Welcome Remarks: No boundary on-line!

Dear friends, presenters and supporters of iPOP Conference,

we are now going to recover from severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, we had iPOP 2020 event by full online style including presentation, poster, booth and showcase demo. We are now planning a virtual conference to be held September 31 to October 1, 2021, following the guidelines of the CDC and local government advice. This year, we are holding iPOP with Netcentric conference which will be hosted and open in US. So, we will have almost 24 hours program for joint conference held virtually.

Against this impact, however, we can overcome many things by changing new life and business style. In other words, it is positive impact on pushing DX in all areas. To support for this new style, this requires sufficient bandwidth and quality and better human interfacing. This is a trend which has started and is giving rise to new businesses such as virtual conference, virtual university, virtual office and eventually remote delivery by autonomous vehicles - New areas for future iPOP events to focus on.

This year marks the 17th anniversary of iPOP International conference, which has been founded and sponsored by Photonic Internet Labs (PIL) and ISOCORE. Since its inception, the conference has enjoyed well attendance with diverse and involved participants. However, we are going to realize virtual iPOP 2021 as same as last year, with virtual presentation, virtual booth demo and virtual interoperability, all realizing by advanced network and cloud systems, given the short time to prepare but a new challenge for the state-of the art high-performance network applications. In addition, iPOP co-develop with vCUBE, new multi-booth system called EventIn will be used. This fancy system, you can join the booth/exhibition and move around and also individual discussion can be possible. The best to understand this virtual booth /exhibition system is to attend iPOP 2021!

This year we are augmenting the existing central theme of the conference with 5G and Beyond 5G network and smart city which includes backbone, platform and services. In addition, we have network topics such as SDN, NFV and service chaining with the focus on reliable, manageable, flexible and cost-effective carrier and/or service provider networks. In the past few years these networks have mostly focused on datacenter, mobile access network integration like 5G and include AI and data analytics aspects. As many people knows well, NTT, Intel and Sony announced IOWN, a new paradigm for networking based on all optical NW. The iPOP conference venue happens to be at the heart of IOWN technology by integrated procession function on the optical NW.

Almost 4 years ago at the iPOP opening ceremony, Prof. Yamanaka indicated that iPOP which started as IP+ OPTICAL, now it stands for Intelligent and Processing over Optical networks. Optical networking puts lower restriction on distance, bandwidth, and delay, allowing easily integrating some functions in the network. Some cession resources. This integration of data processing with data transport in networks underscores an importance step. With topics such as multi-layer, multi-technology operation, integrating AI, cloud computing, edge computing, 5G networks with low latency, IoT, and reliable access. iPOP now features advanced physical and sophisticated processing technologies.

The technical program committee has put together an exciting program consisting of virtual technical sessions with emphasis on presentations on SDN, Orchestration with data/network, PCE (Path Computation Element) with data analytic and its applications, network automation and advance data-center network with Optical Devices. In addition, there will be technology virtual showcases and other demonstrations virtually are new challenges.

We hope that you would be able to join us online at iPOP 2021 with virtual presentations and remote technical discussions. We look forward to your remote participation and support to make the event a great success!

Aug 1, 2021
iPOP 2021 General Co-Chairs
Naoaki Yamanaka
Hirotaka Yoshioka
Bijan Jabbari