AUGUST 4, 2009 -- Ixia (search Lightwave for Ixia) says that its higher speed Ethernet (HSE) 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) test instrument was used to test Hitachi's (search Lightwave for Hitachi) prototype 100GbE frame transmission system, which was partly supported by the Lambda Access Project funded by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) in Japan. Ethernet-standard frame-level data formats were used â�� a significant advancement over previous optical signal tests, Ixia asserts.
Ixia's "K2" 100GbE test module generated line-rate traffic that was sent over optical cable to Hitachi's 100GbE prototype system. The Hitachi system successfully received and decoded the Ethernet frames.
The K2 has been used in several 100G trials and applications (see "HSE load module transmits and receives full-line-rate 100G Ethernet traffic, ""Ixia and NTT Com Test 100G network," and "Ixia ships first 100-GbE test system to Nortel "). The test equipment vendor says that K2 is the only module available in the market today that can test IEEE P802.3ba standard-based products. K2 modules can generate and analyze full 40-Gbps and 100-Gbps Layer 2-7 line-rate traffic with up to 1 million distinct flows per port. Module testing capabilities include such metrics as real-time latency, inter-arrival time, packet loss, data integrity, sequence checking, and packet capture.
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