Cisco Transmits 600Gbps on AARNet Network


Leading provider of telecommunication technology solutions, Cisco has successfully demonstrated transmission fo 600Gbps on the production network prepared by AARNet (Australia’s Academic and Research Network). The team used the Cisco Network Convergence System, NCS 1004.

This groundbreaking terrestrial speed achievement by the current trial is the first of its kind in Australia and proves the future scalability of the AARNet network.

Tests were performed with Cisco NCS 1004 and NCS 2000 FlexSpectrum Single Module ROADM platforms in the AARNet production network under real-world conditions without interruption to any customer traffic.

Cisco in a press release stated that the testing utilized its NCS 1004 flexibility to adjust modulation format and baud rate to achieve the maximum data throughput over different distances.

The trial test verified the following configurations;

– 600G single wavelength in a metro data center to data center environment (approximately 15km)
–  500G single wavelength over regional distances greater than 300km (roughly equivalent from Sydney to Newcastle, Wollongong or Goulburn)
–  400G single wavelength over inter-capital distances greater than 750km (roughly equivalent from Sydney to Melbourne)

Cisco NCS 1004
NCS 1004 is designed to maximize wavelength and fiber capacity with minimal space and power requirements. At two racks per unit, the system supports up to 4.8  Tbps of client and 4.8 Tbps of trunk traffic. Using flexible, software-based baud rate and hybrid modulation, the Cisco NCS 1004 platform provides optimized performances for terrestrial data center interconnect (DCI), metro, regional and long-haul deployments as well as subsea applications.

AARNet network supports cross-institutional global research collaborations, scientific instruments and the transport and storage of some of the world’s largest datasets. The trial with Cisco opens up opportunities for AARNet to provide customers with unprecedented levels of scale to support massive data flows for data-intensive projects such as the Square Kilometre Array.

Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) provides high capacity national and international telecommunications infrastructure and collaboration services for the nation’s research and education sector, including universities, health and other research organizations, schools, vocational training providers and cultural institutions. AARNet serves over one million end users who access the network for teaching, learning, and research.

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