SDN architectures

Big Bandwidth Bolsters SC13

A number of telecom companies are making this week's Super Computing 2013 (SC 13), the 25th Anniversary of the high-performance computing convention, extra special by bringing the latest in high-capacity transport gear to support the conference's SCinet network and related demonstrations.

Among the companies showcasing advanced technology at the event are ADVA Optical Networking , Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN), Infinera Corp. (Nasdaq: INFN), Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR), Spirent Communications plc , Zayo Group Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO), and many more.

Ciena is providing 400G transmission and terabit switching capabilities, while Zayo and Infinera are contributing 1Tbit/s super-channel transmission capacity and demonstrating provisioning of 100G services from the show floor to sites in Denver and Chicago. Spirent, meanwhile, is providing testing support for SCinet.

Of particular interest is a demonstration involving Juniper, ADVA and the University of Michigan. That demo shows how to set up a globally distributed OpenFlow network that can be used by researchers to transport multiple petabytes of data for collaborative research purposes.

Why this matters
We have been hearing a lot this year about innovations in 400G and the path to 1 Tbit/s. These developments have come from various vendors touting their latest lab achievements and from the forums of standards and certification groups trying to figure out how to ensure mass deployment and interoperability.

But we're not there yet, and a necessary step in the evolution to these network capabilities is to prove how they can significantly improve things for potential users confronted daily with big data challenges. The SC13 showcase takes us a step in that direction as we await more innovations and collaborative efforts that will kick the 400G/1Tbit/s era into high gear.

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— Dan O'Shea, Managing Editor, Light Reading

DOShea 11/30/2013 | 8:39:04 PM
Also worth mentioning... Brocade conducted a live multi-vendor packet-optical SDN demonstration with Infinera and ESnet, and also displayed its new aggregation switch.
DOShea 11/19/2013 | 8:30:54 PM
Zayo and Infinera A bit of breaking news got lost amid the show demo announcements: Prior to this week, Zayo was not officially on record as a customer for Infinera's DTN-X. Zayo now has the platform deployed for its super-channel between Denver and Chicago.
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