Networking solutions vendor Juniper Networks has successfully completed a field trial delivering 400Gbps Ethernet live traffic over 1,300 miles. The trial was conducted in conjunction with the Supercomputing 2019 Conference’s high-capacity network, SCinet. 

Anand Athreya
“This field trial represents a significant milestone in realizing the promise of 400GbE’s high-capacity, next-gen networks,” said Andy Athreya, Chief Development Officer at Juniper Networks.

This field trial would mark an important step toward progressing the transition to 400GbE network capacity. In the near future, 400GbE network capacities are needed to support bandwidth demands from advanced high-performance computing, “next-generation” cloud data center architectures, emerging 5G networks, augmented and virtual reality and 4K video production and distribution.

The trial, held the week of November 18, 2019, was conducted between Denver and Chicago, using Juniper’s PTX10003 as its fixed-configuration core router to support 400GbE.

“This field trial represents a significant milestone in realizing the promise of 400GbE’s high-capacity, next-gen networks,” said Andy Athreya, Chief Development Officer at Juniper Networks. “Juniper Networks has a long history of leading the industry in fast and simplified networking. By delivering cutting-edge innovations in 400GbE networks, we are laying the foundation for the fastest and most advanced networks in the world.”

Research & Education Networks

The 400GbE link was part of the 4.22 Terabits of connectivity SCinet provided to the conference. It was made available to researchers working on projects in disciplines such as High Energy Physics, Radio Astronomy and Human Genome research. Over the coming years, many Research & Education networks would be upgrading their backbones to 400GbE, positioning them to meet the bandwidth demands of “big science”.

Juniper Networks also supplied SC19 with additional networking infrastructure to build SCinet and support the conference, including MX2010 and MX960 routers, QFX switches and SRX4600 firewalls. All infrastructure ran the Junos operating system with the one Junos experience optimized for modularity, openness and programmability required of the new cloud era in networking.

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