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January 23, 2008

Ciena's CoreDirector Selected by Caltech for Multi National Research Networking



By Shamila Janakiraman
TMCnet Contributing Editor


Ciena Corporation has announced that California Institute of Technology (Caltech) will deploy Ciena’s CoreDirector Multiservice Optical Switch for use in its multi-national research networking efforts.

Caltech is instrumental in organizing the U.S. Large Hadron Collider Network (U.S. LHCNet), a network which interconnects large research facilities throughout the U.S. and Europe. Caltech also designs and manages implementation of the network to support distributed scientific computing and research.


The U.S LHCNet network has been deployed to connect the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland which has access points in Amsterdam, New York, Chicago and Illinois.

Research facilities in the U.S, like the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet)’s Science Data Network, the Internet2 network and National Lambda Rail (NLR) are also included in the network.

Ciena said that with the help of its CoreDirector platform, Caltech can manage seamless transfer of large capacity of data in the range of multiple terabytes between CERN, Fermilab and Brookhaven DOE laboratories.

The LHCNet connects all U.S. Tier 1 Centers where over 1,000 physicists from as many as 80 U.S. universities and labs are conducting research on high energy physics.

Harvey Newman, professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology said, “In managing the implementation of U.S. LHCNet, we were looking for the easiest and most efficient way to optimize bandwidth utilization while connecting sites across vast distances.”

Commenting on ciena’s CoreDirector platform Newman said, “Ciena’s CoreDirector platform has a rich set of features that allow for Layer 1 and Layer 2 Ethernet lightpath switching, making complicated optical network connections easier to accomplish by automating dynamic provisioning. We are also working on integrating the CoreDirector functionality with some of our distributed monitoring and control software to further support our scientific collaborations on a global scale.”

Ciena’s CoreDirector switching system which is compatible with multiservice environments, facilitates interconnection between the global research networking community as well as supports distributed scientific computing and research. It will also enable intelligent control plane-based automation for optical networks which includes dynamic lightpath signaling and routing capabilities said Ciena in a statement.

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

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