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ADVA delivers white box update at OFC

Niall Robinson's presentation to explore the status and future of Facebook-designed Voyager solution

  • Speaker: Niall Robinson, VP, global business development, ADVA
  • Topics: Design and deployment of optical white box
  • When: Tuesday, March 13, 6 p.m.
  • Where: OFC, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA

Just as software-defined networking technology has moved from use inside data centers to the networking world, so has the term "white box." In early 2016, a new consortium was announced by Facebook called the Telecom Infra Project (TIP). A sister project to the OCP, TIP is largely focused on networking infrastructure between data centers. At the first TIP Summit in November 2016, the OOPT project announced the industry's first networking white box. Named Voyager, this packet-optical solution combines a switching ASIC with coherent DWDM modules. Facebook contributed the hardware design of Voyager to the OOPT project and it has since been used in multiple field trials around the world, demonstrating its ability to be deployed in existing optical networks.

In this presentation, Niall Robinson, will review the current status of white box technology and explore the future of this exciting space. He will also look at the most recent activity of the OOPT project, the design of the Voyager solution and at where this fast-moving networking industry initiative is headed.