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OIF Q4 Technical and MA&E Committees Meeting Results in Working Group Chair Re-Elections, White Paper, and 400ZR Demo Survey Availability

Guest speaker from Hawaiian Telcom shared an overview of its network investment, and its continued efforts to push the network edge closer to the customer

Fremont, Calif.—November 22, 2022 – OIF’s Q4 Technical and MA&E Committees Meeting, held in person and virtually November 1-3, 2022, in Kona, Hawaii, included guest speaker Francis Alueta, Hawaiian Telcom and resulted in the release of a new white paper, a 400ZR survey, and re-elections of two new Working Group chairs.

White Paper – Management of External Light Sources and Co-packaged Optical Engines

Properly managing optical engines and external light sources requires an efficient system management architecture. A newly launched white paper from OIF outlines the recommended system management architecture that enables co-packaged optical transceivers to use lasers as external light sources. It also describes how OIF’s Common Management Interface Specification (CMIS) can manage transceivers and light sources. The key feature is placing the intelligence for controlling the continuous wave light sources in the host board controller, not in the optical engines.

Working Group Chairs Re-Election

Also, during the meeting, OIF members re-elected Working Group Chairs (for two-year terms):

  • Mike Klempa, Alphawave IP Group – Physical & Link Layer (PLL) Interoperability Working Group Chair
  • Jeffery Maki, Juniper Networks – Physical Layer User Group Working Group Chair

 

Guest Speaker – Francis Alueta, Hawaiian Telcom

As Director, Network Reliability, Alueta, presented a high-level overview of Hawaiian Telcom’s investment in its next-generation network, the landmark Southeast Asia (SEA) US Trans-Pacific Cable System and backbone transport network. Next generation network plans include pushing a low-latency network edge closer to the customer and deploying a resilient, 400G backbone network. He also outlined some of the unique challenges they face as an island chain, geographic limits to route and path diversity options and climate change.

“Big Mahalo for OIF allowing me to present an overview of the architectural and operational challenges we have to overcome, as we transform our network,” said Alueta. “The work OIF continues to do will allow us to address those challenges and ensure a resilient network for our customers and the people of Hawaii.”

 

400ZR Demonstrations and Plugfests Survey – Deadline December 7

OIF is launching a survey designed to gather feedback from network operators and stakeholders on OIF’s 400ZR demonstrations and plugfests. The survey also includes collecting input on the interest of an 800ZR and/or 800LR OIF demo and reaches of interest for 800G (800LR, 800ZR, > 800ZR).

The survey is available and open to all who can represent their company’s viewpoint – module vendors, system vendors and network operators. Multiple responses per company are also allowed. Responses will be collated anonymously and summarized for presentation to the public. Interested parties, please email survey@oiforum.com. The deadline for completing the survey is December 7.

“OIF members guide its demos and plugfests, and this survey supports new directions encouraged by our Interoperability Working Group Chair,” said Karl Gass, OIF PLL Working Group – Optical Vice Chair. “Leveraging the pre-demonstration plugfest as an opportunity to collect quantitative measurements of interoperability with multiple vendors provides critical input for current and future (800ZR) Implementation Agreements.”

 

About OIF

OIF is where the optical networking industry’s interoperability work gets done. Building on nearly 25 years of effecting forward change in the industry, OIF represents the dynamic ecosystem of 130+ industry leading network operators, system vendors, component vendors and test equipment vendors collaborating to develop interoperable electrical, optical and control solutions that directly impact the industry’s ecosystem and facilitate global connectivity in the open network world. Connect with OIF at @OIForum, on LinkedIn and at http://www.oiforum.com.

 

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Leah Wilkinson

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OIF to Present “Co-Packaging: Charting the Path Ahead” Webinar Providing an Update on Industry Activities and the Developing Ecosystem

In partnership with Lightwave, the event will feature viewpoints from academia and industry experts, and a live Q&A

Fremont, Calif.—November 15, 2022 – OIF is driving discussion on co-packaging interoperability efforts in an upcoming webinar, “Co-Packaging: Charting the Path Ahead” being held on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 8:00am PST/10:00am CST/11:00am EST/4:00pm GMT. The free two-hour event, hosted by Lightwave, will feature unique perspectives from industry thought leaders: Astera Labs, Cisco, Huawei, Marvell, Meta, NVIDIA, Ranovus, TE Connectivity and University of California, Santa Barbara. Register here for this free event.

Join this OIF sponsored workshop to hear from industry leaders, including vendors, academia and network operators, as they provide insight on the latest in co-packaging and address the developing ecosystem and the best path forward.

“We know that co-packaging implementations bring a number of challenges including electrical channels, external lasers, optical connectivity, packaging, etc.,” explained Jeff Hutchins, Ranovus, OIF Board Member and Physical & Link Layer Working Group – Co-Packaging Vice Chair. “In this webinar, we will provide attendees with valuable information to assess this critical integration technology and discuss options for a path forward.”

Webinar agenda and participants include:

December 6, 2022 – 8:00am-10:00am PST

  • Welcome & Introduction – Stephen Hardy, Editorial Director and Associate Publisher, Lightwave
  • Co-Packaging Overview – Jeff Hutchins, Ranovus, OIF Board Member and Physical & Link Layer Working Group – Co-Packaging Vice Chair
  • Co-Packaging State of the Industry – John Bowers, Fred Kavli Distinguished Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Distinguished Professor, Materials, University of California, Santa Barbara

Where we are?

  • OIF Overview and Co-Packaging Overview – Nathan Tracy, TE Connectivity, OIF Market Awareness & Education Committee Co-Chair, Physical and Link Layer
  • OIF 3.2T Co-Packaged Optical (CPO) Module – Richard Ward, Astera Labs, OIF Physical & Link Layer Working Group – Co-Packaging Track’s 3.2Tb/s CPO module project editor
  • OIF External Laser Small Form Factor Pluggable (ELSFP) – Jock Bovington, Cisco Systems, OIF Physical & Link Layer Working Group – Co-Packaging Track’s ELSFP project editor
  • OIF Common Management Interface Specification (CMIS) – Todd Rope, Marvell
  • OIF Common Electrical I/O (CEI) – Matt Brown, Huawei Technologies, Inc.

What’s next: End-User Perspectives?

  • Drew Alduino, Meta Platforms, Inc.
  • Craig Thompson, NVIDIA

Q&A

 

About OIF
OIF is where the optical networking industry’s interoperability work gets done. Building on nearly 25 years of effecting forward change in the industry, OIF represents the dynamic ecosystem of 130+ industry leading network operators, system vendors, component vendors and test equipment vendors collaborating to develop interoperable electrical, optical and control solutions that directly impact the industry’s ecosystem and facilitate global connectivity in the open network world. Connect with OIF at @OIForum, on LinkedIn and at http://www.oiforum.com.

 

PR Contact:

Leah Wilkinson

Wilkinson + Associates for OIF

Email: leah@wilkinson.associates

Office: 703-907-0010

OIF Releases Co-Packaging Framework Implementation Agreement

Framework serves as foundation for industry consensus on co-packaging with ASICs

Fremont, Calif. – OIF, the global industry forum accelerating market adoption of advanced interoperable optical networking solutions, today announced the release of a framework Implementation Agreement (IA) for co-packaging, identifying the critical co-packaged applications and their requirements and charting a path for interoperability standards.

OIF’s leadership in driving interoperability in co-packaging technologies began in 2020 when it was clear the industry needed to achieve consensus on standards. Since then, OIF members have engaged in an umbrella project to study the application spaces and relevant technology considerations for co-packaging of communication and computing interfaces with one or more ASICs.

The Co-Packaging track of OIF’s Physical & Link Layer (PLL) Working Group began by studying the application spaces contributed by the end-users. Then, it examined various related topics, including electrical and optical interfaces, thermal and mechanical considerations, reliability, safety, environmental and management interfaces. The findings of the work are summarized in the Framework Document IA.

This work also guided OIF to initiate two follow-on co-packaging projects: External Laser Small Form Factor Pluggable (ELSFP) Project, announced in May 2021, and the 3.2T Module Project, announced in March 2021.

“OIF is leading industry discussion on this critical dense integration technology,” said Jeff Hutchins, Ranovus and OIF Board Member and PLL Working Group – Co-Packaging Vice Chair. “This framework IA provides the industry with a foundation for developing interoperable energy efficient co-packaged solutions.”

“Co-packaging represents a significant change to the way high-performance communications ASICs are packaged today,” said Technical Editor of the Co-Packaging Framework IA, Kenneth Jackson, Sumitomo Electric. “This Framework document addresses many of the issues that initially challenged this new architecture and narrows the scope of achievable solutions. This is precisely what OIF excels at…identifying a gap and collaborating on a path forward towards interoperability.”

Earlier this month, OIF experts led a public webinar, “Co-Packaging Standardization Progress,” discussing the co-packaging standardization efforts that are in progress and addressing implementation challenges, including electrical channels, external lasers, optical connectivity, packaging, etc. In partnership with Lightwave, the event featured talks from industry-leading experts at Intel, Cisco, Ranovus, Sumitomo Electric and TE Connectivity. Click here for free on-demand viewing of this webinar.

About OIF
OIF is where the optical networking industry’s interoperability work gets done. Building on more than 20 years of effecting forward change in the industry, OIF represents the dynamic ecosystem of 130+ industry leading network operators, system vendors, component vendors and test equipment vendors collaborating to develop interoperable electrical, optical and control solutions that directly impact the industry’s ecosystem and facilitate global connectivity in the open network world. Connect with OIF at @OIForum, on LinkedIn and at http://www.oiforum.com.

PR Contact:
Leah Wilkinson
Wilkinson + Associates for OIF
leah@wilkinson.associates
703-907-0010

OIF Wraps Q1 2021 Member Meeting with New Co-Packaging Project; 3.2T Co-Packaged Module Project for Intra Data Center Switching Applications

Fremont, Calif. – Highlights from OIF’s first member meeting of the year include a new co-packaging project launch, an industry talk from Vladimir Kozlov, founder and CEO, LightCounting and a joint workshop with the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Mandatory Use Case Requirements for SDN for Transport (MUST) project. Additionally, members elected a new Networking & Operations Working Group Chair following the meeting. The Q121 Technical and MA&E Committees Meeting was held virtually February 22-26.

NEW PROJECT

OIF started a 3.2T Co-Packaged Module project for intra data center switching applications. The 3.2T Co-Packaged Optical Module Implementation Agreement (IA) is the first project initiated under the umbrella of the Co-Packaged Framework Project announced in November 2020. The IA will define a 3.2T co-packaged optical module that targets Ethernet switching applications utilizing 100G electrical lanes. It will include the following interoperability specifications:

  • Optical interface options supporting 400GBASE-FR4 and 400GBASE-DR4 with backwards compatible to 200G interfaces
  • CEI-112G-XSR high speed electrical interfaces
  • Electrical, mechanical, and management interfaces

“This 3.2T Co-Packaging project builds on OIF’s 20+ year successful track record to anticipate and address the industry’s needs,” said Jeff Hutchins, Ranovus and OIF Physical and Link Layer Working Group, Co-Packaging Vice Chair. “With its broad membership from across the eco-system, OIF is well positioned to create unified host, module and control specifications.”

“The industry has clearly articulated the need for a standardized co-packaged solution to address data center power constraints, and further, to enable new network architectures and applications,” said Mark Filer, Microsoft Principal Hardware Engineer and OIF Board Member. “The 3.2T Co-Packaged Optical Module project is a concrete step toward that goal, and OIF is uniquely qualified to rapidly execute on the implementation agreement in order to meet the market needs.”

GUEST SPEAKER

The meeting’s guest speaker, Kozlov, provided attendees with an overview of the market for Ethernet and DWDM optics such as “ZR optics” for DCI applications, including trends, forecasts and expected changes in the supplier landscape.

“Transition from pluggable to co-packaged optics is a radical change for the industry, but there is no other way to support future bandwidth requirements of Mega Datacenters and AI clusters,” said Kozlov.

TIP MUST WORKSHOP

Members of the OIF Networking Interoperability Working Group and TIP MUST project held a joint workshop. The members agreed to explore potential projects to further define, validate and implement transport SDN technologies in open, disaggregated open optical networks. This work will leverage the TIP MUST reference architecture and use cases as well as the experience and findings of the successful OIF 2020 Transport SDN API Interoperability Demonstration.

TECHNICAL COMMITTEE

Members elected Jia He, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., as the new Networking & Operations Working Group Chair.

About OIF
OIF is where the optical networking industry’s interoperability work gets done. Building on more than 20 years of effecting forward change in the industry, OIF represents the dynamic ecosystem of 100+ industry leading network operators, system vendors, component vendors and test equipment vendors collaborating to develop interoperable electrical, optical and control solutions that directly impact the industry’s ecosystem and facilitate global connectivity in the open network world. Connect with OIF at @OIForum, on LinkedIn and at http://www.oiforum.com.

PR Contact:
Leah Wilkinson
Wilkinson + Associates for OIF
Email: leah@wilkinson.associates
Office: 703-907-0010

OIF Launches 800G Coherent and Co-Packaging Framework IA Projects, Elects New Board Members/Positions, Officers and Working Group Chairs

Fremont, Calif. – OIF, the global industry forum accelerating market adoption of advanced interoperable optical networking solutions, today announced the start of two new projects –  800G Coherent and Co-Packaging Framework, availability of a new FlexE for 400ZR white paper, newly elected board members/positions and working group representatives. These activities and elections took place at the Q420 Technical and MA&E Committee meetings held virtually November 2-November 6, 2020.

New Projects

800G Coherent

In scope for the 800G Coherent project is to define interoperable 800G coherent line specifications for campus and DCI applications. The resulting Implementation Agreement (IA) will:

  • Define single-lambda 800G coherent line interfaces for two applications
    • Amplified, single span, DWDM links up to 80-120km
    • Unamplified, fixed wavelength links of 2-10km
  • Support Ethernet client(s) (minimum 100GE) up to 800G aggregate bandwidth

“The next standardized coherent rate beyond 400ZR will be technically challenging with many factors to be considered,” said Tad Hofmeister, Technical Lead, Optical Networking Technologies at Google and OIF Vice President. “With the 800G Coherent IA, OIF is in a unique position to take a leadership role in defining interoperable 800G coherent line interfaces for various applications.”

Co-Packaging Framework IA

The Co-Packaging Framework IA, announced on November 10, 2020, will study the application spaces and relevant technology considerations for co-packaging of communication interfaces with one or more ASICs. A primary objective of this specification is to identify new opportunities for interoperability standards for possible future work at the OIF or other standards organizations. Upon completion, the work will be summarized in a Framework IA.

White Paper

A new OIF white paper addressing 400ZR applications requiring multiplexing of lower rate Ethernet signals (e.g. 100GE) and how to leverage FlexE for this service multiplexing is now available.

The OIF 400ZR IA includes mapping of 400G Ethernet signals as defined in IEEE 802.3, but not lower rate services such as 100G Ethernet. This white paper describes utilizing the OIF FlexE Implementation Agreement multiplexing of lower service rates, such as 100G and 200G Ethernet to a 400G frame that can be carried by 400ZR devices. Example profiles are provided to guide interoperability in common scenarios.

Election Results

  • Board of Directors:
    • Ian Betty, Ciena, continues to serve on the Board and was appointed as President
    • Mark Filer, Microsoft, was elected to the Board (two-year term)
    • Tad Hofmeister, Google, continues to serve on the Board and was re-appointed as Vice President
    • Mike Li, Intel, was re-elected to the Board (one-year term)
    • Jeffery Maki, Juniper Networks, was elected to the Board (one-year term)
    • Gary Nicholl, Cisco, was re-elected to the Board (two-year term) and appointed as Secretary/Treasurer
    • Nathan Tracy, TE Connectivity, was re-elected to the Board (two-year term) and appointed as VP of Marketing
  • Officers:
    • Klaus-Holger Otto, Nokia, was elected as Technical Committee Chair
    • Karl Bois, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, was elected as Technical Committee Vice Chair
    • Lyndon Ong, Ciena, was re-elected as Market Awareness & Education Committee Co-Chair, Networking
    • Richard Ward, Intel, was elected as Market Awareness & Education Committee Co-Chair, Physical and Link Layer
    • Dave Brown, Nokia, continues to serve as Director of Communications
  • Technical Committee:
    • Michael Klempa, Amphenol, was elected as Physical and Link Layer Interoperability Working Group Chair (two-year term)
    • Jeffery Maki, Juniper Networks, was re-elected as Physical Layer User Group Working Group Chair (two-year term)

“I’m looking forward to serving OIF members as president of this vital organization and thank all those who have served and continue to serve,” said Ian Betty, Ciena and new OIF president. “OIF’s role continues to be critical in making great strides in interoperability solutions for today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. Congratulations to the entire board and those appointed to leadership positions – your role is integral to OIF’s continued success.”
 

About OIF
OIF is where the optical networking industry’s interoperability work gets done. Building on 20 years of effecting forward change in the industry, OIF represents the dynamic ecosystem of 100+ industry leading network operators, system vendors, component vendors and test equipment vendors collaborating to develop interoperable electrical, optical and control solutions that directly impact the industry’s ecosystem and facilitate global connectivity in the open network world. Connect with OIF at @OIForum, on LinkedIn and at http://www.oiforum.com.

PR Contact:
Leah Wilkinson
Wilkinson + Associates for OIF
Email: leah@wilkinson.associates
Office: 703-907-0010

 

OIF Approves CEI-224G Development Project, Reviews Co-packaging of Optics with ASICs Workshop, Announces Optical Module Management Interface Survey Results at Q3 Meeting

Fremont, Calif.—August 26, 2020 – OIF members continued to drive industry interoperability efforts forward during the Q3 2020 Technical and MA&E Committees Meeting, held August 3-7. This quarter’s virtual meeting resulted in the approval of the CEI (Common Electrical I/O) -224G Development Project, a wrap-up of the “Co-packaging of Optics with ASICs” members-only workshop that was held July 20th and a readout of the results of the public Optical Module Management Interface Survey.

“OIF strives to challenge our member companies to achieve more in order to accelerate industry innovation and standards that maintain alignment with network operator trends and needs,” explained Nathan Tracy, TE Connectivity and OIF President. “We are continually advocating for increased interoperability and the OIF quarterly meetings provide the ideal forum for members to debate and discuss the interoperability challenges that the industry is trying to overcome. For example, getting electrical signals to travel at 224 Gbps over workable distances is a challenge we are looking forward to exploring.”

NEW PROJECT – 224 Gbps CEI PROJECT APPROVED

During OIF’s Q2 meeting in May, members previewed a proposed project start to address next generation architectures and data rates around 224 Gbps for CEI interfaces. The project was formally approved during this month’s meeting. The expected result will be a technical white paper summarizing a consensus-based body of knowledge which will then enable several project starts for next generation CEI clauses addressing specific reaches and architectures.

“CO-PACKAGING OF OPTICS WITH ASICs” WORKSHOP RECAP

OIF held a “Co-packaging of Optics with ASICs” workshop on July 20th for OIF members. The workshop explored the various challenges of co-packaging of optics and identified opportunities for industry collaboration. Presenting companies included Applied Optoelectronics, Inc., Facebook, Inphi, Intel, Keysight Technologies, Microsoft, Ranovus, Senko Advanced Components, Inc. and TE Connectivity. Based on the success of the member workshop and increasing interest in the topic industry-wide, OIF is planning a public workshop on co-packaging of optics. Details and registration will be available soon.

OPTICAL MODULE MANAGEMENT INTERFACE SURVEY

OIF recently conducted a public industry survey designed to determine how the Coherent Common Management Interface Specification Implementation Agreement is viewed by the industry and the level of industry alignment and support for further standardization of optical module management. Results of the survey were presented on a public webinar on July 30 and recapped during the Q3 meeting. Click HERE to download the survey results.

About OIF

OIF is where the optical networking industry’s interoperability work gets done. Building on more than 20 years of effecting forward change in the industry, OIF represents the dynamic ecosystem of 100+ industry leading network operators, system vendors, component vendors and test equipment vendors collaborating to develop interoperable electrical, optical and control solutions that directly impact the industry’s ecosystem and facilitate global connectivity in the open network world. Connect with OIF at @OIForum, on LinkedIn and at http://www.oiforum.com.

 

PR Contact:

Leah Wilkinson

Wilkinson + Associates for OIF

Email: leah@wilkinson.associates

Office: 703-907-0010