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Juniper’s QFabric drives Japan’s largest emulation test beds

Caroline Ng | Aug. 15, 2013
NICT to deploy the new data centre technology for StarBED3.

Network equipment manufacturer, Juniper Networks has announced the availability of its QFabric data centre architecture to power Japan’s largest emulation test beds.

Called the StarBED3, it is the brainchild of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) to simulate large and complex network environments for researchers to test new Internet technologies.

With QFabric, StarBED3 will boast an ultra-low latency, high bandwidth infrastructure to support research and development (R&D) of networks security and services at the Hokuriku StarBED Technology Center.

As a breakthrough technology, QFabric solves existing challenges of connecting a large amount of servers with high speed and low latency, while reining in space and power consumption.

Shinsuke Miwa, director of NICT Hokuriku StarBED Technology Center, said QFabric has boosted the flexibility of PC server cluster network to successfully take largescale emulation into the next generation.

"When you try to design a flexible configuration consisting of many PC server groups linked together by small network devices, you run into problems with speed limitations and latency, as well as with operational and administration standardisation," he said. "QFabric addresses these issues and provides the ideal configuration for next-generational data centres."

As one of the world's largest emulation testbeds, StarBED3 has more than 1,100 physical servers, as well as network switch clusters working at speeds up to 200 Gbps.

"The QFabric architecture, which can be expanded to 40 Tbps, behaves like a single switch running the Junos network operating system, significantly reducing the operational workload of running the data centre," said Douglas Murray, senior vice president, Asia-Pacific, Greater China and Japan of Juniper Networks.

"The QFabric architecture will also reduce power consumption, save space and minimise cooling costs," he added.

Currently, the QFabric technology connects 224 experimental servers at StarBED3 with less than three microseconds of latency, all within a compact space and with low power consumption.

With the new QFabric testbed, academics and professionals from public and private sectors will be able to test largescale emulation technology in the latest Internet protocol environment.


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