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Infinera and Corsa partner up to demonstrate SDN-enabled 100G services

By Catherine Knowles
Fri 18 Dec 2015
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Infinera and Corsa have jointly demonstrated SDN-enabled on-demand 100 gigabits per second (100G) packet services.

The demonstration at the Supercomputing '15 (SC15) conference showed the feasibility of delivering the scalable, high-bandwidth services required by high-performance computing (HPC) and advanced research and education (R&E) applications.

It highlighted the capabilities of dynamic multilayer provisioning, precision switching and terabit traffic management, over a converged packet-optical transport network.

Infinera and Corsa collaborated to create this proof-of-concept demonstration using Corsa's 100G DP6400 switching platform, Infinera's Cloud Xpress metro optical transport platform and Infinera-developed SDN control capabilities.

Highlights of the demonstration include:

  • 100G line-rate traffic management with precision switching and fine-grained quality of service (QoS) to support high-priority traffic with strong service-level guarantees using the DP6400 SDN performance switch platform
  • Metro Ethernet Forum standard E-LINE services, including Ethernet Private Line and Ethernet Virtual Private Line
  • 100 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) optical transport using the compact, two-rack unit (RU) Cloud Xpress with one terabit per second (Tb/s) input and output capacity
  • Dynamic, multilayer provisioning of packet and optical transport layers using an Open --Daylight framework and a combination of open SDN protocols, including OpenFlow, Open Virtual Switch Data Base and NETCONF/YANG

"We are pleased to partner with Corsa on this demonstration and excited to showcase SDN-enabled 100G services that are scalable, dynamic and optimised through multi-layer provisioning," says Stu Elby, Infinera senior vice president cloud network strategy and technology.

"The combination of Corsa's OpenFlow-controlled precision switching and Infinera's Cloud Xpress and SDN control illustrates what HPC users and R&E network operators want: massively scalable, on-demand layer two services with traffic management and service guarantees.

“We have a strong track record of working with R&E network providers and look forward to working with them to introduce Cloud Xpress and SDN capabilities to meet their exploding bandwidth needs,” says Elby.

"Corsa is innovating with Infinera to showcase our joint SDN solution capabilities," says Bruce Gregory, Corsa CEO.

"We are deeply engaged and committed to serving HPC and R&E customers and uniquely capable of delivering the SDN-enabled solutions that they need.

“This demonstration highlights our industry-leading capability to deliver programmable, dynamic 100G services with terabit traffic management, precision switching and fine-grained QoS.

"We're excited to be working with leading edge customers and partners like Infinera at the forefront of transforming networking," he says.

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