DANTE pushing towards world’s first 100G transatlantic network for research and education
Cambridge, UK | 06 March 2013
Call for collaborative partners in ground-breaking transatlantic trials
representing the pan-European GÉANT network, and the America Connects
to Europe project (ACE), managed by Indiana University, have launched a
Prior Information Notice (PIN) to progress the implementation of the
first ever 100G (gigabits per second) transatlantic links for the
research and education community.
Whereas big research projects are already benefiting from the superfast
100G speeds presently being rolled out across the GÉANT network, it is
DANTE’s view that data flows may suffer in the near future once they
reach the Atlantic. Between them
GÉANT and ACE already offer over 80Gbps of transatlantic connectivity,
however this is comprised of multiple 10G links and will lead to
bottlenecks in the future for those 100G users. For that reason, DANTE
aims to replace these over time with multiple 100G links, ensuring that
partners in large research projects in areas such as radio astronomy,
global earth observation, medical research and particle physics continue
to benefit from the best available connectivity.
The ideal outcome of this PIN is to run exploratory trials as part of a
larger collaborative effort with other R&E networks on either side
of the Atlantic, which may lead to subsequent production offerings
following full procurement later in 2013.
Potential suppliers can view the full PIN here