Advanced Internet Lab Is Founding Member of MPLS Forum

Posted: April 4, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason’s new Advanced Internet Lab, directed by Bijan Jabbari of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is the only academic member of a newly established forum on multi-protocol label switching (MPLS), a sophisticated routing and switching technique for directing Internet traffic. It provides greater control over Internet traffic at higher speeds and enables efficient use of network resources, explains Jabbari.

The forum is primarily composed of companies that are creating or deploying MPLS products or services. Internet products created by one manufacturer must be capable of working with the products created by other manufacturers. The goal of the MPLS forum is to ensure that MPLS products created by different manufacturers are interoperable. Other members of the MPLS forum include Broadband Office, Nokia High-Speed Access Products, Lucent Technologies, and Marconi.

According to a press release issued by the forum, the MPLS forum “will sponsor interoperability events through universities and member connectathons.” The forum also will publish MPLS implementation agreements, market MPLS technologies, provide reference information on MPLS, and liaise with national and international standards bodies.

Made possible by a grant from UUNET, an MCI WorldCom company and a global leader in Internet technology, the university’s Advanced Internet Lab conducts research on MPLS.

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