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SingAREN launches a 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) community network

Zafar Anjum | Aug. 28, 2014
Uses SDN-ready Brocade MLXe-4 router as its network core

Singapore Advanced Research and Education Network (SingAREN) has launched the SingAREN-Lightwave Internet Exchange (SLIX), a 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) community network with a Brocade MLXe-4 router at its core.

SingAREN is Singapore's national research and education network.

According to a statement by Brocade, SLIX delivers one hundred times more capacity than SingAREN's previous generation of network infrastructure, providing stronger support for complex, data- and bandwidth-intensive research in areas such as genome and meteorological studies.

In addition, the MLXe-4 core router provides a clear path for the use of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) in SLIX's network, the networking solutions provider said in its statement.

The new network includes a dedicated dual fiber-optic ring - capable of supporting multiple 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) links - that provides a resilient backbone connecting Singapore's key research and education sites.

"I am happy to announce the launch of the SLIX project with its 100 Gbps resilient backbone," said Professor Francis Lee Bu-Sung, President of SingAREN. "SingAREN is again pushing the envelope of technology to provide high-speed connectivity and services that meet the needs of the research and education community. We see Brocade as a key technology partner to meet the challenges of building an agile, scalable, high-speed network infrastructure and Internet exchange point."

In addition to supporting connectivity within the local research community, the SingAREN SLIX core router is a key node for international research and education networks - including APAN, GLORIAD, Internet2, and TEIN - and peers directly with Australia's AARNet and Japan's NII and NICT networks.

According to Professor Francis Lee, SingAREN is already experimenting with the Brocade MLXe-4's SDN capabilities, which he sees as playing a critical role in the future of SLIX. "SDN will enable the dynamic configuration of connections to deliver fast transit over 'clean pipes' for researchers and educators who need to transfer Big Data payloads across SingAREN and international research networks," he said.

The Brocade MLXe-4 supports OpenFlow 1.3 - which allows programmatic control of the router by an SDN controller - in innovative Hybrid Port Mode. This approach allows simultaneous deployment of traditional switching or routing with OpenFlow on a single port, a unique capability that provides SingAREN with a pragmatic path to SDN by enabling it to integrate OpenFlow into its existing network operations.



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