George Mason University’s Advanced Internet Lab Completed New Round of Leading-Edge MPLS Testing

April 27, 2001

FAIRFAX, Va.—The Advanced Internet Lab at George Mason University announced today the completion of new leading-edge code testing for Multi-Protocol Label Switching. The tests focused on demonstrating vendor interoperability and the ability of the MPLS Label Distribution Protocol and MPLS Resource Reservation Protocol for traffic engineering to efficiently provision networks using traffic engineering and Virtual Private Networks, which are key to carriers’ development of next-generation Internet Protocol services.

The results of the testing were presented at the university in the industry’s first forum where vendors and service providers collaborated. AIL’s large number of service provider sponsors presented their own technical requirements for MPLS implementation to AIL’s Technical Advisory Committee representatives. The practical results of this dialogue will be incorporated into the next round of testing at AIL, scheduled to begin in August.

“MPLS, LDP and RSVP functionality will have tremendous implications for service creation and awareness of core and edge routing platforms,” says Bijan Jabbari, founding director of the laboratory and a faculty member in the department of electrical and computer engineering at the university’s School of Information Technology and Engineering. “These tests demonstrate the continued commitment by suppliers to provide leading-edge traffic engineering solutions to the marketplace and enable service providers to deliver advanced services over their next-generation IP-based networks.”

The LDP testing was carried out between the various MPLS-enabled products that included Alcatel 7420, Avici Systems TSR, Cisco Systems LS1010, 7200 and GSR, Nortel Networks Passport 15000 and Unisphere Networks ERX 700. The RSVP-TE testing was conducted between MPLS-enabled products that included Agilent Technologies RouterTester, Avici Systems TSR, Cisco Systems GSR, Foundry Networks NetIron 800, Marconi ASX 4000 and Unisphere Networks ERX 700.

The purpose of the lab is to conduct research on high-performance, large-bandwidth, Internet core networks. In addition to the initial support provided by UUNET, a WorldCom company, the lab is supported by France Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Concert, Cable & Wireless and NTT as service providers; Alcatel, Avici Systems, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Foundry Networks, Juniper Networks, Marconi, Nortel Networks, Ocular Networks, Hyperchip and Unisphere Networks as networking equipment suppliers; and Agilent Technologies, Spirent Communications (Adtech and Netcom Systems) and Ixia Communications as test equipment suppliers.

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