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ESnet6 Sets New Benchmark in Research Networks with Ciena’s WaveLogic Optics

BERKELEY, Calif. & HANOVER, Maryland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) has deployed Ciena’s (NYSE:CIEN) coherent optical technology on ESnet6, the latest generation of the DOE’s dedicated high-performance network to science.

Delivering 46.1 terabits per second (Tbps) of bandwidth and intelligent network services, ESnet6 will support the multi-petabyte data streams typical of today’s scientific research and will also scale to handle the emerging era of exabyte data from the future. ESnet6 will enable scientists to significantly improve their ability to better understand the massive datasets produced by experiments that use large-scale instruments such as genome sequencers, telescope observatories, X-ray light sources and particle accelerators, among others.

ESnet6 uses Ciena’s Waveserver 5 powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme to support 100GbE and 400GbE interconnectivity. Ciena’s optical technology delivers lower cost per bit per mile, simplified operations through a web-scale operating model, and smarter software and analytics derived from the real-time network data it reveals. These benefits are critical to ESnet6 as it powers data for scientific discovery for tens of thousands of DOE-funded researchers in more than 50 US labs and supercomputing facilities for research partners around the world.

“ESnet6 provides the foundation for the future of DOE mission science as we enter an era where discoveries will rely on the integration of scientific experimental facilities, supercomputers and global science teams working together, regardless of their location,” said Inder Monga, Managing Director at Esnet. “ESnet6 could not be built without critical industry pioneers like Ciena. Ciena’s WaveLogic technology allows us to scale our network capacity and capability to support the next evolution of data-intensive science.

“ESnet6 sets a new benchmark for network programmability, intelligence and capability. The innovation and technology implemented within this network is truly state-of-the-art and will enable seamless access to data and computational resources, as well as essential scientific research on topics such as high physics energies, climate change, genomics and astronomy,” said Steve Alexander, Chief Technology Officer at Ciena.

About ESnet

The Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) is an unclassified, high-performance network designed to support scientific research. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science (SC) and managed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, ESnet provides services to more than 50 DOE research sites, including the entire National Laboratory system , its supercomputing facilities and its main scientific instruments. ESnet also connects to more than 140 research and commercial networks, enabling DOE-funded scientists to collaborate productively with partners around the world. For more information, go to

About Ciena

Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) is a networking systems, services and software company. We provide solutions that help our customers create the adaptive network in response to the ever-changing demands of their end users. By delivering best-in-class networking technology through high-level consultative relationships, we’re building the world’s most agile networks with automation, openness, and scalability. For updates on Ciena, follow us on Twitter @CienaLinkedIn, the Ciena Insights Blog or visit

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