Sunday, October 17, 2010

CANARIE Tests 100G across Canada with Ciena

Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network (CANARIE) and Ciena have conducted a successful 100G demonstration running over CANARIE's production network.

Using Ciena's ActivFlex 6500 and ActivSpan Common Photonic Layer, the demonstration originates from Chicago's StarLight GIGApop and includes uncompressed HD video data streams from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the International Center for Advanced Internet Research (iCAIR) and other sources, along with the CANARIE applications. Using Ciena's 40/100G Adaptive Optical Engine technology -- which includes coherent optics, electronic dispersion compensation, and directionless and colorless ROADM functionality -- the 100G wavelength travels 1,300 km to Ciena's Ottawa labs for displaying the video content.

The demonstration showcases two CANARIE-funded research projects that use the CANARIE network to accelerate medical discoveries and innovations in brain research, and help eliminate the challenges of geography in delivering medical education to remote and rural areas. The live demonstration will be operational throughout the month of October.

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