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VIOLA Uses Alcatel Switch

PARIS -- Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced that its award winning transport service switch is an integral part of the VIOLA (Vertically Integrated Optical test bed for Large Applications) network in Germany. The VIOLA network, funded by the German Federal State secretary for Research and Education (BMBF), connects five high performance computer clusters with an aggregated performance of more than 1 Teraflops of computing power (one trillion operations per second) supporting different applications and increased multi-protocol networking requirements.

The Alcatel 1850 TSS answers these requirements by switching any mix of circuits and packets in a flexible and robust way, and has been implemented for carrier-class Ethernet aggregation and multicast service delivery. First tests within the VIOLA lab at Sankt Augutin have shown, that the product is proving excellent at interworking with VIOLA's existing infrastructure that consists of a multi-vendor and multi-layer, integrated optical and IP network.

"We are impressed by the technical proposition and performance of the Alcatel 1850 TSS. It addresses our primary requirements of enabling grid and supercomputing research, but can also support the introduction of new IP applications," stated Ferdinand Hommes, project manager for the VIOLA networking activities. "The product demonstrated the advanced functionality, service flexibility and reliability which are key to make available high-performance applications to scientists and allow them to contribute in collaborative research to the best of their abilities wherever they work."

Alcatel (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA)

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