Infinera Partners with ESnet to Upgrade the World’s Most Advanced Scientific Data Network

U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet)

Infinera and ESnet
Infinera and ESnet
Infinera and ESnet

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) is proud to announce a contract award with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) to build the optical substrate for its next-generation science network, ESnet6, interconnecting the DOE’s national laboratory system and experimental facilities with research and commercial networks around the globe. Based on a next-generation hardware and software stack, ESnet6 will provide unparalleled support for global science and pave the way for future advancements in the areas of streaming data analytics, artificial intelligence/machine learning, workflow management, and the integration of compute, storage, and networking capabilities.

The ESnet6 optical network is powered by the Infinera GX Series Compact Modular Platform and FlexILS Open Optical Line System. ESnet’s open optical networking approach combined with Infinera’s GX and FlexILS with coherent 600G technology enables deployment of today’s state-of-the art technology plus future-proofs the network with the ability to seamlessly upgrade to 800G capability once available.

With science data traffic over ESnet doubling every 20 months, Infinera capabilities ensure ESnet can provide 400 Gigabit Ethernet-based services through this open and flexible architecture. Deployed nationwide, the Infinera GX Series and FlexILS Open Optical Line System solutions provide a flexible and scalable foundation with C+L-band capability for further scale at the photonic layer.

“ESnet6 represents a transformational change in the capacity, resiliency, and flexibility and brings tangible benefits to the DOE’s science mission,” said Kate Mace, ESnet6 Project Director. “Open optical networking technology plays a key role in ESnet’s ability to meet the ongoing challenges of data traffic growth while supporting the high-speed and real-time collaboration capabilities that are critical to our nation’s science programs.”
        
As the world’s leading science data network, ESnet connects all of the DOE’s geographically distributed laboratories, experimental facilities, and computing centers across a dedicated fiber optic backbone that stretches across the U.S. and beyond. These capabilities provide the foundation for scientists to move, share, analyze, and store data no matter where in the world the data may be. Partnering with ESnet, Infinera quickly and safely deployed new equipment, performed testing, and turned up services over 15,000 miles of fiber during a global pandemic.

“ESnet was pleased to see Infinera’s team make such fast work of this large installation task during a pandemic. This high-speed connectivity provides the foundation to meet our mission of accelerating scientific discovery,” said Inder Monga, Executive Director of ESnet and Division Director of Scientific Networking at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. “ESnet enables tens of thousands of scientists to access data portals, transfer vast research data streams, and tap into remote scientific instruments and sources — all in real time.”

“Infinera is delighted to partner with ESnet to deploy a high-capacity open optical network connecting all the national laboratory locations in the U.S. with high-performance computing locations,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President, Sales at Infinera. “This collaboration underscores the value of our relationship and ability

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Tesla Gets a Pre-Earnings Price-Target Upgrade From Wedbush

Five hundred bucks a share.

That’s where influential Wedbush Securities analyst Daniel Ives sees Tesla’s  (TSLA) – Get Report stock price one year out.

Tesla kicked off the trading week in higher gear on Monday after Ives raised his price target ahead of the electric vehicle maker’s third-quarter earnings numbers due out later this week.

Ives reiterated his neutral rating on Tesla’s stock, which he has had in place since April 2019, but boosted his one-year price target to $500 from $475 ahead of Tesla’s third-quarter results, which are expected to show earnings of 55 cents a share on sales of $8.28 billion. Tesla will release its latest results after the closing bell on Wednesday.

“Tesla’s improved manufacturing efficiency and shining Giga 3 success in China will be on full display later this week and lead to another strong bottom-line performance which should beat the Street in our opinion,” Ives wrote.

“In terms of overall unit demand heading into year-end we believe Tesla is on pace to impressively achieve in the area code of 500k units for the year, a line in the sand that was a pipe dream six months ago as Tesla (and other auto players) have navigated this unprecedented COVID backdrop,” Ives said.

Tesla earlier this month said it delivered a record 139,300 vehicles in the third quarter, topping analysts’ expectations of 136,000. More than 124,000 of those vehicle deliveries consisted of the Model 3 and Model Y.

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Saving democracy and solving big problems require an upgrade of civic education

This backs up what academic reports have shown for decades. Civic education, when done well, produces young people who are more likely to vote, work on community issues, and become socially responsible, and who feel more comfortable speaking publicly and interacting with elected officials.

The converse is also true. When young people are not taught how our form of constitutional democracy works, they disengage, they do not vote, and they never realize their power as civic participants.

That is why former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor founded my organization, iCivics, which over the past decade has created 20 digital games and hundreds of lesson plans to teach young people about our democracy. We are also among the 138 organizations, academic institutions, foundations, and other groups that have formed a cross-ideological coalition called CivXNow. We are working together, despite our different approaches and leanings, to reimagine civic education for the 21st century and support state-level policy to bring it back into schools.

Consider a startling fact. After the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first satellite, our country invested in science and technology to defend our global competitiveness. Today, the federal government spends approximately $50 per student per year on STEM education. Yet the same government is spending only 5 cents per student per year on civic education. This is a clear indication of our national priorities. Meanwhile, our civic strength, our ability to work together directly and within our institutions to create a strong and inclusive union — which is the core of our competitiveness — is evaporating.

We see the effects: Much of this country and many of its leaders have lost track of how our democracy is supposed to work, how civil discourse helps us solve our problems, and how each of us must engage for our system of self-government to work.

As a politically and culturally diverse coalition, CivXNow supports the Educating for Democracy Act of 2020 proposed last month by Democratic Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Republican Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma. The bill would authorize a $1 billion investment in civic and history education. States and nonprofits would compete for the money by demonstrating that they had plans to strengthen civic education in ways that are tailored to the needs of local communities.

Our work is bolstered by what we have done here in Massachusetts. Led by a coalition of more than 35 organizations known as the Massachusetts Civic Learning Coalition, which iCivics co-founded with Generation Citizen and the JFK Library Foundation, our state has transformed its approach to civic education. In 2018, the Commonwealth unanimously passed a sweeping piece of legislation that ensures civic education is a priority for school districts across the state. It gives teachers professional development to support the effective teaching of civic education. It helps middle schools and high schools provide opportunities for students to participate in civics projects. And it establishes a trust fund to support these initiatives.

In addition to making civic education more of a priority,

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