Flexible OTN / fractional 100GbE

Mitcheltree, Harold B pete at ots.utsystem.edu
Wed May 29 19:53:44 UTC 2019



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Subject: Re: Flexible OTN / fractional 100GbE

On 5/28/19 11:12 AM, Jérôme Nicolle wrote:
> OTN is important for this project because we'd need many of its features
> in terms of FEC, monitoring and low jitter.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't "fractional" Ethernet services
require packet switching with corresponding jitter anyway?  It would be
1:1 switching which would keep the latency low, but you can't e.g. offer
a 60Gbps bandwidth on 100GbE handoff and just put that straight on OTN.
   You'd have to either packet switch (and queue due to the incoming
line rate being slower than the outgoing) it onto a FlexODU using GFP-F
at 60Gbps (I'm not sure if anything even supports this) or just take the
100GbE staight onto OTN at 100Gbps.

Now, you could obviously put two native 40GbE services onto a single
OTU-4 (along with a couple 10Gbps or single 20Gbps packet service)
without packet switching by just framing up both Ethernet services using
your choice of GFP-F or GFP-T, and it could be done without queuing
since the incoming and outgoing line rates are the same.

The former would probably still end up being better than straight
switched Ethernet, but it won't be the same as a straight re-framed
Ethernet signal on OTN.

FEC and enhanced monitoring are always nice, though.
Brandon Martin
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