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DISCUS: The DIStributed Core for unlimited bandwidth supply for all Users and Services

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Funding Programme or Company Name: 
FP7-ICT
Funding Body: 
European Union - Framework Programme
Description: 
DISCUS will analyse, design, and demonstrate a complete end-to-end architecture and technologies for an economically viable, energy efficient and environmentally sustainable future-proof optical network. It will provide a revolution in communications networks applicable across Europe and the wider world exploiting to the full the opportunity offered by LR-PONS and flat optical core networks to produce a simplified and evolvable architecture which will be the foundation for communications for the long term future. The architecture will be ultra energy efficient, simple to operate, robust to new technology introduction and providing universal availability of bandwidth and features regardless of geographic location. This ideal is obtained by a clean-slate approach to the architectural design by universal application of optical technologies throughout the fixed network eliminating traditional demarcations of metro, regional, core and access. Thus our essential concept is to use advanced optical technologies throughout giving rise to economies of scale and allowing bandwidths and flexibility hitherto unimaginable.
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Associated Theme for Application Domain: 
The Discovery Economy-Smart Enterprise
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Involved Institution: 
National University of Ireland, Cork (UCC)