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Cisco’s Routing System Triples Capacity

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.

 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

International CES

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.