Mason Cohosts MPLS2000 Conference and “Bake-Off”

Posted: October 23, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Emily Yaghmour

This week, George Mason and UUNET Technologies cohost the third-annual international conference on multi-protocol label switching or MPLS, a sophisticated routing and switching technique, which is critical to the evolution of the Next Generation Internet.

The conference, which is being held in the Center for the Arts, has attracted more than 600 attendees from representatives of major Internet service providers, equipment manufacturers, and research institutions. Bijan Jabbari, a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Advanced Internet Laboratory, co-organized the original conference three years ago and serves as its chair this year. This is the first time the conference has been held at a university.

In addition to exhibits by vendors and discussion panels on issues related to MPLS technology, the conference features a technology “bake-off” in which corporate research sponsors of the lab may submit their MPLS products for testing against the products of other companies.

One of the major activities of George Mason’s Advanced Internet Lab has been to test the MPLS products of its corporate sponsors to ensure that the products are capable of operating smoothly with those of other companies. Interoperability testing is critical because the infrastructure of the Internet contains products from myriad manufacturers. The conference will enable additional companies to see how their products stand up to the interoperability test.

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