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The remaining contenders for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, which will involve the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope, are South Africa and Australia-New Zealand.  Yesterday, Cisco and Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) announced that with the successful completion of a 40Gb trial, Australia demonstrated that it has the infrastructure and capabilities in place to support the demanding ICT requirements of the SKA, should we be selected to host this international mega-science project in 2012.

The trial was completed with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and involved  connecting three radio astronomy research landmarks over a distance of 1,300 km in total.  It was completed on AARNet’s existing optical network infrastructure which has been based on the Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform (MSTP) for more than five years.

This trial highlights how Cisco continues to support the capacity demands of extremely high performance computing customers such as AARNet. It’s also a testament to how Cisco provides customers with amazing investment protection. AARNet simply added a 40Gb line card to the Cisco optical platform they’ve had for more than 5 years and voila it’s been upgraded to a terabit ready network!  Read more in the press release.

This trial positions us strongly for our next step in the future…which is a 100Gb network.

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