AI in Data Centers: Why Fiber Link and Latency Simulation is Essential

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Mar 7, 2024 @ 10:03 AM

Data Centers and AI – Simulating Fiber Link Latency & Performance is Crucial

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Topics: network simulation, latency, AI, data centers

Customized Optical Fiber Solutions for University and Research Needs

Posted by Rebekah Dunstan on Mon, Feb 12, 2024 @ 14:02 PM

For universities and research institutions developing, evaluating, and testing fiber optic technology to advance global communications, using optical fibers to accurately simulate span performance and latency in the lab is often an essential step in projects. This brief article discusses how customized Fiber Lab solutions from M2 Optics help researchers and professors successfully address the precision, consistency, and protection challenges that arise when working with bare optical fibers.

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Topics: optical fiber, network simulation, latency, universities and research

Solve Latency Challenges Using Efficient Optical Time Delay Solutions

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Dec 8, 2022 @ 10:12 AM

Latency is a critical performance factor in communications networks as it is the time it takes for data to travel from one point to another.  As one might expect, service providers commit a great deal of time and effort attempting to reduce latency across the entire network, to deliver data and content faster to consumers and businesses. While important in general, some applications like financial trading, streaming video, and defense/military communications prioritize latency reduction with the goal of achieving as close to real-time communications as possible.

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Topics: optical fiber, latency, optical time delays

4 Fiber Optic Network and Latency Simulation Testing Best Practices

Posted by Kevin Miller on Wed, Jun 22, 2022 @ 03:06 AM

4 Fiber Optic Network and Latency Simulation Testing Best Practices

From the planet's largest machine to the latest quantum encryption, optical fibers play a key role in technology innovation as they enable phenomenally high data rates. Installed at the depths of the oceans, throughout cities, and in the most hostile environments on earth, optical fibers serve as the backbone for connecting global communications systems and delivering massive amounts of data every day.

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Topics: fiber optic testing, network simulation, latency

How to Calculate Fiber Latency

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Mar 10, 2022 @ 11:03 AM


When rolling out and maintaining a fiber optic communications system, latency is a critical factor that must be addressed. Dealing with latency issues can be very frustrating when they occur.

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Topics: optical fiber, latency

How to Equalize Data Center Link Latency and Synchronization

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Feb 11, 2021 @ 07:02 AM

With the explosive growth of global bandwidth demands, data centers and service providers have been busy adding new fiber infrastructure, interconnects, and upgrading their systems and hardware to newer and faster technology. As part of this, both latency and optical signal synchronization are critical factors that engineering teams must manage in order to maximize performance and support their customers across various industries.  

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Topics: latency

Hollow-Core Optical Fiber - A Potential Game Changer

Posted by Gary Miller on Thu, Apr 16, 2020 @ 16:04 PM

OFS recently made a splash when they announced a new hollow-core optical fiber optimized for low latency transmission.  While hollow-core fibers have existed for about 20 years, it is exciting to see such an innovative and promising fiber technology being more broadly applied to commercial applications. 

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Topics: optical fiber, latency, hollow-core optical fiber

Fiber Type Matters When Simulating Optical Links and Latency

Posted by Kevin Miller on Thu, Apr 2, 2020 @ 11:04 AM

Simulating real-world fiber optic links and time delays in the lab environment is both a frequent and necessary task for engineers performing R&D and equipment certification testing processes.  With the evolution to more advanced network architecture, increasing speeds of 400G and beyond, and latency always being a key element, replicating the field network as closely as possible in the lab is critical to ensure systems will perform as expected post-deployment. 

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Topics: latency

Simulating Fiber Optic Links and Latency at Financial Institutions

Posted by Kevin Miller on Fri, Sep 13, 2019 @ 11:09 AM

For banking and financial companies in the digital age, having reliable and predictable connectivity to markets along with minimal latency is critical to their success.  A financial network backbone must ensure a customer’s access to funds, particularly after hours, while delivering an additional layer of security and visibility of the most up to date financial data.  But how can a bank or financial institution have confidence that their network will perform as expected?  The solution is to accurately simulate field links and latency in a lab environment to validate system performance will be at the high level it needs to be.

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Topics: latency

Simulating Fiber Optic Links and Latency in the Utilities Industry

Posted by Kevin Miller on Tue, Sep 10, 2019 @ 09:09 AM

It is well known that fiber optics are at the heart of data-focused industries such as telecommunications, cable, and enterprise networking.  But fiber optic technology also plays a critical role for utility providers such as electric, gas, and water. Simulating the network and testing for latency are keys to successfully deploying fiber networks in the utilities industry.

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Topics: network simulation, latency