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November 18, 2010
SC10 SCinet's 802.11n wireless network usage grows
PLEASANTON, Calif., Nov. 18 -- Trapeze Networks, a Belden brand and leader in enterprise wireless LAN equipment and management software, today announced its solutions provided 100 percent wireless networking coverage to attendees using their mobile devices this past week at the SC10 conference at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (MCCNO) in New Orleans, La.
During the seven days of the SC10 conference, New Orleans was host to one of the most powerful and advanced networks in the world -- SCinet. SCinet deployed IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11n wireless networks within the MCCNO. Part of the production SCinet network, the wireless networks gave access to the Internet and many other national and agency networks. Wireless network connectivity was available in the meeting rooms, exhibit halls, and common areas of the MCCNO.
In order to create a highly available wireless network, SCinet wanted a system that was reliable and had the capacity to support several thousand users running multiple mobile devices. Jamie Van Randwyk, chairperson, SCinet, SC10, said, "SC attendees are among the heaviest users of mobile devices. It was critical that SCinet provide dependable, high-quality mobile connectivity from all conference areas."
This year, SCinet has expanded its wireless network infrastructure to include 802.11n support in addition to 802.11 a/b/g, with more than 125 Trapeze Mobility Point MP-82 dual radio 802.11n access points. Also in use are two Mobility Exchange MX-200R Intelligent WLAN controllers. Trapeze Networks Mobility System Software (MSS) with RingMaster provided support to SCinet in its efforts to plan, manage and budget for guest access networks, in addition to managing the network during the conference, including band steering and auto-tuning capabilities. Ensuring a fully-reliable wireless network, SCinet utilized Trapeze's controller clustering and load-balanced virtualization that supports either N:1 or N:N automatic hitless failover.
Van Randwyk said, "SCinet has deployed wireless for the last eight years and has used a couple different wireless infrastructure vendors including Trapeze. This year, Trapeze was the first vendor we tapped because of the positive experience we have had at past conferences which proved to be the case again for 2010."
Provisioned each year for the short duration of the conference, SCinet brings to life a highly sophisticated, very high capacity networking infrastructure that supports the revolutionary applications and network experiments that are the trademark of the SC Conference. SCinet serves as the platform for exhibitors to demonstrate the advanced computing resources of their home institutions and elsewhere by supporting a wide variety of bandwidth-driven applications including supercomputing and cloud computing.
SC10, sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and the 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 SC10, visit http://sc10.supercomputing.org/.
About Trapeze Networks
Trapeze Networks (NYSE: BDC), a Belden brand, provides wireless LAN (WLAN) solutions with a focus on unmatched reliability, specializing in industries where always-on connectivity is a business-critical concern such as healthcare, education, manufacturing and hospitality. As part of Smart Mobile, its highly distributed edge-networking architecture, Trapeze Networks has pioneered technologies that deliver unprecedented session-level reliability, such as controller virtualization. Trapeze Networks WLANs have been deployed in leading corporations and organizations worldwide, and include some of the largest WLAN deployments to date. More information on: www.trapezenetworks.com.
Source: Trapeze Networks
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