Infinera extends ESnet 100G capability to Long Island NY


Infinera, a leading provider of Digital Optical Networks, announced today the deployment of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) services on the Long Island MAN portion of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) with the Infinera DTN Platform. 

Leveraging ESnet’s existing Infinera Digital Optical Network, ESnet will offer 100GbE services from DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory to data centers in Manhattan and back onto ESnet’s nationwide network. Brookhaven National Laboratory is one of two facilities in the U.S. making data from the Large Hadron Collider’s ATLAS experiment available to the 44 U.S. institutions participating in the ATLAS project. ATLAS is designed to detect particles created by the proton-proton collisions as part of the search for the Higgs boson, a particle which may be the source of mass for all matter. In addition, ESnet provides a high-speed network serving tens of thousands of the DOE’s scientists and collaborators worldwide.

“We initially installed Infinera’s DTN for our control plane testbed used to assess potentially disruptive technologies like ARCHSTONE multi-layer networking and Layer2 OpenFlow,” said ESnet Director Greg Bell. “Based on its performance in that demanding environment, we decided to continue to deploy the same DTN platform for our 100GbE production network on Long Island.”

Infinera’s DTN platform allows ESnet to efficiently expand their network capabilities and provide leading edge services with rapid turn up times. The Infinera DTN platform, built with photonic integrated circuits (PICs), offers the ability to increase capacity to accommodate critical research demands with unmatched operational simplicity and scalability. The PIC-based solution benefits from reduced size, power, costs and improved reliability, thereby resulting in lower capital and operational expenses while operating a more flexible optical network.

“We are pleased to provide a solution to ESnet that enables them to continue to provide reliable, high-bandwidth connectivity to thousands of researchers across the country,” Scott Chandler, Vice President, North America Sales at Infinera.

ESnet first deployed the Infinera DTN platform for an advanced network testbed, and then leveraged the platform to provide production network services over the dark fiber ring in Long Island. In November, Infinera and ESnet successfully demonstrated transport Software Defined Networking on ESnet’s testbed.