MPLS 2001 2nd Public MPLS Interoperability Demonstration

Leading Vendors Demonstrate Performance and Interoperability of MPLS RSVP LDP/RSVP-TE VPNLDP Implementations


November 15, 2001; McLean, Virginia

Isocore announced the completion of the 2nd Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) Interoperability Demonstration for the MPLS 2001 Conference at its Internetworking Lab today. The tests focused on demonstrating vendor interoperability and the ability of the MPLS Label Distribution Protocol (LDP) and MPLS Resource Reservation Protocol - Traffic Engineering (RSVP-TE) to efficiently provision networks using traffic engineering and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), which are key to carriers' development of next-generation IP services. Vendors demonstrated these capabilities in a testbed network comprised of POS, ATM, and Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. Included in the demonstration was also the hierarchical Label Switched Paths, exhibiting the application of LDP and RSVP-TE for VPNs over traffic engineered tunnels.

The demonstration was presented live to attending Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The contents of interest for the demonstration were agreed upon in advance by ISPs and router vendors attending the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting at the MPLS 2001 Conference. This is the industry's primary forum for vendors and service providers to openly collaborate.

"This public demonstration testing at the Internetworking Lab of Isocore provided the networking industry with an opportunity to witness the MPLS interoperability among multiple vendors and show the value of MPLS to the ISPs," says Dr. Bijan Jabbari, of Isocore, "There is a continued commitment by suppliers to provide leading- edge MPLS-based solutions to the service providers and allow enable them to offer advanced networking services."

The LDP testing for VPN support and the RSVP-TE testing for bandwidth provisioning through traffic engineering used devices from Alcatel, Avici Systems, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Foundry Networks, Marconi, Nortel Networks and Unisphere Networks; as well as test equipment from Agilent Technologies, Ixia Communications, and Spirent Communications.

The purpose of Isocore's Internetworking Lab is to help advance Internetworking and promote new technologies through validation.

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