Cumulus Networks announces transponder abstraction interface

Cumulus Networks, the leaders in building open, modern, and scalable networks, has announced at the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Summit expansion of their efforts with Voyager, driving openness in the data center interconnect (DCI) with the launch of an industry-first Transponder Abstraction Interface that gives transponder vendors more interoperability, the company said.

As one of the leaders in the development of TAI, Cumulus Networks has made important contributions to the Telecom Infra Project. TAI defines an API for providing a vendor-independent way to control transponders from various vendors and implementations in a uniform manner, removing the friction for Network OS vendors to support new hardware and allowing chip vendors to take their solutions to market more easily with existing network software that can support them out of the box.

Cumulus Networks wrote the initial reference device driver and open sourced it through the Telecom Infra Project GitHub repository.

Facebook contributed Voyager to TIP to address operator needs for scalable, cost-effective backhaul infrastructure in support of increasing global Internet usage and bandwidth-intensive applications like video, virtual reality, scientific research, and machine learning. Voyager is an Open Packet DWDM (dense wavelength division multiplexing) system that disaggregates hardware from software and that can fulfill multiple use cases in metro and long-haul fiber optic transport networks.

Cumulus Networks is the transformation of bringing web-scale networking to enterprise cloud. As the only systems solution that fully unlocks the vertical network stacks of the modern data center, Cumulus Linux allows companies of all sizes to affordably build and efficiently operate their networks just like the world´s largest data centers.