1.   Title of Workshop

Towards 100Gb/s PON: Technology, Standards, and Markets

2.   Timing and Duration of Workshop

Half day workshop either Thursday morning or afternoon

3.   Organizers

Frank Effenberger, Futurewei Technologies, 400 Crossing Blvd, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

After his doctoral work in 1995, Dr. Effenberger worked at Bellcore, where he analyzed all types of access network technologies, especially passive optical networks.  He witnessed the early development of the FSAN initiative and the APON standard.  In 2000, he moved to Quantum Bridge Communications, where he managed the system engineering group.  This work supported the development and standardization of advanced optical access systems based on B-PON and G-PON technologies.  In 2006, he became Director of FTTx in the advanced technology department of Futurewei Technologies USA.  He remains heavily involved in standards work, and in 2008, he became the chairman of ITU-T Q2/15.  He and his team work on forward-looking fiber and copper access technologies, including the 10G EPON, XG-PON, and 40G-PON.  Notably, his team supported the world’s first trials of XG-PON and 40G-PON.  In 2011, he was named as Huawei Fellow, and in 2012 was promoted to VP of the fixed access laboratory.  In 2015, he was named as a Fellow of both the OSA and the IEEE.  He holds 70 US patents.

Curtis Knittle, Cablelabs, 858 Coal Creek Circle, Louisville, CO, 80027

As Vice President of Wired Technologies at CableLabs, Curtis and his team are responsible for specifying scalable deployment solutions in both HFC and all-fiber access networks for CableLabs member companies. The DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON specifications, EPON Protocol over Coax specifications, and voice provisioning over EPON are some recent key industry deliverables from Curtis and his team. Prior to joining CableLabs, Curtis lead a team at Harmonic, Inc. to develop the world’s first CMTS-in-a-node and Ethernet-switch-in-a-node, both solutions representing the first instantiation of what today is called deep fiber distributed architecture solutions for the cable industry. Currently, Curtis is also the Chair of the IEEE 802.3ca 100G-EPON Study Group, helping to usher in the first 100Gb/s PON solution.

Curtis holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, and an M.S. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University.

4.   Workshop Description

The development of optical access has been a story of ever increasing data rates to satisfy the growing demand of broadband users everywhere.  The currently deployed systems (G-PON and EPON) operate at 2.5 Gb/s and below.  The next systems poised for use (XG-PON and 10G-EPON) operate at 10 Gb/s.  The evolution has not stopped there, and the NGPON2 system has introduced wavelength division multiplexed operation to deliver multiples of 10 Gb/s of aggregate capacity.  All of these systems have been well described in the literature and in standards, which provides a backdrop for the subject targeted here.

Now, a new generation of systems is under consideration, to reach even higher capacities and faster speeds.  This can be simply described as “100 Gb/s PON”; however, it is more complex than that.  There are several new basic technologies being developed, such as 25 Gb/s transmission on a single wavelength, and bonding of several wavelength channels into a single logical channel.  There are multiple systems of interest, including 100 Gb/s, 50Gb/s, and 25 Gb/s, as well as asymmetric hybrids thereof.  There are interesting practical issues, such as how to coexist with all the previous generations of PON, and how to build a system that is flexible to the customer’s bandwidth needs.  And lastly, there are the overarching questions of economic and technical feasibility, considering all the different competing solutions and novel applications.

In this way, the subject of 100 Gb/s PONs attracts interest from a large cross section of the optical communication field, including operators, system vendors, device and optics manufacturers.  It also exposes theoretical issues of optical fiber transmission, signal processing, and the application of DSP techniques, increasing the interest of the typical Globecom audience.

The subject is very timely, as many in the industry have just initiated projects in this field.  By December of 2016, many of these efforts will have produced meaningful results, and this workshop would serve as a good review of the progress so far, any unsolved problems seen, and the future steps needed.

5. Call for Papers

This workshop’s goal is to provide a forum where papers addressing these issues can be presented and discussed, to present the status of the various standards projects that are working in this area, and to review the practical market opportunities and challenges of this new system.

Main topics of interest:

Physical layer
Modulation formats for access
Application of DSP techniques
Loss budgets
Wavelength plans
Coexistence methods
Colorless ONU approaches
Multiple access control
ONU discovery in multi-PMD system
BW granting methodology
MPCP with multiple channels
Fairness with multi-channel/-rates
Load balancing and power saving
Line coding
FEC and scrambling
Sub-rating / super-rating
PCS or TC layer formats
Frame fragmentation
Channel bonding
RS or TC layer support of bonding
Packet ordering maintenance
Channel alignment
Packet distribution and reassembly
Use of XGEM to fragment
Control and coordination of bonding
Practical considerations
Applications of 100 G-PON
Network evolution modalities
Data rates and flexibility
Pay as you grow deployments
Compatibility and coexistence
Market-level forces
Techno-economic analysis
Standardization progress
Regulatory issues

6.   Important Information

Program committee:

Duane Remein (Futurewei Technologies)

Ed Harstead (Alcatel Lucent)

Weisheng Hu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

Eugene Dai (Cox Communications)

Kevin Noll (Time Warner Cable)


Invited speakers:

Curtis Knittle (Cablelabs)

Ed Harstead (Alcatel Lucent)

Kevin Noll (Time Warner Cable)

Jorge Salinger (Comcast)

Xiang Liu (Futurewei Technologies)

Barry Colella (Source Photonics)

7.   Planned Format of the Workshop

This will be a half day workshop, with two sessions of six papers each.It is expected to have about half of the papers be invited, so that all the major topics will get at least some coverage.  The balance of the papers would be from the open call.  These papers would be ordered to group similar topics.  Depending on the exact schedule, an interactive discussion period could be arranged at the end of each session.

8.   Submission Guidelines

How to submit a paper: https://edas.info/newPaper.php?c=22559 . The paper submission deadline is July 1, 2016.