Wednesday, December 12, 2012

ESnet Activates 100GbE with Infinera

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) has activated 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) services on the Long Island MAN portion of its network.   ESnet will offer 100GbE services from DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory to data centers in Manhattan and back onto ESnet’s nationwide network. 

ESnet is using Infinera's DTN platform.  ESnet first deployed the Infinera DTN platform for an advanced network testbed, and then leveraged the platform to provide production network services over the dark fiber ring in Long Island.

Brookhaven National Laboratory is one of two facilities in the U.S. making data from the Large Hadron Collider’s ATLAS experiment available to the 44 U.S. institutions participating in the ATLAS project.

  • In November, Infinera and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) demonstrated a prototype Software Defined Network (SDN) Open Transport Switch (OTS) capable of dynamically controlling bandwidth services at the optical layer via an extensions to the OpenFlow protocol. The idea is to provide a lightweight virtual transport switch on optical transport systems with an interface to an SDN Controller.
  • The proof-of-concept demonstration, which used ESnet's Long Island Metropolitan Area Network (LIMAN) control plane test bed, tested a prototype of the OTS running on the Infinera DTN platform, allowing ESnet’s optical transport network to be configured by an SDN controller via the OpenFlow protocol. 

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