On July 12th, CFHT and Gemini became the first participants of the ATM network, followed by SMA on the next day.
CFHT encountered some problems during the upgrade which is noted here for everyone's benefit. IOS version 12.0 requires at least 64 mbytes of memory. After activating the ATM connection to the MKOCN summit switch, a lost in bandwidth was observed on the DS3 between CFHT's summit and Waimea routers. HawTel maintenance suspects the problem to be related to IOS version 11.1.
A strange interaction has been observed between the Cisco and Proteon FDDI interface. The FDDI interface of the summit Cisco 7206 router shuts itself down everytime the 88" CNX500 router (its FDDI neighbor) is rebooted. The 88" CNX500 router and FDDI card have been replaced.
Pui Hin reported that three CNX500s had to be replaced in the past three months. So it seems like it is a good time to get rid of this old equipment.
Funding after the grant period is not certain at this point. Some cost sharing arrangement might need to be worked out among the observatories.
Current MKO Network Connections:
Future MKO Network Connections: