CenturyLink, Infinera deliver 2.5T DWDM capacity at Super Computing 2016

Created November 23, 2016
Applications and Research

Infinera, a developer of intelligent transport networks, and CenturyLink have delivered 2.5 Tb/s of super-channel transmission capacity to support SCinet at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC16), held last week, November 13-18, in Utah, US.

The 2.5 Tb/s of line-side capacity is intended to connect the Salt Lake City Convention Centre to CenturyLink’s global fibre optic network, by the Infinera DTN-X Family. The multi-terabit deployment demonstrates CenturyLink’s rapid provisioning of 100 GbE services.

“Since 2014, CenturyLink has provided increasing amounts of super-channel transmission capacity to support real-time high-performance computing at this conference,” said Pieter Poll, Senior VP Network Planning at CenturyLink.

“Providing SCinet with 2.5 Tb/s demonstrates the scalability of CenturyLink’s network and complements the work we are doing with Infinera as we increase capacity on our core network. This includes providing the connectivity businesses need to operate efficiently as well as meeting the communication and entertainment needs of private consumers.”

CenturyLink operates a US fibre-optic network with more than 250,000 route miles and an international transport network with more than 350,000 route miles. Through a dedicated network connection, the company delivers 100 GbE optical wavelength services to enterprise customers; typically research, financial and educational institutions.

The DTN-X range, part of Infinera’s Intelligent Transport Network, includes the chassis-based XTC Series and the XT Series. To support SCinet, CenturyLink deployed the DTN-X XT-500, a compact Ethernet transport platform designed for high bandwidth interconnect applications to address regional and long-haul networks. The XT-500 integrates Infinera’s photonic integrated circuit technology to deliver high bandwidth in a compact footprint.

The XT-500 fits in two rack units of space and delivers 500 Gb/s of line-side super-channel bandwidth while supporting a flexible combination of 10 and 100 GbE clients. The XT-500 also provides seamless integration with Infinera’s FlexILS line system to support fixed as well as flexible grids to maximize spectral efficiency within wavelength division multiplexing networks.

CenturyLink, Infinera deliver 2.5T DWDM capacity at Super Computing 2016

See also: Infinera powers Cloud scale networks with DTN-X platforms

Matthew Peach

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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.