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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

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/internet
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/wireless/5g

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2017-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS
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Greece
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Research Organisations
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€ 659 375

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FINISAR GERMANY GMBH
Germany
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€ 633 000
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Reuchlinstrasse 10/11
10553 Berlin
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FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
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€ 964 173,75
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Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
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Research Organisations
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium
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€ 508 500
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Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
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Finisar Sweden AB
Sweden
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€ 446 500
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Torshamnsgatan 30A
164 40 Kista
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SMART PHOTONICS BV
Netherlands
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€ 253 812,50
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High Tech Campus 29
5656 AE Eindhoven
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TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
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€ 520 253,75
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Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
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VARIO-OPTICS AG
Switzerland
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€ 462 062,50
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Mittelbissaustrasse 7
9410 Heiden
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DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
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€ 144 750
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Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
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III-V LAB
France
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1 Avenue Augustin Fresnel Campus Polytechnique
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France
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€ 719 715
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Site Nokia Paris Saclay, Route De Villejust
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VPIPHOTONICS GMBH
Germany
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Carnotstrasse 6
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ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
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Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
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NEXTWORKS
Italy
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Italy
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Via Gaetano Negri 1
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ALTER TECHNOLOGY TUV NORD UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
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Bain Square 5
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