New EU Project QAMeleon to develop the next generation of photonics

27 February 2018, Pisa (IT)

QAMeleon “Sliceable multi-QAM format SDN-powered transponders and ROADMs Enabling Elastic Optical Networks”, a new EU-funded project under the H2020 ICT 2016-2017 – Photonics KET Call, was launched at January 1st, aiming to scale metro and core networks to 128 Gbaud speed via the development of SDN-enabled transceivers and ROADM node architectures that support sliceable and reconfigurable optical data flows.

The project has duration of 4 years and a budget of 7.999.558,75 €. The project coordinator is the Institute of Communications and Computer Systems - National Technical University of Athens (GR) and it comprises a consortium of 16 partners across the whole value chain including hardware/software technology developers, component and system vendors and network providers (Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs France/Nokia Bell Labs France (FR), Telecom Italia SPA (IT), Finisar Germany GMBH (DE), Finisar Sweden AB (SE), Optocap Ltd (UK), VPI Photonics GmbH (DE), Nextworks (IT), Smart Photonics BV (NL), Vario Optics AG (CH), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V (DE), Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis (GR), Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum (BE), Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (NL), III-V Lab (FR) and Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DK).  

Among a set of breaking-through innovations on photonics layer, QAMeleon will develop the necessary DSP toolkit and SDN extensions for both the S-BVT and ROADM white boxes in order to create and manage flexible network slices in a reconfigurable and dynamically controlled manner. Nextworks will be involved in the development of prototypes which will be tested under laboratory and field trial conditions based on specific uses cases and metro/regional datacenter infrastructures and 5G network scenarios.

Read more of the project in our press release

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