Spirent, Nokia, demo 800G interoperability

Created October 11, 2022
Applications and Research

Spirent Communications plc has joined forces with Nokia to demonstrate 800G interoperability in data centre environments. The public demonstration showcased the viability of Nokia’s next-generation high-speed Ethernet devices in ensuring the cloud’s Ethernet backbone’s readiness to support the massive capacity demands of today and the future.

The test was conducted at the recent Nokia SReXperts Americas event, using Spirent’s B2 800G Appliance and the Nokia 7750 Service Routing (SR) platform powered by Nokia’s FP5 network processor silicon. It featured Nokia generating 1.6Tbps of data through two Nokia 7750 SR series routers using 800G QSFP-DD DR8 optical transceivers. The companies say high-density 800G testing on a multi-rate 2U B2 test platform enables service providers and network operators to deploy muti-rate networking infrastructure to meet growing demand for network bandwidth. Nokia’s FP5 silicon is the first network processor silicon for high-performance routing to enable a successful transition to the 800G ecosystem.

“Spirent has developed a comprehensive, end-to-end 800G testing suite that leverages our decades of experience in Ethernet testing,” said Aniket Khosla, VP of Cloud & IP Product Management at Spirent. “This latest successful 800G demonstration with Nokia to validate their FP5 network processing silicon and 7750 SR platform’s capability to support high-density standards based QSFP-DD 800G ports will ensure successful deployments of this complex new technology, while enabling Nokia’s customers to build deterministic, efficient high-speed networks to meet future needs and deliver high-quality user experiences.”

“For today’s IP networks to enable tomorrow’s applications, faster is better but it’s not enough,” said Ken Kutzler, VP of IP Routing Hardware at Nokia. “These networks must also be deterministic, secure, efficient, and consumable. Our high-profile demonstration with Spirent helped validate the market readiness of our FP5 silicon – the heart of Nokia’s IP service routing platforms – to deliver the right foundation to ensure IP networks can efficiently scale, evolve, and stay ahead of shifting market demands.”

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.