WHREN Newsletter


NSF Reports

Special Edition
February 27, 2006

The Western Hemisphere Research and Education Networks (WHREN)-Links Interconnecting Latin America (LILA) Report summarizes activities from participating networks. The WHREN-LILA Report is published under National Science Foundation (NSF) Award # 0441095 and Academic Network at São Paulo (ANSP) award Projeto Fapesp no. 04/14414-2.

Letter from the Project Principal Investigators

Dear Colleagues,

Discovery may start in isolation, but grows through discourse and collaboration. Throughout the Americas, geographically distributed researchers, students, and instruments need an open seamless cyber-infrastructure to inquire and discover collaboratively. WHREN (Western Hemisphere Research and Education Networks) is working to address the existing and future needs for improved North American (especially U.S.)–South American connectivity. One manifestation of this effort is the LILA (Links Inter-connecting Latin America) project.

The LILA between Sao Paulo and Miami is supported by FAPESP, the science foundation of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and project support from the Academic Network of Sao Paulo (award #2003/13708-0), Florida International University and the NSF award SCI-0441095 . Between Tijuana and San Diego, the LILA is supported by CENIC, FIU and NSF award SCI-0441095. The AtlanticWave project will interconnect with LILA in Miami, and the PacificWave will soon interconnect with LILA in Los Angeles.

What this means for the scientific and education community of the Western Hemisphere is a high-availability transit service across LILA to reach the U.S. and international R&E networks, contingent on availability of funding and until the current end of project date, which is January 1 2010. LILA is an open acceptable use policy free distributed exchange point service, which does not peer with the commercial Internet. To establish a peer relationship, you will need to meet the acceptable use policy, transit requirements and other requirements of the applicable peer networks. For additional information, please visit the project web site at http://www.ciara.fiu.edu/whren

Julio Ibarra,
WHREN-LILA Principal Investigator

Heidi Alvarez
Chip Cox
John Sylvester
WHREN-LILA Co-Principal Investigators



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