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German Internet2 Goes Online

[Berlin] The German Federal Minister for Education and Research, Edelgard Bulmahn, has launched a new gigabit network for scientific research called "G-WiN", on Friday. The new high speed network will put Germany at the top of the international ladder of Internet technology used in the research sector, Bulmahn commented. This German version of the American Internet2 program will be used to drive new commercial networks, was the minister's prognosis.

The Deutsche Telekom AG officially dedicated the platform to the Organization For The Support Of German Research Networks (DFN Organization). Transmission rates of 2.5 to 10 gigabits per second will make modern multimedia applications possible. Net-wide use of the capacities of supercomputers as well as tele-medicine applications are among the possibilities. Around 700 access routes to colleges and research facilities are linked to the new G-WiN. By year 2004 the transfer volume will have increased to over 6000 terabytes per month, it is estimated.

The DFN Organization will be able to handle not only IP connections, but also Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), and point-to-point connections. The G-WiN is based on the Wavelength Multiplex Technology (WDM), it was reported. Over one single WDM system, operators can simultaneously handle 80 datastreams of 2.5 gigabits/sec each, or over 40 connections at 10 gigabits/sec. The 27 main network locations are each connected over two seperate connections with the rest of the gigabit scientific network. Therefore, even if one of the connections were to crash, a reliable connection of almost the entire user bandwidth of the DFN Organization can still be guaranteed.

The Research Ministry wants to make approximately 160 million Marks (US $77.6 million) available by year 2003 for the extension of the gigabit network. The G-WiN network replaces the old German broadband scientific network B-WiN.



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