September 22, 2005 San Diego, CA and Hayward, CA -- Glimmerglass announced today that the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded OptIPuter project has purchased the company's intelligent optical switch to cross-connect all singlemode fiber connections in the OptIPuter 10-Gbit/sec optical network backbone, which is connected to the National LambdaRail (NLR).
The Glimmerglass switch, already in place in OptIPuter's University of Illinois facility, has been mirrored in the project's University of California, San Diego facility (UCSD). The project, named for its use of optical networking, Internet Protocol, as well as computer storage, processing, and visualization techniques, was created to explore and implement "super-networks" wherein the central architectural element is optical networks, not computers.
Glimmerglass says its switch at UCSD supports 128 x 128 input x output fibers, and will serve in featured demonstrations at iGrid 2005, an international grid conference, held September 26 - 29 in San Diego. According to a press release, demonstrations at the conference are to include: real-time, multi-scale brain data assembly, acquisition, and analysis among collaborative but geographically dispersed centers; parallel interactive 3D visualization of earth science interest; and use of global lambdas for particle physics analysis.
"The Glimmerglass optical switches allow us to automatically control extremely large, extremely complex networks, and to pre-configure different network architectures that can be called and loaded on demand," explains Larry Smarr, director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a partnership of UCSD and UC Irvine, and a principal investigator on the OptIPuter project. "We can dynamically re-allocate a light path in seconds. This is a huge time-saver for us, and critical for conducting important network tests."
"Grid technology and the OptIPuter project are giving us all a glimpse into what's possible using massively parallel, dynamically reconfigurable optical networks," adds Robert Lundy, CEO of Glimmerglass. "We're proud to be part of it."
OptIPuter is a five-year, $13.5 million project funded by the National Science Foundation, designed to enable scientists who are generating massive amounts of data to interactively visualize, analyze, and correlate their data from multiple storage sites connected to optical networks. UCSD and UIC lead the research team, in partnership with researchers at Northwestern University, San Diego State University, the Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California, and UC Irvine, with multiple industry partners. For more information, go to www.optiputer.net.