Dublin University's Trinity College picks Glimmerglass optical switches for telecom network project

November 29, 2005 Dublin, Ireland and Hayward, CA, -- The Center for Telecommunications Value-Chain Research (CTVR), headquartered at Dublin University, Trinity College, has purchased three Glimmerglass "intelligent optical switches" to power optical connections within the college's telecommunications network.

November 29, 2005 Dublin, Ireland and Hayward, CA, -- The Center for Telecommunications Value-Chain Research (CTVR), headquartered at Dublin University, Trinity College, has purchased three Glimmerglass "intelligent optical switches" to power optical connections within the college's telecommunications network.

According to a press release, the CTVR team is building a prototype of an intelligent, high capacity network which is significantly more economical than the purely router based networks in use today. Termed "cut-through" paths, the network's edge nodes detect a high volume of traffic to a common destination and automatically provision a pure optical path through the network to carry large packet flows. Such "cut-through" path provisioning is designed to circumvent expensive core routers with significantly improved performance for both applications and networks.

"We needed an affordable switch that would also give us a great deal of control at lower network layers," explains Professor Donal O'Mahony, director of Trinity's Telecommunication Center. "Glimmerglass gave us both the switching speed and the control we needed."

"The leading initiatives throughout the world for developing advanced high capacity networks employ Glimmerglass switches at the core," adds Robert Lundy, CEO of Glimmerglass. "While our 'workhorse' products manage and protect live commercial networks today, they are also the platform for the intelligent networks of tomorrow."

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