July 22, 2008

Infinera to Support RENCI’s Research on Experimental Network

The Renaissance Computing Institute has selected Infinera - a provider of digital optical networking systems - to support its research on the experimental network testbed dubbed BEN, which links RENCI to sites at three universities in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park.

In addition, Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), Duke University and Infinera are collaborating on a proposal to the National Science Foundation for the GENI project, a federally backed research effort to build a nationwide networking testbed to enable the exploration of technologies for a future internet with enhanced security, stability, and advanced features.

According to Infinera, its equipment will support RENCI's research agenda for BEN (Breakable Experimental Network), which serves as a testbed for experimentation with disruptive technologies such as enabling researcher access to the dark fiber, experiments with new transmission, modulation, and coding formats, interaction between the optical plane and the packet forwarding plane in the network, network virtualization and remote visualization of high-definition images on visualization walls using multiple optical wavelengths.

BEN connects sites at Duke University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and RENCI's main office in Chapel Hill enabling university researchers to test their software and hardware by placing equipment at these sites.

Drew Perkins, chief technology officer of Infinera, said: "Leading-edge research like that envisaged by GENI will play a vital role in developing new technologies for a more powerful, flexible, scalable internet that can support the applications of the future."