Pacific Wave R&E fiber-optic network goes 100 Gbps via Ciena

The Pacific Wave international network peering facility—which connects research and education (R&E) networks in 40 countries in the Pacific Rim and beyond—has boosted capacity through the installation of the 100-Gbps capable 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, according to the platform’s developer, Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN). This upgrade enables Pacific Wave to offer 100-Gbps connectivity across its R&E network infrastructure, which covers the U.S. West Coast from Los Angeles to Seattle.

The Pacific Wave international network peering facility—which connects research and education (R&E) networks in 40 countries in the Pacific Rim and beyond—has boosted capacity through the installation of the 100-Gbps capable 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, according to the platform’s developer, Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN). This upgrade enables Pacific Wave to offer 100-Gbps connectivity across its R&E network infrastructure, which covers the U.S. West Coast from Los Angeles to Seattle.

Pacific Wave has five peering locations in in three cities: Los Angeles, Sunnyvale, and Seattle. Network participants are located throughout the Pacific Rim and beyond including Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Qatar, Singapore, South America, Taiwan, and the United States. Connectivity to Europe is facilitated via peering with StarLight Chicago.

The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives (CENIC) and the Pacific Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP) operate Pacific Wave as a joint project. The two groups performed the upgrade to ensure that Pacific Wave is consistent with the recent Internet2 and the US Department of Energy (ESnet) 100G backbone upgrades, Ciena says. The network supports ESnet’s On-Demand Secure Circuits and Reservation System (OSCARS), which enables the dynamic provisioning of multi-domain, high-bandwidth virtual circuits.

The 6500 packet-optical transport system enables Pacific Wave’s West Coast backbone to ride on the Internet2 backbone as a fully separated “virtual wave,” to offer the benefits of a private fiber-optic network through managed spectrum.

“This upgrade is the latest step forward in Pacific Wave’s long history of advanced approaches to Layer 2 networking,” says Louis Fox, president & CEO of CENIC. “The 100G upgrade to the Pacific Wave backbone will help empower the next revolution in global scientific collaboration and Science DMZ-model research networking. Ciena’s impressive track record in high-speed fiber-optic network builds makes them a welcome ally in our mission to ensure that California research and education benefits fully from advanced networking and the innovation it enables.”

“With this new 100G West Coast upgrade for Pacific Wave, plus the 10G Northern Wave peering connection between PacWave in Seattle and StarLight in Chicago, PNWGP is delighted to be taking part in what amounts to a massive advance in research networking throughout North America. This is truly 21st century networking, made possible by organizations that work together for a common goal,” added Amy Philipson, executive director of PNWGP.

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