Posts tagged: Active Optical Cables

Video: Finisar Demonstrates 400G QSFP-DD Active Optical Cables at OFC 2018

ISC’14 Wrap-Up

This week’s blog post comes from Steffen Koehler, Finisar Senior Product Line Manager.

Finisar recently exhibited at ISC’14 in Leipzig, Germany. What a fantastic event to showcase our Optical Interconnect portfolio for HPC/supercomputer applications. For details about these high-performance optics products and our exciting live 100G Quadwire active optical cable demo at the show, click here to read the press release.


For those show attendees who stopped by to visit our booth and enter our raffle, we are excited to announce the winner: Filippo Mantovani of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. Congratulations!

To learn more about optimizing your HPC/supercomputer with optics, I encourage you to visit our microsite:

See you next time at ISC’15 in Germany.

Taking to the Fiber

This week’s blog post comes from Lightspeed featured author, Tony Pearson.

While I often write of my travels around the world as I visit partners, customers and friends in the optics industry, I don’t often stop to consider just how much easier it is to travel the globe now than it was 25 years ago when my optics journey began. Of course, the advances in travel and transport over the past 100 years are mind-boggling when you consider changes since the start of the twentieth century.

For example (note: these are my rough estimations, but you get the point), let’s say that public transport in 1908 was 99% foot traffic at approximately 4 mph, or at the cutting edge, the Ford Model T, which began mass production that year, had a top speed of about 40 mph – that provided a phenomenal 10x increase in speed. Today, many of us travel at 500 mph on flights around the world, enjoying a 10x speed increase over that first mass produced car.

Turn your attention now to data traffic.

It was about 30 years ago that Ethernet first found its way into Local Area Networks, seamlessly connecting our computers with an operating speed of 10 Mb/s over copper cable. Today, these data rates in “Computer Rooms” (or Data Centers as we now call them) have increased to 100 Gb/s – a 10,000x increase in speed!

Of course, there have been many contributing factors to this increase in speed, just as the combustion engine, the tire, the paved road and electronic traffic signals have aided the advancement in our global public transport network. In the communications networking world, advancements in Semiconductor IC technology, software and the Ethernet standard itself through Fast Gigabit, 10 Gigabit and most recently 100G Ethernet have helped us get where we are.

The real game changer in the last decade has been the medium used to connect ‘computers’ in these ever faster networks. Just as “taking to the air” led to a major step function in our ability to travel quickly over long distances around the globe, ‘taking to the fiber’ has had a major impact on our ability to transmit data at orders of magnitude higher speeds over global networks. This optical revolution has made it possible to move unfathomable quantities of data over short distances inside the data centers few of us have ever seen with our own eyes, yet whose existence we all depend on every time we send a tweet/text/email, search the web for information, or instantly stream a movie.

Finisar high-performance Active Optical Cables (AOCs) and optical transceivers, running at 10G, 40G and 100G data rates support the fastest HPC/supercomputers and largest data centers in the world. Leaping forward, there are new developments in optical engines (Board Mounted Optical Assemblies or BOA) and ever faster, smaller, lower power pluggable transceivers for 100G including CFP2, CFP4 and QSFP28. As you can plainly see, the race continues to satisfy the ever increasing thirst for more data with even faster processors, servers, software, and the fiber optic network that connects it all together.

Finisar Welcomes You at SuperComputing 2009

Next week Finisar will eagerly join the SuperComputing 2009 coterie in beautiful Portland, Oregon. Now in its 22nd year, SC09 is the premier conference and exhibition on high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. With more than 11,000 expected attendees, it is an industry event not to be missed.

While there will be much to do at SC09, I whole heartedly invite you to join the Finisar Welcome Reception at our booth #1812 from 7-9pm on Monday, November 16th. There will be plenty of refreshments and great conversation to go around, not to mention a special drawing for an iPOD.

During the exhibition, we especially look forward to sharing with you the latest technology developments and booth demonstrations of our cable family including Laserwire® for 10GbE, Quadwire™ for 40GbE and InfiniBand QDR, and C.wire™ for 100GbE and InfiniBand QDR.

On Wednesday, November 18th, 5:30pm to 7:00pm, be sure to join me at the Birds-of-a-Feather Session on Solving Interconnect Bottle Necks with Optical Technologies. Hosted by Marek Tlalka of Luxtera, this exciting topic will discuss the demands for bandwidth intensive services and explore distinct approaches in solving this bottleneck problem.

On Thursday, November 19th at 1:30pm, be sure to stop by Mellanox booth #1301 for my presentation on the “Convergence of cabling options in InfiniBand and Ethernet environments”.

See you at the show!

Welcome to the Family, C.wire!

Our active optical cable family, that is. Those of you who have been following the developments in this product line already know about Laserwire, our serial 10Gb/s cable and Quadwire, our parallel 40Gp/s cable offering. Today, at ISC ’09 in Germany, we unveiled C.wire, the industry’s first 150 Gbps parallel active optical cable for supercomputing and data center networking applications.

C.wire is based on the CXP form factor and uses fiber optic technology to transmit parallel high-speed data in 100G+ applications, such as Infiniband, 100G Ethernet and other proprietary high-speed interconnections. If you’re at ISC this week, you can stop by the Finisar booth #612 to see C.wire in action.

In other ISC ’09 demo news, Finisar will also be taking part in a 40Gb/s ecosystem demonstration alongside other leading vendors such as Voltaire, Intel and Sun Microsystems. Led by adapter and switch solution provider Mellanox, this demonstration is meant to highlight the capabilities of today’s latest high performance computing technologies.

More to come from ISC shortly.