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[I2-NEWS] Advanced North Atlantic 100 Gbit/s Ring for R&E Now Operational
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- Subject: [I2-NEWS] Advanced North Atlantic 100 Gbit/s Ring for R&E Now Operational
- Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:00:18 +0000
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Advanced North Atlantic 100 Gbit/s Ring for Research & Education Now Operational
ANA-200G delivers on its promise
NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 17, 2014—Internet2, NORDUnet, CANARIE and SURFnet, four advanced Research and Education (R&E) Networks from both sides of the North Atlantic Ocean, today announced the completion of a collaborative advanced network, called ANA-200G, that spans the North Atlantic, enabling R&E users to transfer data between North America and Europe at speeds that were previously only possible within the continents.
ANA-200G is a redundant 100 Gbit/s ring between four open exchange points spanning the North Atlantic. The ring nature of ANA-200G without single points of failure protects against an outage in the unprotected individual 100 Gbit/s transmission paths. ANA-200G builds on the success and the lessons learned in the pilot phase that started in June 2013 and ended last month, and was called ANA-100G.
This milestone opens up a new era for today’s most advanced research, enabling scientists to take advantage of the ongoing wave of data being constantly created by sensor networks, research instruments, and people.
Before this milestone, intercontinental transmission speeds lagged behind one generation compared to the advanced networks on the continents. This brand new 100 Gbit/s ring enables clear channel 100 Gbit/s data transfers for R&E between researchers in the United States and Northern Europe. Demonstrations of ANA-200G will take place this week at SuperComputing (SC14) in New Orleans.
Dave Lambert, President and CEO of Internet2, says “Research and education are worldwide endeavors, with teams collaborating on single ‘big science’ projects across the globe. Likewise, leading R&E networks from around the world also partner on a global scale to jointly advance the state of the art for the benefit of the networks’ users. With this major milestone in ANA-200G, we deliver on an important pathfinder for a novel Global Network Architecture for R&E that is just as robust as each of our domestic capabilities.”
René Buch, CEO of NORDUnet, adds “ANA-200G advances not only subsea 100G technology and service roll-out, it also advances the way leading R&E networks work together. This achievement brings new insights to sharing links, sharing operations, and sharing costs. We are able to move quickly by always adhering to the Keep It Simple paradigm.”
Data transfers in science disciplines such as high-energy physics, genetics, climate research, and radio-astronomy are ever increasing. Not only are datasets increasing rapidly in size, also the speed at which they can be generated and be processed is constantly increasing. Having R&E Networks that push the envelope in advancing the state of the art of data networking remains as important as ever.
Jim Ghadbane, President and CEO of CANARIE, says “We are delighted to be a partner in this exciting collaboration. As Canadians are at the forefront in a range of data-intensive research disciplines, it is our role to work with global partners to advance the technology and the opportunities for collaboration that lead to groundbreaking discoveries and innovations.”
Erik Huizer, CTO of SURFnet, adds “It is great to see that a team of dedicated network architects blueprinted ANA-200G, and in a short time frame converted the blueprint into reality, in time for supporting ground-breaking demonstrations for SC14.”
The open exchange points that play a pivotal role in ANA-200G are MAN LAN in New York City, WIX in Washington, D.C., NetherLight in Amsterdam, and GÉANT Open in London. At these exchange points there is an open connection policy, enabling anyone to connect to the exchange fabric. It requires permission from the link owners, of course, to use the links.
This four-partner collaboration has delivered the 100 Gbit/s ring around the North Atlantic Ocean. They are dedicated to further advancing the collaboration, undertaking research into federated operations and admission control, ensuring that demanding science applications have dedicated and resilient data transmission paths, while the general purpose R&E data traffic continues to flow, also in circumstances of an outage.
The ANA-200G collaborators welcome other R&E networks to join the collaboration, on the way to new and innovative ways of sharing resources on a global scale, and are happy that discussions are underway with other organizations to have them partake in this collaborative initiative.
For more information, please visit www.nordu.net.
Angela Stark, Internet2, +1 202 803 8996,
René Buch, NORDUnet, +45 32 46 25 00,
Kathryn Anthonisen, CANARIE, +1 613 943 5454,
Lonneke Walk, SURFnet, +31 30 2305 305,
- [I2-NEWS] Advanced North Atlantic 100 Gbit/s Ring for R&E Now Operational, Angela Stark, 11/17/2014
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