Pan Dacom Direkt says it has planned and deployed the FAIR Tera Network in collaboration with GSI, an international facility for research with antiprotons and ions. The fiber-optic network will link the GSI Helmholz heavy ion research center with Goethe University Frankfurt.
The FAIR Tera Network currently has a capacity of 120 Gbps, with the ability to expand to 1 Tbps in the future. The network runs more than 100 km and passes the DE-CIX interconnection node in Frankfurt. It employs Pan Dacom Direkt’s SPEED-CARRIER WDM transport platform equipped with a variety of SPEED System cards to meet varying capacity, connectivity, and traffic requirements.
“The network represents a fundamental breakthrough and enables a new generation of communication between more than 1,400 scientists from universities, the unique large-scale accelerator for heavy ions research institutes, and provides access to high-power processing systems with the LOEWE-CSC. It was possible to realize all this with an extremely limited budget,” says Professor Dr. Volker Lindenstruth, project leader and architect of the LOEWE-CSC computer as well as the FAIR Tera Networks.
The network will help the FAIR project provide antiproton and ion beams with unprecedented intensity and quality. When it is finally completed, FAIR will consist of eight ring colliders of up to 1,100 m in circumference, two linear accelerators, and about 3.5 km of beam control tubes. The existing GSI accelerators serve as pre-accelerators.
The FAIR project received an award from the economics ministry of Hessen/Germany for its innovative idea and concept.
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