November 17, 2008 06:00 ET

Nortel 100G to Carry Critical Network Traffic for SC08 Conference

SCinet Leverages 100G to Support Bandwidth Requirements of Advanced Computing Technologies and Applications

AUSTIN, TEXAS--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2008) - 100G optical equipment from Nortel(1) (TSX:NT)(NYSE:NT) is bringing more speed and capacity to the high-performance demo network at SC08.(2) SC08 is the annual international conference for high-performance computing, networking, storage and analysis taking place in Austin, Texas from November 15 to 21.

Nortel's 100G equipment will be utilized as part of SCinet,(2) the high-performance network built to support the annual SC Conference and provide wide area connectivity to remote research demonstrations around the globe. Nortel's 100G technology - which offers 10 times the capacity of today's 10G optical networks - will help support the massive bandwidth that SC08's approximately 350 exhibitors require to power their conference activities.

Traffic running over the network will include demonstrations of revolutionary new applications, supercomputing, and networking experiments. Nortel's 100G is fast enough to enable demonstrations of high-performance digital multimedia networking such as next-generation HD virtual meeting capabilities which require high-speed optical connectivity on a global scale.

"100G technology is at the leading-edge of network innovation which makes it a perfect fit for SCinet," said Patrick Dorn, senior network engineer at NCSA and SC08 SCinet committee chair. "Our network needs to have the capacity to support a showcase of tomorrow's high-performance applications and computing technologies across fields like astrophysics, nanoscience and climate research which require a super-fast network in order to perform at their best. We are pleased to collaborate with Nortel to provide this capability."

"SCinet is putting 100G to the test, relying on it to deliver a high-quality networking experience at SC08 which is one of the world's premier scientific and technical innovation conferences," said Philippe Morin, president, Metro Ethernet Networks, Nortel. "Nortel's ability to meet these real-life requirements demonstrates the advanced stage of development of our 100G solution. This is a testament to Nortel's innovation and leadership in high-speed, high-capacity optical solutions."

SC08 is the third public demonstration of Nortel's 100G technology this year. The technology has also been demonstrated with Comcast and Verizon.(2)

Nortel's 100G offers services providers the extra bandwidth they will need to keep up with the demands of Hyperconnectivity, where more and more devices and applications will be connected to the network. One 100G wavelength can provide enough bandwidth to support 10 million streaming HD videos streams, or more than 100 million YouTube videos being downloaded at the same time.

Nortel 100G will allow service providers to add capacity without having to build new networks or lay new fiber. With Nortel, they can simply upgrade from 10G to 40G and to 100G without re-engineering their network. Nortel 40G/100G even allows operators to use fibers that performed marginally at 10G to carry 40G and 100G signals.

2008 marks the ninth consecutive year that Nortel has contributed technology to SCinet. This year, the network includes Nortel's 100G prototype interfaces which are operating in the commercially available OME 6500 and over the Common Photonic Layer line to support the critical traffic requirements for the event.

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