ADVA Optical Networking, Juniper Networks, University of Michigan collaborate on OpenFlow-based Big Data transport demo

ADVA Optical Networking, Juniper Networks (NYSE:JNPR), and the University of Michigan are using this week’s SC13 to demonstrate an OpenFlow-based approach for network scalability. Targeted at research and education organizations, the demonstration combines Juniper Networks' PTX Series Packet Transport Routers with integrated 100G coherent transponders and ADVA Optical Networking's 100G Core technology to enable the transport of multiple petabytes of data.

The two systems vendors, who have worked closely together on several projects, including the first version of optical transport capabilities for the PTX Series (see "PTX Series Packet Transport Switch starts Juniper Networks down packet-optical transport path"), say that they have enabled the ADVA FSP 3000 and its 100G Core transponder to communicate directly with the Juniper Networks' PTX router and its 100G coherent transponder over an error free long haul circuit – which they say has not been done previously. The elimination of intermediary client interfaces reduces capital and operating costs and creates a resilient, multilayer network approach. The addition of OpenFlow compatibility provides a foundation for software-defined networking and network virtualization that R&E networks (and others) can employ today, the companies say.

Details of the demonstration are available in the following slide deck from ADVA:


“We live in an era of mass collaboration; an era of sharing data, resources, and knowledge; an era defined by global interworking,” said Niall Robinson, vice president, PLM, packet optical solutions, ADVA Optical Networking. “This trend will continue to increase and will continue to demand a supporting network that can transport enormous volumes of data. Research and education organizations are acutely aware of this. To be a part of global scientific conversations demands a network that can scale, a network that can meet the petabyte era. That's the very essence of this demo. We're not just showing an isolated technology here, we're showcasing a fully realized global network; one based on a seamless interworking of optical layer and Supercore routing technology. This isn't just a vision, it's a reality.”

“Through our partnership with ADVA Optical Networking and the University of Michigan, we’re doing our part to advance the research community’s ability to stay ahead of the relentless pace of modern scientific breakthrough and discovery. Without a strong supporting network infrastructure to transport huge amounts of scientific information, these discoveries would likely be much more limited,” added Paul Obsitnik, vice president, service provider marketing, Juniper Networks. “Together, we've built a live network that is successfully transporting huge amounts of data, error-free, on a global scale. This demonstration underscores our commitment to an open ecosystem where scientific organizations can migrate from their existing networks to a multi-vendor infrastructure that can accommodate the demands of big data and the demands of future scientific collaboration.”

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