Tuesday, December 6, 2011

OIF Approves OTN-over-Packet-Fabric Protocol Implementation Agreement

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) approved an implementation agreement (IA) for OTN-over-Packet-Fabric Protocol. The IA defines the mapping protocol for converting an OTN stream into packets while preserving its frequency and phase. The protocol can be implemented in ASSP, FPGA or ASIC solutions.

The OIF said its implementation agreement addresses the market need for Packet and Optical convergence and the architectural challenges associated with transporting Packet and OTN traffic on a common packet/cell switching fabric. It was developed with the combined output from leading network service providers, network equipment manufacturers and semiconductor suppliers and is applicable to switches and routers, and to transport equipment alike. The goal of the IA is to reduce the cost and power of network equipment by avoiding the need for dual or hybrid fabrics. http://www.oiforum.com

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