Juniper Networks, a provider in automated, scalable and secure networks, became the first networking vendor to announce it is disaggregating optical line system hardware from network control software, rolling out a new optical solution that brings unprecedented levels of flexibility, cost control and multi-layer visibility to packet-optical transport. Juniper's end-to-end metro packet transport portfolio gives service providers the necessary building blocks to deploy new services built on cloud, 5G, IoT, multi-gigabit broadband and other advanced technologies. Closed, proprietary optical-transport networks that bind the transponder, optical line system and control software together significantly hinder service providers' ability to deploy an agile service delivery model. Juniper's new cloud-grade solution, including an open, programmable optical line system, as well as a microservices-based management and control platform, allows operators to deploy any transponder solution to keep costs down, optimise the photonic layer control plane, and maintain unmatched service continuity. Aligning with Juniper's Cloud-Grade Networking initiative announced in June, the company's Programmable Photonic Layer open line system features the new TCX1000 Series Programmable ROADM.
New machine learning approach could give a big boost to the efficiency of optical networks February 25, 2019, Optical Society of America Credit: CC0 Public Domain New work leveraging machine learning could increase the efficiency of optical telecommunications networks. As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, fiber optic cables offer the ability to transmit more data over longer distances compared to traditional copper wires. Optical Transport Networks (OTNs) have emerged as a solution for packaging data in fiber optic cables, and improvements stand to make them more cost-effective. A group of researchers from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona and the telecom company Huawei have retooled an artificial intelligence technique used for chess and self-driving cars to make OTNs run more efficiently. They will present their research at the upcoming Optical Fiber Conference and Exposition, to be held 3-7 March in San Diego, California, USA.
The power of optical illusions has been put to use on London's roads in a scheme designed to slow down drivers. The program uses tricks of perspective to create virtual speed bumps in the road which appear like the real thing. Black and white patterns have been painted on a number of busy highways, as well as residential areas. The power of optical illusions has been put to use on London's roads, in a scheme designed to slow down drivers. The 2D design presents an illusory bump to oncoming vehicles, causing drivers to anticipate a jolt that never actually happens.