T-Systems and Alcatel-Lucent deploy industry-first commercial 100 Gbit/s link spanning optical and IP routing technologies

Date: Tue, 06/15/2010 - 18:24

High Leverage Network™ architecture facilitates a leap forward in collaboration and cloud-based services for leading Universities and research institutions in Germany
T-Systems and Alcatel-Lucent deploy industry-first commercial 100 Gbit/s link spanning optical and IP routing technologies Adolfo Hernandez, President of Alcatel-Lucent EMEA

Alcatel-Lucent and T-Systems, Deutsche Telekom's corporate customer arm, today announced they have achieved an industry first by connecting high-performance data centers of the Dresden and Bergakademie Freiberg technical universities with a 60 km link using commercial 100 Gigabit/second (100G) connectivity that leverages both IP and optical technologies. This unique combination enables unmatched end-to-end scalability, performance and compatibility across core, edge and metro networks. The data on the 100G link between the two universities are processed in real-time and are being transmitted on a single wavelength – an industry first.
The extremely high bandwidth of 100G communications technology will improve the cooperation between research facilities and will be used to facilitate more advanced cloud service delivery options and pave the way for proliferation of collaborative multimedia applications. Specifically this new broadband link will provide the research data centers an environment in which they can evaluate the properties of bandwidth-intensive applications and services under realistic conditions. Researchers of both universities are using the installation to study the resource requirements of clustered virtual servers, Lustre wide-area file systems, network-attached storage and real-time video conferencing applications under heavy load.
Business and private customers of Deutsche Telekom are using ever more varied and complex applications. Science and research are early adopters of this trend. “As far as network performance is concerned, there is no doubt that we are on our way to the gigabit society, which requires gigabit networks,” says Hagen Rickmann, who is responsible for Innovations and Portfolio Management at Deutsche Telekom´s T-Systems unit. “We must ensure that we can adapt our networks to the constantly increasing demand for bandwidth anytime and in an economical way. Testing the new 100 Gigabit technology between Dresden and Freiberg under real conditions is an important milestone on this way.”
The Center for Information Services and High Performance Computing (ZIH) of Technical University Dresden and the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg will exploit the next generation of network technology to test their application scenarios at an unprecedented level of performance. For distributing data with the Lustre wide-area file system, ZIH will work closely with Indiana University in the framework of their cooperation agreement. Other tests include clustered virtual servers, network-attached storage and real-time video conferencing applications. Of specific interest is the quality of service delivered under high load. The storage infrastructure for these tests is generously provided by DataDirect Networks (DDN).
“With the increasing research focus on engineering in Freiberg, High Performance Computing is a key technology for us. In addition to our own systems we are strengthening our collaboration with ZIH. This testbed allows us to develop and evaluate future concepts of High Performance Computing usage in Saxony”, says Dr. Andreas Kluge, director of the computer center at TU Bergakademie Freiberg.
Leveraging Alcatel-Lucent’s High Leverage NetworkTM (HLN) architecture, this project is the industry’s first deployment of a network that illustrates the benefits of a seamless interaction between optical transport systems and IP Service routers using 100G links. The unique combination offers improvements in overall network scaling from today’s 10G and 40G to 100G, total cost of ownership, power consumption and operational simplification, which are key drivers for Alcatel-Lucent’s Converged Backbone Transformation (CBT) solution. Core elements of the 100G solution deployed between the technical universities of Dresden and Bergakademie Freiberg are the Alcatel-Lucent 1830 Photonic Service Switch, featuring 100G next-generation coherent technology, and the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router with 100G Ethernet interfaces.
“Research data centers, with their exceptional computing power and bandwidth demands, are excellent early adopters for this technological innovation”, says Adolfo Hernandez, President of Alcatel-Lucent EMEA. “With Alcatel-Lucent’s considerable experience in IP routing and optical technologies, and the timely availability of their commercial offerings, we are uniquely positioned to provide 100G across the IP and optical network for seamless, end-to-end high performance, even for the most advanced collaborative and cloud-based applications currently being developed.”

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