The Ethernet Alliance recently validated multivendor interoperability across 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE), 25GbE, 50GbE, 100GbE, 200GbE and 400GbE technologies and solutions from 17 Ethernet Alliance member companies. Providers of interconnects; switches and routers; and test and measurement equipment participated in the exercise.
The multivendor integration showcased a live 400 GbE switch fabric, an implementation of Flex Ethernet (FlexE), 100Gbps per lane over a direct attach cable (DAC) and analysis of PAM4 signalling, and a broad array of the latest Ethernet products and solutions. Components including routers, switches, active optical cables (AOCs), DACs, optical modules, active copper cables and interconnects ranged across the OSFP, QSFP28, QSFP56 and QSFP-DD form factors. Several test and measurement solutions for ensuring systems’ compliance with Ethernet specifications also were utilised.
“This product-based demonstration incorporating live 400GbE switch fabric illustrated Ethernet’s robust interoperability,” said Dave Estes, Ethernet Alliance’s OFC 2020 technical leader and senior hardware engineer, Spirent Communications. “Additionally, the emphasis on test and measurement at Ethernet’s highest speeds reflects a growing trend across the ecosystem. This is a sign that there is terrific pressure on the Ethernet industry to roll out solutions for the urgent, application-driven market demands of enterprise, datacentre, and service-provider networks globally, because test coverage is crucial early in an innovation’s development cycle for accelerating time to market with an interoperable product.”