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Ciena Touts a Piece of the Grid

Ciena Corp. (Nasdaq: CIEN) has announced it's deploying high-bandwidth links to supercomputing and grid sites linked to the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, one of the largest of the 15 national lab research facilities run by the U.S. Department of Energy (see Argonne Lab Deploys Ciena).

Big news? Not exactly. Since mid-2002, Argonne's been using Ciena's Online Metro DWDM gear to provide OC48 and OC192 links among several research labs and grid computing networks. And Ciena won't disclose the terms of its arrangement at Argonne, so it's not clear how much money is changing hands.



The present deployment represents about half of what the final network will look like, which is set for completion by year's end. "Grid" is the key word here. Indeed, the most impressive thing about this announcement may be that it makes official Ciena's interest in grid computing, which promises to tie together enormous resources of computing, networking, and online content (see Watch for the Grid and Grid Networking).

The list of Argonne's Ciena-connected sites certainly contains some of the most "happening" spots in grid research today. Here's a sampling:

Bottom line? Ciena's got an "in" with the U.S. government's grid fellowship. In the future, that could turn into a nice reference for Ciena as it aims to meet grid-computing requirements in private-sector projects.

"I think this reflects a larger trend. Many equipment manufacturers are discovering the only people who need DWDM systems are the [research] community," writes Bill St-Arnaud, senior director of advanced networks at Canarie Inc., an advanced Internet development network based in Canada, which participates in the Teragrid and other projects. "The carriers have tons of capacity and so there have been very little sales of DWDM gear to this market."

But despite the potential for future contracts in interesting new markets, some remain unfazed by today's announcement. "I'm not really impressed with this at all," says Sam Greenholtz of Telecom Pragmatics Inc. "I'm not saying the labs take just anyone, but it's not that difficult to fill out the forms and pony up the equipment." There's no evidence, he says, that Ciena was responding to any kind of RFP for the work. What's more, there may not be much money involved.

— Mary Jander, Senior Editor, Light Reading

metro_ether_man 12/4/2012 | 11:50:35 PM
re: Ciena Touts a Piece of the Grid Very interesting!
Does anyone know anyone that works for
Ciena Engineering ?
BobbyMax 12/4/2012 | 11:50:34 PM
re: Ciena Touts a Piece of the Grid The Ciena contract with Argpnne National Lab will provide it with some experience with grid computing. Although Grid computing is a powerful concept, but there are a lot of practical hurdles to create an environment for Grid computing.

To perfect the ideas of Grid computing, it will require the involvement of companies such as IBM, Telcordia or Bell Labs. But other vendors who expect to benefit from this technology should contribute dollar resources to the company that isundertaking todevelop Grid Computing Platform. A very powerful operating system is needed to provide a common platform for Grid computing.
metro_ether_man 12/4/2012 | 11:50:17 PM
re: Ciena Touts a Piece of the Grid Distributed! What's the Hurdle ?
Other than, money!!
googol_byte 12/4/2012 | 11:50:16 PM
re: Ciena Touts a Piece of the Grid I don't know anyone who knows anyone who works for Ciena, but I do know someone who knows someone who knew someone who used to work for Ciena. Does that help you?
gea 12/4/2012 | 11:50:15 PM
re: Ciena Touts a Piece of the Grid "I think this reflects a larger trend. Many equipment manufacturers are discovering the only people who need DWDM systems are the [research] community," writes Bill St-Arnaud, senior director of advanced networks at Canarie Inc., an advanced Internet development network based in Canada, which participates in the Teragrid and other projects. "The carriers have tons of capacity and so there have been very little sales of DWDM gear to this market."

Holy Crap. Either this quote was taken out of context, or this guy is a complete idiot. In the Long Haul, DWDM is an absolute no-brainer, no matter how much fiber you have. Do I have to say why? The eilimination of tons of regenerators eliminates huge amounts of costs and Opps complexity, among other things.

Come to think of it, isn't this the same guy who was saying that the Canarie network was "ethernet direct on fiber", whereas a little digging showed it to be OC-48c/192c POS? This guys' either full of crap or extremely ignorant.

dodo 12/4/2012 | 11:50:14 PM
re: Ciena Touts a Piece of the Grid Gea

That's why this industry is in big trouble. Since 1998, every single optical researcher or scientist in pure optics, IT expert and data networking specialist has become a Telecomm networking planner or guru, let alone those new MBAs who thought they were so smart and didn't understand what engineering or traffic pattern is.
Some can't even differentiate systems from line cards or devices.

Even what his name, George Gilder;And then we start ranting against the VCs:-)

Boy we are doomed !!!!!!!!!!!!
'nough said.
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