Organizers: Dr. Jiajia Chen, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden Prof. David B. Payne, Trinity College, Ireland; Aston University, UK Prof. Lena Wosinska, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
DISCUS partners organized two focus sessions at PIERS on 25-26 August 2014, in Guangzhou, China. Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS) provides an international forum for reporting progress and recent advances in all aspects of electromagnetics. Spectra range from statics to radio frequency, microwave, photonics, and beyond. It has been widely recognized that photonic communications technologies can provide cost- and energy-efficient transport solutions to deliver ultra-high bandwidth to the Internet users. In addition, new applications require networks with predictable characteristics and behavior. The inability of the current Internet infrastructure to cope with the wide variety and the rapidly growing number of users, emerging network applications and traffic patterns is leading to the need for new network models, architectures and protocols to meet the requirements of the Network of the Future. These sessions address the challenges and recent advances in optical networking, which is in line with DISCUS focus. This is the first year that the topic of optical networking is included in PIERS. There are in total 3 keynote speeches, 8 invited talks and 5 contribution papers presented in the sessions.