KISTI adds Ciena 8700 Packetwave to 100GbE transoceanic R&E network

The Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) will upgrade its 100-Gbps optical transport with Ciena's (NYSE: CIEN) 8700 Packetwave Platform.

The Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) will upgrade its 100-Gbps optical transport with Ciena's (NYSE: CIEN) 8700 Packetwave Platform.

KISTI's fiber-optic network connects more than 500,000 researchers at more than 190 laboratories and research facilities worldwide. The infrastructure supports a variety of research and development (R&D) projects such as distributed parallel processing of satellite data, development of petascale technology for big data virtualization, and the creation and operation of a national supercomputing infrastructure.

KISTI will use the 8700 to support 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) to 100GbE Ethernet aggregation and switching over coherent DWDM applications. The network operators also will leverage Blue Planet V-WAN application for bandwidth access and provisioning.

Ciena points out that KISTI previously has deployed elements of the system house's converged packet-optical transport portfolio to connect its Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development (GLORIAD) to the Korea Research Environment Open NETwork (KREONET), a national R&D network managed and operated by KISTI, and organized by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (see "Ciena brings coherent 100G to South Korea’s research community").

"For more than 10 years, KISTI has provided the international research community with state-of-the-art-network technologies to meet the high performance and reliability, scalability required by advanced science research communities: high energy physics, astronomy, climate changes, supercomputing, bio-genome, and so on. With digital science increasingly generating larger sums of data, we needed to upgrade our network to enable bandwidth on-demand to remain competitive on a global scale," explains Buseung Cho, director, Department of KREONET Operation and Service, KISTI. "Given our longstanding relationship with Ciena, it was clear they were the right partner to lead us into the petascale era and enable the future-state research environment we seek to create."

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