OIF wraps agreements for 100G module implementation

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) has finalized two implementation agreements (IAs) addressing the key electro-mechanical aspects of a 100G long-haul transmission module.

Fremont, CA -- The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) members have finalized two implementation agreements (IAs) addressing the key electro-mechanical aspects of a 100G long-haul transmission module and control plane logging and auditing. Both IAs are intended to provide equipment vendors with important technical information for bringing products to market.

The OIF 100G Long-Haul DWDM Transmission Module IA provides component and system suppliers with a modular interface approach. Key aspects of it include: module mechanical dimensions, electrical connector and pin assignment, module hardware signaling pins, high-speed electrical characteristics, power supply, power dissipation, and management interface.

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“We expect this to be the industry successor for the 300 pin MSA,” says Karl Gass, the OIF’s Physical and Link Layer Working Group vice chair. “This design provides for higher density placement on host line cards with a higher speed data and advanced management interface.”

The OIF Control Plane Logging and Auditing with Syslog IA defines the protocols, record types, data structures, and fields for log files generated by a Network Element (NE). It also addresses controlling and securing the generation, transport, and storage of log data to provide a flexible logging capability for the OIF’s User Network Interface (UNI) and External Network to Network Interface (E-NNI). Version 1.1 of the IA fully conforms to the IETF standards for Syslog and precisely defines a general set of log messages for the OIF's control plane protocols.

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“The ability to log signaling and routing messages as they traverse multiple UNI or E-NNI interfaces adds a useful and effective way to help assure correct and secure operation of the signaling and routing entities,” said Doug Zuckerman, of Telcordia Technologies and the OIF’s OAM&P Working Group chair. “This is an important tool to help carriers deploy and operate control plane technology in their networks.”

Both IAs can be viewed on the OIF’s website at http://www.oiforum.com/public/impagreements.html

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