Industry Leaders Demonstrate 100 Gigabit Ethernet Interoperability at OFC

At this week’s Optical Fiber Communication Conference & Exposition and National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference in San Diego, California, Juniper Networks, Infinera Corp, Inc, Finisar Corp and Opnext Inc collaborated on a live demonstration of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) interoperability, showing the ability to pass 100GigE traffic between a router and an optical transport system using two different CFP optical transceivers implementing the IEEE 802.3ba 100GBASE-LR4 draft standard. The firms claim that the demonstration marks a significant step towards commercial availability of 100GigE services at economic cost levels.

The demonstration featured a Juniper T1600 Core Router and an Infinera DTN optical system exchanging 100GigE traffic using 100Gb/s pluggable CFP optical transceiver modules from optical communications module and component makers Finisar and Opnext. The Juniper T1600 routing platform is claimed to be the only core router on the market delivering 100Gb/s of slot capacity (necessary to support 100GigE).

Use of interoperable pluggable modules marks an important step towards implementing the IEEE’s 802.3ba draft standard and the CFP multi-source agreement (CFP MSA), say the firms. The availability and interoperability of pluggable CFP modules from multiple vendors will be key to widespread deployment of 100 Gigabit Ethernet networking equipment such as routers, switches and optical transport gear. The firms believe that service providers will see an increasing need for 100GigE networks as bandwidth demand continues to grow, driven by trends such as video and cloud computing.

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