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WHREN will establish a consortium of participating western-hemisphere organizations that will collectively oversee the assignment of lightpaths across administrative domains

LILA Year 1

  • Increases Miami - Sao Paulo link from 622Mbps to 1.2Gbps
    • Evolving to 2.5Gbps in Q2 2005
  • May 2005 - Establishes a dark fiber segment between San Diego and Tijuana for a 1Gbps link
  • Enables interregional peerings through east and west coasts

The Miami-Sao Paolo link design provides a dedicated Gig-E interface to ANSP and a shared Gig-E interface to CLARA and RNP. Support is planned for lightpath provisioning and deterministic transport services through AtlanticWave. There will be peering with Internet2's Abilene and other R&E networks through AMPATH. The Sao Paolo distributed exchange point contains a lambda cloud created by the WDM infrastructure which permits the arbitrary interconnection of pairs of level 1 or 2 devices in different PoPs attached to the cloud. The lambdas will ususally use n-Gbps Ethernet framing. However, SDH/Sonet framing may be used on an exceptional basis.

The San Diego-Tijuana link provides a dedicated Gig-E interface to both CLARA and CUDI. Growth across the border is possible through the purchase of additional Gig-Es up to a maximum of 6. These connections are routed through CENIC's CalREN/HPR routed network. Peering is provided through CalREN to Internet2 and other R&E networks.

These new links reestablish direct connectivity to South America from the east and west coasts of the United States. They also reduce the delay in reaching sites in Chile and Brazil from the US and the Asia-Pacific region. LILA will introduce an infrastructure to develop a distributed international exchange and peering. This will leverage network resources to provide route diversity and high-availability production services.


AtlanticWave is an International Peering Fabric which includes the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. The Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA), Florida International University (FIU)--AmericasPath (AMPATH)--Center for High Energy Physics Research and Education Outreach (CHEPREO), the Internet Educational Equal Access Foundation (IEEAF), Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX), Southern Crossroads (SoX) / Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR), Manhattan Landing (MANLAN) and in partnership with the Academic Network of Sao Paolo (ANSP) are combining efforts to establish AtlanticWave. This is an integral component of the WHREN-LILA proposal to extend LILA on the Atlantic side to MANLAN in New York City. This effort complements the PacificWave distributed peering facility on the west coast of the United States.

AtlanticWave's topology provides multi-layer/multi-protocol services between partcipating networks. It will use Layer 3 peering services over ethernet, GLIF "light path" services and others still to be determined. AtlanticWave will provided a Layer 3 distributed exchange capability that is ethernet based with best effort packet exchange , NLR based linear topology (unprotected), 1GE, 10GE LAN, 10GE WAN client access and jumbo frame support.



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