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Net Optics Contributes 10 Gigabit Technology to CalNGI Network Performance Reference Lab Passive Taps and Analyzer Switches Create Access Ports for 10 Gigabit Monitoring at the San Diego Supercomputer Center

Published 08/07/2002

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO - Net Optics, a global leader in passive monitoring access technology, has contributed a range of innovative Taps and Analyzer Switches to the CalNGI Network Performance Reference Laboratory (NPRL) at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). One of the most important thrusts of NPRL is the test and measurement of 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The Net Optics contribution is targeted specifically at the lab's 10 Gigabit test and measurement efforts.

In addition to testing several manufacturers' 10 Gigabit route switches, the NPRL will use the Net Optics Taps for testing OC-192 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections in the National Science Foundation's TeraGrid Project, a next-generation distributed supercomputer that links sites across the United States over four 10 Gigabit communications channels.

"We're pleased to use Net Optics single-mode taps in our pre-deployment testing of the TeraGrid's 10 Gigabit links," commented Kevin Walsh, Director of CalNGI. "With the transparent Net Optics Taps functioning as permanent access ports, researchers will be able to monitor full-duplex link performance without interfering with the data stream or introducing a point of failure into the network."

The single-mode Net Optics Taps are the market's first Taps to support 10 Gigabit Ethernet, enabling communications at wavelengths of both 1310 and 1550 nm. Initially deployed to support the NPRL, the Taps will be available for general release in October, and will be key for the NPRL team in additional testing efforts.

Net Optics has also contributed a Span Port Analyzer Switch to the NPRL efforts, enabling the NPRL 10 Gigabit Analyzer to monitor the four TeraGrid network links without any changes in network connections or software configuration. Although first deployed at the NPRL to monitor 10 Gigabit Ethernet, the all-optical Switch design can also support monitoring with any fiber analyzer interface.

About CalNGI

The CalNGI Network Performance Reference Lab (NPRL) is part of the California Next Generation Internet (CalNGI) Application Center at SDSC, on campus at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). CalNGI was created through a partnership with CommerceNet and the State of California's Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency. CalNGI's mission is to assist California-based companies and organizations in the development and deployment of technologies, products, and services for the Internet of the future. For more information on CalNGI, see; for more information on UCSD's San Diego Supercomputer Center, see

About the California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency

DSTI is a division of the California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency, the lead state organization responsible for economic development, job growth, and job retention in California. DSTI exists to nurture and foster California's tech-based economy by working with federal and local governments, non-profit organizations, and California-based private companies to increase and improve tech-based economic development in California. For additional information on the California, Technology, Trade & Commerce Agency, see; for more information on DSTI, see

About Net Optics

Net Optics, Inc., a global leader in passive monitoring access, is a recognized innovator in network management and security. Net Optics offers a full range of custom fiber and copper-based products including Analyzer Switches, Splitter Taps, Redundant Port Selectors, Test and Simulation Products, and Converters. All Net Optics products are 100% tested prior to delivery and include ongoing technical support. For more information on Net Optics, please see

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Amy Fisher,
Net Optics, Inc.,
408-737-7777 x110,

Kevin Walsh,
San Diego Supercomputer Center,