3) Digital Signal Handling Techniques for Optical Communication Systems” category, 11:00~, Thu 27th Sep, at Hall 9;

By F. Fresi and Luca Poti, from Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario Per Le Telecomunicazioni (CNIT);

  • Title: PAM-4 Performance Optimization in Presence of Optical Amplification [Tu2.22]
  • Abstract: A large OSNR gain is demonstrated for PAM-4 systems used in presence of optical amplification by level optimization with respect to standard intensity equispaced signals.



The “44th European Conference on Optical Communication” (ECOC 2018) will be held in Rome, Italy, on September 23-27, 2018.

ECOC is the leading European conference in the field of optical communication, and one of the most prestigious and long-standing events in this field. Here, the latest progress in optical communication technologies will be reported in selected papers, demo session, keynotes, workshops and special symposia.

Parallel to the scientific conference, the ECOC exhibition covers a wide range of optical communication products and services.

Therefore, ECOC is open to a variety of interested participants like researchers and students, product developers, sales managers and telecommunication market developers. Every year this international forum attracts more than 1,000 scientists and researchers from research institutions and companies from across the world.

ECOC 2018 is organised by CNIT, the Consortium of 37 Italian universities for telecommunication. EUREL is owner of the registered trademark ECOC. EUREL is the Convention of National Associations of Electrical Engineers of Europe representing ten member associations in ten countries in greater Europe.

Scientific patronage is provided by the Institute of Communication Information and Perception Technologies (TeCIP) of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and the Italian Space Agency (ASI).

Endorsement has been granted by the IEEE Photonics Society and OS, the Optical Society of America.


23 September, 2018
27 September, 2018
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