Light-speed networks from LuxN and Yipes support advanced NASA and telemedicine studies at Miami University

Sunnyvale 11 February 2002LuxN, a provider of multi-service, intelligent, metropolitan optical access network platforms, has implemented the LuxN WavSystem platform in the University of Miami's research and educational facilities. With Yipes Communications Inc.'s purchase of the LuxN WavSystem in May of 2001, this provider of instantly scalable Ethernet services has integrated the LuxN WavSystem and deployed the first multi-gigabit wavelength service for researchers and students at the University of Miami. Yipes' service will support complex research applications, such as NASA weather forecasting, telemedicine, and the soaring student demand for Internet access.


Unleashing the power of fiber-optic networks for multiple applications, Yipes can transmit the entire Encyclopedia Britannica in less than three seconds. LuxN's WavSystem platform is being used to provision up to 2.4 Gigabits per second on a single wavelength, with the ability to add more wavelengths on demand. This level of speed and capacity enables Yipes to provide the University of Miami the ability to conduct large scale research projects using Internet2, a high-speed, nationwide network open to qualified research institutions, including government agencies and educational institutions.

With this, University of Miami researchers can deliver timely weather information to NASA for satellite launches, facilitate videoconferencing for telemedicine applications, and even enable packet-based telephone service for researchers in the South Pole. The LuxN and Yipes solution will also meet the increased demands of University of Miami students for better access to Internet services such as Web browsing, e-mail, and downloads of large multimedia files. From May to September of 2001, the university experienced a 150 percent increase in bandwidth usage. The LuxN and Yipes solution will relieve the great strain to the university's legacy system and offer students fast and continuous use of Internet services.

The University of Miami is made up of 14 schools and colleges in South Florida, including the Jackson Memorial Medical Center complex and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The university employs more than 9000 faculty and staff and enrolls over 13.000 students. As university researchers and students increase their use of the Internet and Internet2 services, university administration had to deploy a more robust system. Because of their purchase of the LuxN WavSystem platform, Yipes was able to provide the University of Miami with the scaleable network necessary to meet their rapidly growing needs.

In the first deployment of its kind at the university, Yipes installed an OC-3 (155 Mbps) optical connection between the main campus computing centre and the Internet2 point of presence at the NAP of the Americas in Miami. The protocol-independent Yipes implementation allows the University of Miami to carry Ethernet, ATM or legacy TDM/SONET traffic.

The university might have had to wait months to order legacy circuits to meet the unexpected demand. With Yipes' instantly scalable network, however, it simply ordered and immediately received an increase in service from 10 Mbps to 46 Mbps. Yipes allows customers to change bandwidth within seconds over a secure Web site, from 1 Mbps to 1000 Mbps in 1 Mbps increments.

Leslie Versweyveld

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