Australia's AARNet trials live 600G network with Cisco

At  OFC 2019 (March 5-7) in San Diego on March 5, Cisco and Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) announced the successful demonstration of 600 Gigabits per second (Gbps) on the AARNet production network using Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS) 1004.

Australia's AARNet trials live 600G network with Cisco
Australia's AARNet trials live 600G network with Cisco

At OFC 2019 (March 5-7) in San Diego, CA on March 5, Cisco and Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) announced the successful demonstration of 600 Gigabits per second (Gbps) on the AARNet production network using Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS) 1004.

Per an AARNet press release: "This groundbreaking terrestrial trial is a first for 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.

The testing utilized Cisco NCS 1004 flexibility to adjust modulation format and baud rate to achieve the maximum data throughput over different distances. The following configurations have been successfully tested:

  • 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 has been 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 Terabits per second (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."

“Our network supports cross-institutional global research collaborations, scientific instruments and the transport and storage of some of the world’s largest datasets,” said Chris Hancock, CEO at AARNet.“This 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.”

“Cisco and AARNet have a long-standing partnership in networking co-innovation,” said Bill Gartner, vice president and general manager, Optical Systems and Optics, Cisco. “From here we look forward to applying the same technology and best practices from terrestrial configurations to help AARNet expand trials in subsea and beyond.”

Learn more about AARNet. Visit Cisco Optical Networking.

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