Seeing a need to expand its bandwidth capabilities to keep up with research and data projects such as the Large Hadron Collider Project, Merit Network has employed ADVA Optical Networking to upgrade its existing 10 Gbps core network. Set on improving the capabilities of its 770-mile optical ring that stretches between Detroit and Chicago, Merit has upgraded the network with ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 platform. With the new platform in place, Merit says it will be able to configure high-speed connections, each of which will carry 10 Gbps of data on a single wavelength, via one pair of fiber.
A key point in achieving these network efficiencies is the advent of Raman amplification. Raman amplification allowed Merit to effectively cut down the amount of amplification sites it needed. As a result, Merit says is can help its members save thousands of dollars on installation and service costs. Merit serves a number of high profile Research and Education customers, including the University of Michigan's ATLAS Experiment, which is conducting trials on the world's largest particle collider, the Large Hadron Collider, located near Geneva, Switzerland. Along with ATLAS, Merit Network provides connectivity for Michigan's research and education community to the Internet2 network.
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