[Videolib] I2-NEWS: New Class of National Networking Infrastructure

Mark W. Kopp (iu8film@iu08.org)
Tue, 16 Sep 2003 08:57:28 -0400

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NEW CLASS OF NATIONAL NETWORKING INFRASTRUCTURE LAUNCHED
TO SUPPORT CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTATION

National LambdaRail, Inc. Puts Promise of Experimental Network
Infrastructure in Hands of Nations Scientists and Researchers
WASHINGTON, D.C. September 16, 2003 National LambdaRail, Inc. (NLR), a
consortium of leading U.S. research universities and private sector
technology companies, today announced it is deploying a new and unique
national networking infrastructure to foster the concurrent advancement of
networking research and next generation network-based applications in
science, engineering and medicine. NLR aims to reenergize innovative
research and development into next generation network technologies,
protocols, services and applications.

National LambdaRail is an important development by the community. It will
contribute to the cyberinfrastructure that is critical to progress in every
field of science and engineering, said Peter Freeman, Assistant Director
for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate of the
National Science Foundation. We are very pleased because this can lead to
significantly expanded access for many researchers and educators to
computational, analytical and visualization tools, as well as large data
repositories. This will help create new scientific opportunities across
the frontier.

NLR is probably the most ambitious research and education networking
initiative since the ARPANET and the NSFnet, both of which led to the
commercialization of the Internet. In the spirit of these great success
stories, NLR strives to again stimulate and support innovative network
research to go above and beyond the current incremental evolution of the
Internet. The results of such endeavors are expected to facilitate further
commercial development and creation of new technologies and markets,
thereby stimulating economic development and contributing to U.S. national
competitiveness.

The new infrastructure provides a wide range of facilities, capabilities
and services in support of both application level and networking level
experiments. NLR serves a diverse set of communities including
computational scientists, distributed systems researchers and networking
researchers. An explicit goal of NLR is to bring these communities closer
together to solve complex architectural and end-to-end network scaling
challenges. The unprecedented richness and flexibility of this unique
optical and IP infrastructure, combined with robust technical support
services, allow multiple concurrent large-scale networking research and
application experiments to coexist on the same infrastructure. This will
enable network researchers to deploy and control their own dedicated
testbeds with full visibility and access to underlying switching and
transmission fabric.

Integral to NLR is each members commitment to further improve end-to-end
network performance by providing dedicated optical capabilities from campus
research labs to integrate seamlessly with NLR, said Tracy Futhey, Chair of
NLR Board of Directors and Vice President of Information Technology and
Chief Information Officer at Duke University. We will work closely with
the growing set of regional and enterprise optical networking initiatives
to deliver NLR capabilities to university campuses and into researchers
laboratories. We hope to spur the development of other such efforts around
the country.

For the first time, the research community has acquired a national dark
fiber footprint that can concurrently support network research at the
optical, switching, routing, middleware, and application layers. NLR is
lighting the first fiber pair with an optical Dense Wavelength Division
Multiplexing (DWDM) network capable of transmitting up to 40 simultaneous
light wavelengths (lambdas or waves) each at 10 gigabits per second (Gbps).

NLR is also deploying a switched Ethernet network and a routed IP network
over the optical DWDM network. Combined, these networks enable the
allocation of independent, dedicated, deterministic ultra-high performance
network services to applications, groups, networked scientific apparatus
and instruments, and research projects. The optical waves enable building
networking research testbeds at switching and routing layers with ability
to re-direct real user traffic over them for testing purposes. For optical
layer research testbeds additional dark fiber pairs are available on the
national footprint.

NLR is the first national scale network to deploy transcontinental circuits
based upon 10 Gbps Ethernet (LAN PHY) technologies end-to-end, which are
widely used in enterprise, institutional and home networks. This inclusion
of Ethernet standards based facilities in NLR represents a generational
shift in the nature, usability and cost of technologies in backbone
networks. NLR is expected to enable a new generation of pervasive high
performance cyber infrastructure for science and research which will
eventually migrate to enterprise and industry use.

Critical to this unique effort is the participation of Cisco Systems,
Inc. As the key provider of equipment to NLR and a proponent of its
research objectives, Cisco technologies, including optical DWDM
multiplexers, Ethernet switches and IP routers are being used for
deployment of the infrastructure.

National LambdaRail is a unique concept for advanced networking research,
said Mario Mazzola, Chief Development Officer for Cisco Systems. It is not
only a unique network infrastructure and tool, but it is also a virtual
laboratory for its partners and will concurrently support innovative
research at all layers of the network, as well as next generation
applications. As such, it will be a useful tool in developing new
capabilities for future critical and cyber infrastructures.

NLR is currently seeking additional complementary corporate participation
as well as collaboration with federal research agencies in support of their
sponsored research projects to achieve a broad impact within the research
and education community.

Current NLR members and associates include:

Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, CENIC
(http://www.cenic.org)
Pacific Northwest GigaPop, PNWGP (http://www.pnw-gigapop.net)
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (http://www.psc.edu)
Duke University (http://www.duke.edu), representing a coalition of North
Carolina Universities
Mid-Atlantic Terascale Partnership, MATP and the Virginia Tech Foundation
(http://www.midatlantic-terascale.org)
Cisco Systems (http://www.cisco.com)
Internet2(R) (http://www.internet2.edu)
Florida LambdaRail, LLC (http://www.flrnet.org)
Georgia Institute of Technology (http://www.gatech.edu)
Committee on Institutional Cooperation, CIC (http://www.cic.uiuc.edu)

Pending NLR members include:

Texas Universities Consortium

About National LambdaRail
National LambdaRail, Inc. (NLR) is a major initiative of U.S. research
universities and private sector technology companies to provide a national
scale infrastructure for research and experimentation in networking
technologies and applications. NLR puts the control, the power and the
promise of experimental network infrastructure in the hands of our nations
scientists and researchers. Visit http://www.nationallambdarail.org for
more information.

Contact:
Tom West
NLR, Inc.
1-562-346-2280
twest@nationallambdarail.org

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Mark W. Kopp
Circulation Coordinator
Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8
Instructional Materials Services Department
580 Foot of Ten Road
Duncansville, Pa 16635
(814) 695-1972 Phone
(814) 695-3018 Fax
E-Address:
mailto:iu8film@iu08.org
See us on the Web at:
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NEW CLASS OF NATIONAL NETWORKING INFRASTRUCTURE LAUNCHED
TO SUPPORT CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTATION

National LambdaRail, Inc. Puts Promise of Experimental Network Infrastructure in Hands of Nations Scientists and Researchers
WASHINGTON, D.C. September 16, 2003 National LambdaRail, Inc. (NLR), a consortium of leading U.S. research universities and private sector technology companies, today announced it is deploying a new and unique national networking infrastructure to foster the concurrent advancement of networking research and next generation network-based applications in science, engineering and medicine.  NLR aims to reenergize innovative research and development into next generation network technologies, protocols, services and applications.

National LambdaRail is an important development by the community.  It will contribute to the cyberinfrastructure that is critical to progress in every field of science and engineering, said Peter Freeman, Assistant Director for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation.  We are very pleased because this can lead to significantly expanded access for many researchers and educators to computational, analytical and visualization tools, as well as large data repositories.  This will help create new scientific opportunities across the frontier.

NLR is probably the most ambitious research and education networking initiative since the ARPANET and the NSFnet, both of which led to the commercialization of the Internet.  In the spirit of these great success stories, NLR strives to again stimulate and support innovative network research to go above and beyond the current incremental evolution of the Internet.  The results of such endeavors are expected to facilitate further commercial development and creation of new technologies and markets, thereby stimulating economic development and contributing to U.S. national competitiveness.

The new infrastructure provides a wide range of facilities, capabilities and services in support of both application level and networking level experiments.  NLR serves a diverse set of communities including computational scientists, distributed systems researchers and networking researchers.  An explicit goal of NLR is to bring these communities closer together to solve complex architectural and end-to-end network scaling challenges.  The unprecedented richness and flexibility of this unique optical and IP infrastructure, combined with robust technical support services, allow multiple concurrent large-scale networking research and application experiments to coexist on the same infrastructure.  This will enable network researchers to deploy and control their own dedicated testbeds with full visibility and access to underlying switching and transmission fabric.

Integral to NLR is each members commitment to further improve end-to-end network performance by providing dedicated optical capabilities from campus research labs to integrate seamlessly with NLR, said Tracy Futhey, Chair of NLR Board of Directors and Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Duke University.  We will work closely with the growing set of regional and enterprise optical networking initiatives to deliver NLR capabilities to university campuses and into researchers laboratories.  We hope to spur the development of other such efforts around the country.

For the first time, the research community has acquired a national dark fiber footprint that can concurrently support network research at the optical, switching, routing, middleware, and application layers.  NLR is lighting the first fiber pair with an optical Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) network capable of transmitting up to 40 simultaneous light wavelengths (lambdas or waves) each at 10 gigabits per second (Gbps).

NLR is also deploying a switched Ethernet network and a routed IP network over the optical DWDM network.  Combined, these networks enable the allocation of independent, dedicated, deterministic ultra-high performance network services to applications, groups, networked scientific apparatus and instruments, and research projects.  The optical waves enable building networking research testbeds at switching and routing layers with ability to re-direct real user traffic over them for testing purposes.  For optical layer research testbeds additional dark fiber pairs are available on the national footprint.

NLR is the first national scale network to deploy transcontinental circuits based upon 10 Gbps Ethernet (LAN PHY) technologies end-to-end, which are widely used in enterprise, institutional and home networks.  This inclusion of Ethernet standards based facilities in NLR represents a generational shift in the nature, usability and cost of technologies in backbone networks.  NLR is expected to enable a new generation of pervasive high performance cyber infrastructure for science and research which will eventually migrate to enterprise and industry use.

Critical to this unique effort is the participation of Cisco Systems, Inc.  As the key provider of equipment to NLR and a proponent of its research objectives, Cisco technologies, including optical DWDM multiplexers, Ethernet switches and IP routers are being used for deployment of the infrastructure.

National LambdaRail is a unique concept for advanced networking research, said Mario Mazzola, Chief Development Officer for Cisco Systems.  It is not only a unique network infrastructure and tool, but it is also a virtual laboratory for its partners and will concurrently support innovative research at all layers of the network, as well as next generation applications.  As such, it will be a useful tool in developing new capabilities for future critical and cyber infrastructures.

NLR is currently seeking additional complementary corporate participation as well as collaboration with federal research agencies in support of their sponsored research projects to achieve a broad impact within the research and education community.

Current NLR members and associates include:

 Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, CENIC (http://www.cenic.org)
 Pacific Northwest GigaPop, PNWGP (http://www.pnw-gigapop.net)
 Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (http://www.psc.edu)
 Duke University (http://www.duke.edu), representing a coalition of North Carolina Universities
 Mid-Atlantic Terascale Partnership, MATP and the Virginia Tech Foundation (http://www.midatlantic-terascale.org)
 Cisco Systems (http://www.cisco.com)
 Internet2(R) (http://www.internet2.edu)
 Florida LambdaRail, LLC (http://www.flrnet.org)
 Georgia Institute of Technology (http://www.gatech.edu)
 Committee on Institutional Cooperation, CIC (http://www.cic.uiuc.edu)

Pending NLR members include:

 Texas Universities Consortium

About National LambdaRail
National LambdaRail, Inc. (NLR) is a major initiative of U.S. research universities and private sector technology companies to provide a national scale infrastructure for research and experimentation in networking technologies and applications.  NLR puts the control, the power and the promise of experimental network infrastructure in the hands of our nations scientists and researchers.  Visit http://www.nationallambdarail.org for more information.


Contact:
Tom West
NLR, Inc.
1-562-346-2280
twest@nationallambdarail.org
 
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Mark W. Kopp
Circulation Coordinator
Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8
Instructional Materials Services Department
580 Foot of Ten Road
Duncansville, Pa  16635
(814) 695-1972 Phone
(814) 695-3018 Fax
E-Address:
mailto:iu8film@iu08.org
See us on the Web at:
http://www.iu08.org
Click on;   "Instructional Materials Services"


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