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    Anritsu and the University of Texas at Dallas Collaborate to Showcase Orchestration System for OpenROADM/IPoDWDM at OFC 2024

    Anritsu Corporation in collaboration with the University of Texas at Dallas showcased its orchestration system for overall control and monitoring of combined OpenROADM[*1] and IPoDWDM[*2] networks at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition 2024 (OFC2024) on March 26-28, 2024, in San Diego, USA.

    These networks are controlled by the YANG model devised by OpenROADM and IETF[*3] as a vendor-independent network control method with an orchestration system managed by the University of Texas at Dallas. In the demonstration, Anritsu’s compact, high-performance MT1040A 400G Tester is connected via an open interface to the Add/Drop line to monitor quality in a live traffic environment.

    Today’s network functions are becoming more sophisticated and virtualized for diversifying all-photonics networks and Beyond 5G/6G use cases. Operators expect optimized QoS and reduced maintenance and management costs with automated network settings as well as autonomous operation. Achieving these goals demands integrated transmission and IP network management as well as network quality monitoring.

    In this exhibit, two 400G ports on Anritsu MT1040A with built-in 400G OpenZR+ transceivers connected via the Add/Drop line are positioned at each end of an Open ROADM system. In addition to making the channel settings from the orchestration system, the system also monitors line quality data from the MT1040A, providing a unified single system for monitoring communication channel changes based on quality data and for evaluating ROADM path changes.

    OpenLab @ UT Dallas contributes to verifying hardware and software interoperability specified by OpenROADM MSA. The lab issues test labels certifying devices that pass interoperability verification and feeds back these test results to OpenROADM MSA.

    As a result of this collaboration with the orchestration system for managing OpenROADM and IPoDWDM, Anritsu is contributing to the development of systems for configuring future automated and autonomous networks.

    Product Details

    Network Master Pro (400G Tester) MT1040A

    MT1040A is a B5 size 400G handheld tester with excellent expandability and operability. It is a touch panel-operated field measurement instrument equipped with a 9-inch screen that is small enough to carry with a single hand. It supports a range of interfaces from 10M up to 400G.

    MU104014B is the test module and has the following futures to test 400ZR/ZR+.

    • Powerful hardware with cooling for easy handling 400ZR/ZR+ transceivers
    • Flexible Settings for All Network Environments
      • Grid, Wavelength, Tx Power setting
      • Coherent monitoring (OSNR, SOP, CD, etc.) via OIF CMIS
      • Media-side FEC monitoring (PreFEC BER) via OIF CMIS
      • 1x 400G, 4x 100G, 2x 100G, 1x 100G client signal
      • Flexible Layer-2 to Layer-4 configuration
    • History Function Monitoring Live Network
      • Auto-save all of results at a minimum of 1 second
      • CSV output for detailed analysis and comparison

    Technical Terms

    [*1] OpenROADM
    Defines interoperability specifications for optical transmission equipment (ROADM), optical transponders, and pluggable optical components, as well as YANG data model specifications, and specifies interfaces for achieving interconnectivity and interoperability between each functional part of an optical transmission network in a multi-vendor environment.

    [*2] IPoDWDM
    Abbreviation for IP over DWDM technology carrying IP packets directly using high-speed DWDM (dense wavelength division multiplexing) technology. The IP layer and optical transport layer are integrated by combining a transceiver such as OpenZR+ with optical transport functions with the IP router interface to help cut planned capital investment and operation costs.

    [*3] IETF
    Abbreviation for the Internet Engineering Task Force technical organization tasked with assuring and improving internet interoperability. Defines YANG Model specifications for communications protocols and routers.

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