Spirent, InnoLight team to demo 800G Ethernet interoperability

April 19, 2021
Next generation high-speed Ethernet implementation moves a step closer to reality with transceiver testing success.

Spirent Communications plc and InnoLight Technology (Suzhou, China) today announced their successful joint validation of 800G optical transceiver interoperability.

Vital to the next stage of high-speed Ethernet technology evolution, the companies say this latest interoperability success signals a further step towards 800G implementation. InnoLight Technology is a global manufacturer of optical transceivers, and the interoperability project successfully demonstrated an 800G transceiver link up and line rate traffic transmission using IEEE 802.3ck OSFP for VSR application.

InnoLight and Spirent engineers worked closely to develop and get the 800G link operational to emulate the traffic of hyperscale data centers. “We were delighted to work with Spirent to showcase this latest step towards 800G interoperability,” said Osa Mok, chief marketing officer for InnoLight. “As vendor-agnostic test and measurement leaders, Spirent was able to help us create the environment to continuously test and validate the performance of our 800Gb/s OSFP DR8+ 2km SMP optical transceivers, which are such vital components of the future datacenter and cloud network ecosystem.”

New applications such as Internet of Things (IoT), digital reality, artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are driving network traffic to an unprecedented level. Spirent’s recent 2021 5G Report reinforced this point by highlighting the notion that new 5G network rollouts, and the emerging apps that they bring with them, are adding still further to the already substantial internet capacity demands that necessitate ever-faster interconnection technology.

The firm contends that continuing innovation in optical solutions is needed by hyperscalers to support this fast-growing bandwidth demand and achieve greater efficiencies.

“We are seeing increasing demand from customers for 800G test solutions, and this partnership with InnoLight is a major step forward in proving interoperability and increasing customer confidence in this new technology,” said Abhitesh Kastuar, general manager, Cloud & IP, Spirent Communications.

Kastuar added, “We are working at the bleeding edge of current high-speed Ethernet technology development to enable our customers to design, develop and eventually deploy 800G technology, and this successful interoperability demonstration will give early adopters the confidence to accelerate design and development of their 800G capable next-gen devices.”

Per a company statement:

While 400G technology is still relatively new, customers are already looking to Spirent for new 800G test solutions, to validate high-density, higher power consuming applications, as the ecosystem looks to deliver even faster capabilities that can maximize capacity of existing space-limited physical locations.

For more information about Spirent high-speed Ethernet testing solutions, visit www.spirent.com/HSE.

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