Ixia teams with Innovium for 400GE test

March 05, 2019 //By Nick Flaherty
Ixia teams with Innovium for 400GE test
Keysight Technologies has teamed with Innovium for testing 400Gbit/s optical networks. 

Keysight has demonstrated Ixia's 400 Gigabit Ethernet test systems working with Innovium's Teralynx networking switch silicon. 

The Ixia AresONE-400GE test system enables network equipment providers to test high-port-density devices such as routers, switches and servers for all Ethernet speeds, 400GE/200GE/100GE/50GE, based on the IEEE802.3bs and IEEE802.3cd standards. AresONE is the first high-density 8-port 400GE test system available in a 2 rack-unit (RU) fixed chassis based on 56 Gb/s electrical interface with PAM-4 encoded signaling that supports both OSFP or QSFP-DD pluggable interfaces. It runs IxNetwork, Ixia's L2/3 emulation performance and scale test software and is available in full and reduced performance, 4-port and 8-port models.

The ecosystem to support 100GE to 400GE is growing rapidly as hyperscale cloud service providers, carriers, service providers, and enterprises with data centres such as financial services companies plan to adopt higher bandwidth Ethernet speeds. It is important that the companies in the ecosystem work together to support the move to 400GE with joint, robust solutions.

Teralynx has developed the world's fastest 12.8 Terabits/sec throughput while delivering line-rate programmability, large on-chip buffers, breakthrough telemetry, and low-latency. This supports 10GbE to 400GbE Ethernet and delivers 128 ports of 100GbE, 64 ports of 200GbE or 32 ports of 400GbE in a single device. Innovium's patented ground-up design in TERALYNX provides customers clear advantages in programmability, robust tunneling, low latency, power efficiency and advanced analytics/telemetry that are essential for scale data centers.

This interoperability demonstration illustrates the companies in the 400GE ecosystem working together to support the evolution of 400GE," said Sunil Kalidindi, vice president of product management at Keysight's Ixia Solutions Group. "These tests show the versatility of our 400GE solutions for testing high density switch silicon and different types of optical transceivers for 400GE and 200GE speeds as well as the forthcoming 4x100GE and 8X50GE multi-rate Ethernet speeds that these optics will eventually support. As the ecosystem evolves, new implementations of 100GE and 50GE based on PAM4 signaling


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