About us

Our goal in High Performance Networks Group (HPN) is to explore the fundamental of optical networks and develop novel technologies applications. The group addresses the demands of the future optical networks and high-performance network-based services in both acadmiec researches and industrial applications. The group is equipped with world-class laboratories, including state of the art optical transmission testbeds, and software-defined network experimental platform.

The group has a strong tradition in co-operating with industries and also city concil recently, and is an international leader in the fields of:
  • next generation optical transmission networks;
  • optical packet and burst switching
  • optical data center solutions and architecture;
  • grid and cloud networking;
  • software-defined optical networking (SDN) and network virtualization;
  • hybrid-network domains orchestration and serivce management.

Over the past few years, the group has made significant breakthroughs in technology areas, and now focuses on the application of Software Defined Networking and programmable optical networks.

The group currently addresses topics, such as the Bristol smart city ICT solutions, the Internet of Things (IoT), ultra-high performance media, distributed optical data center architecture and technologies. These researches will greatly support the development of the future Internet and coming big data era.

The HPN lab also has dedicated connectivity to both national and international research network infrastructures, and forms part of the UK National Dark Fibre Infrastructure Service (NDFIS). This network infrastructure has enabled the development of close collaborations with leading research institutions and industry across ‚Äčthe UK, ‚ÄčEurope, USA, Brazil and Japan.

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