Sunday, February 18, 2007

Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) and Global Crossing Announce IPv6 Peering

Global Crossing announced an IPv6 peering agreement with the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), which provides direct connections to all major Department of Energy (DOE) sites with high performance speeds, as well as fast interconnections to more than 100 other networks.

The new peering agreement will utilize dedicated interconnections to support the exchange of IPv6 traffic between ESnet's users via Global Crossing. IPv6 peering works by exchanging IPv6 routes at the peering session and allowing IPv6 traffic to transit between the two Autonomous Systems. The peering agreement provides ESnet greater carrier diversity and traffic flow on their network.

  • In June 2005, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) mandated that all federal civilian agencies add IPv6 technology to their network backbones by June 2008. ESnet began utilizing IPv6 in 2000.

  • In August 2006, the Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) and Internet2 announced plans for ESnet4 -- a new network that will initially operate on two dedicated 10 Gbps wavelengths on the new Internet2 nationwide infrastructure and will seamlessly scale by one wavelength per year for the next four to five years. It will deliver production IP capabilities as well as new optical services like point-to-point dynamic circuits. The network will serve large-scale DOE Office of Science projects such as DOE's participation in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Lab and several supercomputing centers.