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Abilene Network Upgrade to 10 Gbps Complete

Posted on Feb 04, 2004 by Doug Howell
Tags: imported, Internet2 Network, IPv6, Network Infrastructure, Network Performance, Research & Education Networks


Michelle Pollak
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Abilene Network Upgrade to 10 Gbps Complete

New OC-192 circuits provide Abilene participants leading-edge networking capability

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 4, 2004 – Abilene, the most advanced research and education network in the United States, today announced the completion of its upgrade from 2.5 Gigabits per second (Gbps) to 10 Gbps. The Internet2® backbone network upgrade quadruples the capacity to more than 15,000 times faster than a typical home broadband connection. Abilene partners, Indiana University, Juniper Networks and Qwest Communications, provided the equipment and services to successfully implement the network upgrade.

The Abilene upgrade gives researchers, students and professors at more than 200 Internet2 member institutions a more robust network, on which to conduct research; supports both Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) and native IPv6 networks; and increases overall network performance.

“With the upgrade now complete, Abilene continues to provide the Internet2 membership with a vehicle for advancement and development through a leading-edge, national network environment,” said Internet2 president and CEO, Douglas Van Houweling. “Many thanks go to our partners who made the upgrade a smooth process with their ongoing support.”

New routers were installed across the 13,000 route-mile national backbone, and all but one OC-48c circuit was replaced with an OC-192c circuit. In the process, several router locations were changed, but all remain collocated in Qwest points of presence (PoPs).

“This upgrade of Abilene is a significant milestone in achieving the goal of providing advanced network capabilities for teaching and research,” said Indiana University associate vice president for telecommunications, Brian D. Voss. “ Indiana University is delighted to be a partner in Abilene , and we are proud to host the Abilene Network Operations Center and to have provided the hands-on expertise for this upgrade of Abilene .”

“We are proud to work with Internet2 on upgrading the Abilene Network to 10 Gigabits per second performance with our T-series routing platforms,” said John Jamison, director of Research and Education Markets, Juniper Networks.  “We are confident that our products and services will deliver the highest levels of performance to Abilene users on Internet2 campuses underscoring our dedication to meeting the technology demands of higher education.”

“Qwest's contributions to the Abilene Network represent the company's position of leadership in the broadband IP marketplace,” said Clifford S. Holtz, executive vice president, Qwest Business Markets Group. “Through Qwest's nationwide network, Internet2 member institutions can count on the fast, reliable transfer of communications, contributing to the success of their research endeavors.”

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About the Abilene Network
The Abilene Network is an Internet2 high-performance backbone network that enables the development of advanced Internet applications and the deployment of leading-edge network services to Internet2 universities and research labs across the country. The network has become the most advanced native IP backbone network available to universities participating in Internet2.

The Abilene Network supports the development of applications such as virtual laboratories, digital libraries, distance education and tele-immersion, as well as the advanced networking capabilities that are the focus of Internet2. Abilene complements and peers with other high-performance research networks in the United States and internationally. For more information, visit: .

About Internet2®
Led by more than 200 U.S. universities, working with industry and government, Internet2 is developing and deploying advanced network applications and technologies for research and higher education, accelerating the creation of tomorrow's Internet. Internet2 recreates the partnerships among academia, industry, and government that helped foster today's Internet in its infancy. For more information about Internet2, visit: .

About Indiana University
Indiana University is one of the oldest state universities in the Midwest and also one of the largest universities in the United States, with more than 110,000 students, faculty, and staff on eight campuses. IU has a growing national and international reputation in the areas of information technology and advanced networking. IU, at its Indianapolis campus, is home to the Abilene Network Operations Center as well as the Global Research Network Operations Center (Global NOC®). For more information, see: .

About Juniper Networks
Juniper Networks transforms the business of networking by converting a commodity - bandwidth - into a dependable, secure, and highly valuable corporate asset. Founded in 1996 to meet the stringent demands of service providers, Juniper Networks is now relied upon by the world's leading network operators, government agencies, research and education institutions, and information-intensive enterprises as the foundation for uncompromising networks. Juniper Networks is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. Additional information can be found at .

About Qwest Communications
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leader in reliable, scalable and secure broadband data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. The Qwest Macro Capacity® Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed and efficiency, spans more than 190,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at