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Plenty to See @ OFC

by Juniper Employee ‎03-25-2016 04:29 PM - edited ‎03-25-2016 04:32 PM

OFCMonkey.jpgMarch is here and for optical-types like me that means an annual pilgrimage to the Optical Fiber Conference (OFC) in Anaheim. OFC is the single largest conference for optical component vendors and system manufacturers. While the swag offerings were pretty dismal (the best being a paltry-sized t-shirt-wearing monkey), there were no shortage of new product announcements.


Juniper Debuts


Working the floor this year at the Juniper booth was a new family 100G pluggable DWDM interfaces. Readers of this blog are already aware of Juniper’s earlier coherent offerings, but this show marks the debut of pluggable coherent DWDM interfaces for both MX & PTX. A quick recap:




The MIC3-100G-DWDM is Juniper's first coherent DWDM interface for the wildly-popular MX960/480/240 platforms. When paired with the MPC3 family (MX-MPC3E-3D, MX-MPC3E-3D-NG or MX-MPC3E-3D-NG-Q) this card enables optical reach up to 2000km directly from the front panel (your mileage may vary). In addition to long-haul support, the MIC3-100G-DWDM also supports HGFEC (aka 'Staircase FEC', aka 'Cortina FEC') and GFEC modes for 3rd-party interoperability.



MX240 (with retro livery) and 1x100G DWDM MIC





Also on booth duty was the new 5x100G DWDM PIC. It’s based upon the same technology as the MIC3-100G-DWDM but packs 1T of DWDM capacity per slot. This is not the first coherent offering on PTX, but offers a 250% increase in bandwidth vs. the original P1-PTX-2-100G-WDM PIC plus the added advantages pluggable optics.



PTX3000 and 5x100G DWDM PIC




Elsewhere on the show floor, CFP2-ACO was widely on display. A key example from the vendor-agnostic OIF booth which had a pluggable CFP2-ACO module + on-board DSP on display. This is particularly significant as it represents a standardized, multi-vendor ecosystem for pluggable coherent optics. This represents the culmination of several years’ work on the CFP2-ACO Implementation Agreement which was just released in January.



CFP2-ACO + DSP demo @ OIF booth


But Wait – There’s More!


There is plenty more to report for OFC besides PIC, MICs & monkeys – if you couldn’t make by the booth, be sure to check out the optical integration announcements @ Swag not included.

by Juniper Employee
on ‎03-29-2016 10:02 PM

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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.