AARNet boosts capacity

Succinct image description for Accessibility

AARNet massively boosts international data connectivity for researchers.

Sydney, AUSTRALIA – June 24, 2013 – Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) and Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN) today announced the completion of the 40 gigabits per second (Gbps) upgrade to the northern path of the SXTransPORT submarine optical fibre link connecting Sydney to North America.


This upgrade boosts bandwidth from 10Gbps to 40Gbps, providing capacity for ‘big data’ transport between Australia’s scientific and research community and the rest of the world ahead of anticipated demand.


AARNet CEO, Chris Hancock said, “Increasing the bandwidth of the SXTransPORT ensures Australia continues to play an integral role in collaborating globally in major research programs, including those in the big science arenas of radio astronomy, climate modelling and high energy physics.”


He says while data streams of 7Gbps are being achieved, supporting global collaborations for climate change research, all AARNet customers will benefit from optimised international unmetered use of the network for research and education.


The AARNet/SCCN partnership is also playing a critical role in projects related to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), such as the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) and the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA). AARNet this week upgraded the terrestrial section of its backbone to the SKA site in Western Australia to 100Gbps to complement the massive international capacity upgrade and to support the SKA, the world’s biggest collaborative science project.


“National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) are rapidly moving to reinvent themselves in this global open exchange world - the concept of becoming Global Research Networks (GRENs) to meet the future demand for high-performing international data connectivity is imminent,” said Hancock.


Professor Geoffrey Taylor of the School of Physics at The University of Melbourne and leader of the Australian effort at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider said, “The University of Melbourne is a key player for Australia in the Large Hadron Collider program which requires petabyte data sets to be transferred quickly for analysis between international collaborators. We rely on SXTransPORT connectivity over AARNet for our collaborations with scientists and researchers in the United States, Asia and Europe and this upgrade will ensure that we continue to stay at the leading edge of High Energy Physics.”


Professor Larry Smarr, Director, California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology said, “This is a great example of AARNet, as one of the most advanced National Research and Education Networks in the world, providing the optical networking infrastructure to meet the data-intensive needs of the Australian scientific and research community – their work ensures seamlessness in the global collaboration process as Big Data and high-end visualisation takes hold of our world.”


Ross Pfeffer, Director of Sales and Marketing at SCCN said, “SXTransPORT has placed Australia at the forefront of the world’s research and education by providing a high bandwidth corridor connecting Australia to the United States and the rest of the world since 2003. Southern Cross is proud to be a long-term supporter of Australia’s scientific and research endeavours through its partnership with AARNet.”


The next phase of the project will see the southern path of the SXTransPORT link upgraded from 10Gbps to 40 Gbps by the end of the year.
“Our long term partnership with Southern Cross Cable Network, and our relationships with other entities in the US such as Translight/Pacific Wave, remains critical for advancing excellence in Australian research and education,” said Hancock.


AARNet Media Contact:
Jane Gifford
Manager Digital Communications & Media Relations
AARNet Pty Ltd
t. 02 9779 6960
m. 0458 700 213
Tags: Capacity, Company, Configuration, Environment, History, Milestones, Social Responsibility