IEEE ComSoc Optical Networking Technical Committee (ONTC) Newsletter PRISM

This is the homepage of ONTC's newsletter, Prism.

Submission instructions: Submit your 1 page article to as a .pdf file attachment with a covering letter.

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Issues of Prism are available below:

Vol1. No 1. November 2009

Vol1. No 2. March 2010

Vol1. No 3. August 2010

Vol1. No 4. February 2011 (NEW)

Aim: To disseminate relevant content pertaining to optical networking and related growth areas across industry and academia. To promote the growth of optical networking activity by creation of a unified knowledge base. To create a communication bridge between industry and academia in terms of research frontiers and complementary strategies for future growth.

Scope: The optical networking community stands at a point where its potential is not fully realized. The bandwidth offered by the fiber at price points that currently prevail is a fantastic business case for Internet services for providers the world over. Optical networking has transcended itself from a point-to-point communication service to a WDM based multi-point granular networking hierarchy. This journey was made possible through successful and important innovations in the optics and networking domain, bringing together a rich technology set for deployment in telecommunication networks. It would be fair to say that without optical networking, the scope of the Internet would not reach its global scale that it has presently reached. In the future, optical networking has the potential to impact the telecom world through new innovations in architecture, protocol and devices that would lead to new service offerings impacting human lives. Amongst these futuristic offerings are cloud computing, energy efficient systems, data-centers, 100 Gigabit Ethernet, WDM PON, multi-point communication systems, sub-wavelength grooming and transparent ROADM-based services. It is clear, and especially pronounced in Asia and parts of Europe that optical networking will play a very important role in the design of future networks. Whether it is the GENI project in the US or the Akari in Japan – optical networking finds a clear way into technological offerings for the future of the telecommunication industry. From a historical perspective, optical networking has offered significantly to the telecom industry – we distinctly note that after the telecommunication bubble burst, it was the area of metropolitan networks that led to the re-bounce of telecommunications the world over. It is always important to highlight such historical perspectives from industry leaders and pioneers to bring the optical community closer. We continue to exploit the latest advances in this area of telecommunications – delving on the research and development of optical networking solutions.

The scope of the newsletter is as follows:

      -          A forum that brings the optical networking community together, through leadership articles in technology and research.

-          Bring to the fore issues that both industry and academia are working on, with the focus of being able to minimize this gap through interaction via the newsletter forum.

-          Highlight important events related to the area of optical networking, in particular focus on consortiums, projects, awards, seminal breakthroughs, standards and industry related information.

-          Research:  Focus on research issues pertaining to optical networking. Showcase key growth areas (like data centers, metro ROADMs, 100GE, etc.).

-          Consortiums and Projects: Focus on consortiums and projects relevant to optical networking, in which the primary entities are research focused (non-profit groups like universities etc.)

-          Developing Economies: Focus on emerging economies and the networks there.

-          Standardization activity: The newsletter will periodically discuss standard related activities especially when new drafts are circulated or a standard in form of an MSA is accepted. A standard pioneer will be invited to write about the standard. Our focus will be on the IEEE 802 working group, the ITU groups and FSAN groups in terms of coverage.

-          Industry information: latest technical happenings will be reported from the industry. These will be critically based on demonstrations at international tradeshows such as OFC, ECOC and World Broadband Forum. Care will be taken not to report any company specific information and ensure vendor neutrality in the newsletter.

-          Service provider focus: Since a key consumption point of our industry are service providers, it is most important to focus a section of the newsletter on them. We will in every newsletter focus on the latest happenings in the provider space – whether it is adoption of new technologies or new deployments or even network designs, we will cover these through neutral writings. In particular, we will ensure that no names are taken in the coverage, making it generic – for example, “a select provider in the North America has decided to deploy ROADM technology using WSS cross-connects [source]..”.

-          Periodically create a roadmap of technologies in different domains pertaining to optical networking. The roadmap would be a team effort by multiple experts in association with the editor.  

-          Optical Networking is Fun (ONiF): a section devoted to humor in optical networking – puzzles, crosswords and “did you know” for after-hours research.

Submission Instructions: half or one page articles are solicited from ONTC members. The articles must be relevant to the newsletter and should be strictly within the scope of the newsletter. All contributed articles will be reviewed by the editor and one or two additional technical reviewers (invited by the editor). An article is assigned to a technical advisor board member for handling.

Submit your article as a .pdf file to Note that you must have a covering note that describes the nature of the article from one of the above scope keywords. The scope keywords are: consortiums, projects, growth areas, emerging economies, Standardization activity,  Industry information, Service provider focus, roadmap of technologies and Optical Networking is Fun.

      Note to prospective authors: ONTC Prism follows strict policies mandated by the IEEE Code of Ethics. We will strongly enforce plagiarism and self-plagiarism as a review criteria. For more information visit:

Technical Advisory Board of IEEE ComSoc ONTC PRISM 

Admela Jukan Techniche University of Braunchwieg Germany Academia
Bill StArnaud  Canarie, Canada Industry
Biswanath Mukherjee University of California at Davis, USA. Academia
Chunming Qiao State University of New York at Buffalo, USA. Academia
Dan Kilper Alcatel Lucent Bell laboratories, USA. Industry
Fabio Neri Politecnico di Toriono, Italy Academia
George Rouskas North Carolina State University, USA. Academia
Helmut Schink Nokia Siemens Networks, Germany. Industry
Hideo Kuwahara Fujitsu Laboratories, Japan Industry
Iraj Sainee Alcatel Lucent Bell laboratories, USA. Industry
Kenichi Kitayama Osaka University, Japan Academia
Lenoid Kazovsky Stanford University, USA. Academia
Mallik Tatipamula  Juniper Networks, USA. Industry
Monique Morrow Cisco Systems, Switzerland. Industry
Paparao Palacharla Fujitsu Laboratories of America, USA. Industry
Thomas Nadeau BT Group PLC  Industry
Wael Diab Broadcom, USA Industry

ONTC Officers:

Byrav Ramamurthy,         University of Nebraska,                                        Chair,

Suresh Subramaniam,      George Washington University,                            Vice-Chair,

Admela Jukan,                 Technical University Braunchwieg,                       Secretary,

Dominic Schupke,            Nokia Siemens Networks,                                      Industry Liaison.


Ashwin Gumaste, Ph. D.
James R. Isaac Chair,
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay,
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