The CIAN Testbed
CIAN's main operations are located at The University of Arizona's College of Optical Sciences, which provides resources for both theoretical and applied research programs in all areas related to optics and the optical sciences. The center headquarters is on the 5th floor of a new 47,000 square-foot West Wing addition, completed in 2006.
The CIAN Grand Challenge Testbed, located on the campus of UCSD,(CNS) is a shared research facility where CIAN's research from the various Thrusts is integrated, enabling collaborative research among CIAN participants and with the wider research and industrial community.
UCSD's CalIT2 Information Technology Facilities, including contiguous laboratory space and unique test capabilities are at hand in order to achieve CIAN's testbed vision:
- Provide a vertically integrative cross-thrust platform for testing CIAN technologies in a more system-driven environment than individual academic laboratories.
- Enable measurements of key metrics for potential applications.
- Identify to CIAN researchers the key limitations and technology specifications that require improvement.
- Foster collaborations with industry and showcase CIAN technologies.
- Provide a unique educational environment for training graduate, undergraduate and K-12 students.
The CIAN testbed allows for measurement of device-specific parameters. Moreover, the CIAN testbed allows system level testing of data transmission impairments, power penalty, polarization effects, bit error rate, aggregate capacity, reconfiguration time, network outage probability, and data blocking statistics. Equipment infrastructure that enables the detailed testing listed above is available