Internet2 racing ahead with 100G Ethernet network

Juniper T1600 routers rolling in to Internet2, to be showcased at Supercomputing 10 event

Internet2, an advanced networking consortium led by education and research organizations, says it has started receiving shipments from Juniper Networks to build out a 100G Ethernet network across the United States. (Earlier this week, Verizon Business separately announced plans for a 100G Ethernet link in Europe using Juniper gear.)

"Some of the equipment will be leveraged during a 100Gbps multi-vendor demonstration at Supercomputing 2010 (SC10) in New Orleans next week," says Chris Robb, Internet2 Director of Operations and Engineering. "Internet2 is expecting to migrate half of its current network to the [Juniper] T1600 platform in 2011, with the rest of the migration to occur within the following year. As Internet2 completes the build of its new multi-terabit optical network it will then begin interconnecting the T1600 routers with 100Gbps Ethernet links. By 2013, Internet2 will have a fully upgraded IP core backbone utilizing Juniper T1600 routers all interconnected with 100 GigE."

Robb says the final network will extend the current 9-node IP network to 10 core nodes, and will ride atop an optical network that will boast between 5 and 8 terabits of capacity. 

Internet2 received funding for its big network project through a federal stimulus grant via the National Telecommunications and Informatino Administration. Internet2 says the network will enable support for some 200,000 community institutions such as schools and libraries.

Juniper has been out in front on 100G Ethernet, announcing the first 100G Ethernet router interface in June of 2009. Internet2 said back in December, 2008 that it was working with Juniper, Infinera and others to develop and test 100G Ethernet services.

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