Open XR Forum Releases Specs for Optical Plug-ins

Open XR Forum announced its first approved specification defining a new paradigm for enhanced network management of plug-ins coherent optical technology. This specification, developed through a collaboration of global service providers, establishes the framework for solving challenges associated with managing advanced coherent optical engines and features as they are deployed in a variety of networking devices such as routers, servers and mobile radios.

The development of Open XR Forum’s specification paves the way for creating an architecture that disaggregates the management of intelligent Open XR-compliant pluggable transceivers from host devices.

The same management framework could be used to manage features in any advanced coherent module. By delineating transport and IP management functions, this management architecture resolves the remaining obstacles to the widespread deployment of IP over DWDM.

At the same time, it establishes a foundation for managing emerging point-to-multipoint coherent networks based on XR-compliant plug-in transceivers. The result is a seamless and holistic management solution that will facilitate the deployment of optical engines closer to the network edge, fueling network growth and enabling new services within existing network management frameworks.

The complete specification, “Open XR Management Architecture,” can be downloaded from the Open XR Forum website under “Documents” here.