Agilent First to Validate Cisco's 40 Gb CRS-1 Carrier Routing System

12/2/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that it has conducted the world's first demonstration of core router performance at speeds up to 40 Gb/s in an independent evaluation of the Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) CRS-1 Carrier Routing System. The European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) used the Agilent N2X multiservices test solution to verify the performance and scalability of the Cisco CRS-1 during the recent OC-192c and OC-768c router test commissioned and funded by Light Reading, a telecommunications-industry online publication.

The purpose of the test was to provide the first independent industry evaluation of the Cisco CRS-1. The methodology for the test, created by EANTC (an internationally recognized test center offering vendor-neutral network test facilities for manufacturers, service providers and enterprise customers), was based on feedback from five of the world's leading service providers to ensure the router produced repeatable, useful test data about realistic network and service scenarios.

The test event represented an industry first in terms of the scale of interfaces, traffic, routes and services involved, with tests designed to exceed today's carrier requirements. In total, Agilent equipment tested more than 640 Gb/s of traffic over OC-192c and OC-768c interfaces, and generated and analyzed 15 million traffic flows to challenge the forwarding performance of the Cisco CRS-1. To ensure the router could keep pace with the increasing rate of MPLS (multi-protocol label switching) deployment, Agilent test equipment was used to establish 57,000 LSPs (label-switched paths), even though the largest networks today have only about 5,000 LSPs in total.

The Agilent N2X solution measured the performance of the Cisco CRS-1 under realistic network conditions in the following key areas:

"Verifying that the Cisco CRS-1 can manage the growth of traffic, services and routing tables well into the future was one of the goals of this 40 Gb/s test," said Carsten Rossenhoevel, managing director of research and manufacturer testing at EANTC. "By using Agilent's test equipment we were able to simulate futuristic network conditions around the Cisco CRS-1 so we could identify whether it could scale to meet increasingly demanding performance expectations."

"Agilent N2X's industry-leading 40 Gb test solution has put us at the forefront in evaluation of next-generation core routing solutions," said Dave Bass, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Data Networks Division. "Our test solution is designed to help service providers reduce the time it takes to qualify core routers and increase their confidence in advanced telecom networks carrying next-generation voice, video and data service traffic."

The complete test report is accessible at The test results, including Q&As, will be discussed during an hour-long Web seminar being presented by Light Reading on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 12:00 p.m. ET. All four of the companies involved in the project will help present the results and then answer questions during this hour-long live broadcast. You may register for the Web seminar at

Further information about the Agilent N2X is available at Product photos are available at

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 28,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $7.2 billion in fiscal year 2004. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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