Singapore’s National Research and Education Network Positioned as Southeast Asia’s 100 Gbps Pioneer
Singapore Advanced Research and Education Networkhas taken the wraps off the SingAREN-Lightwave Internet Exchange (SLIX), a 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) community network with a Brocade MLXe-4 router at its core. SLIX delivers one hundred times more capacity than SingAREN’s previous generation of network infrastructure, providing stronger support for complex, data- and bandwidth-intensive research in areas such as genome and meteorological studies. In addition, the MLXe-4 core router provides a clear path for the use of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) in SLIX’s network.
The new network includes a dedicated dual fiber-optic ring – capable of supporting multiple 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) links – that provides a resilient backbone connecting Singapore’s key research and education sites. This opens up new possibilities as a test-bed for the Singapore research and education community, extending database mirroring services, bilateral disaster recovery, high-performance computing federation and shared services, high volume peering with content data networks, and other value-adding services.
“I am happy to announce the launch of the SLIX project with its 100 Gbps resilient backbone,” said Professor Francis Lee Bu-Sung, President of SingAREN. “SingAREN is again pushing the envelope of technology to provide high-speed connectivity and services that meet the needs of the research and education community. We see Brocade as a key technology partner to meet the challenges of building an agile, scalable, high-speed network infrastructure and Internet exchange point.”