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Internet2 to Deploy First 100 Gigabit Ethernet Research Network

Posted on Nov 11, 2010 by Doug Howell
Tags: 100 gigabit Ethernet, Collaboration, imported, Innovation Platform, Network Infrastructure, Research & Education Networks

Organization Extends Partnership with Juniper Networks To Deploy its 100 Gbps Core Routers As First Milestone in Nationwide Network Upgrade

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 11, 2010 -- Internet2 announced today it will begin deployment of a new, nationwide 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) network that, once complete, will be one of the most sophisticated research and education network platforms ever built. The network will not only meet the current and future needs of the U.S. research and higher education community, but will also extend new capabilities to community anchor institutions nationwide.

In its creation of the world's first 100 GigE nationwide research network, Internet2 is extending its long-standing partnership with Juniper Networks and plans to incorporate the company's innovative 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) core router technology across the entire backbone to increase the resiliency and core capacity of the network while achieving maximum operational and power efficiencies.

As part of its recently awarded federal stimulus grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Internet2 is creating a nationwide high-capacity network that will enable advanced networking features for more than 200,000 essential community anchor institutions. This advanced, coast-to-coast network infrastructure will support the connection of community anchors—schools, libraries, community colleges, health centers and public safety organizations—to enable advanced uses of the network such as distance learning and telemedicine applications not possible using today's typical Internet service.

Just as importantly, the new network will have the capabilities needed to meet the emerging bandwidth demands of the research community especially as U.S. participation in large scale globally distributed science experiments like the Large Hadron Collider continues to rapidly grow.

"Internet2 plays an important role in connecting community anchor institutions around the nation to advance research and education and to encourage the adoption of next-generation Internet applications," said Rob Vietzke, Internet2 executive director of network services. "This can only be achieved through a robust network that can support high-bandwidth applications in large-scale scientific research, as well as telemedicine, public safety and distance education. As we build the first 100 Gig research network, our partnership with Juniper Networks is critical to delivering on this promise."

Juniper Networks® T1600 Core Routers, equipped with their 100 GigE interface cards, will enable Internet2 to provide state-of–the-art networking based on IPv6 and multicast services, including the capacity and connection speeds required by high-bandwidth, rich media applications in a growing number of research and education disciplines.

In addition, Internet2 will leverage the investment protection and operational continuity Juniper Network provides through its T Series routers, allowing for easier upgrades and enabling the scaling of network capabilities both now and in the future.

"As the provider of the industry's only shipping standards-based IP/MPLS 100 GE interfaces, we're proud to be playing a key role in Internet2's deployment of the world's first 100 GE research network," said Stefan Dyckerhoff, executive vice president and general manager, Infrastructure Products Group, Juniper Networks. "A network of this magnitude can only succeed on a platform that is built for the future, and Juniper's T Series Core Routers can provide the total system densities, operating system reliability and operational efficiencies needed to support these high-bandwidth applications."

In the coming weeks, Internet2 will announce a 100 GigE optical transport equipment provider partner and will begin deployment on a region-by-region basis. Internet2 expects to complete deployment of this new network in 2013.

To learn more about Internet2's new 100GigE network, visit booth#3539 at SC10 from November 15-18, 2010 in New Orleans, LA.

About Internet2

Internet2® is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions.

Internet2 consists of more than 220 U.S. universities, 60 leading corporations, 70 government agencies, 38 regional and state education networks and more than 100 national research and education networking partners representing more than 50 countries. Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Emeryville, Calif.; and Washington, DC. For more information, visit