The BigBangwidth Lightpath Accelerator
The Lightpath Accelerator
BigBangwidth is introducing the Lightpath Accelerator this week at Supercomputing 2003 in Phoenix, AZ. First shipments to UCSD will occur in December. The system will complement the main OptIPuter router on the campus, Chiaro Enstara, made by Chiaro Networks, Inc. Very large files can bypass the router and go directly to the desired location. "These systems enable experiments in optical network architecture, combining optical circuit switching, packet switching, and routing, while giving scientists at UCSD significantly greater capabilities in collaboration and file-sharing," said Andrew Chien, Chief Software Architect on the OptIPuter project and Director of the Center for Networked Systems (CNS) at UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering. "Current network infrastructures are not designed for the size of files commonly found in visualization and collaboration environments." Chien's research team will use the BigBangwidth technology in ongoing protocols research, specifically to carry storage protocols such as Fiber Channel and Infiniband directly between application servers and storage.
The OptIPuter gets its name from "opt" for optical networking, "IP" for Internet Protocol, and "uter" leveraging the end of the word "computer." Researchers are prototyping the OptIPuter at UCSD as a new Grid computing and networking architecture. It is designed to enable scientists to collaborate and interact with large data sets via shared, distributed information-technology facilities linked by optical fibers, each carrying multiple wavelengths of light, or lambdas.
Added BigBangwidth CEO Gatti. "We hope this initial agreement will lead to a long-term relationship with OptIPuter scientists and Cal-(IT)², as they push the envelope of networking for Grid computing, collaboration and visualization."
BigBangwidth provides up to 10-gigabit lightpaths directly to high-performance workstations, servers and other network devices. The Lightpath Accelerator
The OptIPuter is a five-year, $13.5 million project funded in October 2002 through NSF's Information Technology Research program. The project is led by the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (a partnership of UCSD and UC Irvine), and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Key partners include San Diego State University, University of Southern California (Information Sciences Institute), Northwestern University, Texas A&M, University of Amsterdam, and the U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation Systems Data Center. Industry partners include Chiaro Networks, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Telcordia Technologies, Inc., and BigBangwidth. The southern California- and Chicago-based research teams are prototyping the OptIPuter on campus, metropolitan, state, national and even international optical fiber networks. www.optiputer.net
About Center for Networked Systems
The Center for Networked Systems at UCSD is an academic-industrial partnership which supports multi-disciplinary efforts across distributed systems, networking, and network elements to address critical challenges in achieving robust, secure, manageable, and open networked systems. CNS is a part of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. http://cns.
The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology is one of four institutes funded through the California Institutes for Science and Innovation initiative. Created in late 2000, the institutes aim to ensure that California maintain its leadership in cutting-edge technologies. The mission of Cal-(IT)² is to extend the reach of the current information infrastructure throughout the physical world enabling anywhere/anytime access to the Internet. More than 220 professors and senior researchers from UC Irvine and UC San Diego are collaborating on interdisciplinary projects. www.calit2.net.