Infinera DTN-X Platform to Enable Educational Research Network

Infinera has been selected by Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe (DANTE) for its pan-European GÉANT network for Europe's national research and education networks (NRENs). After completing the bidding process, DANTE’s new Infinera DTN-X platform was chosen to provide the scalability, efficiency and simplicity for innovative scientific experiments.

Infinera DTN-X platform enables GÉANT's optical network to conduct multi-terabit transmission based on 500 Gb/s long-haul optical super-channels that links 17 European cities across 16 countries extending with 12,000 km of fiber. European Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network (EVN) depends on GÉANT's network for radio astronomy research, and CERN for its Large Hadron Collider (LHC) research.

GÉANT's network’s optical layer carries massive amounts of data for various researches. Major experiments like LHC are in need of large amounts of bandwidth, Bandwidth Virtualization is a major feature in DANTE's selection of the DTN-X. It enables rapid deployment of large amounts of optical bandwidth using integrated OTN switching and GMPLS. The Infinera DTN-X platform will provide long-reach 500 Gb/s FlexCoherent super-channels for routes based on GÉANT's network like the 1,240 km route from Frankfurt to Copenhagen. The DTN-X can be developed to 1 Tb/s long-reach super-channels with future upgrades for MPLS switching. In addition, the DTN-X utilizes less power and space, due to the disruptive nature of Infinera's 500 Gb/s photonic integrated circuits (PICs). With reduction in overall total cost of ownership, the platform serves to be efficient in the existing market.


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