In this episode, the Packet Pushers dive into optical networking. Optical networking tends to be a specialized area of networking. It’s much less about packets and paths and more about physical properties of fiber optic cables, signal propagation, and remote operations.
In recent times, optical companies have been moving into Data Center Interconnect (DCI) and selling direct to enterprises using dark fiber as well as offering DCI services via infrastructure suppliers.
We discuss the basics of silicon photonics and how it impacts optical networking, particularly for DCI. We also examine the open optical movement being driven by the Facebook-backed Telecom Infrastructure Project.
Cignal AI Newsletter sign-up – Cignal AI
IP and Optical integration white paper – ECI Telecom (PDF)
ONF’s ODTN Project Brings Disaggregation and Open Source to Optical Networking – Open Networking.org
Infinera – Following the Open Road(map) – YouTube
Pulse-amplitude modulation – Wikipedia
Quadrature amplitude modulation – Wikipedia