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Spirent Showcases Advanced Ethernet Validation Solutions at OFC 2024


 Spirent Communications, the leading provider of test and assurance solutions for next-generation devices and networks, today announced the availability of the newest addition to its industry-leading 800G portfolio, the Spirent B3 800G Appliance. The latest of its test platforms for validating the reliability, high performance, and interoperability of Ethernet technologies, the B3 Appliance will debut at the 2024 OFC Conference and Exhibition in San Diego, March 26-28 in booth #1515.


“The maturity of 400G and 800G technologies is accelerating deployments, with 800G solutions from multiple vendors being deployed at a rapidly accelerating pace,” said Aniket Khosla, Spirent’s VP of Wireline Product Management. “Comprehensive testing has become imperative to enable this next-generation network equipment to be tested and validated for interoperability and performance under real-world conditions.”


Spirent’s 800G and 400G test solutions on show at OFC leverage Spirent’s decades of experience in Ethernet testing to help customers validate market readiness, high performance, and interoperability of new cutting-edge Ethernet technologies which are increasingly expected to meet the needs of artificial intelligence (AI) workloads.


“Growing demand for computing power is driving new requirements for high-quality network connections,” says Khosla, “and with 800G – and 1.6T in the longer term – expected to become the standard networking technologies for large-scale AI training, validating the performance of next-generation routers and switches is essential for ensuring the overall network efficiency and response speed.”


Spirent’s OFC demonstration features the new B3 800G Appliance, which is a high-density native 800G OSFP and QSFP-DD test platform, and the first in its class to support IEEE 802.3df specifications. As a vendor-neutral test system, the Spirent B3 800G Appliance will help accelerate 800G deployments to enable the networking industry to power new applications running AI/ML.


OFC demonstrations with a number of key industry partners will also showcase the award-winning high-density B2 800G 8-Port Appliance, recognized by the 2024 Lightwave Innovation Reviews for accelerating the development and adoption of 800G infrastructure. The high-density native 800G OSFP and QSFP-DD test platform is designed to validate the reliability, performance and interoperability of the latest 800G networking solutions and devices across various interconnect technologies.


Spirent’s high-density native 400G QSFP-DD test platform with 8 and 16 400G ports will also be demonstrated at OFC, showcasing capabilities to deliver high-performing, reliable, affordable, and interoperable 400G infrastructure and support emerging technologies like AI/ML. Meanwhile, the Spirent M1 Compact Appliance – also recognized with an award from the 2024 Lightwave Innovation Reviews – will demonstrate how the flexibility built into its space-saving M1 configuration can accelerate time to market for new technologies and improve product quality by ensuring reliable, high-quality experiences. An ideal tool for the whole test lifecycle, the M1 Compact Appliance provides functional, performance, and benchmark testing of various Ethernet applications.


Spirent’s industry-leading 400G and 800G test and validation solutions can be seen demonstrated with the technology partners including AMD (booth #1207), the Ethernet Alliance (booth #1415), and at Spirent’s booth #1515.


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