The APACHE project aimed to design and develop new generation of transmitter, receiver and regenerator photonic circuits capable to handle 100 Gb/s data rates and a multiplicity of modulation formats that would enhance the transmission efficiency of optical fiber.
GALACTICO was an application-driven research project that aimed to provide a photonic technology platform to disrupt the transition from 10/40 Gb/s to high-capacity Terabit long-haul networks. To achieve this goal, GALACTICO aimed to squeeze current bulk and costly 100GbE interfaces into compact and cost-efficient silicon-based photonic integrated circuits.
PCRL coordinates SPIRIT. Bandwidth‐hungry end‐user applications are stretching physical layer capacity and dictating the migration towards software-defined flexible architectures. Fully-programmable optical components supporting rate- and format-adaptation are urgently needed.
PCRL coordinates PANTHER. Multi-rate, multi-format and multi-reach operation of optical transceivers is important, but it is not enough for next generation terabit products. What is still missing to make these products viable is a solution for the flexible control of this enormous capacity at the optical layer and its distribution among a number of independent optical flows. PANTHER aims to provide this solution and develop multi-rate, multi-format, multi-reach and multi-flow terabit transceivers for edge switches and data-center gateways.
PCRL participates in the ORCHESTRA project which aims to develop a highly-flexible optical network that can be dynamically reconfigured and optimized. It does this by constantly monitoring impairment information provided by the network’s coherent transceivers that are extended, almost for free, to operate as software defined multi-impairment optical performance monitors (soft-OPM).
PCRL is coordinating NEPHELE project, developing a dynamic optical network infrastructure for future scale-out, disaggregated datacenters. NEPHELE’s end-to-end solution extends from the datacenter architecture and optical subsystem design, to the overlaying control plane and application interfaces.