One of the six projects being worked upon by research teams of Japan and EU has received funding in tune of €18 million and has been dubbed STRAUSS that aims to carry out research in fibre optic networks that will make use of optical network virtualization, software defined networking (SDN) principles alongside flexible optical circuit and packet switching technologies to achieve network bandwidths beyond 100 Gbps.

STRAUSS aims to provide technological roadmaps, technical approaches and deployment strategies that will enable shortening of innovation and exploitation cycles for the next-generation optical Ethernet transport protocols in EU as well as Japan for academics as well as industry.

According to European commission over 1.7 million bytes of data is generated per minute across the globe and data traffic has almost doubled in the span of one year – between early 2012 and early 2013. In a press release European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes said, “Our Future Internet should know no barriers, least of all barriers created because we did not prepare for the data revolution.”

Considering that the research results into fruitful results future networks would be 5000 times faster than today’s networks in some European countries where average speeds are 19.7 Mbps.

STRAUSS in not the first high-speed network research as BT has already successfully tested and achieved long-distance bandwidths in tune of 800Gbps in collaboration with Ciena.