OIF to Demo at OFC

To highlight the OIF's User Network Interface (UNI), Network-to-Network Interface (NNI), and Physical and Link Layer (PLL) work

February 3, 2003

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FREMONT, Calif. -- The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) will sponsor multiple interoperability demonstrations at OFC 2003 in Atlanta, March 25-27. The demonstrations will highlight the OIF's pioneering User Network Interface (UNI), Network-to-Network Interface (NNI) and Physical and Link Layer (PLL) technical work. Live demonstrations and displays will give attendees a visual representation of the real time test topology as well as dynamic link establishment among clients and network elements. "OIF members have seen the benefits of multi-vendor interoperability testing and the Forum, once again, is making it happen," said Joe Berthold, CIENA Corporation, president of the OIF. "The direction of the optical internetworking industry is clear: Interoperability is a must. The technical work of the OIF is focused on providing interoperable solutions at all levels of the next generation optical network." UNI/NNI Interoperability Demonstration
The public demonstration at OFC 2003 will be the first time the OIF's integrated UNI/NNI solution is showcased. The OIF UNI 1.0 Implementation Agreement (IA) represents a significant industry milestone towards achieving an open network layer. The goal of the event is to achieve dynamic, end-to-end connection establishment between client devices and optical network elements in the Control Plane. Conducted in a multi-vendor, multi-node network environment, the test topology will include a wide range of optical network equipment. Participants will include manufacturers of IP routers, optical cross connects, metro and long haul optical transport equipment, and add/drop multiplexers. Protocol test equipment and software will also be highlighted. Physical and Link Layer Demonstration
The PLL event will demonstrate for the first time dynamic N-way interoperability of the System Packet Interface Level 4, Phase 2: System Interface for Physical and Link Layer Devices (SPI-4.2 IA) as well as the Serdes Framer Interface for a common electrical interface between SONET framer and serial/deserializer parts for OC-192 interfaces (SFI-4.1 IA), the Serdes Framer Interface Level 5: 40Gb/s Interface for Physical Layer Devices (SFI-5 IA) and the tunable laser IA among OIF member companies. Participants will include ASSP, FPGA, ASIC, optical module and test equipment vendors highlighting protocol testers, signal integrity measurement equipment including eye diagrams and jitter measurements, video generation and display equipment. Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF)

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