The US Deparment of Energy is upgrading its next generation science network with some help from Infinera. They will be building the next version of ESnet leveraging Infinera's gear and software.
ESnet6 covers a national footprint, with some 15,000 route miles of fiber hitting all the main nodes except for perhaps those in Florida. That infrastructure interconnects the DOE's national laboratories and experimental facilities and hooks them up to other R&D networks around both the US and the rest of the world. The data sets pushed around the world by the scientific community are only getting larger, and therefore so must the connections they use.
The Infinera GX platform and FlexILS system will enable 600G technology in the short term and 800G not too far down the road. The deployment took place this year despite the pandemic and all that. ESnet and Infinera are no strangers of course, as Infinera's early 100G DTNs were first trialed and deployed on the platform over a decade ago.
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