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StarLight’s architecture is designed to be distributable among opportune carrier points-of-presence (POPs) such as university campuses and carrier meet points. Also, StarLight provides multiple autonomous peering light-paths for its community, using a common set of protocols, and provides interconnections to distributed OC-x services.

Because not all researchers have access to these advanced services, StarLight also provides mechanisms to establish gateways for a variety of additional services, such as Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), Synchronous Optical Network (SONET), Packet Over SONET (POS), high-performance Internet Protocol (IP), GigE and 10GigE. StarLight expects GigE services to be production quality and compatible with the existing STAR TAP facility. Optical switching services are viewed as experimental and will be managed as such for the foreseeable future.

StarLight GLIF GOLE, May 2006 (PDF, 129KB)