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Networking Leaders Demonstrate 100 Gigabit per Second Throughput

Infinera, Internet2, Juniper Networks and Level 3 Demonstrate 100Gbps Data Transport between Seattle and SC09 Show Floor in Portland

Portland, Ore., November 16, 2009 - At the SC09 Conference today, a group of leaders in the networking industry announced a key milestone in the migration to 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) technology by successfully demonstrating a multivendor 100Gbps routing and optical network. In this demonstration, 100Gbps of test data (generated by an Ixia test set) was transmitted from Portland to Seattle through a single slot on the Juniper Networks® T1600 Series Core Router, populated with a new 10x10GbE physical interface card (announced separately by Juniper today) via an Infinera optical system, over Level 3 and Internet2's nationwide fiber-optic network. The data was then looped back to Juniper's T1600 Series Core Router in Juniper's booth on the SC09 show floor in Portland.

Also being demonstrated at SC09 is the industry's first 802.3ba compliant100GbE router interface in Juniper's booth 1448. These 100Gbps demonstrations represent the continued advances made by the joint initiative-announced last year at SC08-between the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), Internet2, Infinera, Juniper Networks and Level 3 Communications. The five organizations announced an initiative to work together to develop and deploy 100GbE services with the ultimate goal of implementing a fully-operational 100GbE network.

ESnet and Internet2 have both begun aggressive projects to pursue deployment of testbeds and eventual production deployment of 100GbE to support the growing data demands of scientific research. With these industry-leading partners, both Internet2 and ESnet are continuing to pursue their vision for 100GbE-capable research and education (R&E) networks.

Juniper's T1600 will support the industry's first 802.3ba compliant 100GbE router interface, which is also being demonstrated in Juniper's booth 1448. In conjunction with the TX Matrix Plus, the T1600 is designed to scale up to 25 terabits per second (Tbps) of total capacity.

"With 'Big Science' projects like the Large Hadron Collider expected to be generating data flows of 100Gbps as soon as 2010, it's clear that the world's scientific research and education community needs to move beyond groups of 10Gbps waves and be ready with 100GbE solutions in the very near term," said Kanaiya Vasani, vice president of product management, High-End Systems Business Unit, Juniper Networks. "As trends such as cloud computing and video continue to drive network traffic in all other industry and consumer sectors, service providers and other large network operators will require a new generation of scale-100 Gigabit Ethernet meets this need."

Internet2, in partnership with Level 3, operates an advanced nationwide network serving the U.S. research and education community, designed to seamlessly add capacity as its members' needs evolve. Through a unique and deep partnership, ESnet shares control and operation of the Internet2 optical infrastructure. Both networks have already experienced rapid growth as global collaborations continue to expand to nearly every research discipline, making the path towards 100GbE a natural next step.

"Just a year after our partners agreed to the challenge of building a 100GbE interoperable prototype, we are very pleased by the progress made with our collaborators on the path toward 100 Gigabit Ethernet that doesn't just demonstrate optics or switching, but combines the two in to a working IP and MPLS backbone for advanced science," said Rob Vietzke, Internet2 executive director of Network Services. "Many researchers in our community are already pushing the limits of 10Gbps technology with sustained flows reaching over 9Gbps for an individual researcher's workstation. Internet2 is committed to delivering capabilities to our members to ensure that our network meets their scientific requirements today and provides the right platform to support their science innovations well into the future. 100GbE is part of that future."

"Level 3 continues to work with leaders in the industry to drive toward a commercially viable 100GbE service architecture," said Jack Waters, chief technology officer for Level 3. "100 Gigabit Ethernet offers the promise of superior economics with greater network performance and scale to support our customers as they face ongoing bandwidth demand growth."

Infinera has been a leader in the move to 100GbE for several years. Infinera's photonic integrated circuits (PICs) integrate 100Gbps of optical capacity on a pair of chips and Infinera's Bandwidth Virtualization architecture is designed to enable a wide range of services, including future 100GbE services, to be transported over today's optical infrastructure with speed and flexibility. At SC09, Infinera is demonstrating a pre-production 100 Gigabit Ethernet Module, designed to deliver 100GbE services in today's Infinera DTN. Infinera's next-generation PICs, designed with capacity of 400Gbps on a pair of chips, will enable significant increase in the capacity and scalability of optical networks.

"The research and education community is leading the industry in terms of applications that require large streams of data and highly scalable networks," commented Infinera Chief Technology Officer Drew Perkins. "With our digital architecture based on photonic integrated circuits, Infinera is uniquely positioned to deliver scalable, flexible, intelligent optical networks that can deliver and manage all that bandwidth easily and cost-effectively."

An Ixia test platform was used to generate and capture 100Gbps of test traffic. Ixia has been a leader in the development of 40Gbps and 100Gbps Ethernet standards, working closely with the IEEE 802.3ba task force. Ixia has been an active development partner, helping to bring Juniper's 100Gbps line card to market. Ixia's "K2" 100Gbps load module is used as a reference implementation to ensure that Juniper's interface conforms to industry standards and performs at line rate.

About 100 Gigabit Ethernet

100GbE is the next generation of Ethernet technology, and provides a 10x increase in scale over the 10GbE technologies most prevalent in today's networks. The higher speed is necessitated by growing network traffic, and will enable service providers and R&E networks to efficiently and cost-effectively support trends such as cloud computing, mega-data centers and data-intensive research projects. Internet2, for example, has seen data traffic on its network grow by 3,300% in ten years, and 100GbE will enable them to continue to meet the needs of its member community.

The IEEE is currently finalizing the 100GbE standard, with ratification targeted for mid-2010. The solutions demonstrated today are expected to be fully compliant with the standard when ratified.

About SC09

SC09, sponsored by ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and the IEEE Computer Society, offers a complete technical education program and exhibition to showcase the many ways high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis lead to advances in scientific discovery, research, education and commerce. This premier international conference includes a globally attended technical program, workshops, tutorials, an exhibit area, demonstrations and hands-on learning. The SC conference series is among Tradeshow Week magazine's Top 200 events. For more information on SC09, please visit http://sc09.supercomputing.org/.

For More Information

Visitors to SC09 are encouraged to visit the Juniper booth 1448, where test equipment will produce a visual representation that confirms 100Gbps line-rate transmission.

Additional information regarding each of the companies involved can be found below:
ESnet: http://www.es.net, SC09 booth 723
Infinera: http://www.infinera.com, SC09 booth 1444
Internet2: http://www.internet2.edu, SC09 booth 1355
Ixia: http://www.ixiacom.com/
Level 3 Communications: http://www.level3.com

Media Contacts

Juniper Networks:
Greg Friedmann, 571-203-1723;

Lauren Rotman, 202-331-5345;

Deborah Porchivina, 415-272-0943;

Kelly Maloit, 818-444-2957;

Level 3:
Debra Havins, 720-888-7466;

Jon Bashor, 510-486-5849;

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