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EU H2020 Projects


MASSTART (Mass manufacturing of Transceivers for Terabit/s era) aims to provide a holistic transformation to the assembly and characterization of high speed photonic transceivers towards bringing the cost down to €1/Gb/s or even lower in mass production. MASSTART will surpass the cost metric threshold by using enhanced and scalable techniques: i) glass interface based laser/PIC and fiber/PIC coupling approaches, ii) leveraging glass waveguide technology to obtain spot size and pitch converters in order to dramatically increase optical I/O density, while facilitating automated assembly processes, iii) 3D packaging (TSV) enabling backside connection of the high speed PIC to a Si carrier, iv) a new generation of flip chip bonders with enhanced placement in a complete assembly line compatible with Industry 4.0 which will guarantee an x6 improvement in throughput and v) wafer-level evaluation of assembled circuits with novel tools that will reduce the characterization time by a factor of 10, down to 1 minute per device.

This process flow will be assessed with the fabrication and characterization of the following four different demonstrators, addressing the mid-term requirements of next generation transceivers required by Data Center operators and covering both inter- and intra- Data Center applications: i) 4-channel PSM4 module in QSFP-DD format with 400G aggregate bit rate, ii) an 8-channel WDM module in a QSFP-DD format with 800G aggregate bit rate, iii) a 16-channel WDM on-board module delivering 1.6Tb/s aggregate line rate and iv) a tunable single-wavelength coherent transceiver with 600Gb/s capacity following the DP-64QAM modulation format on 64Gbaud/s line rate.

MASSTART research project is supported by H2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation of the European Commission. The three-year project started officially on January 1, 2019 and brings together eleven leading European companies, research centers and universities.

Principal investigator: Prof. K. Vyrsokinos

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MOICANA (Monolithic cointegration of QD-based InP on SiN as a versatile platform for the demonstration of high performance and low cost PIC transmitters) aims to deploy a versatile, low-cost and large-volume manufacturing transmitter PIC technology by monolithically integrating InP QD laser structures on a passive SiN waveguide platform and demonstrating a whole new series of high-performance cooler-less transmitter modules as monolithically integrated PICs for a broad range of applications. ΜΟΙCANA targets the fabrication and deployment of : i) 25GbE SFP28 pluggable Directly Modulated Laser (DML), ii) a WDM 100GbE QSFP28 pluggable DML, iii) 1λ- and 4λ- Externally Modulated Lasers, and iv) a coherent tunable laser source that will be evaluated in a broad range of applications in the areas of Data Center Interconnects, 5G mobile fronthaul and coherent communications.

MOICANA research project is supported by H2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation of the European Commission. The three-year project started officially on January 1, 2018 and brings together eight leading European companies, research centers and universities.

Principal investigator: Prof. K. Vyrsokinos

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plaCMOS project is developing powerful integration technology that will allow an eight-fold increase in the speed of optical transceivers used in datacenters. plaCMOS relies on small-proximity wafer scale integration of novel ferroelectric-based plasmonic-photonic modulators, silicon germanium photodetectors and BiCMOS electronics combined in a super-fast, micrometer-scale optical engine capable of transmitting and receiving data at world’s fastest speed of 200 Gbit/s per optical channel.

The project is performing multidisciplinary research extending from novel materials to plasmonic-photonic devices, high-speed electronics and transceiver modules in order to deliver a fully functional solution complying with industry standards while surpassing performance expectations. Driven by user needs, plaCMOS aims to bridge innovative research with near-market exploitation, paving the way for next generation Tbit/s transceivers in monolithic chips.

plaCMOS is a research project on photonic integration, supported by the Horizon2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation of the European Commission. The three-year project started officially on December 1, 2017 and brings together seven leading European companies, research centers and universities.

Principal investigator: Dr. D. Tsiokos

QAMeleon aims to deliver a new generation of faster, cheaper, and greener photonic devices spanning from beyond state-of-the-art transponders to novel reconfigurable add drop multiplexers (ROADMs) towards scaling core and metro networks to the next decade enabling i) SDN-enabled generation and reception of reconfigurable optical data-flows having increased spectral efficiency at ultra-high-speed rates up to 128 Gbaud with state-of-the-art modulation format techniques and ii) the development of scalable Colorless Directionless Contentionless and Gridless Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexing (ROADM) node architectures supporting spectrum sliceability and on-demand switching reconfigurability.

QAMeleon is a Research and Innovation Action (RIA) program, funded by the European Commission under the Horizon2020 framework targeting the topic ICT-30-2017 – Photonics KET 2017 and the initiative of the Photonics Public Private Partnership. The project has a duration of 4 years, from 01/01/2018 until 31/12/2021, comprising a consortium of 16 partners.

Principal investigator: Dr. Th. Alexoudi

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5G-PHOS is a H2020 5GPPP Phase II project focusing on 5G integrated Fiber-Wireless networks that leverage existing photonic technologies towards implementing a high-density SDN-programmable network architecture. The project has a duration of 3 years, from 01/09/2017 until 31/08/2018, comprising a consortium of 16 partners and coordinated by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. 5G-PHOS steps into invest in and exploit integrated optical technologies towards enhancing Fiber-Wireless (FiWi) convergence and realizing cost-effective and energy-efficient 5G network solutions for high density use cases. 5G-PHOS is the first coordinated attempt that will draw from existing scientific results in the area of photonics in order to architect 5G networks for dense, ultra-dense and Hot-Spot areas incorporating Photonic Integrated Cirtuits (PICs) in optical mmWave signal generation, DSP-assisted optical transmission, reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexing (ROADM) and optical beamforming functionalities. 5G-PHOS expects to release a seamless, interoperable, RAT-agnostic and SDN-programmable FiWi 5G network that supports 64x64 MIMO antennas in the V-band.

Principal investigator: Prof. N. Pleros, Dr. G. Kalfas

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5G-STEP-FWD proposes a new architecture that uses UDWDM PONs as the backhaul of mmWave networks in order to achieve high capacity and low latency backhauling. The proposed architecture takes full advantage of the ultra-narrow wavelength spacing of the UDWDM technology, in order to provide connectivity to a dense small-cell population. At the physical layer domain, 5G STEP FWD aims at providing a comprehensive framework based on a disruptive device- or user-centric cellular concept, which will allow smart overlaid peer-to-peer communications, while it will also optimally allocate small cells where the fiber goes. At the network layer domain, we envision the modelling and optimization of the 5G STEP FWD network resource usage through the incorporation of a Software-Defined-Network (SDN) framework, which integrates multiple wireless and backhaul resources into a single pool, and could play a key role in supporting multi-tenancy and enabling the network operation management and optimization. Moreover, the mission of 5G STEP FWD is to create a vibrant EU-based training and research environment for young European and international researchers, aiming at designing architectures, systems and algorithms for building the 5G cellular network of tomorrow.

Principal investigator: Prof. A. Miliou

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streams_logoICT-STREAMS is a 3-year collaborative project on the development of the necessary Silicon Photonics Transceiver and Routing technologies towards a new, power efficient, WDM-based, Tb/s, optical on-board interconnection paradigm that enables multiple high bandwidth, point-to-point direct links on the board level, as a step forward to the realization of exa-scale computing systems.

Principal investigators: Prof. N. Pleros, Dr. Th. Alexoudi

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PLASMOFAB is a 3-year collaborative project on CMOS-compatible photonic, plasmonic and electronic integration that brings together ten leading academic and research institutes and companies. The project was launched in Januray 2016 and this project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 ICT research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688166.

Principal investigators: Prof. N. Pleros, Dr. D. Tsiokos

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EU FP7 Projects


COMANDER is a 4-years EC-funded project, officially launched on 1st October 2013, funded under the Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) action call FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IAPP. COMANDER targets the design, development and deployment of a fully converged Next-Generation Fiber-Wireless network architecture that provides simultaneous fixed and mobile access at unforeseen multi-Gbps wireless transmission speeds.

Principal investigator: Prof. N. Pleros

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PhoxTrot is a 4-years EC-funded large-scale research effort focusing on high-performance, low-energy and cost and small-size optical interconnects across the different hierarchy levels in data center and high-performance computing systems: on-board, board-to-board and rack-to-rack. PhoxTroT will tackle optical interconnects in a holistic way, synergizing the different fabrication platforms in order to deploy the optimal “mix&match” technology and tailor this to each interconnect layer. PhoxTroT will follow a layered approach from near-term exploitable to more forward looking but of high expected gain activities.

Principal investigators: Prof. N. Pleros, Prof. K Vyrsokinos

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MIRAGE is a 3-year collaborative project on photonic integration that aims to implement cost-optimized components for terabit optical interconnects introducing new multiplexing concepts through the development of a flexible, future-proof 3D “optical engine”. MIRAGE brings together seven leading European universities, research centers and companies. The project was launched in October 2012 and is co-funded by the European Commission through the Seventh Framework Programme(FP7).

Principal investigators: Prof. N. Pleros, Dr. D. Tsiokos

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RAMPLAS is a 3-years EC-funded research project envisioning the development and demonstration of a Silicon-based, integrated Optical RAM chip for enabling High-Speed Applications in Computing and Communications. RAMPLAS has been launched in September 2011 and is supported by the European Commission within the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7‐ICT‐2009‐C). RAMPLAS will revisit RAM fundamentals and will lay the foundations for optical RAM technology and for optical RAM-enabled "green” and ultra-fast computing architectures. RAMPLAS will develop the first 100GHz optical RAM chips and will foster a new framework of disciplines for its effective application in ICT.

Principal investigators: Prof. N. Pleros, Dr. G. T. Kanellos

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PLATON is a 3-years EC-funded research project envisioning the development and demonstration of an integrated, on-chip Tb/s optical router for back-plane or Blade-Server interconnects through merging plasmonics and silicon photonics technology, employing plasmonics for the switching functionalities and silicon photonics for filtering, multiplexing and header detection processes. PLATON has been launched in January 2010 and is supported by the European Commission within the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-ICT-2009-4).

Principal investigator: Prof. N. Pleros

National Projects


CAM-UP foresees that the future Internet and Internet of Things will stand on shoulders of powerful high-radix routers with multiple inter-connectivity links, which certainly requires fast Address Look-Up operations and aims to prepare the necessary photonic upgrade for Internet core routers, to perform ultra-fast Address Look-Up searches directly in the optical domain. During this project, all the photonics alternatives of Ternary Content Addressable Memory (TCAM)- based architectures will be developed, to allow Address Look-Up tables to truly “CAM-UP” (speed up) and be able to handle high-radix inter-connections between high-bandwidth optical links energy efficiently.

The overall vision of CAM-UP is to resolve the performance gap between optical linerates -vs- electronic Address Look-Up-search rates, by replacing the last missing piece of the puzzle of fast packet routing, the T-CAM based memory. This will enable look-up functionalities using light instead of electrons, to unleash unprecedented memory bandwidths and speed enhancement by at least ten times. Its four main objectives are: i) to design and experimentally demonstrate the first optical T-CAM cells at rates beyond 10Gb/s, ii) to develop the theoretical groundwork of optical T-CAM memory architectures, iii) to develop a set of wavelength encoding/decoding peripherals and iv) demonstrate optical look-up operations on photonic integrated T-CAMs.

CAM-UP is a 3-year research project that has received funding from the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI) and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT), through the CAM-UP project under grant agreement No 230.

Principal investigator: Dr. Ch. Vagionas

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ORION aims to build upon the emergence of optical hardware towards radically transforming the way memory is organized in a computing environment. ORION proposes a novel solution by completely separating processor chips from interconnect, cache memory and DRAM elements, leading to a high-throughput, reconfigurable and modular setting where processing cores, cache memories, DRAMs and interconnects will comprise disjoint modules and can dynamically re-distribute data, tasks and resources. For this purpose, ORION will blend innovations across a highly interdisciplinary and broad area spanning from photonics through cache schemes up to computing architectures. ORION will ensure harmonic co-operation between a pool of high-throughput off-chip optical L1 caches, a “cache-light” processor and DRAM modules, interconnected through a strictly non-blocking, collision-less, off-chip photonic Network on chip (pNoC) transforming multicore computing systems into a reconfigurable modular infrastructure that can be tailored to the application needs.

ORION is a 3-year research project that has received funding from the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI) and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT), through the ORION project under grant agreement No 585.

Principal investigator: Dr. T. Alexoudi

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PHORTRAN (Photonic Real Tim Chromatographer Analyzer) will develop a novel method and system for separating and purifying substances, such as ions, molecules, macromolecules or particles dispersed in a liquid mixture, by a Photonic Chromatograph. The separation of substances in the proposed PC is obtained by the interaction of individual components of the mixture, through excitation by optical radiation, with a stationary phase porous surface. The output of the Photonic Chromatographer will be connected to a highly sensitive sensor for the real time measurement of multiple parameters including among others threshold of optical power for porous surface - nanoparticle interaction, minimum and maximum functional particle size, retention of nanoparticles with light power, excitation time of nanoparticles, etc with a very high confidence. All these data are very crucial for biologists working with particles of a few nm such as DNA, proteins.

Principal investigator: Prof. K. Vyrsokinos

WiSe-PON targets the demonstration of a novel access network infrastructure capable of converging fixed and mobile connectivity and of delivering heterogeneous wireless and FTTH services over existing Passive Optical Network infrastructures. WiSePON is a 3-years research project funded by the Greek Secretariat for Research and Technology under the National Action "Cooperation".

Principal investigator: Prof. N. Pleros

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