Ethernet Alliance Heralds Next Ethernet Era with OFC 2017 Demo

March 16, 2017

BEAVERTON, Ore., March 16  — The Ethernet Alliance, a global consortium dedicated to the continued success and advancement of Ethernet technologies, today unveiled details of its live, interactive OFC 2017 demo. Featuring one of the largest numbers of participating member companies ever, the Ethernet Alliance’s interoperability demo emphasizes the full spectrum of Ethernet speeds from 1 Gigabit (1G) to 400 Gigabit (400G) and features a live 400G demo interconnecting to four discrete member booths. The Ethernet Alliance can be found in booth 3709 on the OFC 2017 expo floor, March 21 – 23, 2017, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, Calif.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time in the industry as investments in next-generation Ethernet standards are coming to fruition. Our members – including equipment manufacturers, system and component vendors, test and measurement, and everyone else in-between – are developing the solutions that will enable these standards,” said John D’Ambrosia, chairman, Ethernet Alliance; and senior principal engineer, Huawei. “The diversity of solutions will allow network designers to tailor their network to their individual application’s bandwidth needs and specific requirements. With multiple application spaces refreshing near-simultaneously, we’re witnessing the largest aggregated build-out ever. In short, the next Ethernet era is off to a terrific start.”

As the role of optics in Ethernet is undeniable, the Ethernet Alliance’s OFC 2017 multivendor demo showcases a broad array of optical technologies, featuring 400G optics and form factors, cabling, and other emerging fiber innovations. The organization’s display encompasses two demonstrations, one focusing on a wide range of solutions ranging from 1G to 100G. The second demo integrates live 400G optical network connections from the Ethernet Alliance’s booth to four other autonomous member company booths on the expo floor. Reflecting the whole of the Ethernet ecosystem, these demos incorporate an extensive variety of switches, NICs, servers, cabling, fiber, and cutting-edge test equipment that provides data generation and real-time analysis. These technologies are the latest evolution in the Ethernet portfolio, and the foundation of the next Ethernet era.

With one of the highest rates of member company participation to-date, the Ethernet Alliance’s OFC 2017 demo features equipment and technologies from 16 different organizations, including Amphenol Corporation; Aquantia Corporation; Broadcom Limited; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Finisar Corporation; Ixia; Juniper Networks; Mellanox Technologies, Ltd.; Molex, Inc.; Oclaro, Inc.; Panduit Corp.; Spirent Communications; TE Connectivity Ltd.; Teledyne LeCroy, Inc.; Viavi Solutions Inc.; and Xilinx, Inc.

“This demo is much more than merely hooking up PHYs – it’s a true representation of the disruptive transformations taking place at every level of the Ethernet ecosystem. With member company participation among the highest it has ever been in Ethernet Alliance history, we have everything from interoperable real-world products available for immediate deployment, to forward-looking 400G technologies that will be the cornerstone of tomorrow’s high-speed networks, to state-of-the-art test and measurement tools needed for validating a new generation of links and devices,” said David J. Rodgers, board member and OFC 2017 technical lead, Ethernet Alliance; and senior product marketing manager, Teledyne LeCroy. “Our 400G demonstration highlights how IEEE 802.3 standards facilitate interoperability, even at the pre-ratification stage. It’s another proof-point of Ethernet’s capacity to just plug in and perform as expected.”

In addition to its multivendor demo, the Ethernet Alliance is hosting an OFC 2017 panel entitled The Fracturing and Burgeoning Ethernet Market, where expert panelists will also discuss how the 100G market is simultaneously thriving and fracturing into numerous variants. Moderated by Chairman John D’Ambrosia, expert speakers for this Ethernet Alliance panel include Mark Nowell, vice president, Ethernet Alliance; and senior director of engineering, Cisco Systems, Inc.; Chris Cole, vice president, advanced development, Finisar Corporation; and Paul Brooks, product line manager for high-speed transport, Viavi Solutions, Inc. The Fracturing and Burgeoning Ethernet Market panel session will be held from 11am – 12pm PST, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Expo Theater III on the OFC expo floor.

To experience the Ethernet Alliance’s live multivendor demo, please visit booth 3709 on the OFC 2017 expo floor. For more information about the Ethernet Alliance, please visit http://www.ethernetalliance.org, follow @EthernetAllianc on Twitter, visit its Facebook page, or join the EA LinkedIn group.

About the Ethernet Alliance

The Ethernet Alliance is a global consortium that includes system and component vendors, industry experts, and university and government professionals who are committed to the continued success and expansion of Ethernet technology. The Ethernet Alliance takes Ethernet standards to market by supporting activities that span from incubation of new Ethernet technologies to interoperability demonstrations and education.

 


Source: Ethernet Alliance

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