November 10, 2005 Cypress, CA -- National LambdaRail's (NLR) network infrastructure will be used to provide the majority of bandwidth for next week's SC05 conference in Seattle, Washington. More than 240 Gbit/sec of networking capacity over 24 individual wavelengths of the NLR infrastructure will be used for the conference, including a 40-Gbit/sec capable wide-area link, provided in partnership with Cisco, specifically established for SC05.
NLR is a major initiative of U.S. research universities and private sector technology companies. SC05, the premier international conference on high performance computing, networking, and storage, will showcase how these technologies lead to advances in research, education, and commerce.
Network connectivity for the conference includes ten wavelengths being provided by NLR and its partner Cisco, as well as 14 NLR wavelengths already acquired and in use by CENIC and PNWGP (5); Internet2 (2); Oak Ridge National Laboratory (4); the U.S. Department of Energy's ESnet (1); and the University of California, San Diego and the University of Illinois, Chicago (2).
NLR says that because it owns the underlying optical fiber and networking equipment, it is able to flexibly provision connections for SC05 with more than 150,000x the capacity of typical home broadband, to support demonstrations in areas such as grid computing, visualization, and collaboration, as well as next generation networking development.
"We are pleased that the NLR infrastructure is the wide area networking choice for some of the most demanding applications being demonstrated at the SC conference this year," says Tom West, CEO of NLR. "NLR is committed to providing the research and education community the power and flexibility of next-generation IP and optical networking technologies, and the SC conference is an ideal opportunity to see these capabilities in action."