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Internet2 Community 100G Collaborations

Mar 07, 2012, by Iljun Kim
Tags: 100 gigabit Ethernet, Advanced Networking, Emerging National Research and Education Networks, imported, Internet2 Network, Layer 2 Services, Network Architecture, Network Infrastructure, Network Partnerships, Products & Services, Research & Education Networks

I wanted to take the opportunity to provide some information about the exciting community announcements in February regarding 100 Gbps collaborations.  We look forward to additional announcements in the near future as the community continues along the road to 100G.  We are also updating documentation about Internet2's layer 2 services and 100G solutions and will publish in the near future.

Earlier this month, four major community collaborations were announced to deploy 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) networking capabilities, both to connect campuses and state networks to Internet2’s Advanced Layer 2 network, and to extend the world's first transcontinental 100 Gbps network.

CENIC, the Pacific Northwest Gigapop, (PNWGP) and Internet2 will deploy 100 Gbps optical capabilities across the entire West Coast of the United States, share a common optical networking infrastructure, and work on many network based initiatives including providing advanced broadband capabilities, services, content, and applications to expand the U.S. Unified Community Anchor Network’s (U.S. UCAN) western community.  View the entire CENIC/PNWGP/Internet2 announcement.

Further, Ohio and Indiana became the first states to launch a 100 Gbps research and education network.

Indiana intends to launch a high-speed 100 Gbps network link dedicated to research and education. The new network, named Monon100, runs from Indianapolis to Chicago and links the Indiana GigaPoP with the Internet2 100 Gbps transcontinental backbone. Monon100 is 10 times faster than the current network link and will provide wide-open connectivity between institutions of higher education in Indiana. Capabilities for researchers will be enhanced greatly and the network will provide new opportunities for collaboration – which aims to advance discoveries in science and medicine. View the entire announcement about Indiana's new ultra-high speed network..

Ohio will soon see a ten-fold boost to its broadband network speeds, which will benefit research and job-creating assets statewide. The first ever state-led initiative leverages the fiber optic network operated by OARnet, a member of the Ohio Board of Regents Ohio Technology Consortium, to connect Ohio's major metropolitan areas to northern and southern connection points of Internet2 – supplying network speeds of 100 Gbps to advance research and job growth across Ohio's medical research, higher education, manufacturing, engineering and technology networking corridors.  Ohio public and private partners also will also invest in a state-of-the-art innovation center that will enable and test 100 Gbps technologies and promote the development of compelling broadband, software and advanced technology applications. Located at The Ohio State University, the center will operate in research collaboration with Internet2, NSF-Future Internet Infrastructure (GENI), UC-Berkeley and other national laboratories. View the entire announcement about Ohio's ten fold broadband network boost.