Sunday, January 20, 2008

Caltech Selects Ciena for Dynamic Lightpath Provisioning

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has selected Ciena's CoreDirector Multiservice Optical Switch for use in its multi-national research networking efforts. Caltech is the driving force behind the U.S. Large Hadron Collider Network (U.S. LHCNet).

The U.S. LHCNet network interconnects the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland with key access points in Amsterdam, New York (32 Avenue of the Americas) and Chicago, Illinois (Starlight). Onward connections to research facilities throughout the U.S. involve the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet)'s Science Data Network, the Internet2 network and National Lambda Rail (NLR).
Caltech can use Ciena's CoreDirector platform to dynamically set up and seamlessly manage the transfer of multiple terabytes of data from CERN to the Fermilab and Brookhaven DOE laboratories.

Ciena's CoreDirector offers the ability to rapidly deliver end-to-end optical services and efficiently transport GbE and 10 GbE services over highly-reliable SONET/SDH infrastructure, utilizing Generic Framing Procedure (GFP), Virtual Concatenation (VCAT) and Link Capacity Adjustment Scheme (LCAS), with advanced Layer 2 switching functionality and MEF-based Ethernet traffic management.

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