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Alcatel Deploys 40 Gbit/s Optical Solution To Link University Supercomputers in Stuttgart and Karlsruhe, Germany

Paris, December 15, 2005 - Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced that it has successfully deployed its 40 Gbit/s solution connecting the data centers of the University of Stuttgart and the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, over a 105 km distance. Providing a direct link between two supercomputers, this is the fastest data line in Germany and is in the top five ranks of supercomputer centers in the world. The project delivers a computing power of over twenty TeraFlops, equivalent to more than twenty trillion operations per second, for business and educational applications. The deployment is part of the "Baden-W?rttemberg Extended LAN" scientific network (BelW?), which is funded by the Baden-W?rttemberg state and is integrated in the European research association G?ANT. The whole network connects nine universities, 25 technical colleges, eight cooperative academies and other scientific institutions in southwestern Germany. The new 40 Gbit/s link enables the two supercomputers to bind the computing and data resources across the network into a unified environment for commercial and educational applications where fast networking rates and high computing horsepower are key. For business users, this means performing detailed 3D simulations in real time such as car-crash tests and process simulations. For research institutes and students, this groundbreaking speed per channel enables new ways of sharing and processing huge amounts of information for advanced and complex research programs. The Alcatel 40 Gbit/s solution available within its WDM systems, including the Alcatel 1626 Light Manager (LM), enables customers to move huge amounts of data between supercomputer clusters in the most efficient way. For this project, Alcatel interconnected multiple 10 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces of the two university supercomputers through a single WDM link exhibiting remarkable low latency and high transparency. Four bidirectional 10 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces are aggregated onto one 40 Gbit/s wavelength that is transported over an optical fiber without repeaters. The new line is designed to support multiple 40 Gbit/s wavelengths to cope with future traffic growth. "Our users must benefit from easily accessible, highly reliable computing capabilities and this project represents an enormous boost for the Baden-W?rttemberg area as a technology center", explained Wolfgang Peters of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden W?rttemberg. "Alcatel's solution guarantees that the BelW? network is in a leading position in Europe and worldwide to successfully carry out international grid computing projects." "Alcatel's technology is at the forefront of innovation and this project positions us among the first research networks able to achieve 40 Gbit/s data rates over such distances in a real operational envi

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