Fall 2007 Internet2 Member Meeting

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Extending Ethernet with Optical Networking

Time 10/09/07 08:45AM-10:00AM

Session Abstract

Ethernet switch/routers work with Optical Networking transport to yield high bandwidth, low cost network systems. This panel discussion will present significant current technical characteristics and future evolution of combined Ethernet and wave-division-multiplexed (WDM) architectures with regard to Capacity, Reach, Flexibility and Reliability. As the distances which can be spanned by optical transport continue to grow and 10 GbE can be carried natively on WDM systems -- and DWDM optics (ITU-T gridded wavelengths) are now available for Ethernet switch/routers -- the options increase for Ethernet to be seamlessly extended beyond the data center and LAN to metro and WAN/Grid/Business Continuity applications.

In addition, Optical Add Drop Multiplexers (OADMs) are evolving to Reconfigurable-OADMs (ROADMs), and to Multi-Degree-ROADMs (MD-ROADMs), providing much greater flexibility.

The next generation of Ethernet is under development, with computing applications driving the 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) rate and core networking and aggregation requirements driving 100 GbE; the aim is to dovetail 40 GbE with existing 40G Optical Transport Network (OTN) capabilities and work toward complimentary 100G Ethernet & Optical Transport in the future.

Our panel will present the technical building blocks and new dimensions which are shaping the use of Ethernet switch/routers with optical networking.


Speaker Force 10 Representative   Force 10 Networks

Speaker John D'Ambrosia Force10 Networks, Inc.

Speaker Per Hansen ADVA Optical Networking

Speaker Pavan Voruganti OpVista

Presentation Media

media item thumbnail Ethernet - The Next Generation (pdf)

Speaker John D'Ambrosia Force10 Networks, Inc.

Secondary tracks Network Planning and Engineering

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