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IP Network Services

CANARIE’s Internet Protocol (IP) network service remains the biggest workhorse of CANARIE’s network service offerings. The IP core network, consisting of 7 core routing nodes, provides full and equal support for IPv4 and IPv6 unicast and multicast routing, and other advanced protocols. To achieve a higher degree of network resiliency, the IP Network is composed of multiple 10Gbps links interconnecting core routers in a partial mesh to form a redundant routing infrastructure, ensuring a link failure won’t impact service delivery. CANARIE’s Routing Policy describes the routing design and policy of the IP network.


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CANARIE’s IP network

CANARIE’s IP network connects Regional Advanced Networks (RANs) in the provinces and territories through CANARIE approved aggregation points called GigaPoPs operated by RANs. These GigaPoPs connect at 1G or 10G to CANARIE backbone routers either directly, i.e. router to router, or through the CANARIE Network infrastructure. Some RANs establish multiple connections to CANARIE’s backbone routers to increase network resiliency and routing capacity.

Organizations wishing to connect to CANARIE may be granted access if they meet connection requirements and comply with the Acceptable Use Policy.

For international connectivity, CANARIE connects to three international Research and Education exchanges: Pacific Wave in Seattle, StarLight in Chicago, and Manhattan Landing (MANLAN) in New York.

These connections provide CANARIE with the ability and capacity to establish connections to link Canadian researchers to the world, enabling international collaborative projects seamlessly.

Network measurement and monitoring are an integral part of CANARIE’s network operations. Collected IP network stats are made available to CANARIE users in real-time.