Fall 2006 Internet2 Member Meeting

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Five Essential Elements for Future Regional Optical Networks

Time 12/06/06 08:45AM-10:00AM

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Session Abstract

This is a two-part presentation that covers the five essential elements that will be necessary for successful regional optical networks in the future, followed by a case study review of a recent expansion of the Internet2 network from Ann Arbor to Chicago by Christian Todorov, senior network engineer for Internet2. The five essential elements that should be on every R&E organization's requirements list include:

Gig E Switching - As GigEs become the common unit of bandwidth to be switched through the network, switching at the sub-wavelength level for 1GigE traffic is a crucial requirement while 10GigE is switched using ROADM technology. This ensures the most cost effective dynamic networking

Pay as You Grow Scalability - Ever mindful of limited budgets, the ability to add capacity in small increments is warranted

Investment Protection - As R&E organizations move to higher speeds, platforms must be able to migrate to 40G without a forklift upgrade

Network Efficiency - Using innovations like ADM-on-a-wavelength allows multiple full-rate GigEs to be added or dropped anywhere in the network over a single wavelength leading to more efficient use of time slots

Automated Network Planning and Management Systems - Using automated tools, complex network designs and what-if scenario planning can be done in minutes instead of weeks.


Speaker Christian Todorov Internet2

Speaker Harold Snow Meriton Networks

Presentation Media

Secondary tracks Network Planning and Engineering Advancing Applications: What's Working? What's Not? What's Needed?

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