Abilene network connects with European consortium

Abilene network connects with European consortium

By William Jackson

GCN Staff

The high-bandwidth Abilene research network has linked with the pan-European TEN-155 network.

The asynchronous transfer mode transatlantic connection was established in October by DANTE; the acronym stands for Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe.

The nonprofit DANTE consortium, formed by Europe's primary research networks, wants to promote collaboration among U.S. and European researchers and educators over the 45-Mbps link.

Abilene is a project of the University Corp. for Advanced Internet Development in partnership with Qwest Communications Inc. of Denver, Cisco Systems Inc. of San Jose, Calif., Northern Telecom Inc.'s Nortel Networks and Indiana University. It has a 2.4 Gbps-capacity and will eventually boast 8,000 miles of backbone fiber cable plus 5,000 miles of access circuits.

The Abilene component that became operational early last year is a primary part of Internet2, UCAID's program to develop next-generation networking applications. Abilene already has links to research networks in the Netherlands and Scandinavia.

The 155-Mbps TEN-155 network built by DANTE connects the national research networks of European Union countries, as well as the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Switzerland and Israel. It aims to provide managed bandwidth on an underlying ATM infrastructure to make virtual paths and virtual private network services available.

The overseas connection for the New York peering point is through Teleglobe Inc. of Reston, Va.

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