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11/13/2014 - SC14's Multi-Technology Network, SCinet, Tested with Spirent Federal

Live Network Test Showcases Performances of 10/40/100G Ethernet Links

Pleasant Grove, UT – (November 13, 2014) – Spirent Federal Systems, a leader in network, services and devices testing for federal agencies and critical infrastructure providers, announced today that SCinet, is using its high-speed Ethernet solutions to test the performance of its WAN infrastructure. SCinet, the powerful network that is providing nearly 1 Terabit per second (Tbps) of capacity for the SC Conference, is provisioning multiple 40/100G Ethernet links that will be showcased November 16-21, 2014 in New Orleans, LA. Spirent Federal will be critical in helping to verify these links so that exhibitors can effectively use them for their high performance computing applications and demonstrations.

"We do not run into supercomputers on a daily basis but their impact is felt every day," said Victor Fernandez, Director, Product Marketing at Spirent Federal. "The world relies on them for all types of scientific research ranging from predicting energy sources to developing new medicines. According to Top500, recent data from June 2014 indicates that Gigabit Ethernet has the largest market share for supercomputers' interconnection systems."

The SCinet WAN team is using Spirent TestCenter software with Spirent two-port 100 GbE fX and two-port 40/10 GbE fX2 modules. The test also uses Spirent's SPT-N4U chassis, which is designed to lower the cost of testing devices and networks powering the always-on data network. Spirent Federal's solution is being used for line rate qualification and performance testing of several 40/100Gbps Ethernet links to national research and education networks.

"It is critical to understand the performance of high-speed Ethernet in a multi-technology environment," said Paul To, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Spirent Communications. "Spirent continues to help advance next generation high performance computing by validating these complex networks and their underlying technologies—with realism, at high scale and at high density."

Spirent TestCenter, along with the latest modules and chassis, supports testing at bit rates from 10 Mbps to 100 Gbps and beyond. Since accuracy is critical to analyzing traffic at line rate, Spirent's 100G module has a system clock with a resolution of 2.5 ns, more than twice as fast as required to support Ethernet at 100 Gbps. All ports can be synchronized to provide the accuracy required to evaluate the performance and QoE of services delivered over 40/100G Ethernet. For more information about Spirent Federal's high speed Ethernet testing solution, visit www.spirentfederal.com/IP/Products/Spirent_TestCenter/Overview/.

About SC14
SC14, sponsored by IEEE Computer Society and ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) offers a complete technical education program and exhibition to showcase the many ways high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis lead to advances in scientific discovery, research, education and commerce. This premier international conference includes a globally attended technical program, workshops, tutorials, a world class exhibit area, demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on learning. For more information on SC14, please visit: http://sc14.supercomputing.org

About Spirent Federal Systems Inc
Spirent Federal Systems (www.spirentfederal.com) delivers next-generation test and measurement solutions designed to help government, military, and educational organizations get the highest levels of network security, reliability, and performance. Spirent Federal offers full layer 2-7 network test capability for routers, switches, cyber security, virtualization and data center environments, wireless mobile packet core, voice networks, GPS/GNSS networks, and IP/RF network emulation.

Spirent has a long and distinguished record of supplying IP network test equipment to all sectors of the government and has a purchasing contract with the General Services Administration (GSA). Spirent Federal Systems is a proxy company of Spirent Communications and is headquartered in Pleasant Grove, UT.

About Spirent Communications plc
Spirent Communications plc. (LSE: SPT), a global leader in test & measurement, offers an extensive portfolio of solutions to test data centers, cloud computing and virtualized environments, high speed Ethernet networks and services, 3G/4G wireless networks and devices, network and application security, and positioning technologies. For more information visit www.spirent.com/about-us/News_Room/About_Spirent_Communications_plc.aspx

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