New Korea-North America & Korea-China 10G circuits launch in August: Opening ceremony planned for September 5 - September 6, 2005 in Seoul

August 10, 2005

Korea launches UCLP-enabled 10 Gigabits per second (10G) Korea-North America and Korea-China network circuits in August 2005, making the first major step towards the 10G GLORIAD network ring around the northern hemisphere.

The first major step of the six-country GLORIAD effort to establish a lightpath enabled ring around the northern hemisphere is being taken in a few short weeks - thanks to the efforts of partners at the Korea Institute for Science and Technology Information (KISTI) and to the substantial funding commitment obtained from the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of Korea.

The new 10G circuits, operational in August, 2005, will terminate in Daejeon, S. Korea at the Daedeok Gigapop and will land in the US in Seattle at the PacificNorthwest Gigapop and in China at the "Hong Kong Open Exchange Point" managed by GLORIAD partners at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Circuits are being contracted with GLORIAD's telecommunications partners, VSNL and FLAG. North American transit to the new Force-10 US GLORIAD router in Chicago for layer-3 IP service is being provided by GLORIAD's Canadian partners at CANARIE - as well as UCLP schedule-able lightpaths across a 10G CANARIE-provided circuit for GLORIAD and GLIF community use. CANARIE is also providing the layer-one equipment [Nortel HDX] in Seattle, Chicago (StarLight) and New York for GLORIAD and GLIFcommunity use. The new circuits will make use of the Canada-created UCLP system to make possible user provisioning of dedicated network resources -meeting a key requirement of the GLORIAD program of moving control of dedicated network resources to the end user. Key application areas benefitting from the Korea-provided network service include: High Energy Physics, Astronomy, Bioinformatics,Earth Systems (climate and weather), Grid computing, ITER, HVEM, Medical Sciences, Networking, etc.

The new link will be featured in the upcoming iGrid2005 meetings with applications that will utilize the full 10G bandwidth.

Because the new circuits are being engineering to provide layer-1 "lightpaths" (schedule-able Gigabit Ethernet services),they can flexibly meet demands of both general science and education (S&E)applications (with traditional IP routed service) as well as more intensive applications involving Korea-North America, Korea-China, and broader international S&E partnerships.

In addition to preparing for the technical deployment, KISTI is organizing scientists, network engineers and application developers to engineer the advanced applications that will utilize GLORIAD services. The "GLORIAD-KR Technical Advisory Board" met recently - comprised of 26 distinguished experts in various areas - and elected Professor Kilnam Chon as chair. Professor Chon is a pioneer in the development of R&E networking (and of the Internet itself) with significant contributions towards improved networking in the Asian-Pacific region.

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