INSPACE – Spatial-Spectral Flexible Optical Networking: Enabling Solutions for a Simplified and Efficient SDM

European Commission FP7 – Grant agreement no: 619732, INSPACE Project

STREP under ICT-2013-11 -1.1– Pervasive and Trusted Network and Service Infrastructures-Future Network

Start date: February 2014,            Duration: 42 months

Total budget: 2.577.128 €             AIT’s budget: 412.550 €

Project Summary

INSPACE project ( proposes a novel networking approach by extending the established spectral flexibility concepts to the SDM domain and significantly simplifying the super-channel allocation and control mechanisms, by removing current limitations related with the wavelength continuity and fragmentation issues. The new concept utilises the benefits of the high capacity, next generation, few-mode/multi-core fiber infrastructures, providing also a practical short term solution, since it is directly applicable over the currently installed multi-fibre cable links. The realisation of INSPACE approach is enabled by the development of novel multi-dimensional spatial-spectral switching nodes, which are fabricated by extending the designs of the existing flexible WSS nodes, incorporating advance mode/core adapting techniques. The concept is further supported by novel processing techniques that minimise the mode/core interference as well as new network planning algorithms and control plane extensions that are enhanced with the space dimension.

The INSPACE consortium forms a strong industry driven research team targeting not only the demonstration of the new network concept and its ability to meet the challenges of delivering exponentially growing content over the next twenty years, but also the full exploitation of its potential towards commercialisation.

AIT’s Role

AIT is the technical manager of the project and responsible for the overall concept definition. AIT leads the network planning solutions, the techno-economic evaluation studies and the experimental scenarios.

Project partners

Telefonica, Finisar, Optoscribe, HUJI, AIT, CREATE-NET, Optronics, W-Onesys

Contact persons

Project Technical Manager
Head of the “High Speed Networks and Optical Communication (NOC)” group

WP2 leader
Senior Research Fellow