Cisco's Routing System Triples Capacity

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San Jose, Calif. - Cisco Systems today introduced a new Internet routing system that is designed to serve as the backbone for the next-generation Internet.

The Carrier Routing System, or CRS-3, can handle 322TBps of data. This is triple the capacity of the company's current CRS-1 router, said Cisco CEO John Chambers. For example, a router running at 322TBps could download the entire Library of Congress in one second.

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 The implementation of the CRS-3 will enable it to fully support the massive deployment of video for consumer and commercial use, Chambers said. Chambers discussed several usage models, such as Telepresence, at

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in January. This is a commercial application that would allow doctors to remotely examine and diagnose illnesses via a video connection, as well as accommodate the increasing popularity of video on the web.

The router is now being tested by AT&T Labs in Florida and Louisiana.

Chambers did not reveal a timetable for the widespread implementation of the CRS-3 routers.

"Today this might not seem so exciting to the average consumer, but it's building the foundation for the future," he said.

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