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Dynamic Layer 2 & Layer 3 Capabilities

The ACE Project infrastructure will provide hybrid network services, providing both dynamic layer 2 capabilities and layer 3 routed capabilities. At layer 3, ACE will support, from the beginning of the project, IPv4 unicast and multicast and IPv6 unicast and multicast services.

Dynamic Circuit Networking

ACE will support “dynamic circuit networking” capabilities in a production manner. ACE plans to facilitate interoperability between emerging production dynamic circuit network services of the networks it interconnects by installing Inter Domain Controller (IDC) protocol-based software. We anticipate using the Dynamic Circuit Network Software Suite (DCNSS) that Internet2 is proposing through its IRNC: SP DyGIR proposal to customize and package for IRNC ProNet projects.

This will permit ACE links across the Atlantic to allow IDC-compatible dynamic circuit services such as ESnet’s SDN, Internet2’s ION, USLHCnet, and the GEANT+ dynamic circuit service to dynamically provision paths across the ACE infrastructure between them.

Integration with European Global Networks

In Europe, the GÉANT network and its connected R&E networks support a portfolio of both layer 2 and layer 3 services (GÉANT+, GÉANT Lambda, and GÉANT IP) at various levels of granularity. By combining global links from GÉANT with ACE-provided links and by integration of network operations and monitoring capabilities, seamless end-to-end provisioning of hybrid network services becomes a reality.

IU already has experience in deploying a dynamic circuit network service (that currently provides connectivity between Internet2’s DCN Pilot service and JGN2’s dynamic circuit service) across an international link on the TransPAC2 project.

High-Definition Telepresence & Emerging Technologies

Interest in and adoption of telepresence—immersive high-definition videoconferencing—appears to be growing in the R&E community. ACE will easily support its technologies and its exchanges as they become established. Moreover, there are opportunities for still-experimental technologies such as Phoebus, OpenFlow, BEN, and VINI, and others even less developed, and we will do all we can to support and encourage testing and deployment of such new technologies over the new ACE network.

Data Logistics Toolkit

In order to help maximize the utilization of the proposed ACE network, we will work with our partners and user communities to deploy the Data Logistics Toolkit (DLT). The DLT is a software package of integrated storage and networking technologies for creating WAN-aware storage nodes, or depot pools. By deploying depot pools at disparate sites, research communities can create a general facility for data intensive, global collaboration—a global drop box with advanced capabilities—that can significantly improve the utilization of wide area links.

The DLT combines technologies for shared storage, network monitoring, and dynamic network provisioning to optimize the rapid movement and timely placement of data through policy-controlled data sharing, replication, caching and overlay multi-cast. DLT-enabled infrastructure can address a wide variety of application-specific data logistics scenarios, and the package includes client libraries and tools that make it easy for traditional applications to use its capabilities. The DLT team has committed to work with us to ensure that their software helps our user communities maximize the value they receive from our network.