OFC 2022: Technology innovations to be showcased

The 2022 Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC), an international event for the latest advances in optical communications and networking, will be held 06-10 March 2022 at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California.
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OFC will showcase live, multivendor interoperability demonstrations of the latest optical innovations. Five organizations will host discussions and live demos on latest, innovative technologies and the efforts driving industry interoperability.

Technology areas to be showcased include 400Gbps coherent transmission over a C+L-band line system, 25 Gigabit Ethernet, 50GbE, 100GbE, 200GbE, 400GbE, and 800GbE, OpenROADM MSA compliant optical transport, 400ZR optics, co-packaging architectures, common electrical I/O (CEI) channels, FlexE and Common Management Interface Specification (CMIS).

NTT will showcase live 400Gbps coherent transmission over a C+L-band line system in a multi-vendor open transport environment presenting a cost-efficient solution to service providers’ ever-increasing demand for traffic capacity. It includes a 4x100Gbps mux-ponder hardware from Wistron and coherent CFP2-DCOs from FOC and Lumentum operating with open-source Transponder Abstraction Interface (TAI) and Network Operating System (NOS) software integrated by NEC.

The Ethernet Alliance will display an interoperable multivendor next-gen technology demo at OFC 2022. The interactive demo encompasses 25 Gigabit Ethernet, 50GbE, 100GbE, 200GbE, 400GbE and 800GbE technologies and solutions from more than a dozen companies, ranging from interconnect providers, to switches and routers, to test and measurement equipment.

The Ethernet Alliance will also showcase a live 400GbE infrastructure connecting multiple booths across the show floor.

Using an OpenROADM MSA compliant optical transport network comprised of equipment from multiple vendors, the group will demo the hierarchical PROnet orchestrator to manage creating wavelength services between Cloudlets and using the Network Operation Platform (NOP) to monitor multiple performance indicators in real-time.

This is made possible using the open-source TransportPCE OpenROADM SDN Controller that enables wavelength data transfer rates of 100G, 200G and 400G. The demo is jointly presented by Ciena, Cisco, Fujitsu, Infinera, Juniper, Nokia, Ribbon, AT&T, Orange and the University of Texas at Dallas.

OIF booth features live multivendor interoperability demonstrations showcasing its work that is accelerating the industry’s hottest areas—400ZR optics, co-packaging architectures, common electrical I/O (CEI) channels, FlexE (Flex Ethernet) definitions and CMIS (Common Management Interface Specification) implementations.

Members of Consortium For On-Board Optics (COBO) are featuring networking system and component products to demonstrate how key technologies interoperate within the industry’s ecosystem to enable moving optics inside the system, whether through on-board optical modules or co-packaged optic applications.

This year’s booth features a variety of products from AOI, SABIC, 3M, CudoForm, and Hirose and includes joint demos with Optec and US Conec’s Flexi Circuit Fiber Shuffle for CPO Applications, providing a dedicated way to manage hundreds to thousands of fibers on the board.

SENKO and Ragile Networks will introduce a cloud-scale datacenter switch with near-packaged optics in a 1RU chassis using the SN-MT optical interface with 8 external laser source interfaces on the front panel for co-packaged optics module input.