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IEEE pushing for optical networking advances

By Max Burkhalter
March 12, 2012
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is planning to research potential fiber-optic networking advances in an effort to streamline the technology in light of the sector's current path, reported.

Optical networking technology is now capable of transmitting data at levels reaching 100 terabits per second, the news source explained. This represents the theoretical potential of the technology, not current levels of networking deployment. However, the IEEE is already becoming aware of networking needs that are rising at such a rapid pace that pushing for faster speeds and more bandwidth within optical networks is already becoming critical, even though few applications are actually using the full potential of current optical setups.

Leonid Kazovsky, an IEEE fellow and professor at Stanford University told that the advances in optical networking will need to be accompanied by advances in other areas as well.

"Current data center technologies and architectures will be unable to cope with the rapidly increasing traffic volume, and will have to evolve to accommodate higher bandwidth and better energy efficiency," Kazovsky told the news source. "At the same time, the rest of the network will need to evolve as well. So, we must look into future technologies, architectures and infrastructure options that can effectively create ‘express lanes’ for large amounts of traffic."

Citing industry experts, explained that much of the need for advances in the optical networking sector come in response to the rise of video. The widespread use of video streaming and similar technologies by consumers and businesses is driving network traffic density to an unheard of level, making advances in fiber-optic technologies integral to the future of the internet.

Jun Shan Wey, an IEEE senior member, told the news source that the rapid rise of networking requirements in both consumer and business sectors is leading to a consolidation of the two areas, which will change how access network systems are deployed.

While advances in optical solutions are on the horizon, there is already activity in terms of improving the penetration of fiber-optic network deployments. Fiber to the home and fiber to the business are rapidly emerging as key telecommunications trends, especially FTTH, which is seeing widespread growth around the world. In some regions, government organizations are actually mandating optical network installation alongside new housing construction in an effort to streamline network deployment.

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