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Enterasys to Deliver Keynote Speech at LHC Computing Grid Launch Workshop


NEWBURY, ENGLAND & GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Enterasys Networks Inc., (NYSE: ETS), a leader in enterprise networking solutions, today announced that Gerard Vivier, President of Enterasys Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) will deliver a keynote speech at the launch of the LHC Computing Grid (LCG) and participate at the first Board of Sponsors meeting of the CERN openlab for DataGrid applications. The event is being held on Monday, March 11, in Geneva, Switzerland, as part of a remarkable two-week series of events surrounding Grid-related developments being driven by the challenging needs of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. During the meeting, Vivier will unveil Enterasys’ contribution to the LCG project and explain how its 10-Gigabit Ethernet technology will serve as one of the key foundations to the world’s largest planned scientific computing infrastructure.



CERN, the world’s largest particle physics centre, is constructing the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a particle accelerator operating at energy levels 300 times higher than its previous one. Thousands of scientists from more than 50 countries worldwide will form virtual communities to analyze and research information received from the LHC accelerator, allowing investigations into the structure of matter and recreating conditions prevailing in the early universe.



To exploit the vast amounts of data generated from the LHC accelerator, CERN is leading collaborative efforts to build a global computing infrastructure, by contributing to the open worldwide development of Grid technologies through the European Union DataGrid project and by building the mission-oriented worldwide infrastructure called the LHC Computing Grid (LCG). The LCG will in future be capable of handling an expected 11 petabytes of data per year and will generate a total processing power equivalent to that of 200,000 of today's fastest processors. CERN’s technical participation to the LCG is co-ordinated through the CERN Openlab for DataGrid Applications. The CERN openlab will leverage Enterasys’ sophisticated 10-Gigabit Ethernet technology, including its Matrix E1 Optical Access Switch (OAS), to ensure the interconnection and delivery of large volumes of data between thousands of processors and storage devices that will make up the nodes of the LCG and provide an end-to-end LAN solution.



“Solving the Large Hadron Collider data processing challenge is providing a worldwide focus for advanced high-throughput computing and Grid development,” says Prof. Manuel Delfino, Leader of CERN’s Information Technology Division and Head of the CERN openlab. “A week ago, the EU DataGrid project successfully achieved its first-year milestones, which included over 40 deliverables. Today, Enterasys Networks is announcing a contribution to the CERN openlab that will allow the achievement of unprecedented throughputs on its huge computing clusters. And for the rest of the week, Enterasys is sponsoring the LCG Launch Workshop, which will bring leading authorities in high-throughput and Grid computing together with over 150 developers, many of whom represent Europe’s and the world’s next generation of computing engineers.”



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.



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 http://www.cern.ch and the CERN openlab for DataGrid applications at http://www.cern.ch/openlab


About Enterasys Networks


Enterasys Networks (NYSE: ETS) is a leading worldwide provider of 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.


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