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Coherent or direct detect for the data center interconnect?

This presentation from OFC general co-chair Jörg-Peter Elbers examined the latest optical transmission technologies for the data center interconnect, comparing direct detection solutions to coherent transmission.

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Coherent or direct detect for the data center interconnect?

  1. 1. Jörg-Peter Elbers OFC panel: Line side 100Gbit/s DWDM network solutions – debating the options for the data center interconnect? Coherent or direct detect
  2. 2. © 2019 ADVA. All rights reserved.22 Data centers require high-capacity interconnects DC spine switch DWDM transponder DC edge router Core OLS Customer traffic DCI OLS It's good to have a choice – open line system and best-of-breed terminal optics Ring or mesh 100s-1000s of km Fiber scarce Point-to-point <80km distance Can be fiber rich Core connectivity DCI connectivity
  3. 3. © 2019 ADVA. All rights reserved.33 • High performance and spectral efficiency • On-board and CFP(2) form factors • 100Gbit/s to 600Gbit/s available today • DSP-based dispersion compensation • “Good enough” for P2P DCI applications • The only solution in QSFP28 form factor • 100Gbit/s available today • Needs optical dispersion compensation Direct detectCoherent How should dispersion be managed for direct detect? DWDM line-side options for DCI applications DWDM QSFP28CFP2-DCO DWDM terminal with on-board optics
  4. 4. © 2019 ADVA. All rights reserved.44 Smart amplifier offers coherent-like automation for direct detect optics Operational simplicity for direct detect • Automatic dispersion measurement • Automatic dispersion compensation • Automatic gain, tilt, and power setting • Optional integrated OTDR • Optional optical channel monitor Smart features + = Configuration provisioning Monitoring alarms TACACS+ Radius CLI REST NETCONF WebGUI Zero touch prov SNMPv2c REST NETCONF Streaming telemetry FCAPS Control REST
  5. 5. © 2019 ADVA. All rights reserved.55 Highest capacity, functionality and flexibility with DWDM terminal – Lowest rack space with DWDM QSFP28 in switch/router Which line side option to pick? It depends … 38.4 19.2 9.6 4.8 0 10 20 30 40 50 600G Coh. 200G Coh. 100G Coh. 100G PAM4 C-bandcapacity(Tbit/s) Modulation format CFP2-DCO DWDM QSFP28 DWDM terminal with on-board optics
  6. 6. © 2019 ADVA. All rights reserved.66 The good news? An open DCI line system supports all! Open APIs Pre-amp Pre-ampBooster Booster WDM filter Open APIs WDM filter Switch/router with PAM4 QSFP28 Coherent interfaces Switch/router with PAM4 QSFP28 Coherent interfaces Disaggregated terminal equipment Disaggregated terminal equipment
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