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SingAREN unveils the first 100 Gbps community network in Singapore

Zafirah Salim | Aug. 29, 2014
SingAREN-Lightwave Internet Exchange (SLIX) provides Singapore’s R&E community seamless access to a network with a hundred times more capacity than before, and enjoy bandwidth fully dedicated to their use.

First row: (from left) Tommy Hor, Senior Director, NUS Computer Centre; Lionel Gan, General Manager, Australia, Ciena Communications Singapore; A/Prof. Francis Lee Bu Sung, President, SingAREN; Charles Voon, Regional Director, ASEAN, 3D Networks Singapore; Beni Sia, Regional Director for SEA, Brocade Communications Singapore
Second row: (from left) John Kan, Chief Information Officer, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR); Tay Kheng Tiong, Chief Information Officer, Nanyang Technological University (NTU); Wee Woon Tian, Managing Director, Bluetel Networks; Leong Mun Yuen, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Director, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore; Lawrence Wong, Vice President, SingAREN

Singapore Advanced Research and Education Network (SingAREN) launched yesterday (August 28, 2014) the first 100 Gbps community network in the Southeast Asia region which will help Singapore's research and education (R&E) community to gain access to a super high-speed network with 100 times the capacity than before.

Dubbed the SingAREN-Lightwave Internet Exchange (SLIX), this new network will provide the research and education sector bandwidth fully dedicated to their use. Built on an optical fibre core comprising dark fibres, SLIX allows resiliency, future capacity upgrades, and technology-proof network connectivity.

Funded by SingAREN and the National Research Foundation (NRF), SLIX is the result of a collaboration with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National University of Singapore (NUS).

According to SingAREN, SLIX will serve as a R&E testbed that enables researchers and educators to run services for the R&E community, specifically for Big Data and high-speed applications such as genome and climate data.

Some examples of R&E applications that are supported by SLIX include database mirroring services, bilateral disaster recovery, high-performance computing federation and shared services, and high-volume peering for content data networks.

In addition, SLIX will also enable research organisations to test different protocols for interconnections such as the Infiniband; and optical network researchers to carry out their experiments.

"SingAREN is proud to be the first to launch a 100 Gbps research and education network in the region. By increasing the network speed by ten-fold and with our suite of value-added services, SingAREN aims to facilitate collaborations amongst our local research organisations and with their international counterparts," said Associate Professor Francis Lee Bu Sung, President of SingAREN. "We would like to thank A*STAR, NTU and NUS for working closely with us to realise this network."


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