OIF, Ethernet Alliance jointly run live FlexE traffic over interoperable 400G network at OFC 2019

Joint demonstration features Flex Ethernet (FlexE) traffic sent over three bonded and subrated 100 GbE interfaces streaming over the Ethernet Alliance 400 GbE network with interconnection between the OIF and Ethernet Alliance booths on the OFC show floor.

Mar 6th, 2019
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Optical communications industry organizations OIF and the Ethernet Alliance are mounting an interoperating 400 Gbps Ethernet (400 GbE) network demonstration at OFC in San Diego, CA (March 5-7).

The joint demonstration features Flex Ethernet (FlexE) traffic sent over three bonded and subrated 100 GbE interfaces streaming over the Ethernet Alliance 400 GbE network with interconnection between the OIF and Ethernet Alliance booths on the show floor. The demo is designed to showcase the Ethernet Alliance’s IEEE 802.3bs 400 Gbps network and OIF’s FlexE 2.0 Implementation Agreement (IA).

Member companies participating in the OIF demo (booth #6215) include Amphenol, Cisco, Credo Semiconductor (HK) LTD, Finisar, Inphi, Juniper Networks, Keysight Technologies, Molex, Spirent Communications, TE Connectivity, VIAVI Solutions, Xilinx and Yamaichi Electronics. (For more info on OIF’s activities at OFC, please visit https://www.oiforum.com/meetings-events/oif-ofc-2019/).

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“The Ethernet Alliance’s 400 GbE network over the OFC exhibit floor is the perfect setting to illustrate the real-world features and capabilities of the OIF FlexE 2.0 IA which allows network operators to tailor their traffic while still leveraging Ethernet,” asserts Nathan Tracy, OIF’s president and lead technologist at TE Connectivity. “The Ethernet Alliance’s deployment of the 400 GbE network at OFC, combined with OIF’s FlexE demonstration, illustrates the coincident availability of these new technologies.”

Happening in booth #4749, the Ethernet Alliance’s OFC 2019 demo incorporates equipment and solutions from 21 different companies, including: Amphenol Corporation; Anritsu Corporation; Arista Networks, Inc.; Cisco; Credo Semiconductor, Inc.; EXFO, Inc.; Finisar; Intel Corporation; Ixia / Keysight Technologies, Inc.; Juniper Networks, Inc.; Lumentum Holdings Inc.; Nexans S.A.; Panduit Corp.; Source Photonics Inc.; Spectra7 Microsystems Ltd.; Spirent Communications; TE Connectivity Ltd.; Tektronix, Inc.; Teledyne LeCroy, Inc.; VIAVI Solutions, Inc. and Xilinx, Inc.

“We’re pleased to be able to make our 400 GbE network available to the OIF for this demonstration at OFC,” comments Ethernet Alliance chairman John D’Ambrosia. “We applaud the OIF for its work in leveraging 100 GbE and 400 GbE in its FlexE 2.0 implementation agreement. Their efforts will increase the capabilities of these solutions to help address the market needs of the Next Ethernet Era.“

OIF and Ethernet Alliance join forces to demo live FlexE traffic over 400G network at OFC 2018

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