Sunday, July 23, 2006

Infinera and Internet2 Target 100 Gbps Services

Infinera announced an agreement with Internet2 covering the development, testing and deployment of 40 to 100 Gbps services. Key areas of technology development will include: lab and network-wide tests of super-lambda services including 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet service; advanced network service management and delivery leveraging GMPLS technology; and advanced virtual private network (VPN) services based on Layer One VPNs.

Last month, in a joint release with Level 3 Communications, Internet2 announced its aggressive plan to develop and deploy a new advanced nationwide research network to provide enhanced IP services as well as brand new experimental optical services to its members. Level 3 will deploy Infinera's Digital Optical Networking equipment across its infrastructure in support of Internet2's new network so that Internet2's users can provision optical circuits dynamically. The network will initially provide the research and education community with 100 Gbps of bandwidth, a tenfold increase over its previous network.


  • The Internet2 Hybrid Optical and Packet Infrastructure (HOPI) is a national network testbed that allows researchers to experiment with new optical technologies, including dynamically provisioned wavelengths, circuit switched environments, and new transport protocols. The HOPI testbed uses facilities from Internet2's Abilene Network, the National Lambda Rail (NLR) network, the MANLAN exchange point, and regional optical networks. Each HOPI node consists of an Ethernet switch with 10GigE capabilities, a fiber cross connect switch, and servers to control HOPI's network infrastructure and measure network performance, all designed to model future optical infrastructures.

  • The HOPI testbed is using HP's ProLiant DL360 G4 servers to provide monitoring and control plane capabilities.

  • Force10 Networks is supplying its Force10 E-Series family of switch/routers for Internet2's Hybrid Optical and Packet Infrastructure (HOPI) project.

  • In February 2006, National LambdaRail (NLR), a consortium of leading U.S. research universities and private sector technology companies, reached fully-operational status, providing advanced optical, Ethernet and IP connectivity over more than 15,000 miles of fiber across the United States. NLR has deployed nine Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing Systems across the country. The project is also using Cisco Systems' 15808 and 15454 optical transmission platforms.

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