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Optical networking for mainstream research and education networks
Author(s): Roeland Nuijts
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Paper Abstract

Scientific research shows an ever-growing demand for more and higher quality network services. In 2001 the idea began to take hold at SURFnet that we had reached the boundaries of using ever faster connections and ever larger routers to satisfy this demand and that the heavy scientific utilisation of the network posed a growing risk for regular Internet traffic. SURFnet concluded that a simple extrapolation of then current layer3 networks would most likely not be the right answer. This presentation describes how SURFnet started to explore end-to-end lightpath provisioning as an alternative. This exploration has led to the realisation of SURFnet6 as a hybrid optical and packet switching infrastructure, NetherLight as an Open Lightpath Exchange and GLIF as a global facility for lambda networking.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 November 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6784, Network Architectures, Management, and Applications V, 67840A (19 November 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.746208
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Roeland Nuijts, SURFnet (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6784:
Network Architectures, Management, and Applications V
Jianli Wang; Gee-Kung Chang; Yoshio Itaya; Herwig Zech, Editor(s)

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