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Partnering for Success. MAX – Qwest Alliance Builds a High Performance Network in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area Tony Conto, Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX) Scott MacCloy, Qwest Communications, Inc. Brief Background & History.

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Partnering for success

Partnering for Success

MAX – Qwest Alliance Builds a High Performance Network in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Tony Conto, Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX)

Scott MacCloy, Qwest Communications, Inc


Brief background history
Brief Background & History

  • Founding consortium: Georgetown U., George Washington U., U. of Maryland, Virginia Tech

  • 1999 had an OC-3 circuit to carry traffic to Abilene

  • Mission: to deploy a high performance network to enable the research and education missions of MAX participants

  • Build partnerships with the commercial sector to further the development of MAX


Partnerships extend gigapop infrastructure
Partnerships Extend GigaPoP Infrastructure

  • Partnership with QwestLink to provide dark fiber ring within the Washington beltway

    • Connects Qwest PoP in DC to GWU, UMCP (MD) and ISI-East (VA)

    • Developing commodity offering for MAX membership

  • Partnerships with Juniper and LuxN to populate the network nodes with M160 routers and WDM switches

  • Partnerships with Fibergate to provide some participant dark fiber connections to MAX

  • Co-location with:

    • Qwest, Yipes, ATT, Verizon,


Qwest collaboration
Qwest Collaboration

  • Cooperative in working within the budget constraints of the MAX

  • Supported Internet2 from its beginnings

    • Understands the importance of corporate support for the educational infrastructure

  • Support of educational initiative integrates with the Qwest business model


Partnership success
Partnership Success

  • MAX evolved into a cohesive group of universities, federal research labs, and non-profit institutions

    • focused on the common goal of building one of the most advanced regional networks in the nation

  • Partners make connection options and networking equipment available to members

  • Partnership with Qwest makes available a variety of additional services to its members


Max network overview

USM

ETC

KKI

BALT

(UMB)

NGIX

MAX Network Overview

OC3

OC48/fiber (pending)

UMCP

UMBC

GWU

GT

NLM

NIH

GSFC

NSF

UCAID

SURA

NOAA

DCGW

(GWU)

CLPK

(UMCP)

OC48/WDM

DCNE

(Qwest)

ARLG

Abilene

ARLG

ISI East

NCSA ACCESS

RSTN

(tbd)


Target core optical network

WDST

Target Core Optical Network

OC3c POS

Baltimore

ATM

Router

NGIX

Router

OC48c POS (Pending)

UMCP

College Park

OADM

Router

Router

GWU

QWST

Washington

Qwest

ISP

OC48c POS

OC192c POS (future)

Abilene

OC48c POS

ISIE

Northern Virginia

Router


Max focus
MAX Focus

  • Focus has been on getting the network operational

  • Emphasis now is to promote and enable applications that will push the limits of the network’s capacity

    • Currently involved in muticast applications with several participants

    • IPv6 will be implemented between Fujitsu labs of America with universities in Japan


Mid atlantic crossroads

DREN

Abilene

VBNS

ESNet

NREN

Supernet

NISN

ISP

ATDNet

MAX

Regional

Infrastructure

National/Inter-national

Peering Networks

Mid-Atlantic Crossroads

Regional Network

Participants

NGIX-East

net.work.Maryland

Network Virginia

Institutional

Participants

The Catholic University of of America

George Washington University

Georgetown University

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Kennedy Krieger Institute

NASA/Emerging Technologies Center

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

National Consortium for Supercomputer Applications/ACCESS

National Institutes of Health

National Library of Medicine

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Science Foundation

Southeastern Universities Research Association

University Consortium for Advanced Internet Development

University of Maryland

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

University System of Maryland

U.S. Geological Survey


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