23 Sep 2015 Poznan - ADVA Optical Networking has successfully completed a rigorous trial of its 400Gbit/s coherent data centre interconnect (DCI) technology with the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC). The trial was conducted over 385km of fiber, spreading between two research and education centres in Poznan and Warsaw. The ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect with its unique DCI technology transported data continuously for 14 hours without any block errors - something no one else in the industry has done. What's more, ADVA Optical Networking used software-defined optics to deliver flexible data rates and modulation. This means the network can intelligently scale from 200Gbit/s to 300Gbit/s to 400Gbit/s and from QPSK to 8QAM to 16QAM as required.
"Our DCI technology is helping to redefine the market. It's completely changed people's expectations about what's possible", stated Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA Optical Networking. "Our 400Gbit/s trial with PSNC is the latest example of this. It's a landmark event for our FSP 3000 CloudConnect. Transporting 400Gbit/s over 385km at 16QAM and with no errors is a clear indication of how robust and reliable our technology is. In many respects, this is what stands our DCI solution apart. It's true plug and play. There are very few companies in our industry that can make that statement and mean it. This trial is another clear illustration of why our DCI technology is proving so popular with customers."
The 400Gbit/s trial was conducted using the live commercial PIONIER network. PIONIER is a consortium of Polish research and education organizations and its network is operated domestically by PSNC. For the purpose of the trial, the ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect was configured with two 200Gbit/s wavelengths operating at 16QAM within an optical super-channel. The system also featured reconfigurable add/drop multiplexers (ROADMs) and hybrid amplifiers. After 14 hours of testing, the trial resulted in complete error-free transmission with impressive optical-signal-to-noise ratios of approximately 20dB. This trial clearly highlights the capabilities of the ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect technology, especially for the bandwidth-intensive applications used in data centre transport.
"This 400Gbit/s trial firmly underlines why we have such a long history with the team at ADVA Optical Networking. It clearly highlights why they power our network", commented Artur Binczewski, director, Network Division, PSNC. "The ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect is the team's greatest technical achievement to date. This technology opens so many new possibilities for Poland's research and education communities. We'll be able to collaborate and share data on a whole new scale. We've never had an opportunity like this before. We are involved in many data-intense projects. Our work with CERN is, perhaps, the most well-known of these. With the ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect we have many new horizons to explore."