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  • Note these are Abilene-specific, second two not members. We peer with XXX
  • Why between now and the end of the year? Partly driven by existing Abilene lifetime BUT, This is NOT about just an incremental improvement of the Abilene backbone network; or even a massive improvement of the Abilene network - look at whole new architecture - look at whole new cost model - take into account the major state, regional network buildout, NLR, etc.
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    • 1. Abilene Update Joint Techs Summer ’05 Vancouver, CA Steve Cotter Director, Network Services [email_address]
    • 2. Welcome
      • Current Abilene Network
      • Advanced Networking Services Offered
      • Abilene Network Futures
    • 3. The Abilene Network
    • 4. Abilene Partnerships
      • Indiana University
      • Juniper Networks
      • Nortel Networks
      • Qwest Communications
      • ITECs
        • NC ITEC
        • Ohio ITEC
        • San Diego ITEC
        • Texas ITEC
      • Internet2
    • 5. Abilene Overview
      • 10-Gbps ‘best effort’, over-provisioned IP network
        • Current normal load ~2 Gbps; ~10 Gbps peak
      • Carrier provisioned backbone λ’s (Q-Wave)
        • ~4.7 9’s availability over past 12 months
      • SONET backhaul available to connectors
      • IPv4/IPv6, native multicast, MPLS LSPs
      • Network research facilitation (data + co-lo)
        • Abilene Observatory project
      • Extensive domestic and int’l R&E peering
      • Cost recovery model motivates network utilization and bandwidth upgrade
    • 6. Abilene Community
      • 39 direct connections (OC-3c  10 Gbps)
        • 3 10 Gbps (10 GE) connections
          • OC-192c SONET also supported
        • 7 OC-48c connections & 3 GE connectors
        • 25 connected at OC-12c (622 Mbps) or higher
      • 234 Primary Participants – research universities and labs
        • Library of Congress and U.S. Holocaust Museum most recent additions
      • Expanded Access
        • 126 Sponsored Participants - Individual institutions, K-12 schools, museums, libraries, research institutes
        • 34 Sponsored Educational Group Participants - state-based education networks
      • See: http://abilene.internet2.edu/
    • 7. The Abilene Network
    • 8. The Abilene Network
    • 9. The Abilene Network
    • 10. The Abilene Network
    • 11. The Abilene Network
    • 12. Abilene Federal & Research Peerings
    • 13. Abilene International Network Peerings
    • 14. Advanced Services Across Abilene
    • 15. Advanced Network Services
      • IPv6
        • Approx. ⅔ connectors, ½ peers are v6 enabled
        • 2005: 11 new non-production v6 peerings at Palo Alto PAIX, also added France Telecom, soon MCI MAE-West
      • MPLS
        • NC-ITEC experimenting (with ITEC Ohio) with creating a multipoint Layer 2 VPN using inter-domain MPLS tunnels & Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS).
        • BRUW: experimenting with how to bandwidth reservation across packet and circuit switched networks
      • Abilene Observatory
        • Provides data from router nodes or equip. collocated in Abilene racks
        • 30+ research projects currently using Observatory data (see http://abilene.internet2.edu/observatory/research-projects.html )
      • Manhattan Landing (MAN LAN) @ 32 A of A in NYC - partnership with NYSERNet, Indiana University, and the IEEAF
        • A high performance, open bilateral exchange facility for research
    • 16. Abilene Network Futures
    • 17. What’s Changed?
      • Over the last 5 years, the U.S. research university community has become wholesale customers of telecoms for raw assets & ancillary services
        • Upwards of 30,000 route-miles of inter-city dark fiber are held by the U.S. R&E community
          • > 60% in the regionals
        • More than 20 Regional Optical Networks (RONs) have emerged
          • mostly state based – some with strong gubernatorial support
          • often concurrent economic development objectives
        • Meanwhile carriers generally did not invest in new optical infrastructure during the downturn
      • Increased end-to-end network transparency
      • View of the network as a schedulable resource
    • 18. Next Generation Abilene
      • Active examination of new network service models is underway
        • Group A Report - moving beyond the common bearer service view of best-effort IP
          • ‘ Core’ and ‘Flexible’ waves
      • Hybrid architecture evaluation (HOPI Project)
        • IP core using 10->40Gbps λ transport
        • Dedicated capabilities using NLR wave and Abilene
          • λ’s, GigE channels, MPLS tunnels
      • Evaluation of optical transport capabilities
        • Both commercial and higher ed owned options (NLR & the RONs)
      • Design & planning collaboration with U.S. & international partners
        • ESnet, TeraGrid, NLR, SURFnet, GEANT2
    • 19. Next Generation Abilene Timeline
      • October 2007 – End of recent 1-year extension to Abilene transport MoU with Qwest
        • Dictates 3rd-generation network timeline
          • Architecture: end 4Q05
          • Transport provider(s): end 1Q06
          • Equipment selection: end 2Q06
          • Backbone deployed: end 4Q06
          • Connector transition: begin early 2007
        • Concurrently, need to review business and management models
      • Coincidentally…
        • Late 2007 – expiration of ESnet transport agreement with Qwest
    • 20. NLR & Abilene
      • Group B Report recommended a merger of Internet2 and NLR as the best way to deliver to the community the services outlined in the ‘Group A’ report
      • Both Boards passed resolutions to begin consolidation discussions
        • Committee of 8 individuals has been appointed to develop a merger strategy plan
          • Work to begin immediately
        • Goal is to have a plan ready for each board’s consideration by the end of Oct.
    • 21. Abilene / NLR Map
    • 22. Next Generation Abilene Design Considerations
      • Critical factors:
      • Complexity of delivering dynamic network bandwidth
      • NLR, RON and international integration
        • How do we deliver these services from the campus of one researcher to the campus of another
      • Advanced service support
        • Multicast, v6, High Performance Throughput, Measurement
      • Enhanced network research facilitation
      • Network and end-user security
      • Options for increased reliability and additional services (i.e. Commodity Internet services)
    • 23. Abilene Information
      • For more Information:
        • http://abilene.internet2.edu
        • http://abilene.internet2.edu/observatory/
        • http:// www.nationallambdarail.org
        • http://hopi.internet2.edu
      • Or contact us at:
        • [email_address]
        • [email_address]
        • [email_address]
      • RONs / Abilene Connectors BoF
        • 8:15pm in Crystal Ballroom 3, Hilton Vancouver Metrotown
    • 24.