Janet Lights Up UK

New JANET Lightpath service supports national and international research collaboration

November 27, 2007

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OXFORD, U.K. -- JANET(UK) announces the launch of the JANET Lightpath service to meet the growing needs of the UK research communities for dedicated end-to-end network capacity.

The new JANET Lightpath service operates over the JANET network and provides separation at the network transmission level. With users taking control of the networking at higher layers, the circuit (or lightpath) capacities can be set within a range of a few tens of Mbit/s to a full 10Gbit/s, according to user requirements.

JANET Lightpaths can be typically used to connect research support facilities (e.g. high performance computing and large scale datarepositories) and experimental facilities (particle accelerators, radiotelescopes) across JANET. Lightpaths can also be extended internationally by connection via GÉANT to reach other National Research and Education Networks. Connections to North America and other international networks are also possible via a JANET connection to Chicago.

JANET Lightpath provides segregation of research traffic from normal JANET service traffic. It enables the UK's research communities to transmit large volumes of data or delay-sensitive data across the network. As David Salmon, Research Support Unit Manager at JANET (UK), explains, the requirements and expectations of these users has expanded and changed in recent years: "During the planning of the latest generation of the network backbone, rolled-out earlier this year, it became evident there was a growing requirement from high-end users for separate dedicated networks for research and development purposes."


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