VPI and OIRC Sign Landmark Research Agreement in Korea

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from VPI Virtual Photonics

    HOLMDEL, N.J., and DAEJEON, South Korea, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- VPI
 Virtual Photonics, the leading developer of professional tools and
 productivity systems for next generation products and networks, today signed a
 landmark research and development agreement with the Optical Internet Research
 Center (OIRC) at the Information and Communication University (ICU).
     OIRC leads the development of all optical networks in Korea, with the
 deployment of leased wavelength IP interconnections in an IP/WDM test bed to
 explore the architectural evolution of the optical packet Internet.
     The agreement covers VPI optical design and planning software to support
 research undertaken by 17 professors and 50 graduate students at the ICU and
 many industrial research laboratories. Actions include joint pursuit of
 collaborative research projects and the establishment of a regional VPI
 software users' group.
     Dr. Minho Kang, director of the OIRC at the ICU remarked, "this agreement
 is a major boost for photonics research in Korea.  "VPI's commitment to OIRC,
 which we have signed today, has significant benefits for Korea's
 telecommunications industry by providing access to world-class photonic design
 tools.  The use of VPI software also brings the benefits of VPI's strong
 relationships with companies such as Nortel, Lucent, Samsung, Sycamore and
 Cisco.  By using the same tools that are used to plan the next-generation
 networks in the real-world, our students will be gaining a strong skill-set to
 use in their future careers."
     Dr. Horst Etzkorn, international vice president at VPI, said the
 collaboration will address critical issues in the development of next
 generation networks.
     "We're very impressed by OIRC's goal to develop a 100Tb/s optical packet
 router in Korea.  VPI software will greatly assist this design effort with
 powerful simulation and optimization tools that support cutting edge
 technologies, such as wavelength routing and assignment in mesh restoration-
 enabled all optical networks."  "VPI is pleased to demonstrate its continued
 commitment to Korea with the signing of this agreement, and through our long-
 standing partnership with iTEC."
 
     About VPI
     VPI Virtual Photonics makes design and planning tools and productivity
 systems for access providers, network operators, system integrators and
 manufacturers of WDM transmission systems and optical components. Technical
 expertise and a formidable customer base are establishing VPI tools as the
 language for innovation and exchange across the bandwidth value chain. VPI is
 a privately held company with headquarters in Holmdel, New Jersey.
 Development groups are located in Munich (broadband access), Holmdel, New
 Jersey (IP/optical networking), Australia (optical systems) and Minsk
 (software production).  VPI's Asia Pacific headquarters is located in
 Singapore.
 
     About OIRC
     OIRC is a prestigious Research Centre of Excellence implemented by Korea's
 Science and Engineering Foundation for 2000-2009. The Centre aims to advance
 research and education on optical packet Internet. It is based at the
 Information and Communication University (ICU).
 
     For more information, contact Tricia Schafer-Petrecz at TMP Worldwide,
 610-889-1116, tricia.petrecz@tmp.com.
 
 

SOURCE VPI Virtual Photonics
    HOLMDEL, N.J., and DAEJEON, South Korea, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- VPI
 Virtual Photonics, the leading developer of professional tools and
 productivity systems for next generation products and networks, today signed a
 landmark research and development agreement with the Optical Internet Research
 Center (OIRC) at the Information and Communication University (ICU).
     OIRC leads the development of all optical networks in Korea, with the
 deployment of leased wavelength IP interconnections in an IP/WDM test bed to
 explore the architectural evolution of the optical packet Internet.
     The agreement covers VPI optical design and planning software to support
 research undertaken by 17 professors and 50 graduate students at the ICU and
 many industrial research laboratories. Actions include joint pursuit of
 collaborative research projects and the establishment of a regional VPI
 software users' group.
     Dr. Minho Kang, director of the OIRC at the ICU remarked, "this agreement
 is a major boost for photonics research in Korea.  "VPI's commitment to OIRC,
 which we have signed today, has significant benefits for Korea's
 telecommunications industry by providing access to world-class photonic design
 tools.  The use of VPI software also brings the benefits of VPI's strong
 relationships with companies such as Nortel, Lucent, Samsung, Sycamore and
 Cisco.  By using the same tools that are used to plan the next-generation
 networks in the real-world, our students will be gaining a strong skill-set to
 use in their future careers."
     Dr. Horst Etzkorn, international vice president at VPI, said the
 collaboration will address critical issues in the development of next
 generation networks.
     "We're very impressed by OIRC's goal to develop a 100Tb/s optical packet
 router in Korea.  VPI software will greatly assist this design effort with
 powerful simulation and optimization tools that support cutting edge
 technologies, such as wavelength routing and assignment in mesh restoration-
 enabled all optical networks."  "VPI is pleased to demonstrate its continued
 commitment to Korea with the signing of this agreement, and through our long-
 standing partnership with iTEC."
 
     About VPI
     VPI Virtual Photonics makes design and planning tools and productivity
 systems for access providers, network operators, system integrators and
 manufacturers of WDM transmission systems and optical components. Technical
 expertise and a formidable customer base are establishing VPI tools as the
 language for innovation and exchange across the bandwidth value chain. VPI is
 a privately held company with headquarters in Holmdel, New Jersey.
 Development groups are located in Munich (broadband access), Holmdel, New
 Jersey (IP/optical networking), Australia (optical systems) and Minsk
 (software production).  VPI's Asia Pacific headquarters is located in
 Singapore.
 
     About OIRC
     OIRC is a prestigious Research Centre of Excellence implemented by Korea's
 Science and Engineering Foundation for 2000-2009. The Centre aims to advance
 research and education on optical packet Internet. It is based at the
 Information and Communication University (ICU).
 
     For more information, contact Tricia Schafer-Petrecz at TMP Worldwide,
 610-889-1116, tricia.petrecz@tmp.com.
 
 SOURCE  VPI Virtual Photonics