OIF Members to Demonstrate Interoperability of Industry’s Hottest Technologies at OFC 2019

Multi-vendor live demos to feature 400ZR, CEI-112G and FlexE
technology; OIF experts to lead panel discussions on hot topics,

FREMONT, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/400ZR?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#400ZRlt;/agt;–Demonstrating how interoperability works get done, 13 OIF
member companies will participate in live
interoperability demos
of the industry’s hottest technologies –
400ZR, Common Electrical I/O (CEI)-112G and Flex Ethernet (FlexE) – at OFC
in San Diego, March 5-7, 2019.

Amphenol, Cisco Systems, Credo Semiconductor (HK) LTD, Finisar, Inphi,
Juniper Networks, Keysight Technologies, Molex, Spirent Communications,
TE Connectivity, VIAVI Solutions, Xilinx and YAMAICHI ELECTRONICS will
demonstrate the interoperability of their products and technologies in
OIF’s booth, #6215.

“400ZR, CEI-112G and FlexE are critical technologies in our industry so
it’s no surprise these are the interoperability specifications our
members are most focused on for OFC,” said Steve Sekel of Keysight and
OIF’s Physical and Link Layer Interoperability Working Group Chair. “The
live demos will demonstrate critical insight into how key technologies
interoperate within the industry’s ecosystem.”

400ZR Demo

OIF’s 400ZR project is critical in facilitating the reduction of cost
and complexity for high bandwidth data center interconnects and
promoting interoperability among optical module manufacturers. Currently
in progress, the project will result in an implementation agreement for
400G ZR and short-reach DWDM multi-vendor interoperability. The 400ZR
demo consists of real-time Error Vector Magnitude measurements
demonstrating the maturity of the methodology used for transmitter
specifications. In addition, a hardware-based 400ZR installation will
show how participants communicate a typical application case.

CEI-112G Demo

OIF is taking a lead role in moving the industry to the next generation
with its development of electrical interface specifications for 112 Gbps
per differential pair. Multiple live demonstrations featuring
interoperability clearly prove the key role OIF provides. The CEI-112G
demonstrations in the OIF booth will feature multi-party silicon
supplier interoperability over mated compliance board channels and
direct attach copper cable channels, all demonstrating the technical
viability of 112 Gbps operation, along with multiple industry form
factors including OSFP and QSFP-DD.

FlexE Demo

OIF continues to lead in FlexE aggregation architectures through its
newest FlexE 2.1 project for FlexE over 50GbE PHY applications, an
extension to its FlexE
2.0 Implementation Agreement
 (IA). The FlexE 2.0 demo will show off
the bonding, subrating, and channelization features that allows
FlexE-enabled hardware to support non-standard Ethernet rates over
standard Ethernet optics. Realistic multi-vendor deployment scenarios,
client rate reconfiguration, and in-band messaging features will be
demonstrated on a network built from a variety of Ethernet optics and
interconnecting the OIF and Ethernet Alliance booths.

OIF @ OFC 2019 Speaking Sessions

On Thursday, March 7, industry experts from OIF will lead panels focused
on the latest update on 400ZR specifications and the drivers, needs, and
challenges in the evolution to widescale adoption of open, interoperable
optical networks.

– 400ZR Specification Update

Thursday, 7 March, 10:15-11:15 – Theater II, Hall E

Moderator: Karl Gass, OIF PLL WG Vice Chair Optical

Speakers include: Josef Berger, Inphi; Mark Filer,
Microsoft Azure; Marc Stiller, NeoPhotonics and Markus Weber,
Acacia Communications

Path to Open, Interoperable Optical Networking

Thursday, 7 March, 11:15-12:15 – Theater II, Hall E

Moderator: Dave Brown, OIF Director of Communications, Nokia

Speakers include: Victor Lopez, Telefónica gCTIO; Lyndon Ong,
OIF MA&E Co-Chair – Networking, Ciena and Jonathan Sadler,
OIF Networking Interoperability WG Chair, Infinera

the status of OIF’s current work here.


Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) is where the optical networking
industry’s interoperability work gets done. Celebrating 20 years of
effecting progressive change in the industry, OIF represents the dynamic
ecosystem of 100+ industry leading network operators, system vendors,
component vendors and test equipment vendors, all collaborating to
develop interoperable electrical, optical and control solutions that
directly impact the industry’s ecosystem and facilitate global
connectivity in the open network world. Connect with OIF at @OIForum,
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and at https://www.oiforum.com/.


Leah Wilkinson
Wilkinson + Associates for OIF
Email: leah@wilkinson.associates

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