More on Internet2

In case you were wondering just how much Infinera was involved with Internet2 I found an old PowerPoint on NASA. Yes, NASA.

Here is the link:…

The PowerPoint was from a NASA IT summit back in 2010. Here are some key takeaways:

  1. The Objective (taken from the PowerPoint)

“The vision for the Internet2 Network is a seamless integrated network facility that allows for applications and users to transparently utilize the services and network layers that most appropriately serve their needs, when they need it, in a cost effective manner.”

“This network facility will allow users to focus on their work and not on the network.”

The IP Network services (at the time) were carried over 10Gbps waves on “the extremely reliable Infinera backbone”. 40Gbps and 100Gbps were targeted as future enhancements (which likely has been completed by now).

  1. Layer 1 is managed by Level3 Communications which owns and manages Infinera optical gear. They take on the responsibility for upgrades, maintenance and NOC services. Internet2 has provisioning control. Internet2 owns and manages the equipment in Layer 2 and Layer 3

The Layer 1 network is extended to international exchange points in Seattle, Chicago and New York City. The network also has peering points in Seattle, PAIX, Equinix Chicago.

  1. At the time of this presentation, 2010, Internet2 was connecting:

217 Universities and research institutions
~50,000 K20, libraries, museums, zoos and aquariums
38 states covered by SEGP program
Federal network peerings and International peerings reaching 80 countries
Private networking provided to NOAA and Department of Energy (ESnet); Piloting with USFS
Named participant in the FCC’s RHCPP; connecting rural healthcare networks
Actively working with the VA
JPL and Goddard are Affiliate Members
Internet2 peers with NASA networks: NREN and NISN as well as others such as DREN and USGS

The PowerPoint also includes a list of affiliate members, including Argonne National Lab, Fermi National Accelerator Lab, Jet Propulsion Lab, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Library of Congress, Los Alamos National Lab, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the National Archives. These are just a few.

The international connectivity extends to countless research networks across the globe. Take a look at the presentation to see them.

  1. The Network Design

The network was built on dedicated fiber from Level3. At the time of this presentation that represented a 13,000 mile footprint
It was based on 10G at the time, and they were moving to 100G
It was built on “Infinera innovative optical technology” which was highlighted to be:
o Simple and convenient add/drop technology
o Simple and convenient wave setup
o Demonstrated high reliability in initial period of operation on the Level(3) network
o Economics of Infinera system are disruptive in the market place
Architecture has maximum flexibility
o Every direct connector can access every wave on the system if needed
o Adding add/drop points doesn’t require network redesign

Pretty cool stuff. I took to some additional searching on Internet2, and on there you can find some interesting stuff that also involves Infinera in their PowerPoint presentations over the years. One of them was for a meeting on how to approach the GEANT network build, which also included Infinera equipment. GEANT is the equivalent of Internet2 for Europe. A copy of that PowerPoint presentation is here:…

It would appear the higher education and research communities are big fans of Infinera - in both the US and Europe. I could see now why Brad Feller made a point to mention another upgrade cycle that will be driven by a Federal mandate for fast internet access for every school in every neighborhood across the country.

You can read more about that mandate here:…

“Recognizing the growing opportunities and need for student and teacher access to high-speed Internet, President Obama launched the ConnectED Initiative, setting a goal of connecting 99% of students to the Internet in their schools and libraries at speeds of no less than 100 megabits per second (Mbps) per 1000 students and a target speed of 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) by 2018.”

I can also see why Infinera assembled a government advisory board (…) back in February.

Our government is mandating a connected world for our children in the classrooms - in every classroom across the country. There are countless scores of those. And it will be powered by Infinera.