Posts about Research and Education

Earlier this month, I spent several days locked in a hi-tech lab facility in a secluded German village with some of Europe's leading optical engineers. The focus of this gathering was the development of terabit networks. Raise this topic with some within the networking industry and you will be greeted with raised eyebrows and furrowed brows. This is especially true for IT teams who are continually trying to combat shrinking budgets with increased bandwidth demands.
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Supercomputing and the development of High Performance Computing (HPC) is an area that fascinates me. Over the past few years I've worked on a number of projects in the Research and Education (R&E) space that focus on sharing enormous amounts of data processing power on a global scale. These networks use this processing power to develop applications that are addressing some of humankind's most critical needs.
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In the first installment in this series, we reported that service provider CapEx spending on Carrier Ethernet equipment seems to be overtaking spending on SONET/SDH in transport applications and that the respondents overwhelmingly (nearly 100 percent agreement) indicated support for Carrier Ethernet in the access portion of the network, while closer to 80 percent support its use in the core...

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