In the face of increasing bandwidth demands, ground-breaking research between the University of Bristol and the National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (NICT) in Japan, has demonstrated solutions for network infrastructure to address the looming network capacity crunch.
The joint work between the University’s High Performance Networks Group (HPN), and NICT’s Photonic Network System Laboratory, has investigated the role of space division multiplexing (SDM) technologies to unlock the full potential of optical networking. The research will be presented at the leading European optical communications conference, ECOC 2016, next week [18-22 September].
With the soaring traffic demands of nearly a trillion online Internet of Things (IoT) devices and bandwidth hungry emerging applications, like ultra-high-definition (UHD) and 8K video streaming, cloud storage and processing, the need to increase network capacity is becoming critical.
To address this need, University of Bristol and NICT have worked together to exploit and demonstrate the potential of new types of multicore optical fibres to deliver higher capacity and flexibility in future optical networks.
George Saridis, PhD student and researcher in the HPN Group, said: “By combining state-of-the-art technology and SDM knowledge from NICT together with Bristol’s long experience in optical networking, we were able to conduct ground-breaking research accompanied by numerous network experiments.”
Optical fibre networks and communication systems, mainly based on standard single mode fibre (SSMF) links, currently support most of the intensive global data communication needs.
Cutting-edge optical multicore fibres (MCFs) and similar types of SDM technologies can offer an opportunity to scale up the interconnection capacity, in modern optical networks. By using the space dimension, as well as frequency and time, the academics solutions have the ability to combine multiple streams of frequency/time multiplexed data in the same fibre structure, by either using different cores or/and light modes.
MCFs, comprised of tens of heterogeneous cores, are able to exhibit links of unprecedented capacity, in the range of multiple petabits per second (1 Pbit/sec = 1,000,000 Gbit/sec). There are potentially tremendous network capabilities in the exascale region, the success of which depends on the physical variations of MCFs characteristics and behaviour. SDMs tools and features are to be fully exploited in metro, core and data centre networks.
Dr Naoya Wada, Director General of Network System Research Institute, and Head of the Photonics Network System Laboratory at NICT, commented: “NICT performs research into ultra-high capacity multicore fibre transmission technologies and optical integrated network technologies to meet the increased demand for data services, which are predicted to increase exponentially by 2020. The University of Bristol is the leading research field on flexible network systems and this collaboration will open a new era of ultra-high capacity, fully dynamic, fully flexible optical network systems.”
The Latest on: Exascale optical networks
via Google News
The Latest on: Exascale optical networks
- First Silicon for Photonics Startup with DARPA Roots on January 29, 2019 at 1:11 pm
Ayar Labs, a silicon photonics startup based in Emeryville, California, is getting set to tape out its electro-optical I/O chip ... a 10-teraflop processor that could be the basis for an exascale supe... […]
- China Spills Details on Exascale Prototypes on November 19, 2018 at 12:29 pm
Whatever it is, the interconnect relies on optical technology as part of its implementation ... InfiniBand as the basis of its interconnect fabric, the exascale prototype employs a home-grown network ... […]
- Ethernet Alliance Maps Out Ethernet’s Future In HPC at SC16 on November 2, 2016 at 9:09 am
The two major milestones during all this time have been the emergence of optical networks and of Ethernet not only in ... (LHC), and move towards meeting the challenges of handling exascale data, as t... […]
- Pioneering research paves the way towards exascale optical networks on September 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm
In the face of increasing bandwidth demands, ground-breaking research between the University of Bristol and the National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (NICT) in Japan, has demo... […]
- OFC 2016: Silicon photonics launches for growing market on March 23, 2016 at 3:19 pm
Adva Optical Networking's German HQ. Adva leading SiP research consortium Adva Optical Networking is to lead the Silicon Photonics Enabling Exascale Data Networks (SPEED) project. The project is creat... […]
- ADVA Optical Networking Pioneers New Silicon Photonics Consortium on March 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm
March 23, 2016. ADVA Optical Networking today announced that it is leading the Silicon Photonics Enabling Exascale Data Networks (SPEED) project. The project creates a platform for development, manufa... […]
- Call for Papers: 2016 Optical Interconnects Conference on January 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm
“This year’s Optical Interconnects Conference promises to be an important step in the exploration of the interconnect potential for future petascale and exascale platforms ... to enterprise-wide commu... […]
- ESnet and NERSC Build 400G Production Network on November 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm
ESnet currently operates a 100G backbone network connecting DOE sites and universities, but the growth in data is threatening to oversaturate that capacity, especially as supercomputers approach exasc... […]
- OFC/NFOEC Features Breakthroughs In Network Communication on March 29, 2013 at 6:41 pm
... be beneficial for reaching the point of the exascale mark, which requires an energy-efficient transmission of a massive amount of data. 400GB/s Data Transmission Over 100 Gigahertz-Grid Optical Ne... […]
via Bing News