SINGAPORE, 28 August 2014 – Singapore Advanced Research and Education Network (SingAREN) announced today the launch of SingAREN-Lightwave Internet Exchange (SLIX), the first 100Gbps community network to be set up in the Southeast Asia region.
With SLIX, Singapore’s Research and Education (R&E) community will gain seamless access to a super high speed network with a hundred times more capacity than before; and enjoy bandwidth fully dedicated to their use. Built on an optical fibre core comprising dark fibres, SLIX allows resiliency, future capacity upgrade, and technology-proof network connectivity.
The new network also opens up new possibilities as a test-bed, extending database mirroring services, bilateral disaster recovery, high performance computing federation and shared services, high volume peering for content data networks and other value-adding services to the R&E community. In addition, SLIX will also enable research organisations to test different protocols for interconnections such as the Infiniband; and optical network researchers to carry out their experiments.
“SingAREN is proud to be the first to launch a 100 Gbps research and education network in the region. By increasing the network speed by ten-fold and with our suite of value-added services, SingAREN aims to facilitate collaborations amongst our local research organisations and with their international counterparts,” said A/Prof Francis Lee Bu Sung, President of SingAREN. “We would like to thank A*STAR, NTU and NUS for working closely with us to realise this network.”
Funded by SingAREN and the National Research Foundation (NRF), SLIX is a collaboration and a network built between SingAREN, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the National University of Singapore (NUS).
SingAREN selected 3D Networks to build the first 100 Gbps research and education network in the region. 3D Networks has deployed a flexible and programmable Packet Optical Platform meeting the advanced requirements of global research collaborators, and capable of scaling up to 400Gbps and beyond. 3D Networks built the DWDM network with the Ciena (NYSE: CIEN)
6500 Converged Packet Optical solution, and with Ciena’s Network Operations Centre and Network Transformation Solutions team providing management and monitoring of the network. The solution is supplemented with Brocade’s Open Flow enabled equipment.
Bluetel Networks is the fibre cable provider for SLIX.
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