news SubOptic 2007 Announces New Tutorials SubOptic 2007 Program Chairman Dave Robles said three newly scheduled tutorials continue the SubOptic tradition of covering all aspects of the undersea telecommunications industry and the many fields related to it. Admittance to all tutorials is included in the registration fee. The three new tutorials are: "Maintenance of Undersea Cable Networks" Presented by James H. Coble of AT&T and Frederic Exertier of France Telecom Marine. Coble has more than 20 years of industry experience and is responsible for the maintenance of AT&T's undersea cable network. Exertier joined France Telecom Marine four years ago as EVP in charge of the Mediterranean depot and as MECMA Project Manager. "Our tutorial will cover many factors that need to be considered when determining how an undersea network will be maintained, including the reliability of the components and the route planned for the cable," said Coble and Exertier. Maintenance of undersea cable networks actually begins during the planning stage for construction, they said. The duo will also discuss planning for the frequency of network failure as well as highlighting some popular post-installation maintenance options. "High Performance Hybrid OpticalPacket Networks: Developments and Potential Impacts" Presented by Donald R. Riley, Ph.D. and Jerry Sobieski. Riley is Professor of Information Systems at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and affiliate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, at the University of Maryland, College Park. He serves on several boards at the collegiate and national level and has been recognized by the Chinese Academy of Sciences as "Senior Technical Advisor" to China's Science and Technology Network. Sobieski is the Director for Research Initiatives at Mid-Atlantic Crossroads in Washington, DC. He has a background in high performance parallel and distributed computing, advanced networking, and specializes in the application of these technologies to e-science. "This tutorial will provide insight into developments, driving motivations, potential future developments and possible implications for the submarine cable industry," said Riley. "The session will include overviews of GLIF and DRAGON objectives and technology developments and other related projects." "Legal Aspects of Bandwidth Sales for New and Existing Systems" Presented by Mike Conradi, a senior lawyer at London's technology specialist firm, Kemp Little LLP. Conradi has extensive experience in the submarine fiberoptic cable world and has written and presented extensively on various submarine telecommunication topics. "The tutorial will focus on the legal issues surrounding buying and selling submarine fiber capacity," said Conradi. "We will discuss everything from the contents of a submarine capacity contract to ensuring continuous quality." SubOptic 2007 will take place at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore's Inner Harbor from May 14 through May 17, 2007. For more information visit www.suboptic.org 12 MTR January 2007
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