Tuesday, October 16, 2018

TIP Summit: a Transponder Abstraction Interface for Voyager

At the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Summit in London, Cumulus Networks announced a Transponder Abstraction Interface (TAI) that defines an API for providing a vendor-independent way to control transponders from various vendors and implementations in a uniform manner.

Cumulus said TAI removes the friction for Network OS vendors to support new hardware while allowing chip vendors to take their solutions to market more easily with existing network software that can support them out of the box.

Cumulus Networks wrote the initial reference device driver and open sourced it through the Telecom Infra Project GitHub repository. The company said that since announcing its intent to make Cumulus Linux available on Voyager at last year’s Telecom Infra Project Summit, it has conducted trials of Voyager with Vodafone, NYSERNet, Internet2, GRnet and CESNET. The launch of TAI furthers Cumulus’ goal of bringing open, optical networking solutions to the industry at large.

“Over the last year, we have increased our efforts to bring innovative solutions to TIP and Voyager so that customers can face the challenges of running efficient, packet optical networks at scale,” said JR Rivers, CTO of Cumulus Networks. “We are thrilled to introduce TAI to customers today and we look forward to continuing our efforts with TIP, Facebook, ADVA and others to bring more solutions like this to market.”

“We are excited to see how multiple partners are working together to solve the integration challenge. This is an important step towards making disaggregated solutions evolve faster, and we’re pleased to see how Cumulus has been one of the leaders of the initiative,” said Luis MartinGarcia, Network Technologies Manager, Facebook.

“One of the reasons that there’s such a buzz around our Voyager packet optical solution is Cumulus. Their software is a clear differentiator and it really injects the whole product offering with tremendous ease of use,” said Niall Robinson, VP of Global Business Development at ADVA. “With their new TAI, they’re continuing to push the boundaries of openness and disaggregation into the Voyager project and remove friction from the entire ecosystem.”

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