SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 21, 1994 -- Cisco Systems is providing about$300,000 worth of equipment to establish a high-performance network forexchanging medical imaging data at the annual meeting of the RadiologicalSociety of North America (RSNA) in Chicago, Nov. 27-Dec. 2.
The RSNAnet, deployed in McCormick Place Exposition Center, willfeature an ATM backbone anchored by Cisco'sHyperSwitch A100 ATMswitch andthree Cisco 7000routers, each equipped with an ATM interface processor(AIP). The routers will provide an ATM connection to the Internet, aswellas Ethernet and FDDI connections to workstations and an FDDI backbone.
Cisco's switchers will provide high-speed (100 Mbps)connections to the RSNAnet and to workstations using the company's CDDI(Copper Distributed Data Interface) and FDDI (Fiber Distributed DataInterface) adapters.
Steve Drew, RSNA assistant executive director for Informatics, said,"There is a lot of interest in the radiology community for networks thatcan transport medical and clinical information, including images, at highspeed. As a leader in network connectivity solutions, Cisco is providingend-to-end components that meet the demanding requirements of the RSNAnet."
More than 60 vendors of medical imaging systems are expected to beconnected to RSNAnet, as well as many academic institutions. In addition,several terminal clusters will be available to attendees throughoutMcCormick Place to provide electronic mail and Internet access forattendees.
Data carried on the network will include MRI, CT, nuclear medicine,ultrasound, digitized radiographs, radiography and other images.
The RSNA annual meeting is expected to draw more than 56,000 attendees,including radiologists, medical physicists and other health care andtechnical specialists. The RSNAnet will allow meeting participants toaccess and retrieve medical images, and participate in an imaging studymanagement demonstration that integrates image acquisition devices andworkstations with hospital image and information management systems.
Cisco's HyperSwitch A100 ATM switch, introduced inAugust, lets userscreate high-speed switched internetworks that eliminate congestion problemsin corporate backbone internetworks. As the first ATM switch to supportthe Phase 0 Private Network Node Interface (P-NNI) protocol adopted by theATM Forum, HyperSwitch is the only complete ATM solution based on ATM Forumstandards.
Catalyst is the first LAN switch with an embedded Remote NetworkMonitoring (RMON) agent. This feature facilitates detailedanalysis ofdata-link statistics, decode of network packets and switched networktraffic flow to let network managers troubleshoot or fine-tune switchednetwork segments.
Cisco Systems,Inc., headquartered in San Jose, Calif., is the leadingglobal supplier of internetworkingproducts, including routers, bridges,workgroup systems, ATM switches, dial-up access servers, software routersand network management software. These products are used to buildenterprise-wide internetworks linking an unlimited number of geographicallydispersed LANs, WANs and IBM SNA networks. Cisco's Internetwork Operating System (IOS) technology, found in more than 250,000 installed Ciscounitsand in the products of over 20 partners, is the de facto industry standardfor data transmission. In the U.S., Cisco is traded over the counter underthe NASDAQ symbol CSCO. A member of the S&P 500 and Fortune 500, Cisco infiscal 1994 logged sales of $1.2 billion.
Posted: Nov 21 09:02:02 1994