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					New Optical Transport Technology for High Performance Digital Media
Demonstrated at GLIF Conference in Prague, Czech Republic


Sept. 17, Prague, Czech Republic

Today at the 7th Annual Global LambdaGrid Workshop in Prague, an international
research consortium announced a new capability for communication services based on
world-wide optical transport of high resolution digital media streams. Demonstrated
publicly for the first time at the workshop, this new capability, “optical multicast,”
showed how it was possible to stream multiple high performance, high quality digital
media streams among multiple sites around the world from three continents
simultaneously. At the demonstration, large screens showed diverse media content
including cultural events and historic architecture (Barcelona), scientific visualization
(Louisiana), Akihabara “Electric Town” (Tokyo), a live MusicGrid lesson and Canadian
landscapes (Ottawa), nanotech virtual instrumentation (Chicago), a chess game (North
Carolina), and experimental images (Amsterdam).

Many types of digital media applications and services require large scale high resolution
multipoint to multipoint streaming. However, current techniques used for large scale
streaming of digital media are limited because networks are designed to manage many
small flows of information – and not relatively few very large scale streams. Also,
standard routing techniques do not provide sufficient support for large numbers of high
volume streams.

To address these and related challenges, a research consortium created an international
testbed, the High Performance Digital Media Network (HPDMnet). They are using
HPDMnet to investigate new methods for streaming digital media, including extremely
high resolution media. The types of technologies demonstrated included new integrated
methods for discovering resources, signalling for services, managing and controlling
streams, receiving streams, transporting streams, and duplicating streams using
dynamically allocated lightpaths. Also, these new methods are being developed to allow
for the display of multiple media streams at the same time on individual monitors or on
large tiled displays. These new technologies are being integrated within a services
oriented design framework that will allow for much more flexible implementations than
current communication services. Instead of pre-determining service attributes, this
approach allows for customers to select and integrate their own media service attributes.
Component technologies showcased in this demonstration include UCLP (User
Controlled Lighpaths), HARC (Highly-Available Robust Co-Allocator), and G-Lambda.

The demonstration in Prague was designed to show a work-in-progress not a completed
service or product. Further research will be conducted by the consortium on these
methods and technologies. Also, additional demonstrations are planned at other events
scheduled for later this year. The research is intended to develop new services
capabilities for the Global Lambda Integrated Facility (GLIF), an international advanced
communications facility, which is based on Open Lambda Exchanges around the world.

The demonstration includes technologies from organizations around the world, including
the Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC), the Center for Computation and
Technology (CCT) at Louisiana State University, CANARIE Inc., i2CAT, CESNET, the
Global Lambda Integrated Facility (GLIF), Inocybe Technologies, Inc, the International
Center for Advanced Internet Research (iCAIR) at Northwestern University, Masaryk
University, MCNC, G-lambda, the National Lambda Rail, Nortel, SARA, StarLight, and
the University van Amsterdam.

About the Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC)
The Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC), an agency of Industry Canada, is
the Canadian government's primary laboratory for research and development (R&D) in
advanced telecommunications. Their R&D is used for public policy purposes and to
strengthen the Canadian economy through technology and knowledge transfer. CRC
specializes in taking an interdisciplinary approach to longer-term R&D in wireless
systems, radio fundamentals, communication networks, photonics and interactive
multimedia. (www.crc.ca)

About the Center for Computation and Technology (CCT), Louisiana State
University
The Center for Computation & Technology at Louisiana State University is an innovative
and interdisciplinary research environment for advancing computational sciences,
technologies, and the disciplines they touch. Our efforts branch out from the center to
serve Louisiana through international collaboration, promoting the progress in leading
edge and revolutionary technologies in academia and industry. (www.cct.lsu.edu)

About CANARIE Inc.
Canada's advanced Internet development organization is a not-for-profit corporation
supported by its members, project partners and the Federal Government. CANARIE's
mission is to accelerate Canada's advanced Internet development and use by facilitating
the widespread adoption of faster, more efficient networks and by enabling the next
generation of advanced products, applications and services to run on them. CANARIE
acts as a catalyst and partner with governments, industry and the research community to
increase overall IT awareness, ensure continuing promotion of Canadian technological
excellence and ultimately, foster long-term productivity and improvement of living
standards. (www.canarie.ca)

About i2CAT
i2CAT is a non-profit Foundation aimed at fostering research and innovation supporting
advanced Internet technology. Based on Barcelona, Spain, i2CAT, promotes deployment
of services and wideband applications from private and public research companies
supporting the Catalunya region. The i2CAT model aims to make Internet research and
innovation accessible to the whole of society through collaboration between the public
sector, businesses and research groups. (www.i2cat.cat)
About CESNET
CESNET, an association of legal entities, was created by all universities of the Czech
Republic and the Czech Academy of Sciences. Its main goals are the operation and
development of the Czech NREN, research and development of advanced network
technologies and applications, broadening of the public knowledge about the advanced
networking topics CESNET is the Czech academic network operator and a participant in
corresponding international projects. (www.ces.net)

About the G-lambda project
G-lambda project is a collaboration effort by National Institute of Advanced Industrial
Science and Technology (AIST), National Institute of Information and Communications
Technology (NICT), KDDI R&D Laboratories and NTT Network Innovation
Laboratories. The goal of this project is to establish a standard web services interface
between Grid resource management system and network resource management
system.(www.g-lambda.net)

\About the Global Lambda Integrated Facility (GLIF)
GLIF, the Global Lambda Integrated Facility, is an international virtual organization that
promotes the paradigm of lambda networking. GLIF provides lambdas internationally as
an integrated facility to support data-intensive scientific research, and supports
middleware development for lambda networking. It brings together some of the world's
premier networking engineers who are working together to develop an international
infrastructure by identifying equipment, connection requirements, and necessary
engineering functions and services. (www.glif.is)

About Inocybe Technologies, Inc
Inocybe Technologies creates enterprise-class open source-based network centric
computing software, successfully bringing to market the first practical yet enterprise-
ready open source solution for systems and network administrators. Inocybe's UCLP
Enterprise Edition™ provides open source and proprietary web services to control
network resources. Inocybe specializes in SOA and Web services for physical devices.
Virtualization, and interoperability (www. inocybe.ca)

About the International Center for Advanced Internet Research (iCAIR),
Northwestern University accelerates leading-edge innovation and enhanced global
communications through advanced Internet technologies, in partnership with the
international community, and national partners. With its research partners, iCAIR
conducts basic network R&D designs large scale experimental testbeds, and operates
local, regional, national and international advanced prototype networks and facilities
( www.icair.org).

About Masaryk University
Masaryk University, located in Brno, is the second-largest public university in the Czech
Republic and the leading higher education institution in Moravia. At present it comprises
nine faculties with more than 200 departments, institutes and clinics. Recognized as one
of the most important teaching and research institutions in the Czech Republic and a
highly-regarded Central European university, it has been marked by a strong democratic
spirit ever since its establishment in 1919. One of the top priorities for Masaryk
University is scientific research. (www.muni.cz)

About MCNC
MCNC, a non-profit organization, is committed to advancing education, innovation and
economic development throughout North Carolina by delivering next-generation
information technology services. MCNC is dedicated to building partnerships to enable
and enhance the capabilities of North Carolina’s academic, research, government and
business communities to discover, create, share and apply knowledge. (www.mcnc.org)

About the National Lambda Rail
National LambdaRail, Inc. (NLR) is a major initiative of U.S. research universities and
private sector technology companies to provide a national scale infrastructure for
research and experimentation in networking technologies and applications. NLR puts the
control, the power and the promise of experimental network infrastructure in the hands of
our nation's scientists and researchers. Nearly a dozen research projects are using NLR
services. (www.nlr.net)

About Nortel
Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that make the
promise of Business Made Simple a reality for our customers. Nortel’s next-generation
technologies, for both service provider and enterprise networks, support multimedia and
business-critical applications. Nortel's technologies are designed to help eliminate today's
barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting
people to the information they need, when they need it. Nortel does business in more than
150 countries around the world. (www.nortel.com)

About SARA
The SARA Computing and Networking Services organization in Amsterdam is an
advanced ICT service center that supplies – for over 30 years – a complete package of
high performance computing & visualization, high performance networking and
infrastructure services. Among SARA’s customers are the business community and
scientific, educational, and government institutions. (www.sara.nl)

About StarLight
StarLight is an advanced optical infrastructure and proving ground for network services
optimized for high-performance applications. StarLight is the GLIF Open Lightpath
Exchange (GOLE) in Chicago. Operational since summer 2001, StarLight has 1GE and
10GE switch/router facilities and true optical switching for wavelengths. StarLight is
being developed by the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of
Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the International Center for Advanced Internet Research
(iCAIR) at Northwestern University, and the Mathematics and Computer Science
Division at Argonne National Laboratory, in partnership with Canada's CANARIE and
the Netherlands' SURFnet. StarLight (sm) is a service mark of the Board of Trustees of
the University of Illinois. (www.startap.net/starlight).

About the University van Amsterdam
The System and Network Engineering (SNE) Research group at the University of
Amsterdam researches cross-domain interaction between Grid resource providers, optical and
hybrid networking, resource descriptions using semantic web and programmable networks
for the Future Internet. In collaboration with SURFnet and SARA, UvA has capabilities to
access high-speed optical test bed installations in the optical photonic backbone of SURFnet
in the Netherlands and internationally in the Global Lambda Integrated Facility (GLIF).
SARA and UvA collaborate in the creation, maintenance and utilization of a state of the art
Lambda Grid experimentation laboratory named LightHouse, which is very well connected
to NetherLight. UvA is a founding member and key contributor to CineGrid, GLIF and
OGF. (http://www.science.uva.nl/research/sne)

				
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