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Sliceable multi-QAM format SDN-powered transponders and ROADMs Enabling Elastic Optical Networks

Objective

Sustained 2-digit growth in internet traffic is raising the need for new photonic technologies enabling Petabit/s network capacities, whereas suppressed operator margins call for new concepts to make these networks more efficient. QAMeleon aims at a holistic solution towards scaling metro/core networks to the next decade. A new generation of SDN-programmable photonic components, modules and subsystems will be delivered, employing sliceability as a means of optimizing resource utilization and cutting operator costs by >30%.
At the transponder side, QAMeleon will develop components for 2 generations ahead: Operating at 128 Gbaud, they will bring significant savings in footprint (>13×), energy/bit (10.4×) and cost/bit (>4.3×). At the ROADM side, QAMeleon will develop large-scale flex-grid wavelength-selective switches (1×24 WSS) and transponder aggregators (8×24 TPA), reducing footprint and cost/port by more than 40% and 28% respectively, with energy savings per ROADM node reaching 4×. Addressing the emerging needs of 5G network backhaul and datacenter interconnect (DCI) metro-access networks where dynamicity is pivotal, QAMeleon will develop an integrated flex-grid 1×4 WSS with nanosecond-scale switching time. The fast 1×4 WSS will be scalable to large channel counts (i.e. full C-band) and will enable savings in footprint, energy consumption and cost by 20×, 11.5× and 36% respectively.
QAMeleon will integrate its innovative photonic components into functional subsystems: A 3 Tb/s sliceable bandwidth-variable transponder (S-BVT), a flexible ROADM with large-scale WSSs and TPAs, and a fast ROADM for metro-access. All necessary SDN software extensions, plugins and application interfaces will be developed, providing a complete functional SDN framework for the sliceable “white box” subsystems. QAMeleon’s devices will be integrated with the SDN software and validated in scalable demonstrators at Nokia’s lab infrastructure and on TIM’s deployed regional network fiber plant

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EU Contribution

€ 659 375

Participants (15)

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FINISAR GERMANY GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 633 000

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 964 173,75

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 508 500

Finisar Sweden AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 446 500

SMART PHOTONICS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 253 812,50

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 520 253,75

VARIO-OPTICS AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 462 062,50

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 144 750

III-V LAB

France

EU Contribution

€ 821 010

NOKIA BELL LABS FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 719 715

VPIPHOTONICS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 358 750

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 493 750

NEXTWORKS

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 345 375

TELECOM ITALIA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 281 250

ALTER TECHNOLOGY TUV NORD UK LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 387 281,25

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 780354

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2018

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 999 558,75

  • EU contribution

    € 7 999 558,75

Coordinated by:

INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS

Greece