100 Gigabit Ethernet interoperability demonstrated

by CXOtoday Staff    Mar 23, 2010

A group of networking technology companies has collaborated on a live demonstration of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) interoperability. The demonstration has shown the ability to pass 100GigE traffic between a router and optical transport system using two different CFP optical transceivers implementing the IEEE 802.3ba 100GBASE-LR4 draft standard. The demonstration marks a significant step towards commercial availability of 100 GigE services at economic cost levels.

"100 GigE will be key to improving the economics and user experience of the next generation of networking technology," said Sanjay Jotshi, director, enterprise & channels, India & SAARC, Juniper Networks. "100 GigE is moving rapidly toward production deployments, and Juniper is proud to be working with these innovative companies to lead the way."   

The demonstration featured a Juniper Networks T1600 Core Router and an Infinera DTN optical system exchanging 100 GigE traffic using 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) CFP pluggable optical transceiver modules from Finisar and Opnext. The 100 GigE signals are generated by test sets supplied by Exfo and Ixia. The demonstration also includes Reflex Photonics’ 100GBASE-SR10 CFP modules.

"Infinera is focused on working with these industry-leading optics vendors so as to deliver a set of 100 GigE system solutions with the right economics and performance to meet the needs of all our customers," said Infinera CTO Drew Perkins.

"Opnext is pleased to deliver CFP MSA modules based upon IEEE standards to our customers and partners," said Matt Traverso, director of strategic marketing for Opnext and editor of the CFP MSA hardware document. "The robust performance of our 100 GigE module is built upon Opnext laser and photodiode technology."

Use of interoperable pluggable modules from these companies marks an important step towards implementing the IEEE’s 802.3ba draft standard and the CFP Multi-Source Agreement (MSA). The availability and interoperability of pluggable CFP modules from multiple vendors will be key to driving economic price points and widespread deployment of 100 Gigabit Ethernet networking equipment such as routers, switches and optical transport gear. Service providers see an increasing need for 100 GigE networks as bandwidth demand continues to grow, driven by trends such as video and cloud computing.

The Infinera DTN 100 Gigabit Ethernet tributary interface and the Juniper 100 Gigabit Ethernet physical interface card in this demonstration are the latest prototypes and are fully compliant with the most recent IEEE 802.3ba draft specification and CFP MSA.

"For Finisar, in particular, this demonstration of our CFP modules affirms that our vertical integration strategy makes it possible to be at the forefront of the 100GE market and that our volume manufacturing capability will ultimately enable large-scale deployments for our customers," said Joe Young, SVP of R&D and Operations at Finisar.