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 More . . .What's New     September 26, 2017  
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A recurring difficulty with the introduction of a new technology or service service is that by the time the service is finally introduced (and it often takes many years), the "users" have moved on to the next greatest technology, and the industry finds that it has been spinning it's wheels for nothing. In 1995, the SES proposed Projects in the Toronto area to accelerate the development of applications which require very high bandwidth (on the order of OC-12 or 622 Mbps) "native mode" ATM connectivity.

Learning from the Inuit how to focus Toronto's "Communities of Interest"

The cost of an OC-12 network was prohibitive in 1995 and continues to be very costly today. The only way we could imagine it working was to plant the kernel of the idea in the minds of key individuals in the Toronto, and see if anything developed.

In the past year, we have worked with an Inuit organization called Taqramiut Nipingat Inc., to build "village intranets" in arctic Quebec. Because no individual organization can afford to provide the services desired by the villages, and the people (all seven thousand of them) can't afford the tab, the SES is working to coordinate and focusthe needs of "ALL" organizations doing business in these villages including:

  • The Regional Government
  • The School Board
  • The Medical Community
  • The Local Government
  • Local Businesses
  • Key Individuals (village leaders)
  • The Provincial Government
  • The Federal Government

To be successful, "communities of interest" must be brought together and each had to internalize how the new communications capabilities can help them to be more productive, do business more efficiently or more intelligently.

The work in arctic Quebec is directly parallel with what must happen in Toronto...the only difference... is the speed of the network.

Why OC-12?

OC-12 connectivity is now available from multiple vendors. It has not yet been fully evaluated, and integrated with other services, and applications have not been developed which take advantage of it's performance and guaranteed quality of service offerings. Canada needs to have at least one place where HIGH bandwidhth applications can be developed in a vendor neutral environment.

Why "native mode"?

Plugging in redundant equipment (FMT 150's) is incrementally expensive, and serves no useful purpose. A "native mode" demonstration is important to both evaluate the real services which can be provided by ATM products, and to better understand the risks and benefits of offering direct ATM services at high bandwidth.

Why Toronto?

SES Partners in Toronto have defined several projects (detailed below) which are atleast partially in place which can actually exercise OC-12 facilities. Other (read potential and identified) project partners should be using a test bed of this sort are already aligned or can easily be aligned. (i.e. Toronto is the centre for video production in Canada and could benefit significantly from a network which would allow them to collaborate in the digital video production and special effects realms making them more competitive with US film makers in Hollywood.)

Toronto has a number of these communities of interest. Consider the Medical "Core" downtown and the financial communities to name two others.

Project 1: The Toronto DVP Project

Purpose: to develop facililties and alliances for "realtime remote video production", and just in time delivery of the huge files within Toronto's DVP community of interest, and to other film makers in the USA.

This project potentially links the studios at Centennial College to CBC and the mass storage facility at Ryerson to form the "core" resource group for the DVP industry segment.

The array of SGI workstations at Centennial and the CBC could be "networked" locally at 280 mbps to provide services otherwise accessible only on supercomputers. Linking this resource to the 5 PetaByte (terrabyte with 3 Zeros after) storage facility at Ryerson via OC-12 ATM, would provide DVP "resources" comparable with any in the world to the DVP community of interest in Toronto

The primary work sites for this project could be at CBC (Front Street) and the BCCC at Centennial College, a secondary work site might be located at the University of Toronto.

On February 1, 1997 BCTel announced the availability of a T3 (45 Mb/s) link to Hollywood. By linking TONET to BCTel via the National ATM Test Network, the viability of joint "just in time" video production with film makers in Southern California could be validated and costs could be evaluated.

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