ADVA platform used in Polish optical Internet initiative

February 18, 2004 Martinsried/Munich, Germany and Mahwah, NJ--ADVA Optical Networking, a global provider of optical networking solutions, and CNT, a provider of storage networking products, and services, today announced that ADVA's Fiber Service Platform (FSP) 3000 Slimline is delivering 10 Gbits/sec of end-to-end bandwidth across the 2,600-km Polish Optical Internet initiative, called PIONIER.

February 18, 2004 Martinsried/Munich, Germany and Mahwah, NJ--ADVA Optical Networking, a global provider of optical networking solutions, and CNT, a provider of storage networking products, and services, today announced that ADVA's Fiber Service Platform (FSP) 3000 Slimline is delivering 10 Gbits/sec of end-to-end bandwidth across the 2,600-km Polish optical Internet initiative, called PIONIER.

The Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) - one of PIONIER's research and development centers for next-generation networks, grids and portals - deployed the FSP 3000 Slimline in combination with Extreme Networks' Black Diamond switches. ADVA partner CNT managed sales and logistics for the ADVA solution. The equipment has been integrated into the PIONIER network by ALMA, a local systems integration company.

Prior to deployment of ADVA's 10-Gbit/sec optical networking equipment, Polish researchers were restricted by the bandwidth limitations of 622-Mbit/sec ATM leased-line connections. PIONIER became fully operational in 2003 with an initial network
deployment of 2,600 km. Thanks to the self-built and managed national fiber infrastructure, PIONIER is today the largest scientific network of this power ever deployed by a European country. It is scheduled to reach a total 5,500 km by the end of 2004 when the final five of twenty-one academic metropolitan area networks (MANs) are interconnected.

Polish scientific and academic research is being transformed by PIONIER's tremendous capabilities. The PIONIER network now supports astronomy and physics applications requiring extraordinary levels of bandwidth. Polish scientists are, for the first time, exploring the possibilities of state-of-the-art applications such as grids, distributed storage and computation, optical virtual private networks, virtual laboratories, distance learning, collaborative work groups, multimedia streaming, remote visualization, and networked knowledge bases.

To achieve PSNC's ambitious price points fixed by government funding allocations, ADVA streamlined the FSP 3000 Slimline to meet the project's single wavelength requirement of today. Fifty-one FSP 3000 Slimline systems have been deployed to-date. And yet, via WDM technology, the FSP 3000 Slimline supports native-speed performance and satisfies PIONIER's requirement for long-term scalability and flexibility. As PIONIER's application needs evolve, new services can be introduced with a few mouse clicks at the FSP SNMP interface.

The FSP 3000 employs parallel use of DWDM and TDM technology to enable all protocols between 8 Mbits/sec and 10 Gbits/sec and up to 256 applications with a total capacity of 320 Gbits/sec to be transported over a single fiber pair. The system's design supports point-to-point, linear add/drop, ring, and meshed network topologies of up to 10 nodes across distances up to 500 km without regeneration. A Slimline chassis version was launched in early 2003 as a feeder solution to transport limited numbers of high-bandwidth applications.

For a comprehensive case study about the PIONIER project and more information about the FSP 3000 and its key applications, please visit ADVA's website.

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