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  • Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 13:50:27 -0500 (EST)

Internet2 To Demonstrate New 100G Network Supporting Large-Scale Science and
Innovation at SC11 Conference, Nov. 12-18

Ultra fast network showcases innovation, applications, engineering and

Ann Arbor, Mich.—Nov. 14, 2011--Internet2, in collaboration with consortium
members, will highlight 100Gbps networking capabilities and applications
already developed atop the world’s fastest network to support large-scale
science initiatives, in four separate demonstrations at SC11 – the annual
supercomputing conference held Nov. 12-18 in Seattle. The demonstrations will
showcase Internet2’s newly deployed 100G network and unparalleled capacity to
support today’s researchers in their work to solve some of society’s greatest
challenges. The demonstrations will take place at Internet2’s booth #1327
throughout SC11.

"Innovation happens when there is a big playground for creative people. 10G
networks are just not a very big playground anymore for data-intensive
science,” said Dave Lambert, Internet2 CEO and President. “100G links on an
8.8 terabit backbone is the size of playground innovators need to create a
wider breadth and depth of innovation. 100G is the first piece of the new
dimension of innovation, the next pieces are the applications, engineering,
and operations of that network to enable collaboration and speed of

The four demonstrations, dates and times include:

100G Network and Real-Time Network Visualization

Internet2 will describe and showcase its operational 100G network. Internet2
will continue to upgrade the Internet2 network optical and IP infrastructure
to increase the available bandwidth to the research and education community.
A nationwide 100Gbps interconnected network will be completed by mid-2012.

Also, WorldView, an interactive, real-time network visualization system that
makes the complex world of network data easily accessible will be
demonstrated. The tool was developed by the Indiana University Global
Research Network Operations Center.

Demonstration times: Monday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday,
Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 11:30 a.m., and 5 p.m.;
and Thursday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Enabling Large Scale Science

Internet2, in collaboration with the California Institute of Technology, the
University of Michigan and Vanderbilt University, will demonstrate the
advanced capabilities of the Dynamic Network System (DYNES) cyber-instrument.
This demonstration will show the instrument’s reach and capabilities across
the country, and efforts to peer the service with similar capabilities in
South America and Europe.

This framework supports large, long-distance scientific data flows of the
Large Hadron Collider (LHC), other leading programs in data intensive
science, and the broader scientific community. This nationwide project,
funded by the National Science Foundation, is currently deployed at 40 U.S.
universities and regional networks, and consists of hardware and software
that utilize dynamic networking infrastructure. Also, the Internet2 ION
network currently serves as the backbone interconnect for DYNES enabled
regionals and universities. The Internet2 SCinet Research Sandbox entry at
SC11 also shows how DYNES-enabled research benefits by using software defined
networking technologies such as OpenFlow.

Demonstration times: Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.; and Wednesday,
Nov. 16 at 1:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.

Distributing Physics Data Globally

In a joint demonstration, Internet2 and GÉANT will illustrate Layer 2
transatlantic data traffic flow in support of the LHC project. Data movement
will be shown across transatlantic links as well as participating end sites
in the U.S. and Europe. This innovative effort will show dedicated network
overlays for the particle physics community.

Demonstration times: Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 10:30 a.m.; 11a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m.
and 4:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4

Software Defined Networks for Data Exchange Challenges

Software defined networking (SDN) will allow new solutions to the data
exchange challenges that plague astronomers, climatologists, medical
researchers, physicists and others whose work depends on massive data files.
Internet2, with its partners Indiana University and the Clean Slate Program
at Stanford University, will demonstrate a new suite of services to support
global research, and bolster U.S. research competitiveness. The Network
Development and Deployment Initiative (NDDI) substrate will separate the
function of the network from the hardware controlling how data is exchanged.
This will allow network operators to program the networks researchers use to
optimize the data exchange and deliver complete, immediately usable data. The
Open Science, Scholarship, and Services Exchange (OS3E), built atop the NDDI
substrate, will link the best scientists in the U.S. to the best research
instruments and labs around the globe, by interoperating with other dynamic
circuit networks. This will enable the exchange of vast amounts of data to
support high-energy physics, astronomers, climatologists, and medical

Demonstration times: Monday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 11:30
a.m., and 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; and Thursday,
Nov. 17 at 11 a.m.

Background Information
Internet2 and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Science Network (ESnet)
recently announced the deployment of the world’s first transcontinental
deployment of 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) using coherent technology. Built
on Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, the new 8.8 Terabit per second
network is equipped with 100 Gbps optical backbone connections. The new 8.8
Terabit per second network, equipped with 100G optical backbone connections,
operates between Atlanta; New York; Washington D.C.; Cleveland; Chicago;
Kansas City; Denver; Salt Lake City; Sunnyvale, California; and Seattle.
Internet2 uses fiber strands on Level 3’s fiber-optic network as well as
Level 3’s network management support to enable its new national 8.8 Terabit
Optical System and 100 Gigabit Ethernet Network. Internet2 utilizes more than
10,000 miles of fiber on the Level 3 national footprint and will obtain
additional miles for the next three years as needed. Level 3 is installing
the 8.8 terabit optical equipment and provides 24/7 monitoring and field
support to these facilities. Level 3 also provides colocation facilities and
power for the network. The Global Research NOC at Indiana University provides
overall operational support and coordination for the new Network.

Internet2’s network upgrade to 100G technology on a nationwide scale will
keep pace with the exponential growth in scientific research traffic being
driven by the nation’s research labs and universities. Internet2’s network
also will support the country’s community anchor institutions including
libraries, hospitals, K-12 schools, community colleges and public safety
organizations as part of its United States Unified Community Anchor Network
(U.S. UCAN) project.

About Internet2
Internet2, owned by U.S. research universities, is the worldʼs most advanced
networking consortium for global researchers and scientists who develop
breakthrough Internet technologies and applications, and spark tomorrowʼs
essential innovations. Internet2 consists of more than 450 U.S. universities;
corporations; government agencies; laboratories; higher learning; and other
major national, regional and state research and education networks; and
organizations representing more than 50 countries. Internet2 is a registered
trademark. To discover more about Internet2, go to

Todd Sedmak
Communications Manager

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