The contribution of multiple vendors and contributors is critical to the success of SCinet according to Corby Schmitz, SCinet chair.
“They’re not just sending us a random bucket of parts, we engage with the vendors. We work with them on the architecture to build the network in virtual space. Then it becomes reality based on what we actually receive.“
Schmitz says without the leading edge contributors and supply, the network couldn’t draw volunteers from all over the world. “This is a huge training endeavor and without having that cutting edge technology, without having what we call ‘the big iron’ on the routing side, without having the transport gear that’s pushing the edges of what you can do with a single pair of fiber, without that equipment, we couldn’t build this network.”
Contributors include CenturyLink, Ciena, Cisco, Coriant, Corsa, ESnet, Infinera, Internet2, Juniper, Zayo at the Platinum level; Arista, Brocade Communication Systems, Utah Education Network/CloudLab at the gold level; ADVA, ECI Telecom, Gigamon, InMon, Ixia, Metaflow, Nokia, Reservoir, Spirent, Splunk, Viavi at the silver level; and Cablexpress, Commscope, Leverage, Palo Alto, Puppet Labs, RedSeal at the bronze level.
SCinet brings to life a very high-capacity network that supports the revolutionary applications and experiments that are a hallmark of the SC16 conference in Salt Lake City. SCinet will link the convention center to research and commercial networks around the world.
“There’s no way that we could provide the services to exhibitors that need to be provided without our vendor support,” says Schmitz. “I can’t say a big enough thank you.”
SCinet, the high-performance, experimental network built specifically for the SC16 conference, offers an unprecedented amount of bandwidth within the conference exhibit hall and connects the convention center to the broader Internet. Partnering with the Utah Education Network (UEN) and CenturyLink, SCinet provides more than 5 Tbps of internal network bandwidth, along with tens of 100 Gbps Ethernet circuits to bring 3.15 Tbps of Wide Area Network bandwidth to the convention center.
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