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Re: [802.3_NGEPON] 10/01/15 NG-EPON Consensus building meeting notes

I am lacking a lot of context for this conversation because I was unable to join the Thursday call. However, this seems to be nearly the exact discussion we had in Florida where those in attendance finally agreed to the objective: 

"100 Gb/s in downstream and 100 Gb/s in upstream. This physical layer specification shall accommodate flexible configuration to support operation at reduced MAC data rates.”

Is there anything wrong with this statement?

We all agreed in Florida that it covers similar concerns expressed at that meeting. Those same concerns are being expressed here, so why not make the PAR scope substantially the same as the objective?

Something like this…

"The scope of this project is to amend IEEE Std 802.3 to add physical layer specifications and management parameters for operation on point-to-multipoint passive optical networks at a MAC data rate of 25 Gb/s and a MAC data of 100 Gb/s. The latter <may|will> also support operation at reduced MAC data rates."

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From: Marek Hajduczenia <marek.hajduczenia@xxxxxxxxx>
Reply-To: "Hajduczenia, Marek (ZTE)" <marek.hajduczenia@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Friday, October 2, 2015 at 8:07 PM
To: "STDS-802-3-NGEPON@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <STDS-802-3-NGEPON@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [802.3_NGEPON] 10/01/15 NG-EPON Consensus building meeting notes

Yes, I believe we have sufficient number of combinations and even as it is, we will have a field day narrowing them down to avoid designing too many flavors of PON.


I personally believe that it be sufficient to focus on 25/25G and 25/10G (if that has sufficient support), define it as a base PHY, and then just specify 2x and 4x stack of a base PHY. This would give us short term implementation goal (25G option) and long term goals for multiple lane systems(2x and 4x stacks of these), addressing the need for scalable architecture we discussed at the last Study Group meeting. It will keep us busy for quite some time to get this done right and building a very complex and comprehensive matrix of speeds … I do not see a value in that. There is little point in having multiple flavors of ONUs where we can get the job done with just a  fewer of them. Economy of the scale is favor of limiting the number of speed options …




From: Glen Kramer [mailto:gkramer@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
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Duane, how many possible combinations should we have?


This is what the current scope allows:


1)      25/10

2)      25/25

3)      50/10

4)      50/25

5)      50/50

6)      100/10

7)      100/25

8)      100/50

9)      100/100


Is this not enough?


By analogy with 10G-EPON PAR, we used “symmetric and/or asymmetric” to justify reuse of existing 10G upstream transmission (for asymmetric mode)

Bu explicitly mentioning 50G downstream, we allow 50G downstream.


There was a conscious decision to exclude 75G, because it is too close to 100 and no self-respecting engineer (i.e., with a qualifying degree of OCD)  will build a 3-channel solution instead of 4-channel one.




From: Duane Remein [mailto:Duane.Remein@xxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Friday, October 02, 2015 4:18 PM
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I completely agree that we don’t want to paint ourselves into a corner with the PAR. That said I think the proposed change to the PAR does exactly that – it allows for 25 Gb/s, 50 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s MAC data rates. The implaication here is that we don’t do, for example 75 Gb/s, or any other possible combination of 10 Gb/s & 25 Gb/s rates.

I like the thrust of Eugene’s suggestion; specifically state we will allow rates between 25 Gb/s & 100 Gb/s in increments of 10 Gb/s & 25 Gb/s. This really does state well what we want to be in scope.

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From: Glen Kramer [mailto:gkramer@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Friday, October 02, 2015 6:56 PM
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Subject: [802.3_NGEPON] FW: 10/01/15 NG-EPON Consensus building meeting notes




See below, please.




From: frank effenberger [mailto:frank.effenberger@xxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Friday, October 02, 2015 11:50 AM
To: Glen Kramer; STDS-802-3-NGEPON@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: 10/01/15 NG-EPON Consensus building meeting notes



I know how 10GEPON works.  I even got an award for it.  (And what luxury - a whole piece of 8.5x11 paper, with color printing, even!) 

GK: Sorry, that’s all IEEE could afford. If you expect a more lavish award, you may consider participating in ITU-T J


Let’s not forget that everything in the standard is only a reference implementation.  What you actually build is up to you, as long as it behaves as it should.  This is particularly true for EPON. 

So, for the concern on the “whole data path running at 100G” – come on… that’s not how it would be done. 


Now, what’s wrong with saying that there is a 100G MAC, that then only uses a subset of its capability?  In our view, that’s how you’d build any of these sub-rated things.

GK: True, with Tx throttling above the MAC and Rx gap filling below the MAC, a 100G MAC can support any effective data rate, even 1Mb/s, if you wish. But, given that the PAR scope defines a limit on what can be standardized, how would you justify having such reduced mode in the draft, without it being mentioned in the scope? It was discussed on the call which you missed. We can either take a risk at the PAR approval time by adding an intermediate speed, or we may take a risk at Sponsor Ballot time (a risk much higher, in my opinion) if we put such intermediate rate in the draft without the PAR scope “allowing” it.


I think there is a false argument here, that somehow people are going to build a dedicated 50G EPON.   Do you think the industry is going to do such incremental advances?  I don’t think so, particularly not for the silicon.    

GK: Who knows what the future holds? To go from 25G to 100G is a big step. I don’t exclude that intermediate MAC speeds will be standardized and intermediate silicon speeds will be built.

Requiring the silicon to support 100G from day one will do nothing except pushing silicon availability several years out.


Another possible approach is to use existing 40G MAC with 2x25G PHY. This will nicely take care of all FEC and other EPON overheads, allowing true 40G data rates. But even with this approach, an operation at reduced PHY capacity should be supported by PAR scope, I think.


We expect that the 25G single channel technology will be developed, and that a way to combine them into higher speeds will be developed.

The 100G MAC is the large enough bucket that can accommodate 4 25’s, and four is a proven modularity.

And so, anybody who is interested in building any of these sub-rated systems would end up using 100Gb/s switch-ports. 


I can say that some of this may depend on exactly how the channel combining is done.  Some people may be thinking of “hard bonding” – that is, the designer decides how many channels will be tied together, and once they are combined, any ONU that wants to use those channels must listen to all of them.  This is how 100G Ethernet works, and that is fine for point to point.  They become an indivisible block, and that (maybe) motivates the thinking about a 50G MAC.  I think this is a very poor design choice for PON.  The whole point of PON is to allow bandwidth flexibility.  It is much better to have a scheme of “soft bonding” – that is, the operator decides which ONUs work on which set of channels, and it can change over time.  In addition, it is likely that there can be 1, 2, and 4 channel ONUs, all sharing the available channels in an efficient manner.  If one “hard bonds” 2 channels together, then the single channel ONUs can’t listen to those channels – you’d have to have a single channel to take care of them.  And then there is no space for the 4 channel bonded group.  We would quickly paint ourselves into a corner. 

GK: Agree, a protocol should be flexible to not waste network resources. Even more, sometimes the OLT may decide to communicate with an ONU on fewer wavelength than the ONU can support.  


So, back to the scope:  If the scope is a maximum, then 100G is a fine maximum. If we do the right thing regarding how the 100G MAC gets reduced, all the desired use cases will be supported.  And that is what really matters.      



Frank E



From: Glen Kramer [mailto:gkramer@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Friday, October 02, 2015 1:51 PM
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10G-EPON uses exactly the same MAC as is used in 10G point-to-point. This MAC runs at exactly 10Gb/s, no matter what the actual data throughput. The PHY adds an overhead due to FEC, so the effective throughput is lower. The data is throttled above MAC to make sure it does not overrun PHY capacity. But the MAC spits bits (idles if there is no data) out at exactly 10Gb/s. In other words, the data path in 10G-EPON runs at 10Gb/s.


Since the PAR scope is the upper bound and what the project is allowed to cover (as David clarified on the call), the existing scope limits us to only 25G and 100G MACs and nothing else.

If we don’t add 50G MAC, then we will have the MAC and the entire data path running at either 25Gb/s or 100Gb/s, no matter how many wavelengths are activated. This is what we try to avoid. We need to allow another generation between 25G and 100G.




From: frank effenberger [mailto:frank.effenberger@xxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Friday, October 02, 2015 10:27 AM
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Subject: [802.3_NGEPON] FW: 10/01/15 NG-EPON Consensus building meeting notes


It bounced for some reason…


From: frank effenberger
Sent: Friday, October 02, 2015 1:18 PM
To: 'Curtis Knittle'; STDS-802-3-NGEPON@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: 10/01/15 NG-EPON Consensus building meeting notes


Sorry we missed the call. 


I would note that explicitly adding 50G at this time invites “no” votes right now, as there are no other 50G MAC projects. 

The existing idea was that the 100G PHY would be made in such a way as to allow reduced rate (i.e., fewer channel) operation.  Why does this not suffice? 

Also, such degradation would not require seeking special permission from the parent group.  As a case in point, 10GEPON actually is a 8.7GEPON.  We chose to do FEC sub-rating.

So the actual MAC rate is lower than normal, using the forcing of larger inter-packet gaps.  Again, why do we think the reduce rate 100G would be any different? 



Frank E.



From: Curtis Knittle [mailto:C.Knittle@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Friday, October 02, 2015 12:20 PM
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Subject: [802.3_NGEPON] 10/01/15 NG-EPON Consensus building meeting notes



Please let me know if I need to add to or revise the notes below. Note, Marek’s contribution for the meeting is attached.







IEEE 802.3 NG-EPON Study Group Work Items and Socialization


·         Review of Guidelines for IEEE-SA meetings.


o   Has anyone not seen these Guidelines? Everyone has seen the guidelines

·         November meeting

o   Study Group meeting times (tentative but likely):

§  Tuesday, 11/10, 1 pm – 5:30 pm

§  Wednesday, 11/11, 9 am – 5:30 pm

§  Thursday, 11/12, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

·         CSD/PAR/Objectives timeline


·         Deliverables for Plenary

o   Comments due from 802 by 6:30 pm 11/10. Comments resolved by 6:30 pm 11/11

·         Critical/Baseline decisions (reference Marek’s presentation attached to email)

o   Pros and cons of channel bonding at different sublayers – below MII, above MII, above MAC

o   Terminology

o   Fiber data (see slide 8)

o   Channel model (see slide 8)

o   See Marek’s presentation for additional key baseline decisions

·         Leads for areas

o   Group was asked to consider high level areas for which a lead would be identified to drive the contributions and decisions for that area. Examples are architecture, features, baseline, etc.

o   This would be different from creating ad hoc committees. While less formal than ad hocs, there would be improved organization with leads identified

o   Task force members can contribute wherever they want – there are no restrictions.

·         Miscellaneous

o   Scope of PAR: might need to add something to the scope to allow for rates between 25G and 100G, or something about degraded rates. Exceeding the scope by doing 50G, for example, when we’ve only mentioned 25G and 100G, could bring some “no” votes because it doesn’t match the scope.

§  Two augmentations to the scope: intermediate MAC rates, “symmetric and/or asymmetric operation” (like in .3av)

o   Risk: if we don’t change the scope, then we risk not getting approval in 2 years when we do sponsor ballot. If we do change the PAR, people might think it’s too big of a change and vote no. The commenting process is used to make changes to the PAR all the time. We need to make sure we have a good story regarding these changes.

o   Group initially considered scope as a minimum, which allowed operation at 50 Gbps, but it turns out this is not the case. The scope places upper bounds on the project.

o   Proposed scope change: The scope of this project is to amend IEEE Std 802.3 to add physical layer specifications and management parameters for symmetric and/or asymmetric operation at 25 Gb/s, 50 Gb/s, and 100 Gb/s MAC data rates on point-to-multipoint passive optical networks.






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Marek Hajduczenia

Bright House Networks

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Virgin Media

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