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Project Activities

Technical Approach

The work is organized in four technical Working Packages (WPs): WP-2 – WP-5, as shown in the figure below, plus two additional WPs, WP-1, devoted to the project coordination and WP-6 devoted to dissemination, technological transfer and standardization. 

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WP-1: Project management and coordination

WP-1 provides ERMES management, aiming at carrying out an adequate administration of the project, a good partners coordination, a sharp control and care of project schedule. Moreover, risk management strategies and contingency plans are properly developed. Special attention is given to the communication tools in order to give appropriate visibility to the project through an up-to-date project web site, a detailed calendar of events and clear project presentations.

WP-2: Lab prototypization

WP-2 will acquire sufficient experimental data to help the development of new active chips, to verify the theoretical model of the cavity and understand the influence, on the cavity build-up, of the characteristics of the commercial components present in the cavity. Finally a laboratory prototype of the embedded self-tuning modulable laser cavity will be realized for colourless ONU's with data rate up to 10 Gb/s relying on vendor and provider specifications.

WP-3: Active chip development

This work-package is devoted to the design, fabrication and test of MFAC, in order to achieve 10 Gb/s operation of the network-embedded self-tuning cavity. The goal is pursued through the comprehensive study of the MFAC required functionalities: large gain in the deeply saturated regime, data modulation bandwidth, data erasing bandwidth. The MFAC detailed parameter characterization will be used to validate the theoretical model.

WP-4: Active chip and cavity simulation and theory

This WP is devoted to the simulation and the theoretical understanding of all the aspects related to the MFAC to sustain the network-embedded cavity and its operation at 10 Gb/s. This goal will be achieved by a theoretical study of the active chip, and its functionalities, in particular the optimum cancellation technique will be evaluated. Simulated results will be compared with a selection of measured parameters allowing fine-tuning of the simulation model.

WP-5: System Integration and Field Trial

WP-5 will deploy ERMES prototype in a test-bed facility, showcasing the new developed ERMES technologies in a number of possible application configurations and network architectures as defined by the operator partner, France Telecom, which will propose a range of access architectures with a bundle of innovative IP services where ERMES devices will act as the physical layer. WP-5 will evaluate the impact of the ERMES device performance to get the most efficient solution in term of cost, power efficiency and simplicity of deployment engineering.

WP-6: Dissemination technological transfer and standardization

WP-6 develops the project-oriented and the scientific-oriented dissemination activities (comprising workshops, seminars, demonstrations, events, publications). In addition, ERMES project will be present in international standardization forums and workshops. The technology transfer process will finally define the roadmap to possible industrialization.

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Planned achievement and impact

The prototype of a colourless WDM PON ONU is a potential highly effective alternative to the existing approaches in terms of cost reduction as it is colourless and gets rid of the need for external seeding sources. It is also appealing in terms of achievable performance, as it is not impaired by Rayleigh back-scattering, allowing for longer bridged distances. ERMES target data rate is envisaged to fulfil the requirements for the next generation access network, which will be essential to support the development of broadband applications and services. ERMES success will enforce European industrial leadership in the access arena, whose development in terms of capillarity and bandwidth has major social and economical fallouts. In a broader sense thus, ERMES will have a societal impact by contributing to support the data traffics needed for new applications for activities such as education, sustainable health and e-government.

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