Building High-performance Converged Research Networks
Umesh Lakshman, Cisco Systems

Today's research networks are migrating from data transport to networks that leverage next-generation technologies such as MPLS, IPoDWDM, converged voice and video as well as rich layer 3 feature sets.

As research networks of today undergo a transformation of speed and features, integration of new technologies such as Telepresence, Video on Demand, Voice and traffic classification with QoS will play a key role in providing high-speed converged architectures.

IPoDWDM enabling 10-100G speeds is also growing in adoption both within the campus as well as across campuses that connect via a unified backbone. Next-generation MPLS based architectures such as Layer 3 and Layer 2 VPN's enable solutions for departments on the campus requiring any-vlan-anywhere service offerings.

Virtual desktop environments with centralized data centers are growing in adoption with technologies such as TRILL being used to enable highly resilient data centers as well as become service hubs for intra and inter campus information.

The goal of this session is to highlight a unified architecture for building next-generation research networks with converged voice, video and classified data along with integration of new technologies such as Telepresence and Video on demand, Data Center best practices and next-generation control-plane innovations.

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