Mark W. Kopp (iu8film@iu08.org)
Thu, 02 Oct 2003 13:14:26 -0400

For those interested in Internet2 information...
>Utrecht 2 October - CERN, SURFnet and the University of Amsterdam
>announced that they have succeeded in building and testing a Trans
>European 10 Gbps Ethernet (10 GE) network. Crossing four countries and
>spanning 1700 km, the network uses the new 10 GE WAN PHY transmission
>technology capable of transmitting the equivalent of 1.5 complete data CDs
>every second. The CERN Amsterdam connection was used by researchers from
>the ATLAS experiment and the University of Amsterdam to transfer a single
>TCP data stream between a pair of high-end server PCs at 5.4 Gbps, a rate
>limited by the PCs hardware and software. Using two PCs at each end it was
>shown possible to utilize the full data bandwidth (9.2 Gbps) of the CERN
>to Amsterdam connection. The results are an important milestone in
>exploring the high-speed distribution of data from CERN's new Large Hadron
>Collider, scheduled to come into operation in 2007.
>The network consisted of a SURFnet OC-192 lambda between Amsterdam and
>Geneva delivered by Global Crossing. The setup was first tested for 90
>hours using IXIA network testers. This equipment proved the stability and
>raw performance of the network by transporting 365 TBytes of raw data
>without any bit error or packet loss. In subsequent tests Force10
>switch/routers were connected directly to the DWDM equipment using two 10
>Gbps WAN PHY interfaces. Another setup included Cisco ONS 15454
>Multiservice Optical Platforms in the path. For test purposes several HP
>Itanium and Xeon systems were connected on both sides equipped with Intel
>10 Gbps Ethernet network interface cards.
>The University of Amsterdam and high energy physics research institute
>NIKHEF collaborate with SURFnet to build advanced data transport
>infrastructure using lightpaths. This infrastructure will aid the
>distribution of the experiment data from the LHC experiments at CERN to
>researchers in remote institutes via the data replication centres of which
>NIKHEF will be a node.
>The 10 GE WAN PHY technology permits Ethernet frames to be carried across
>existing SONET/SDH infrastructures. It effectively extends the span of an
>Ethernet network across countries and continents. Long haul Ethernets of
>the type demonstrated between CERN and Amsterdam can offer significant
>cost advantages as they use cheaper and fewer components than traditional
>alternatives, in particular when the 10 GE WAN PHY is directly connected
>to DWDM equipment, as has been shown in some of these tests. The Ethernet
>everywhere approach nicely augments the emerging optical demonstrators at
>NetherLight, StarLight and CANARIE, and the existing router based general
>Internet infrastructure.
>The current successful demonstration of the 10 GE WAN PHY in the field has
>been built on earlier interoperability testing carried out by CANARIE,
>Carleton University and CERN in the laboratory this summer.
>Bob Dobinson from CERN said: "Over the last decades we have seen Ethernet
>become the predominant local area network standard. Now we see the use of
>Ethernet at the Trans European level. "Ethernet everywhere" is a not
>inappropriate slogan for the future world of networking. This could be a
>significant development for the ATLAS experiment."
>Kees Neggers, Managing Director of SURFnet, applauds the results. "SURFnet
>is pioneering with 'hybrid' networking since early 2002 via the NL
>GigaPort project. This work by CANARIE, CERN and University of Amsterdam
>is an excellent demonstration of the potential of lambda services for
>science applications and yet another step in the development of GLIF, the
>emerging Global Lambda Integrated Facility."
>Cees de Laat, associate professor at the University of Amsterdam comments:
>"This is a very important step in proving the feasibility of building a
>services oriented network where adequate equipment is used to deliver the
>best price-performance for the requirements of the GRID users. Using
>router-based infrastructures only at these speeds would turn out to be too
>Bill St. Arnaud, CANARIE commented: "The present tests are a step towards
>extending the Internet end-to-end principle to circuit-based networks.
>Soon high-end GRID applications will have sufficient traffic volume to
>require their own lightpaths, complementing the standard routed network.
>Ethernet over lightpaths is a technology that may allow significant cost
>savings while providing an increased level of flexibility for such scenario."
>The tests were made possible by support from the following manufacturers,
>who have generously contributed their equipment and know how: Force10,
>IXIA, Hewlett Packard, Cisco, Intel, Global Crossing. We acknowledge the
>support of: EU projects ESTA (IST-2001-33182) and DataTAG
>(IST-2001-32459), NL GigaPort project, CERN OpenLAB, NIKHEF and SARA.
>SURFnet operates and innovates the national research network in The
>Netherlands, to which 150 institutions in higher education and research in
>the Netherlands are connected. To remain in the lead SURFnet puts in a
>sustained effort to improve the infrastructure and to develop new
>applications to give users faster and better access to new Internet
>services. Currently SURFnet's network innovation is funded by the Dutch
>government via the GigaPort project. For more information please visit
>CERN is the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, one of the world's
>most prestigious centres for fundamental research. The laboratory is
>currently building the Large Hadron Collider. The most ambitious
>scientific undertaking the world has yet seen, the LHC will collide tiny
>fragments of matter head on to unravel the fundamental laws of nature. It
>is due to switch on in 2007 and will be used to answer some of the most
>fundamental questions of science by some 7,000 scientists from
>universities and laboratories all around the world.
>University of Amsterdam
>The Advanced Internet Research group of the University of Amsterdam's
>Faculty of Science researches new architectures and protocols for the
>Internet. It actively participates in world-wide standardisation
>organisations Internet Engineering Task Force and the Global Grid Forum.
>The group conducts experiments with extremely high-speed network
>infrastructures. The Institute carries out groundbreaking research in the
>fields of security, authorisation, authentication and accounting for Grid
>environments. The Institute is developing a virtual laboratory based on
>Grid technology for e-science applications. For more information please
>visit www.science.uva.nl/research/air.
>CANARIE is Canada's advanced Internet organization, a not-for-profit
>corporation that facilitates the development and use of next-generation
>research networks and the applications and services that run on them. By
>promoting collaboration among key sectors and by partnering with similar
>initiatives around the world, CANARIE stimulates innovation and growth and
>helps to deliver social, cultural, and economic benefits to all Canadians.
>CA*net 4, Canada's national research and innovation network, is developed
>and operated by CANARIE. CANARIE positions Canada as the global leader in
>advanced networking, and is supported by its members, project partners,
>and the Government of Canada.
>NetherLight is an experimental optical Internet interconnection point in
>Amsterdam that is being realised by SURFnet within the context of the
>GigaPort project. Research networks and institutes in the Netherlands and
>abroad can connect their lambdas in order to research models and
>techniques for future generations of optical Internet Exchanges.
>The DataTAG is a project co-funded by the European Union, the U.S.
>Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation. It is led by
>CERN together with four other partners. The project brings together the
>following European leading research agencies: Italy's Instituto Nazionale
>di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), France's Institut National de Recherche en
>Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), the UK's Particle Physics and
>Astronomy Research Council (PPARC), and Holland's University of Amsterdam
>(UvA). The DataTAG project is very closely associated with the European
>Union DataGrid project, the largest grid project in Europe also led by
>CERN. For more information, http://www.datatag.org
>Contact information:
>Mariska Herweijer
>phone: +31 30 2305305
>e-mail: mariska.herweijer@surfnet.nl
>University of Amsterdam
>Dr.ir. Cees de Laat
>Phone: +31 20 5257590
>e-mail: delaat@science.uva.nl
>Bob Dobinson
>Phone: +41 22 767 3066
>e-mail: Bob.dobinson@cern.ch
>Bill St.Arnaud
>Phone: +1 613 944-5603
>e-mail: Bill.St.Arnaud@canarie.ca
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