RENCI Selects Infinera for “Breakable” N.C. Research Network

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2008-07-21 12:48:00

RENCI Selects Infinera for “Breakable” N.C. Research Network

RENCI Selects Infinera for “Breakable” N.C. Research Network

RENCI, Infinera Collaborate on Programmable Optical Network Proposal for GENI

SUNNYVALE, CA–(EMWNews – July 21, 2008) – The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI)

has selected Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) to support its research on the

experimental network testbed dubbed BEN (Breakable Experimental Network),

which links RENCI to sites at three universities in North Carolina’s

Research Triangle Park.

In addition, RENCI, Duke University and Infinera are collaborating on a

proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the GENI project, a

federally backed research effort to build a nationwide networking testbed

to enable the exploration of technologies for a future Internet with

enhanced security, stability, and advanced features.

The Infinera equipment will support RENCI’s research agenda for BEN, which

serves as a testbed for experimentation with disruptive technologies such

as enabling researcher access to the dark fiber, experiments with new

transmission, modulation, and coding formats, interaction between the

optical plane and the packet forwarding plane in the network, network

virtualization and remote visualization of high-definition images on

visualization walls using multiple optical wavelengths. BEN connects sites

at Duke University, North Carolina State University, University of North

Carolina at Chapel Hill and RENCI’s main office in Chapel Hill and enables

university researchers to test their software and hardware by placing

equipment at these sites. North Carolina’s MCNC, which manages the North

Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), is also collaborating with

RENCI on BEN and its offices in Research Triangle Park will connect to the

network.

For its experiments using BEN, RENCI chose an Infinera Digital Optical

Network because Infinera’s scalability, flexibility, and ease of operations

make it an ideal platform for an advanced research network where

researchers are experimenting with cutting-edge technologies and

applications using large volumes of bandwidth and requiring frequent

reconfiguration. Infinera’s Bandwidth Virtualization™ capabilities also

enabled the joint GENI proposal.

GENI’s Vision for a “Sliceable, Programmable” Network

Last year, the NSF launched an ambitious multimillion dollar project, the

Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI), to design and construct

a large-scale network that will enable the worldwide research community to

test ideas and clean-slate designs in a range of technology areas including

network design, distributed systems, and cyber-security. GENI’s aim is to

forge new solutions to problems facing today’s Internet including

inadequate security, reliability, manageability and scalability. RENCI,

Duke University, and Infinera have collaborated on a proposal that

envisages a sliceable and highly programmable optical network that connects

diverse storage and computing resources to enable dynamic, reliable network

provisioning. End-to-end slicing, which combines provisioning of edge

computer and storage resources as well as core network resources, is

considered one of the top technical risks by GENI.

The Infinera optical platform can deliver these advanced experimental

features because of its innovative design. Based on large-scale photonic

integrated circuits (PICs) which integrate more than 60 optical devices on

a pair of chips, the Infinera system delivers bandwidth in increments of

100 Gigabits/second (Gb/s) and is scalable to 800 Gb/s today and more with

Infinera’s next-generation ILS2 line system. The Infinera paradigm of

Bandwidth Virtualization™ creates a “pool” of available bandwidth that

can be deployed and reconfigured to deliver a wide range of optical

services, from 1 Gb/s to 40 Gb/s services today, and 100 Gb/s services in

the future. The Infinera PIC-based optical engine enables a highly flexible

pool of bandwidth, which can be configured through service adapters to

support a wide variety of services, with the entire architecture

controllable with advanced GMPLS-powered network software.

The RENCI-Duke-Infinera proposal for GENI leverages the strengths of each

organization. RENCI and Duke will use ORCA — a software framework

developed at Duke — to implement a model for the GENI management plane and

deploy it on BEN in order to create a ‘GENI island’ — a miniature version

of the future GENI testbed. Infinera has used its innovative photonic

integrated circuits and Bandwidth Virtualization™ feature to enable an

unsurpassed level of flexibility and programmability in an optical platform

for this project.

“We partnered with Infinera because we needed a scalable and flexible

solution to accommodate our wide-ranging research agenda for BEN, and

because we needed a product that would meet the demands for cutting-edge

research necessary to participate in the GENI initiative,” said Ilia

Baldine, manager of network research and infrastructure at RENCI.

“Infinera’s solutions provided us with the best pathway to create a

high-speed reconfigurable experimental network and to become a leader in

developing the next generation of advanced research networks.”

“We are excited to partner with RENCI on its Breakable Experimental Network

and on the GENI proposal,” said Infinera Chief Technology Officer Drew

Perkins. “Leading-edge research like that envisaged by GENI will play a

vital role in developing new technologies for a more powerful, flexible,

scalable Internet that can support the applications of the future.”

The Infinera DTN is a Digital ROADM for long-haul and metro core networks,

combining high-capacity DWDM transport, integrated digital bandwidth

management, and GMPLS-powered service intelligence in a single platform.

About RENCI

The Renaissance Computing Institute, a multi-institutional organization,

brings together multidisciplinary experts and advanced technological

capabilities to address pressing research issues and to find solutions to

complex problems that affect the quality of life in North Carolina, our

nation and the world. RENCI leverages its expertise and resources in

leading edge computing, visualization, networking and data technologies to

catalyze new collaborations and find solutions to previously intractable

problems. Founded in 2004 as a major collaborative venture of Duke

University, North Carolina State University, the University of North

Carolina at Chapel Hill and the state of North Carolina, RENCI is a

statewide virtual organization. For more, see www.renci.org.

About Infinera

Infinera provides Digital Optical Networking systems to telecommunications

carriers worldwide. Infinera’s systems are unique in their use of a

breakthrough semiconductor technology: the Photonic Integrated Circuit

(PIC). Infinera’s systems and PIC technology are designed to provide

optical networks with simpler and more flexible engineering and operations,

faster time-to-service, and the ability to rapidly deliver differentiated

services without reengineering their optical infrastructure. For more

information, please visit www.infinera.com.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on

current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and

uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to

Infinera as of the date hereof; and actual results could differ materially

from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties.

Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Infinera’s

expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future, such

as the benefits and capabilities of our products and the Digital Optical

Network’s architecture, that RENCI chose an Infinera Digital Optical

Network because Infinera’s scalability, flexibility, and ease of operations

make it an ideal platform for an advanced research network where

researchers are experimenting with cutting-edge technologies and

applications using large volumes of bandwidth and requiring frequent

reconfiguration, that Infinera’s Bandwidth Virtualization™ capabilities

enabled the joint GENI proposal; that the Infinera optical platform can

deliver advanced experimental features because of its innovative design

that based on

large-scale photonic integrated circuits (PICs) which integrate more than

60 optical devices on a pair of chips, the Infinera system delivers

bandwidth in increments of 100 Gigabits/second (Gb/s) and is scalable to

800 Gb/s; that the Infinera paradigm of Bandwidth Virtualization™

creates a “pool” of available bandwidth which can be deployed and

reconfigured to deliver a wide range of optical services, from 1 Gb/s to 10

Gb/s services today, and 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s services in the future, that

Infinera’s “programmable optical network” is based on the powerful

PIC-based optical engine enabling a highly flexible pool of bandwidth that

can be configured through service adapters to support a wide variety of

services, and that Infinera has used its innovative integrated components

and Bandwidth Virtualization™ feature to enable an unsurpassed level of

flexibility and programmability in an optical platform for this project.

Such forward-looking statements can be identified by forward-looking words

such as “anticipated,” “believed,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,”

“may,” “should,” “will,” and “would” or similar words. The risks and

uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those

expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include aggressive

business tactics by our competitors, our dependence on a single product,

our ability to protect our intellectual property, claims by others that we

infringe their intellectual property, our manufacturing process is very

complex, product performance problems we may encounter, our dependence on

sole or limited source suppliers, our ability to respond to rapid

technological changes, our ability to maintain effective internal controls,

the ability of our contract manufacturers to perform as we expect, a new

technology being developed that replaces the PIC as the dominant technology

in optical networks, general political, economic and market conditions and

events, including war, conflict or acts of terrorism; and other risks and

uncertainties described more fully in our annual report on Form 10-K filed

with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 19, 2008, our

public announcements and other documents filed with or furnished to the

Securities and Exchange Commission. These statements are based on

information available to us as of the date hereof and we disclaim any

obligation to update the forward-looking statements included in this press

release, whether as a result of new information, future events or

otherwise.

For further information

Media:
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Infinera
Tel. +1-408-572-5213
jferry@infinera.com

Investors:
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Infinera
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bblair@infinera.com

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