Brocade connects Trans-Pacific Research and Education Network

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Brocade announced that Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) has selected Brocade network solutions in the world’s first 100-Gigabit per second (Gbps) Research and Education (R&E) network link between Asia and the United States.

The research is a part of Pacific Wave, a joint project between CENIC and Pacific Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP).

The project is an international Internet exchange facility that interconnects the research and education community of the Pacific Rim with California’s research universities and 200 other research institutions across the United States.

“Bringing Brocade into the CENIC network as we connect to Asia has been critical to the success of the endeavor,” said Louis Fox, chief executive officer, CENIC. “We look forward to the future of the established connection, and the research and sharing that the network will enable.”

Brocade said these institutions will benefit from the new network and leverage new levels of scale and performance, enabling them to access scientific instruments and exchange data with their research collaborators in the Asia-Pacific region.

The new network relies on the Brocade MLXe Core Router as the interconnection, peering, and routing exchange fabric, enabling  100 Gbps connectivity and providing a software-defined exchange (SDX) based on software-defined networking (SDN) technology.

The Brocade MLXe Core Routers will be located in primary points of presence in Sunnyvale, Calif., Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Tokyo — all running 100 Gbps connections.

In turn, these points of presence will provide connections between the Pacific Wave network and entities such Internet2, the United States Department of Energy’s ESNet, the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s N-wave, and commercial cloud providers regularly used by national and international R&E communities.

With the Pacific Wave network, a broad range of scientific research efforts — including Big Data and remote instrument-based projects that are currently limited by low-capability connectivity across the Pacific Ocean — will be enhanced with faster, more powerful, and more flexible interconnections among Pacific Rim and North American science resources.

The Pacific Wave network will enable better support of Big Data flows, 8k and 4k video resolution, and 3D video distribution. The network will also support real-time interactive instrument control, virtual reality, and telepresence applications that will facilitate scientific collaboration.

Arya MM

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