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Juniper Hits A Grand Slam With Its Open And Flexible 400G Solution

by Juniper Employee ‎10-03-2016 09:23 PM - edited ‎10-05-2016 10:36 AM




With the Major League Baseball playoffs upon us, there is no better reference to make for Juniper’s latest coherent DWDM solution than to a grand slam. For those that may not be familiar with this reference, a grand slam is when a player hits a homerun while all the bases are loaded, resulting in the team getting four runs instantly. In other words, it’s a big deal !

Lately, Juniper has been on a roll with the release of several next generation high capacity Coherent DWDM solutions including the 1 x 100G DWDM Coherent MIC and 5 x 100G DWDM Coherent PIC, Optical ILA and Integrated ROADM IPLC. Now, yet again, Juniper hits it out of the ballpark with a 400G coherent solution. Using the industry’s latest innovation in coherent technology, Juniper has developed an open and flexible ultra high capacity 400G Muxponder/Transponder. This 400G solution aka UFM6 (Universal Forwarding Module 6) provides a transport capacity of not 100Gbps, not 200Gbps but 400Gbps on single module. This enables up to 19.2 Tbps capacity on single pair of fiber using 96 x 200Gbps channels. That’s a grand slam !



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Now let’s break this down a bit. Starting with the client ports, the UFM6 consists of 10 total physical client ports, either QSFP28 or QSFP+, which can be connected to high capacity routers or switches. While each of the QSFP28 ports support 100GE interfaces, the QSFP+ ports can support multi-service capabilities including 10GE, OC192/STM64, OTU2 and OTU2e. Together, these can enable either 4 x 100GE’s via the QSFP28 ports or 40 x 10G via the QSFP+ ports on the same UFM6 module. The UFM6 also supports a lineside capacity of up to 400Gbps via 2 x 200G Coherent DWDM channels using OTU4 encapsulation. Each lineside DWDM channel is software configurable to 200G 16QAM or 100G QPSK and supports full tunability across the C-band with 50GHz spacing. The UFM6 also supports SD-FEC for maximum performance across metro, regional and long haul spans up to 2000 km. For maximum deployment flexibility, the UFM6 can be supported in 3 different chassis options including the 7801 (1 RU), 7802 (3 RU) and 7814 (14 RU).  




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Now that we've got all the technical jargon out of the way, let’s talk about the “open” aspects of this 400G solution. The UFM6 supports open northbound interfaces via NETCONF/YANG enabling management through not just Juniper’s own control software (see Juniper's PSM) but also enabling providers to use their own transport controllers to fully manage this solution. This opens the door for operators to customize this solution to their needs and enables new and innovative applications.


To sum it all up Juniper’s new UFM6 400G Muxponder/Transponder enables:

  • Ultra high capacity Packet Optical networks up to 19.2 Tbps
  • Open and automated solutions via NETCONF/YANG interfaces
  • Flexible solutions using software provisionable coherent interfaces 

As service providers, web 2.0’s and enterprises try to keep up with demand for the immense traffic growth on their networks driven by cloud services including (SaaS, PaaS, NaaS etc.) mobile traffic (LTE) and HD entertainment services (HD, Ultra HD etc.) Juniper continues to alleviate capacity bottlenecks with innovative coherent DWDM solutions. However, we are not done just yet, so stay tuned for more groundbreaking technology from your Juniper team as we continue to hit it out of the park !


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About the Author
  • I started work at a router company, moved to an optical company adding MPLS, moved to mobility company, moved to a packet optical company who got bought by a router company. Full Circle!!
  • David is a Distinguished Engineer in Juniper's Optical Engineering team, having joined Juniper as part of the acquisition of WANDL Inc in January 2014. David is working on routing and optimisation software for multilayer networks to help plan and design networks using the new generation of packet-optical technology from Juniper. In "previous lives", David worked on soliton propagation; diffractive optic device design and network design software and algorithms in the Optics Research Group in BT's Adastral Park Laboratories in Ipswich. He holds a BA and PhD in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.
  • Steven Keck is a Distinguished Engineer within Juniper's Optical Engineering team where he is responsible for architecture and implementation of packet-optical solutions for routing and switching platforms. Steve has been designing telecom hardware and optical systems for nearly 20 years. Prior to Juniper, he has held positions at Stanford Telecom, StrataLight Communications and Cisco Systems. He holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from University of the Pacific.
  • David Song is a Sr Staff Engineer within Juniper's Optical Engineering team where he is responsible for the design of packet-optical solutions for routing and switching platforms. He joined Juniper in 2004 and has been designing networking software in control plane and data plane on various platforms. Prior to Juniper, he held various software development positions at Ciena and Nortel Networks.