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Scalable And Flexible optical Architecture for Reconfigurable Infrastructure

Objective

Highly scalable & flexible optical transport networks are urgently required in order to meet the demands for unrelenting exponential data traffic growth (estimated at 40 - 50 % per annum). The number and diversity of bandwidth intensive applications and services is rapidly increasing, leading to new demands on transport networks. The present optical transport networks based on conventional fibres, however, are facing fundamental limits in capacity/throughput and are lacking in terms of network flexibility and control. The Scalable And Flexible optical Architecture for Reconfigurable Infrastructure (SAFARI) project aims at developing programmable optical hardware, and Space-Division Multiplexing (SDM)-based optical component technologies capable of realising highly scalable & flexible optical transport networks for the long term future. The high level objectives of the SAFARI project are to:
- Develop programmable optical hardware allowing novel multi-flow transport functions which is scalable to at least 400 Gbps/channel transport, and implement the critical interworking capability required between the software-defined network (SDN) layer and the physical layer.
- Develop SDM-based optical transport technology based on super-dense, high-count multicore fibres (MCFs) and multicore erbium-doped optical fibre amplifiers (MC-EDFAs). The technology should be capable of supporting more than 30 cores per-fibre.
- Undertake system experiments on scalable & flexible optical transport networks based on the newly developed SDN-controlled interworking capability and capacity-scalable hardware, showcasing the unique functionality and capabilities made possible. Specific attention will be focussed on demonstrating that the SDN-controlled programmability developed is compatible with both existing single-mode-fibre transmission systems and future SDM-based systems, allowing for a graceful upgrade scenario with current systems.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/fibre optics
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

H2020-EUJ-2014
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 319 930

Participants (2)

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 665 888,75
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CORIANT R&D GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 500 000
Address
St Martin Strasse 76
81541 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)