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Press Release -- November 5th, 2012
Source: Ciena

Ciena Brings 100G and Packet Networking Innovations to Supercomputing 2012

Demonstrations show how high-capacity, high-speed networks play a pivotal role in supporting big data, high-performance computing and research & education efforts

HANOVER, Md. — 11/5/2012

Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings), the network specialist, will showcase its optical and packet networking innovations at SC Conference 2012 (SC12), the international conference on high-performance computing, networking storage and analysis, taking place in Salt Lake City, November 12-15. Through a series of demonstrations, Ciena’s industry-leading technology will show how high-speed, high-capacity networks can significantly improve the way researchers interact and conduct complex, data-intensive scientific discovery. In addition, for the fifth year in a row, Ciena’s 100G optical infrastructure will be an integral enabler of the SCinet network, which provides the Salt Palace Convention Center with access to researchers around the world through Research and Education networks powered by Ciena technology, such as the Department of Energy’s ESnet, Internet2, CANARIE and StarLight. Together these networks provide the platform that SC12 exhibitors require to showcase their revolutionary high-performance computing applications and networking experiments.


  • ESnet (Ciena Booth #2437): As part of the SCinet Research Sandbox project, Ciena and ESnet will host an experiment utilizing OpenFlow and Ciena’s 5410Reconfigurable Switching System (RSS) to illustrate how software-defined networking can transform the network into a dynamic, customer-configurable virtual end-to-end switch. This will allow the network to adapt to support unique scientific workflows with little path reconfiguration. The experiment will also highlight how ESnet is looking to improve high-performance scientific data transfer between several locations throughout the United States and between countries.
  • NASA/iCAIR (NASA Booth #831 and LAC/iCAIR Booth # 501): In collaboration with NASA and the International Center for Advanced Internet Research at Northwestern University (iCAIR), Ciena is participating in a demonstration of low-cost, disk-to-disk data transfer and massive-scale traffic switching for petascale science and supercomputing over a high-performance transport network.  Ciena will provide spectrally-efficient 100G wavelength connectivity and Layer 2 OTN switching between the NASA booth and the Laboratory for Advanced Computing/Open Cloud Consortium (LAC)/iCAIR booth on the show floor. NASA will originate traffic from the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, and local data streams in Chicago, where traffic and local streams will switch through Ciena’s 5410 RSS at StarLightInternational/National Communications Exchange’s new StarWave multi-100G exchange facility.
  • Caltech, BCNET, CANARIE, University of Victoria (Caltech Booth #809): California Institute of Technology in collaboration with British Columbia’s advanced network and shared services organization for higher education (BCNET), and Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network (CANARIE), will leverage Ciena’s coherent 100G optical solutions to show how high-speed, high-capacity networks can accelerate the research at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and pave the way to further scientific breakthroughs, following the groundbreaking discovery of a Higgs boson-like particle last July. Spanning nearly 1,242 kilometers from the University of Victoria Computing Centre (UVIC) located in Victoria, British Columbia to the SC12 conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Utah, demonstrators will use the Ciena-powered 100G network path between Victoria and Salt Lake, constructed in partnership with SCinet, Internet2 and StarLight, to transfer high-energy physics data between UVIC and the Caltech booth. This will be complemented by simultaneous traffic flows over other 100G links connected to the Caltech booth, that will exchange data with other LHC physics groups from Michigan, Vanderbilt, Korea and Brazil. A key enabler for this experiment is Canada’s CANARIE network, which  is providing the backhaul infrastructure between the University of Victoria and Seattle, Washington. Internet2 is providing 100G backbone connectivity between Seattle and the Salt Palace Convention Centre.
  • University of Amsterdam (UvA) (Ciena Booth #2437 and Dutch Research Consortium Booth #2333): The “Playing with Light” demonstration will be presented by the University of Amsterdam by utilizing multiple 40Gb/s connections between the Dutch Research Consortium and Ciena booths. Three content sources will simultaneously generate visual content and transmit over the connections. UvA network researchers will select transmission content at different light frequencies and colors, using Ciena’s dynamically reconfigurable photonic devices and then direct specific content to different locations. This demonstration highlights the ability to discover network topologies and optimize the optical and Ethernet connections depending on different types of traffic, all at the optical layer of the network. Cost, complexity and latency are all dramatically minimized in this experimental configuration.

About Ciena Ciena is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally change the way they perform and compete. Ciena leverages its deep expertise in packet and optical networking and distributed software automation to deliver solutions in alignment with OPn, its approach for building open next-generation networks. We enable a high-scale, programmable infrastructure that can be controlled and adapted by network-level applications, and provide open interfaces to coordinate computing, storage and network resources in a unified, virtualized environment. We routinely post recent news, financial results and other important announcements and information about Ciena on our website. For more information, visit

Note to Ciena Investors Forward-looking statements. This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof; and Ciena’s actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business, which include the risk factors disclosed in its Report on Form 10-Q, which Ciena filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 5, 2012. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Ciena’s expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by forward-looking words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “should,” “will,” and “would” or similar words. Ciena assumes no obligation to update the information included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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