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Enterasys’ 10-Gigabit Ethernet Technology Evaluated for Interconnection of 10,000 Scientists
& Network Processing of 10 Million Gigabytes of Data per Year

NEWBURY, ENGLAND & GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Enterasys Networks Inc. has announced its committed participation in CERN’s powerful new LHC Computing Grid. Led by CERN, the world’s largest particle physics centre, the project is an international collaborative effort designed to create a new giant data-intensive computing environment. The Grid will handle vast amounts of data generated from experiments at its forthcoming multi-billion dollar particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The accelerator is to be commissioned in 2005 and will be the most powerful device of its kind ever built.

As CERN’s long-standing strategic Layer-3 switch vendor, Enterasys has confirmed its sponsorship and support of CERN’s contribution towards developing the LHC Computing Grid. This effort will be channelled through the CERN openlab for DataGrid applications, which will focus on continued research of advanced technologies and open solutions for the creation of the large information-processing DataGrid. Enterasys’ participation includes CERN’s evaluation of its sophisticated 10-Gigabit Ethernet technology, including its Matrix E1 Optical Access Switch (OAS), for the interconnection and delivery of large volumes of data between tens of thousands of processors and storage devices that will form the LHC Computing Grid. Enterasys has also agreed to additional supporting activities, including engineering resource assistance and product and technology forums, equivalent to a .5 million investment.

Nearly ten thousand scientists from more than 50 countries worldwide will use the DataGrid infrastructure, forming virtual communities to analyse and research information received from the mighty LHC accelerator and its detectors. Once in operation, the LHC Computing Grid will handle more than 10 million Gigabytes of data per year for a decade, with LAN throughput rates of a terabit per second and a WAN capacity of dozens of gigabits per second. The LHC accelerator itself consists of a 17-mile ring of superconducting magnets located in a tunnel 400 feet underground below Geneva. It also encompasses four giant detectors, which will observe trillions of particle collisions.

CERN was founded in 1954 and is directly supported by 20 European Member States. The laboratory is open to global collaboration and provides state-of-the-art facilities that are regularly used by half of the world’s particle physicists. The organisation designs and builds intricate accelerators, which are used to accelerate tiny particles to a fraction under the speed of light, whose collisions are made visible by sophisticated detectors built by worldwide collaborations. Research related to CERN experiments has resulted in an array of practical benefits ranging from medical imaging to the World Wide Web. The LHC will be the most advanced accelerator technology ever deployed, allowing scientists to investigate the structure of matter and recreate conditions prevailing in the early universe.

“We are faced with the largest data-intensive computing application foreseen in this decade, several years ahead of the market,” commented the leader of CERN’s Information Technology Division and Head of the CERN openlab, Manuel Delfino. “As a long-time Enterasys customer, we have been continually rewarded with higher performance switching and routing solutions. We are excited about their 10-Gigabit Ethernet technology, as it allows us to build powerful distributed systems for our scientists, and gives us a certain future for our bandwidth and computing expansion strategy.”

Enterasys’ 10-Gigabit strategy is based on the concept of UTOPIA (Unlocking the Optical Internet Application) and is an ideal foundation for Grid computing. UTOPIA is reached when the capacity of the Local Area Network (LAN), Wide Area Network (WAN) & Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) achieve a level that provides a zero latency experience between people, applications and content, regardless of location.

A member of the Gigabit Ethernet Alliance (10 GEA), Enterasys was the first in the industry to announce a strategy for the delivery of 10-Gigabit Ethernet. The Matrix E1, a high-speed aggregation device, is Enterasys’ first 10-Gigabit Ethernet product. It provides line-rate performance and a modular 10-Gigabit uplink with numerous transport options for the LAN & MAN. Delivery of 10-Gigabit capabilities will follow in Enterasys’ MatrixTM switching platform and its X-PeditionTM switch-router line.

“CERN provides the networking industry with a massive challenge, one of providing high availability, high capacity and highly reliable infrastructures to support some of the largest data processing systems being built anywhere in the world. Enterasys has met that challenge for CERN for many years, and we are proud once again to be supporting CERN’s groundbreaking research into particle physics. 10-Gigabit Ethernet is going to be tested to the maximum by CERN and it demonstrates Enterasys’ ability to provide leading-edge technology to real-life situations,” said John Roese, Chief Technology Officer for Enterasys Networks.

About CERN

CERN is the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, the world's largest particle physics centre. Founded in 1954, the laboratory was one of Europe's first joint ventures, and has become a shining example of international collaboration. CERN has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. At present, its Member States are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Israel, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United States of America, Turkey, the European Commission and UNESCO have observer status.

CERN can be found on the Internet at and the CERN openlab for DataGrid applications at

About Enterasys Networks

Enterasys Networks (NYSE: ETS) is a new type of company that combines a single market focus with a strong technology heritage to provide communications infrastructures for enterprise-class customers. Enterasys’ networking hardware and software offerings deliver the innovative security, availability and mobility solutions required by Global 2000 organizations coupled with the industry’s strongest service and support. Based in Rochester, New Hampshire, Enterasys was named a “Company to Watch in 2001” by CIO Magazine.

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