92 Tbps? Agencies could sure use it

High-speed router is built for scalability

The 92-Tbps CRS-1 Carrier Routing System, built with 40-Gbps IBM application-specific integrated circuits called Silicon Packet Processors, represents a new era of 100 percent router availability, Cisco president and CEO John Chambers said at last month's Washington rollout.


'You put in a high-end router and don't touch it for 15 or 20 years' except to scale the programmable processors and modular software for new technologies, Chambers said. 'You put the technology into the ports to handle denial-of-service attacks without human intelligence.'


Cisco officials demonstrated a CRS-1 routing a four-site videoconference plus 4,000 simulated Apple iTunes music downloads, 125,000 simulated online gamers, 2,500 television streams, 1,000 voice over IP phone conversations and 1 million Web browsers.


'The notion of replacement cycles doesn't make sense anymore for networks,' Cisco vice president Mike Volpi said.


The CRS-1, priced from $450,000, has a telephone company-grade [IOS XR] operating system built from scratch for different levels of service on distributed architectures, Volpi said.

'We've invested $17 billion to get each individual in the department the same 10 Gbps.'

'Former DOD CIO John Stenbit

Henrik G. de Gyor

Military users retrieving information 'don't want any hourglasses on the screen,' according to former Defense Department CIO John Stenbit. They want instant response.

Stenbit spoke late last month at the Washington rollout of Cisco Systems Inc.'s fastest-ever, 92-Tbps Carrier Routing System-1, a product with a speed that resonates with Defense users.
'DOD could already use 92 Tbps today,' said Stenbit.

'It would have been nice if [Cisco's] announcement had come before the procurement' of the Global Information Grid-Bandwidth Expansion, Stenbit said.

GIG-BE will upgrade 100 fixed locations to 10-Gbps switched optical connections. 'The hardware and fiber have been selected,' he said.

Current bandwidth 'is absolutely not close to the requirements' in Iraq, Stenbit said. The squeeze will worsen when DOD's visionary 'smart pull' of situational awareness replaces the current, limited 'smart push' to warfighters.

Users retrieving information on their own, rather than waiting for it to be sent, will only increase traffic. 'We've invested $17 billion to get each individual in the department the same 10 Gbps,' he said.

The military in Iraq used '10 times as much bandwidth last year' as in the 1991 Gulf War, Stenbit said. 'The difference is enormous when you're in control of the information you want. It changes the information flow from top down to bottom up.'

Train robbery

Outgoing Transportation Security Administration CIO Patrick Schambach said carriers and providers, not agency users, should be the ones to deal with computer worms and denial-of-service attacks. 'In five years,' he said, 'viruses should be history, like train robberies.'

He also talked about growing pressure on bandwidth. The convergence of IP voice, video and data 'hit our organization exactly when we needed it,' he said. 'We're actually doing it' to link airlines, airports and other transportation spots.

The coming transition to the IPv6 networking protocol plus tools such as radio frequency ID tags 'will cause huge information flows,' Schambach predicted.

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