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ATRIUM Report Summary

Project ID: IST-1999-20675
Funded under: FP5-IST
Country: France

France Telecom has built a major part of a pan-European high speed optical IP core network interconnecting IP research labs

Within the ATRIUM project, France Telecom has built a major part of a pan-European high speed optical IP core network interconnecting the IP research labs of Alcatel Belgium, France Telecom Paris, Telefonica I+D Madrid, PSNC Poland and the University of Liege.

During the network construction and operation the experience gained allows to
- Understand and satisfy the requirements of the high speed networking research community both from network and demanding applications point of view;
- Assess the performances of a real sized network without impairments on real customers;
- Cooperate with national or paneuropean research networks such as Renater or Geant.

The cooperation with a European router manufacturer give a deep insight on architecture and features of what should be a carrier grade high end router compared to the basic opaque black box view provided by most manufacturers in regular RFI or procurement processes within France Telecom.

The inter-domain and intra-domain traffic engineering algorithms proposed in WP3 and WP4 to establish Label Switched Path (LSPs) in an optimised fashion will be considered to improve the bandwidth utilisation and operation of the France Telecom network.

The testing tools and methods enhanced and developed within the Atrium project framework allows to characterize high-end network elements for conformance, interoperability and performance both
- In data plane at OC48 or higher bit rates;
- In control plane by emulating complex networks of 1000s of routers.

These tools are to be reused for performance and quality assessment in the framework of France Telecom procurement process, industrial partnership or collaborative projects.

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France Telecom R&D
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