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CIARA at OSDC PIRE 2014 Data- Intensive Research Workshop

Big Data and Cloud Computing
June 16-20, 2014
, Amsterdam, Netherlands

FIU CIARA participates in the third OSDC workshop in Amsterdam, Netherlands ( funded in part by the NSF PIRE program) will gather young researchers and experts to address today's challenges and to develop understanding in how best to exploit our growing wealth of data. The Open Science Data Cloud PIRE project provides international research and education experiences through training and study at universities and research institutes around the world with leading scientists in the field of computing. OSDC-PIRE goal is to increase the participants with expertise in managing and analyzing data. The creation of a strong cadre of students with a global perspective on scientific data management will support research endeavors in many other areas vital to the US. International Collaboration.

Prof. Robert Grossman PhD, University of Chicago
Prof. Heidi Alvarez PhD, Florida International University
Prof. Paola Grosso PhD, University of Amsterdam
Prof. Cees de Laat PhD, University of Amsterdam
Please register at:

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FIU showcases tech innovations at eMerge Americas

eMerge Americas Techweek, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, Miami Beach Convention Center

FIU has partnered with the Technology Foundation of the Americas to host eMerge Americas Techweek, a conference that brings together civic leaders, industry titans, entrepreneurs and global thought leaders with the purpose of establishing a technology hub for the Americas. The conference is an opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors to come together to develop and fund innovative projects and discuss the role of education in a tech-driven economy. FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg together with J.P. Morgan’s head of U.S. Southeast Private Bank, Phil Conway, and Florida State Rep. Erik Fresen, will host a discussion about the use of innovation and technology in education reform at 10:20 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

On hand at the conference will be representatives of the Florida Small Business Development Center at FIU, who will be providing no-cost consulting to entrepreneurs and businesses. Representatives of the FIU Applied Research Center will be available as well.

At its pavilion, on May 5 and 6, FIU will showcase work recently funded by the National Science Foundation to develop greater network infrastructure in the Americas - OpenWave 100G project and Americas Lightpaths (AmLight).


Academic Networks: Security Today and Tomorrow, 5th Biannual Meeting of ANSP( Academic Network at São Paulo)
São Paulo - SP - Brazil, April, 22-25, 2014

Constantly striving to improve its services, the Academic Network at São Paulo (ANSP), has developed as one of its strategies, a means to building a closer relationship with its user entities and companies working in the Information Technologies and Communications market. With this objective, it created the concept of the ANSP Ecosystem and its biannual meetings.

The ANSP Ecosystem aims to develop synergy for the exchange of ideas and technologies, for the testing of systems, protocols and equipment, in a skilled and demanding environment, and to establish the conditions to accelerate the dissemination of the various services and products of manufacturers and suppliers in the academic community.

The ANSP Biannual Meetings are the forum in which the ecosystem is reflected in the dissemination of the knowledge produced and the discussion of problems encountered both by ANSP's users and by the suppliers of equipment and services. Thus, the meetings consist of lectures, seminars, courses, workshops and any other means that may help increase and share knowledge among the participants.

ANSP's Biannual Meetings are open to all who wish to benefit from this privileged environment offered by the ANSP Ecosystem.

For more info click here.

Program | Presentation | Pictures

ANSP News: Demi Getschko is the first Brazilian to be nominated to the Internet Hall of Fame at a ceremony on 8 April, 2014, in Hong Kong.

The "Internet Hall of Fame", created in 2012 by the "Internet Society", honors leaders and innovators from around the world who have made extraordinary contributions to the change in the lives of citizens using the Internet. The awards are presented in three categories: "Pioneers Circle", "Innovators" and "Global Connectors".
Demi Getschko, an electrical engineer, was nominated in the category of "Global Connectors", which recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the growth and overall Internet use.
Read more

2013 ANSP Yearbook
ANSP Newsletter
White Paper: NFV - Networks Functions Virtualization
Testimony of Prof. Cansian about Network Security


New Era in Latin American and Caribbean R&E Networking: Projects & Infrastructure Developments

2014 Internet2 Global Summit, Denver, CO, 6-11 April, 2014

CIARA participated in 2014 Internet2 Global Summit with series of presentations "New Era in Latin American and Caribbean R&E Networking: Projects & Infrastructure Developments" The theme for the 2014 Internet2 Global Summit was "Welcome to the New Era!" We are entering an exciting new era of innovation and transformation—driven by the research and education (R&E) community. Together, we are building a new unified, global platform of advanced network, cloud, and trust solutions to transform university operations and harness big data, catalyze team science, and propel a new cycle of international invention. The Internet2 Global Summit program for 2014 featured keynotes from top R&E leaders, presentations from noted experts, and sessions focused on partnerships and advanced technologies, all designed to unleash your R&E potential.

Videos | Program | Presentations



BIG DATA BIG NETWORK 2 Mexico-California Research Collaboration Workshop

February 10-11, 2014, Calit2's Qualcomm Institute, UC San Diego

Big Data Big NetworkCIARA participate in Big Data, Big Network 2 is a two-day, invitation-only workshop to be held Feb. 10-11, 2014 at the Qualcomm Institute, the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) in Atkinson Hall on the UCSD campus in La Jolla, California.
BDBN2 is a follow-on workshop to the one held in October 2013 at the Centro de Investigación Científica y Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE, the Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education). The purpose of that workshop was to enhance cross-border science and engineering research and education applications enabled by the AmLight West 10G connection operated by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) in collaboration with Mexico’s Corporación Universitaria para el Desarrollo de Internet (CUDI, the University Corporation for Internet Development).
At the Ensenada workshop we identified existing and prospective users of the 10GigE network between Mexico and California, and we promoted new cross-border collaborations. The goal of this follow-on workshop at UC San Diego is to further document and promote Mexico-California research collaborations. We also aim to provide information and training to previously identified users on how best to use high-speed networking and display walls for research collaboration.
The BDBN2 workshop will focus on the use of networking and visualization resources in support of cross-border research, and it will include hands-on training and technology demonstrations as well as presentations.
During the workshop, investigators from the U.S. and Mexico will showcase and demonstrate applications and science drivers that benefit from advanced cyberinfrastructure.
The planned program and list of speakers will be posted on the website in January 2014. If you have any questions or would like to register early for this workshop, please contact Greg Hidley at and include the title "BDBN2" in the subject line.

For information about the inaugural October 2013 Big Data Big Network Workshop hosted by CICESE in Ensenada, please click here.

Big Data, Big Network 2 | Registration | Program | Logistics
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AmLight supports wide-area network demonstrations in Super Computing 2013 (SC13)

Miami, Florida, February 3, 2014

Florida International University FIU's AmLight project supported two long-haul network experiments that spanned the continents of South and North America. AmLight allocated up to 20Gbps of bandwidth capacity between Miami and São Paulo. With support from Florida LambdaRail (FLR), National LambdaRail (NLR) and Internet2, the 20Gbps of bandwidth capacity was extended from Miami to the SC13 show floor in Denver, Colorado. Layer2 lightpaths were provisioned from São Paulo to the show floor in Denver, overlayed on the AmLight, FLR, NLR and Internet2 AL2S backbone networks. The network diagram in Figure 1 illustrates the wide area and local area networks for High-Energy Physics (HEP) deployed by the Caltech team and partners, including the connections for the LHC CMS Tier2 Computing Centers in Rio de Janeiro (HEPGRID) and São Paulo (SPRACE), provided respectively by RNP and ANSP through the International Exchange Points in São Paulo (SouthernLight) and Miami (AMPATH), FLR, NLR and Internet2 AL2S.

Figure 1 - HEP Terabit WAN and LAN for the Caltech Booth at SC13

The wide area network shown in Figure 1 represents the collaboration of many geographically distributed research and education networks, and computation and storage facilities, to form a global testbed environment, in order to conduct at-scale network experiments. The two experiments AmLight supported were (a) the GLIF Automated GOLE Network Services Interface (NSI) version 2.0 protocol; and (b) Openflow-based Multipath Networks in the WAN. The following is a description of these experiments and their results.

For full press release click here.


Big Data, Big Network: Mexico-US Cross-Border Research Workshop at CICESE in Ensenada, Baja Californiap

January 2014, CENIC Update, Volume 16 Issue 3: The quarterly newsletter of the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California

In 2010, the NSF International Research Networks Connections (IRNC) program funded Florida International University's Americas Lightpaths (AmLight) proposal, which included upgrading the network connection between Los Angeles, San Diego, and Tijuana to 10Gbps. In collaboration with CONACYT,CUDI, and other institutions in Mexico, funds were allocated to extend connectivity from Tijuana to Ensenada to connect CICESE at 10Gbps. The project enabled improvements in the last mile to benefit not only CICESE and collaborators located at the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) but also the local campuses of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Autonomous University of Baja California(UABC) which, at the time, were expecting to be connected at this speed. The first light transmitted through the optical link from Calit2 to Tijuana and CICESE occurred in early March 2012. "This link represents a new way of doing science, because it creates new networks of collaboration between researchers and students that will let them devise solutions to problems that affect our lives as a nation and for humanity at large," said Federico Graef Ziehl, CICESE's Director General.

Click here to read full article from CENIC Update, Volume 16 Issue 3: The quarterly newsletter of the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California.



100 Gigabit Undersea Network Innovation Bridges Education and Science Opportunities between the United States and Latin America

OpenWave Made Possible by NSF, the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the São Paulo State Research Foundation, and Florida International University
Miami, Florida, November 18, 2013

Florida International University's Center for Internet Augmented Research and Assessment (CIARA) is pleased to announce OpenWave, a breakthrough undertaking which connects the US to Brazil via an experimental ("alien") 100 Gigabits/second wave (optical transmission channel) by means of optical hardware that has never before been field tested over the distances involved.
OpenWave will use an already operating international undersea cable system to bridge the route between Miami, FL, and São Paulo, Brazil, including a 5600km submarine link between St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Fortaleza, Brazil.
The 100G optical equipment has been tested with simulated distances of 5600km in a laboratory setting in Campinas, São Paulo state, Brazil, which has been in operation for over ten years. OpenWave will use this cable system to provide high-capacity, high-quality IP and circuit-oriented connections (hybrid network services) between research and education networks in the U.S. and the RNP and ANSP networks in Brazil, to support large-scale international e-Science ("Big Science") applications.

For full press release click here or download here.

Florida International University received a supplement to the Americas Lightpaths (AmLight) award (ACI-0963053) to deploy an unprecedented experimental 100G alien wave between the U.S. and Brazil - Presentation at SC13 and Schedule.

OSDC at Super Computing 2013 Conference - SC13
Denver, CO, November 17 - 22, 2013

Columbus NetworksOSDC participating at SC13 with Session "Collaborative Opportunities with the Open Science Data Cloud". For a quarter of a century, the Supercomputing Conference has served as the crossroads for the entire HPC community. From users and program managers to colleagues and vendors...from government to private industry to academia...SC has provided unparalleled cooperation, unequaled collaboration, and unmatched exposure.

And what better place to celebrate our 25th year than in Denver, Colorado? Located near the center of the continental United States, at the convergence of mountain and prairie, where high-rise buildings greet open range and the earth touches the sky, Denver is a community boldly moving into the future.

Spotlighting the most advanced scientific and technical applications in the world, SC13 will bring together the international supercomputing community for an exceptional program of technical papers, tutorials and timely research posters. The SC13 Exhibition Hall will feature exhibits of the latest and greatest technologies from industry, academia and government research organizations; many of these technologies will be seen for the first time in Denver.

OSDC Birds of a Feather | Website


Academic and Research technology access through Internet2 Training sessions

September 26, 2013, FUNGLODE, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

FUNGLODEFundacion Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE), The Center for Internet Augmented Research and Assessment (CIARA) at Florida International University (FIU) and the Nap del Caribe are pleased to sponsor the Academic and Research Technology access through Internet2 Training Sessions. This workshop will offer a special learning opportunity that describes the capabilities of the Academic and Research Technology through Internet2 which allows FUNGLODE and CIARA to expand their connectivity and involvement to other International Research and Education Institutions.

Please see training session on spanish here.




Big Data, Big Network: Big Opportunities for Collaboration between Mexico and the United States

October 10-11, 2013

Big Data Big NetworkCIARA participate in Big Data, Big Network, a two-day, invitation-only workshop on October 10-11, 2013 at the Centro de Investigación Científica y Educación Superior de Ensenada (Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education, CICESE). The purpose of the workshop is to enhance cross-border science and engineering research and education applications enabled by the AmLight West 10G connection operated byCENIC in collaboration with Mexico’s Corporación Universitaria para el Desarrollo de Internet (University Corporation for Internet Development, CUDI).
During the workshop, investigators from the US and Mexico will showcase and discuss applications and science drivers that will benefit from the use of the 10G connection. Areas of focus will include but are not limited to science gateways, oceanography, seismography, astronomy, nano-materials sciences, digital media, scientific instruments, and supercomputing centers.

For details please click here.



13th Annual Global LambdaGrid Workshop

October 2-4, 2013, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

LambdaGridAMPATH participate in the first Global LambdaGrid Workshop in the Southeast Asia region, hosted by SingAREN.

The 13th Annual Global LambdaGrid Workshop for Global Lambda Integrated Facility (GLIF) is hosted by Singapore Advanced Research and Education Network (SingAREN) on 2 - 4 October 2013. The co-organisers are Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

GLIF is an international virtual organisation that promotes the paradigm of lambda networking. The GLIF participants are National Research and Education Networks (NRENs), consortia and institutions working with lambdas. The GLIF participants jointly make lambdas available as an integrated global facility for use by scientists and projects involved in data-intensive scientific research.

The 13th Annual Global LambdaGrid Workshop brings together leading network engineers worldwide to collaborate and exchange knowledge on new lambda networking technologies, middleware and applications.

Website | Schedule | Participants



Major Network Upgrade between Brazil and United States Enables International Collaboration and Innovation

AmLight 40 Gigabit Upgrade Made Possible by Brazil and U.S. Research & Education Networks ANSP, RNP and Florida International University
Miami, Florida, September 3, 2013

AmLightFlorida International University announced today that a three-year project upgraded the interconnectivity between the SouthernLight Exchange point in São Paulo, therefore doubling the network capacity between Latin America and the U.S. from twenty gigabits per second (Gb/s) to forty Gb/s. This upgrade established a ring topology using four diverse ten Gb/s connections by moving data in both a clockwise and counterclockwise direction around a ring, providing redundancy in case of a fiber cut on one portion of the network links. Two of the four diverse ten Gb/s systems head east, with one stopping at Brazil's National Research and Education Network (RNP) exchange point in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, continuing towards the new CearaLight Exchange point in Fortaleza, BR then on to Miami, Fla. The remaining two diverse 10 Gb/s systems are point west, with one stopping in Santiago, Chile then towards Miami via Panama. "Academic Network of Sao Paulo (ANSP) provides connectivity to more than fifty institutions, which are responsible for more than forty percent of Brazilian science production. The present duplication of the international links is a natural continuation of our partnership with RNP and FIU established in 2004 and has been enhanced in one way or another every year since," said Dr Luis Lopez, Principal Investigator (PI) of ANSP. "Now, with a nominal connectivity of 40 G (and an expected minimum of no less than 30 G), our research community is able to increase even more their collaborations with other institutions, both in Brazil and abroad."
For full press release on English click here.
For full press release on Portuguese click here.



Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)


General Information

Program Title: Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Synopsis of Program:
The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.

Cognizant Program Officer(s):
Please note that the following information is current at the time of publishing. See program website for any updates to the points of contact.

Applications, contact: GRF Operations Center, telephone: (866) 673-4737, email:
Gisele T. Muller-Parker, telephone: (703) 292-8694, email:
Pushpalatha Murthy, telephone: (703) 292-8694, email:
Doris L. Carver, telephone: (703) 292-8694, email:

For more information click here.



OSDC-PIRE Present Lightning Talk at TERENA Networking Conference (TNC)

Big Data and Cloud Computing
3-6 June 2013
Maastricht, Netherlands

Terena The TERENA Networking Conference (TNC) is the largest and most prestigious European research networking conference - over 500 participants including decision makers, networking specialists and managers from all major European networking and research organizations, universities, worldwide sister institutions and industry representatives attend. A Lightning Talk, presented by Dr. Julio Ibarra, on the Open Science Data Cloud Partnership for International Research and Education (OSDC-PIRE) Automated Provisioning in Cloud Computing using only open source applications was provided on June 3rd,2013. The talk entitled, "From bare metal to a compute or storage cloud" can be downloaded here. (NSF Award #1129076)

The TERENA conference features keynote speeches by renowned specialists and many parallel sessions. The Conference presents an overview of the latest developments in research networking, both in the technical field and in the areas of application and management.
TNC2013The TNC2013 was hosted by SURFnet, the Dutch National Research and Education Network in the picturesque city of Maastricht. The Treaty signed in Maastricht on February the 7th 1992 has made the city famous as the birthplace of the European Union and the single European currency, the euro. The Treaty has made Maastricht a symbol for Europe. SURFnet connects institutions in the Netherlands and the rest of the world via NetherLight (the international lightpath node in Amsterdam), AMS-IX (the world's largest Internet node), and the GÉANT network (the pan-European communications infrastructure). AMPATH, the International Exchange Point in Miami has a connection at AMS-IX. SURFnet will be celebrating its 25th anniversary and it sets the perfect scene for TNC2013.

CIARA at OSDC PIRE 2013 Data- Intensive Research Workshop

Big Data and Cloud Computing
June 17-21, 2013
, Edinburgh, UK

The second OSDC workshop in Edinburgh ( funded in part by the NSF PIRE program) will gather young researchers and experts to address today's challenges and to develop understanding in how best to exploit our growing wealth of data. How can we formulate questions and then use evidence from data to answer them without inadvertently introducing bias? How can we integrate data across boundaries from heterogeneous sources? How can we build machinery: hardware, software and internet protocols to enable this on a global scale? The participants, from North and South America, from Japan and from Europe will engage in talks, discussions, hands-on tutorials and debate. The outcome should be: new ideas, new understanding and lasting international alliances pursuing collaborative research.

Prof. Robert Grossman PhD, University of Chicago
Prof. Heidi Alvarez PhD, Florida International University
Prof. Malcolm Atkinson PhD, University of Edinburgh Registration:
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Ampath participate in 2nd C@ribNET Assembly
"Collaboration, Cooperation, Community"

February 26-27, 2013

Columbus Networks

The 2nd C@ribNET Assembly will again bring together representatives of the Caribbean national research and education networks (NRENs) as well as leadership from the academic and research community, CARCOM agencies, government and as well as representatives from our international partners in Africa, North America, Latin America and Europe.
The Caribbean Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) mandated the establishment of a Caribbean Research and Educational Network (C@ribNET), to be coordinated and managed by the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network (CKLN).
CKLN is pleased to announce that C@ribNET will be officially launched at this 2nd C@ribNET Assembly on February 26 in Port of Spain, Trinidad, under the theme "Collaboration, Cooperation, Community"

For more information visit website.

Dynamic Virtual Circuit Service Available on Americas Lightpaths (AmLight)

January 2013

Creating point-to-point dynamic virtual circuits is now possible between Miami, Florida and São Paulo, Brazil via the AmLight project. Using a web interface, authorized users may establish virtual circuits that cross one or more networks between the U.S. and Brazil supporting the U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Science Network (ESnet) On-Demand Secure Circuits and Advance Reservation System (OSCARS).

AmLight provides wide-bandwidth high-performance hybrid (packet and circuit) network services to research and education networks in the Americas participating in the AmLight project. Dynamic Virtual Circuit services are initially being supported through the AmLight East (Miami - São Paulo) connection. In the near future, dynamic circuit services will be supported through AmLight West (Los Angeles - Tijuana Mexico), AmLight Central (San Antonio - Mexico City) and AmLight Andes (Santiago Chile - Miami) connections.

AmLight's Dynamic Virtual Circuit Service is utilizing the Dynamic Network System (DYNES). The AMPATH International Exchange Point operates a DYNES regional node running the OSCARS system. The DYNES Inter-domain controller (IDC) at AMPATH is available to peer with IDCs of connected networks. The AMPATH IDC has been peered with IDCs on Internet2's ION network and with an IDC operated by RNP in Brazil.

How to use the AmLight Virtual Circuit Service:
To use the AmLight Virtual Circuit Service users must first be authorized. Authorization may be requested by opening a ticket at the AMPATH Network Operations Center (NOC) and requesting authorization to use the AmLight Virtual Circuit Service. Users may open a service request by contacting the AMPATH NOC either via the Web or telephone. To open a service request via the Web, please visit, then select "Submit a Request". By telephone, please call +1-317-274-7781 (24x7x365 ). Once authorization is granted, instructions to access the AmLIght Virtual Circuit service will be provided via email.

About AmLight: AmLight aims to enhance science research and education in the Americas by interconnecting key points of aggregation, providing operation of production infrastructure, engaging U.S. and western hemisphere science and engineering research and education communities, creating an open instrument for collaboration, and maximizing benefits of all investors.
AmLight is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), award #OCI-0963053 to Florida International University, and the Academic Network of Sao Paulo (award #2003/13708-0).

About DYNES: Dynamic Network System (DYNES) is an NSF-funded project (grant number 0958998) that integrates existing and emerging protocols and software for dynamic circuit provisioning and scheduling, in-depth end-to-end network path and end-system monitoring, and higher level services for management on a national scale. For more information about DYNES, please visit the DYNES project website at


Super Computing 2012 Conference - SC12
Columbus Networks

Salt Lake City, UT, November 11 - 16, 2012
For 24 years, SC has been at the forefront in gathering the best and brightest minds in supercomputing together, with our unparalleled technical papers, tutorials, posters and speakers. SC12 will take a major step forward not only in supercomputing, but in super-conferencing, with everything designed to make the 2012 conference the most 'you' friendly conference in the world.

For more information visit website.
View OSDC poster | Tukay poster | UDR poster | Matsu poster

NSF awards $500,000 grant to Division of IT

October 8, 2012
Flow SurgeThe National Science Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to FIU's Division of Information Technology to create and build a dedicated network for the university's researchers. This new network — which is a scientific network within the university's existing network — is known as a science DMZ, or science demilitarized zone. It will be optimized for high-performance scientific use rather than for general-purpose business systems.
"This NSF funding for FIU will enhance our ability to support researchers at the state, national and international levels," says Robert Grillo, vice president and chief information officer for the Division of Information Technology. The award was effective Oct. 1 and runs through Sept. 30, 2014. The project, titled "Campus Cyberinfrastructure-Network Infrastructure Engineering (CC-NIE) Network Infrastructure: FlowSurge: Supporting Science Data Flows Towards Discovery, Innovation and Education," will be carried out under the direction of Julio Ibarra, Heidi Alvarez and Maria Rosa Drake from the Division of IT, along with Eric Johnson from the School of Computer Science.

The network will be supported by technology that is gaining adoption in research environments referred to as OpenFlow and Software Defined Networking (SDN). FIU's project, called FlowSurge, will enable the university's Division of IT to "scale the network, or dynamically allocate network resources to researchers, very quickly," according to Grillo. Presently, university employees all use the same network, regardless of the type of work they are performing, leaving little opportunity to adjust the network in a nimble fashion for the benefit of the researchers.

"Right now, we have to collaborate with the researchers if large amounts of data sets need to be processed," explains Grillo. "With this new network, a researcher will have more flexibility to process their work independent of the requirements of a traditional campus network. This will be an enormous improvement for everyone involved." The work of researchers typically involves the transfer of high-volume data sets and remote experiment control, necessitating the need for the creation of a science DMZ.

For details click here.

New World Symphony and Internet2 Prepare for Workshop on Performing Arts Production over Advanced Networks

January 26, 2012
Miami New World SymphonyIf you happen to be wandering through the streets of Miami Beach after dark, you may notice a strange glow coming from an incongruously open and green area nestled in the midst of the urban restaurants, street artists, and art deco hotels. If you then choose to stroll toward the glow, if your timing is right you may be greeted with the sweet sounds of the New World Symphony playing over their outdoor intelligent array of 162 speakers and displayed on a ridiculously large 7,000 square foot outdoor screen. This, my friends, is a Wallcast on New World’s freshly opened New World Center, designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. And this is the venue where Internet2 and New World Symphony will be holding our Performing Arts Production Over Advanced Networks Workshop this coming March 4-6.

While this is the first time the workshop will be held in this fancy new venue (which is just as technically amazing on the inside as it is on the outside), the workshop itself has existed for a number of years now, and it’s been a pleasure seeing it evolve. The goal of this workshop is to bring colleagues in the performing arts field together to learn and discuss cutting edge methods to take advantage of advanced networking technology for artistic purposes. For example, New World Symphony has provided a shining example for many years with their ongoing remote master classes, executed using DVTS software pushing 30Mbs over their Internet2 Network connection. This year we will be excited to discuss and demonstrate LOLA, which provides the unprecedented capability for musicians to perform together from remote locations by leveraging a never before seen low level of latency. It’s pretty exciting stuff.

This year, I’ll be giving a talk with my colleague Justin Trieger, the New World Symphony Internet2 Systems Manager, where we discuss how to pick the appropriate video and audio technology for your application. We’ll also be facilitating a hands-on free-for-all where participants can get face time with LOLA, DVTS, ConferenceXPEchoDamp, a Polycom HDX, a Cisco MXP, and various cameras, lights, and microphones.

In any case, registration is now open, and if you’re doing performing arts at an Internet2 connected institution, I sincerely hope to see you there.

March 4-6, 2012
Explore in depth the elements needed to do everything from simple one-on-one interactions to large scale stage productions and distance learning via advanced networks. The workshop is designed for an audience of educators, technologists, administrators, deans, CIOs and all interested parties are invited to attend.


AMPATH to launch support for Dynamic Hybrid Networking
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Media Contact:
Heidi Alvarez, Director
Center for Internet Augmented Research and Assessment (CIARA)
Florida International University

Miami, Florida, August 1, 2011 – CIARA announced today that it will begin a five year project to bring advanced network services to the AMPATH Open Exchange Point in Miami.

AMPATH will support dynamic hybrid (packet and circuit) network services in both production and experimental environments through the following activities:

• Deployment and operation of a production-level traffic monitoring and reporting system for dynamic circuit network services, including those used in international connections.

• Upgrade of the AMPATH GOLE (GLIF Open Lightpath Exchange) to support the dynamic provisioning of GLIF lightpaths.

• Deployment of OpenFlow switches and controllers to interconnect OpenFlow networks in Brazil with those of Internet2 and GENI.

• Deployment and operation of an experimental traffic monitoring and reporting system to prototype the Coral Reef passive monitor to support OpenFlow.

• Engagement with users and science projects, and collaboration with developers, engineers, operators and science communities to develop use cases demonstrating the increasing utility of the adoption of dynamic circuit network services.

“With the establishment of dynamic hybrid networking at AMPATH, we will be able to bridge important research underway in Brazil with the GENI efforts in the U.S. Over the coming years, these services will grow in both accessibility and impact.”, said Dr. Chip Cox, Chief Operations Officer of AMPATH.

“RNP welcomes AMPATH’s adoption of dynamic circuit services, which will promote significant advances in providing support for international cooperation between Brazil and the United States, both in the field of e-Science and in Future Internet experimentation within GENI”, commented Dr Michael Stanton, Director of Research and Development at Brazil’s National Research and Education Network.

The OpenFlow service effectively makes network devices part of a programmable infrastructure allowing networks to be defined in software. Although this is not an entirely new approach, it is being widely adopted internationally to develop new approaches to network architecture.

This research into the evolution of the Internet is of global scale, and requires a global team to harmonise interoperabiility. AMPATH is supporting this innovation throughout the Americas through the support of a NSF supplement to the AMLIGHT project (PI Julio Ibarra). The end result will be an enabling network supporting critical research, science and education seamlessly meeting needs today, and preparing for tomorrow.

About CIARA: Florida International University’s Center for Internet Augmented Research and Assessment (CIARA) has developed an international, high-performance research connection point in Miami, Florida, called AMPATH (AMericasPATH; AMPATH extends participation to underrepresented groups in Latin America and the Caribbean, in science and engineering research and education through the use of high-performance network connections. AMPATH is home to the Americas Lightpaths (AmLight) high-performance network links connecting Latin America to the U.S., funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), award #OCI-0963053 and the Academic Network of Sao Paulo (award #2003/13708-0). AmLight aims to enhance science research and education in the Americas by interconnecting key points of aggregation, providing operation of production infrastructure, engaging U.S. and western hemisphere science and engineering research and education communities, creating an open instrument for collaboration, and maximizing benefits of all investors.


CIARA Receives $875,000 Grant from the National ScienceFoundation as sub-contract on $3,500,000 Award to the University of Chicago

Open Science Data Cloud (OSDC); Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

April 15, 2011
OSDCMiami, FL. – The NSF has awarded a 5-year grant to the OCC Open Science Data Cloud project. Florida International University has been selected as a participant and will be sending students to Brazil this summer to conduct research for the OSDC-PIRE program.

The international PIRE project aims to narrow the growing gap between the capability of modern scientific instruments to produce data and the ability of researchers to manage, analyze, and share those data in a reliable and timely manner.

The emerging technology of cloud computing is a step forward from the current cyberinfrastructure. Cloud computing involves clusters ,the "clouds", of distributed computers that provide potentially less expensive, more flexible, and more powerful on-demand resources and services over a network, usually the Internet, while providing the scale and the reliability of a data center.

Scientists at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Florida International University will collaborate with six international research groups located in Europe (Amsterdam and Edinburgh), Asia (Seoul and Beijing), and South America (Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo). The team includes experts in cloud computing, high-performance networking, e-Science, education and outreach.

Renowned astronomer, Dr. Alex Szalay of Johns Hopkins University, is working with the OSDC for developing cloud computing infrastructure for managing and analyzing the Sloan Digital Sky Survey astronomical dataset. Dr. Kevin White from the University of Chicago is partnering for developing cloud computing infrastructure for analyzing biological data

This PIRE team intends to help develop a large-scale system of distributed computing capabilities – the Open Science Data Cloud (OSDC) – to provide long term persistent storage for scientific data and state-of-the-art services for integrating, analyzing, sharing and archiving scientific data.

In addition to the research dimensions of this project, OSDC-PIRE will conduct workshops in the use of the cloud cyberinfrastructure aimed at many domain scientists and their students. Graduate students and early career scientists can apply to work with our OSDC foreign partners.

"The Open Science Data Cloud will contain over 1 petabyte (1000 terabytes)* of persistent scientific data from a variety of fields. It will not only store the data but also allow scientists to compute over it," said Dr. Robert Grossman, Chair of the Open Science Data Cloud. "This is the first time that such a large amount of scientific data has been made available to the scientific community in this way. We are expecting lots of surprises in how the OSDC will be used."

Dr. Heidi Alvarez of FIU-CIARA, is a Co-Principal Investigator of the project.

"Our vision is to load diverse datasets that have been available but separate within the next five years," said Dr. Alvarez. "This project will create storage systems that can withstand the test of time."

*For comparison, Google processes 24 petabytes a day, while AT&T has about 19 petabytes of data transferred through their networks each day.

CIARA Receives $5.4M Grant from the National Science Foundation

January 28, 2011
Miami, FL. – Florida International University has been awarded $5.4 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to lead the project to enhance network infrastructure for science research and education between the U.S. and Latin America. The Center for Internet Research and Assessment (CIARA), part of FIU’s Division of Information Technology, will manage the project on behalf of FIU. The project, Americas Lightpaths, named AmLight, builds upon the achievements of FIU’s previous NSF awards in international research network connections.

With the support of the NSF and the contributions of national and international partnerships, the AmLight project establishes lightpaths between the U.S. and Latin America from four geographical locations: Miami-São Paulo, Santiago-São Paulo, San Diego-Tijuana, and San Antonio-Mexico City. “Lightpaths” refers to physical network connections between two or more networks based upon photonic technologies.

“Lightpaths are essential, because they provide the technological capacity needed to support the high-bandwidth requirements of science applications. The U.S. research and education community will be connected to 18 countries and an estimated 100 million students, faculty, and researchers through these lightpaths”, says Julio Ibarra, Assistant VP and Principal Investigator of AmLight.

The AmLight award will have an immediate impact on several FIU research projects of international scope. One of these projects is PrimoGENI which implements a real-time network simulation for the NSF Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI).

“PrimoGENI coupled with AmLight network resources extends the GENI infrastructure to partnership programs in Brazil to prototype future Internet network architectures”, says Jason Liu, Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator of PrimoGENI.

The Cyberinfrastructure - Partnerships for International Research and Education (CI-PIRE) project creates a hub of international collaboration to enable research discoveries by supporting science and engineering applications with Cyberinfrastructure.  

“CI-PIRE relies upon the AmLight network resources to provide researchers and fellows unconstrained access to CI resources in the U.S. and Latin America”, said Masoud Sadjadi, Associate Professor and Principal Investigator of CI-PIRE.

FIU’s faculty and students are also able to connect to off-site locations and conduct research observations by leveraging the infrastructure FIU has established between the U.S. and Latin America via AmLight. For example, as a member of the Southern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA) Observatory, FIU is able to remotely operate a telescope located in northern Chile using the AmLight infrastructure.

“Although I’ve never even been to Chile, I can still use the SARA telescope located there to do research from campus.” says Dr. James Webb, professor of physics at FIU.

CIARA, in close cooperation with its national and international partners, will lead the AmLight initiative to connect research and education communities in the U.S. with their counterparts in Latin America.

“Experience in the implementation and operation of large-scale international network infrastructure by CIARA was a key reason why FIU was awarded to lead this project on behalf of the NSF”, said Dr. Min Yao, FIU Vice President and CIO.





Columbus Networks
Haiti Fundraising Kick-off Event
FIU Panther Pit (Graham Center), May 18th, 2010.
On Tuesday, May 18th, Columbus Networks sponsored a fundraising event at FIU to help raise awareness and financial support for victims of the Haiti earthquake. Columbus Networks is a telecommunications services provider that offers broadband and IP services to: Telecom Carriers, TV Cable Companies, Internet Service Providers, Network Integrators.

View (Event Flyer | Students Letter | Event Pictures)
For more information visit Columbus Networks website.

InterAcademis Panel Program on Digital Knowledge Resources and Infrastructure in Developing Countries.
Montego Bay, Jamaica, May 12-14, 2010.
The Steering Committee of the InterAcademies Panel Program on Digital Knowledge Resources and Infrastructure in Developing Countries met in Montego Bay, Jamaica during 12-14th May, 2010 and a statement on "Building the CyberInfrastructure for 21st Centure e-Science in Central America and the Caribbean" was prepared.

View (Heidi Alvarez Presentation | Workshop Agenda | Steering Committee Meeting Agenda | Workshop Pictures)

MAGPI - The Crisis in Haiti: What can YOU Do to Help?
LIVE WEBSTREAM, February 19, 2010. 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST
On Friday, February 19th from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST, MAGPI sponsored an international videoconference and webcast to help raise awareness and financial support for victims of the Haiti earthquake. MAGPI members worked hard to line up some phenomenal speakers, representatives from aid agencies, and student presentations/performances as part of this international event. For more information please visit MAGPI website.

View event photos | Check out students helping Haiti blog | Facebook page for this event
Read the Press Release


CineGrid 4th Annual International Workshop 2009
La Jolla, CA, December 6-9, 2009
CineGrid is a non-profit international membership organization administratively based in California. CineGrid's mission is to build an interdisciplinary community focused on the research, development and demonstration of networked collaborative tools, enabling the production, use and exchange of very high-quality digital media over high-speed photonic networks. CineGrid 4th Annual International Workshop was hosted by the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

For more information visit website.
View "Enquanto a Noite Nao Chega" by Beto Souza (Video | Presentation)

Super Computing 2009 Conference

Portland, Oregon, November 14-20, 2009
Super Computing annual Conference 2009 (SC 09) was held at Portland, Oregon. Recognized globally as the premier international conference on High Performance Computing (HPC), networking, storage and analysis, SC09 will feature the most interesting and innovative HPC scientific and technical applications from around the world.

For more information visit SC 09 website.
Bandwidth Challenge (bwc) (CIARA team win's bwc | more info... | press release)

9th Annual Global LambdaGrid Workshop
Daejeon, Korea, October 27-28, 2009
GLIF, the Global Lambda Integrated Facility, is an international virtual organization that promotes the paradigm of lambda networking. GLIF provides lambdas internationally as an integrated facility to support data-intensive scientific research, and supports middleware development for lambda networking. It brings together some of the world's premier networking engineers who are working together to develop an international infrastructure by identifying equipment, connection requirements, and necessary engineering functions and services.

For more information visit website.
View Heidi Alvarez Presentation | View Julio Ibarra Presentation

Fall 2009 Internet2 Member Meeting
San Antonio, Texas, October 5-8, 2009
Internet2 is a not-for-profit advanced networking consortium comprising more than 200 U.S. universities in cooperation with 70 leading corporations, 45 government agencies, laboratories and other institutions of higher learning as well as over 50 international partner organizations.

For more information visit website.

World Symphony on track for 2011 building opening
Miami, Florida, September 17, 2009
The new world symphony's new home continues to sprout upon on Miami Beach and is about a year from completion, its president says.

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Global Cyberbridges - California Institute for Telecommunication and Information Technology Student Summer Workshop
San Diego, California, June 30 - July 2, 2009
The GCB international program is comprised of a series of geographically distributed projects each supported for a one year period with the goal of having the graduate students and their faculty advisors adopt longer term collaborative strategies. There is a technology transfer relationship between FIU and Calit2 at UCSD in order to realize the vision of team science at all levels of graduate and post-graduate education and research. Calit2 has worked with GCB to move collaborative and visualization tools developed by OptIPuter into a production mode. Now we are able to incorporate both a graduate student project and a summer workshop for GCB students at Calit2 at UCSD, CA.

For more information visit website.

Malaga, Spain, June 8 - 11, 2009
The conference was held in University of Malaga, Spain.

For more information visit website.
View Heidi Alvarez Presentation.

10th workshop of Rede Nacional de Pesquisa (RNP)
Recife, Brazil, May 25 - 26, 2009
The conference was held in Recife, Brazil.

For more information visit website.
View Julio Ibarra Presentation.

Annual meeting of the Coordinating Committee for Intercontinental Research Networking (CCIRN)
Arlington, Virginia, April 30, 2009
CCIRN provides a forum for members to agree and progress a set of activities to achieve inter-operable networking services between participating international entities to support open research and scholarly pursuit.

For more information about the Atlantic Wave please visit the project website.
View Julio Ibarra Presentation.

2009 EduCause Learning Initiative Annual Meeting
Orlando, Florida, January 20 - 22, 2009
The 2009 EduCause Learning Initiative Annual Meeting, Participation and Collaboration: Social Learning for the 21st Century, to explore processes and practices focused on social learning and student success. In the ELI tradition, the annual meeting is a setting for interactive, hands-on learning and networking, with a variety of presentations, discussions, and workshops. Sessions will fall into one of three interest areas: learners, learning principles and practices, and learning technologies.

For more information visit website.
View Heidi Alvarez Presentation | View Masoud Sadjadi Presentation


Ultralight/PLaNetS Tutorial Workshop 2008
Miami, Florida, December 2, 2008
Ultralight / PLaNetS Tutorial Workshop will be held on December 2, 2008 and hosted by Florida International University. The purpose of the tutorial in Education and Outreach is to disseminate the capabilities and use of the PLaNetS services to support LHC data analysis and other applications.

For more information visit website.

Florida LambdaRail Joins Forces with CiscoWave and UltraLight/PLaNetS to enable the AtlanticWave and Brazil’s CMS Tier2 facilities to participate in Super Computing 2008

Austin, Texas, November 18, 2008
Florida LambdaRail (FLR) joined forces with CiscoWave (C-Wave), UltraLight/PLaNetS and AtlanticWave (A-Wave) for the Super Computing 2008 event to enable Brazil’s CMS distributed Tier2 facility to participate in the bandwidth challenge competition.

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Graduate Fellowships for Global Cyberbridges Informational Workshop 2008
Florida International University, October 29, 2008
Graduate Fellowships for Global Cyberbridges Informational Workshop, Wednesday, October 29th, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at FIU's Graham University Center, Room 1215 (Conference Room).

For more information visit website
Workshop flier | View presentation

Caribbean Regional Emerging Networks Meeting 2008
New Orleans, Louisiana, October 13, 2008
The Caribbean Regional Emerging Networks will meet on October 13, 2008 as a side meeting to the Fall Internet2 Annual Members Meeting. The meeting will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.

For more information visit website.

4th Caribbean Internet Governance Forum
Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, July 23-24, 2008
Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) in association with the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC) host the 4th Caribbean Internet Governance Forum Implementing the Caribbean Internet Governance Agenda: From Proposal to Policy in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, July 23-24, 2008. Heidi Alvarez was invited to present on the Internet2 evolution and AMPATH – the high performance exchange point in Florida which is facilitating peering and network research between education and research institutions. A presentation on this topic would be of particular interest to the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network delegates and serve to sensitize delegates on the value of research and education networking.

For more information visit website.
View Heidi Alvarez Presentation

Network Planning group for LSST telescope project
Miami, Florida, July 20 - 21, 2008
CIARA is hosting a network planning group for the LSST telescope project at Florida International University on July 20-21, 2008.

For more information on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, visit website.

Pan American Studies Institute - Cyberinfrastructure for international collaborativ biodiversity and ecological informatics
Costa Rica, June 1 - 13, 2008
PASI (Pan American Studies Institute) in Costa Rica was held on June 1-13, 2008.

For more information visit website.

Florida International Grid School 2008
Miami, Florida, January 23 - 25, 2008
Florida International Grid School 2008 has been scheduled for January 23-25, 2008 at Florida International University’s Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach, Florida.

For more information visit website.

NSF Sponsored Genomics Workshop
Lima, Peru, January 16 - 19, 2008
For more information visit International Collaborations in Cyberinfrastructure-enabled Genomics Workshop.


Graduate Fellowships for Global Cyberbridges Informational Workshop 2007
Florida International University, Miami, Florida
Workshop1: Monday, November 26th, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at FIU's Green Library Building, Room 835
Workshop2: Friday, November 30th, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at FIU's Graham University Center, Room 305

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Workshop on Cyberinfrastructure for International Biodiversity Research Collaboration
City of Knowledge, Panama, January 10 - 13, 2006
Biodiversity informatics is an interdisciplinary research and infrastructure development activity. It thrives on collaborations among environmental biologists, computer scientists, and network and software engineers. As environmental biology becomes increasingly data-driven, the nature of international collaborations in biodiversity will evolve to include more network-based interactions and communications. Expectations for essentially instantaneous access to data sets and to computational tools and services, will change the timing and logistics of collaborative work. The workshop examined trends where cyberinfrastructure is likely to effect change in biodiversity research informatics.

For more information visit website.


Chinese American Networking Symposium 2005
Shenzhen, China, November 1 - 3, 2005
Networking experts from China and the United States gather annually at the Chinese-American Networking Symposium (CANS) to discuss new ideas and advancements in networking technologies. The annual programs, alternately held in the USA and China, including presentations by networking experts, panel discussions, and technical breakout sessions.

For more information visit website.

Pan American Studies Institute for E-Science 2005
Florida International University, May 15 - 21, 2005
The Pan American Studies Institute on Advanced Networking Technologies for E-Science was favorably reviewed and funded by the NSF Office of International Science and Engineering. The intellectual merit is that anew bridge between astronomy, physics and the advanced networking community will be created, fostering new discoveries. The PASI will not be a locus for fundamental research; rather it will incubate a new generation of scientists and engineers who are capable of fully integrating advanced networking into astronomy and physics research and education.


Chinese American Networking Symposium 2004
Shenzhen, China, November 30 - December 2, 2004
Networking experts from China and the United States gather annually at the Chinese-American Networking Symposium (CANS) to discuss new ideas and advancements in networking technologies. The annual programs, alternately held in the USA and China, including presentations by networking experts, panel discussions, and technical breakout sessions.

For more information visit website.

Super Computing 2004 Conference
Pittsburgh, PA, November 6 - 12, 2004
The SC2004 conference will bring representatives from many technical communities together to exchange ideas, celebrate past successes and plan for the future. To reflect this important function, the conference theme is Bridging Communities, which represents not only the technical communities participating in the conference but the architecture of the city, too.

For more information visit website.
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