NSF Reports

Volume 2, Issue 4
July 31, 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.

July 2006 Issue:

  • WHREN-LILA Activities
  • FIU-CIARA Activities
  • CENIC Activities
  • Pacific Wave Activities
  • AtlanticWave Activities
  • CLARA Activities
  • CUDI Activities


WHREN-LILA Activities

The WHREN project continues to work with partners through out the Western Hemisphere to support research and education. To these ends, an engineering meeting has been called in Santiago, Chile on September 3rd and 4th, prior to REUNA's e-Science meeting. 

In support of Brazilian and U.S. researchers, JUMBO FRAMES have been configured and tested across from RNP to the U.S.

For more information on WHREN-LILA, visit the website at

FIU-CIARA Activities

The CIARA CyberBridges proposes that graduate students engaged in inquiry based learning activities can effect transfer of CI research and that this transfer will increase scientists’ rates of discovery and create a CI empowered workforce.

Just six months have passed since CIARA awarded CyberBridges Fellowships to four of FIU’s most gifted and technologically-minded graduate students. Chosen for their experience with grid technology and their ideas for incorporating this technology into their own research disciplines, these students are already benefiting from the skills they have acquired through the program

For more information on the CyberBridges project, visit

The UltraLight project is conducting a workshop at FIU on August 9-11 to train aspiring undergraduate and graduate computer and discipline science students in state of the art network and distributed system science and technologies using the UltraLight interactive toolkit. For more information or for an application to attend the workshop, visit

For more information on CIARA, visit their website at

CENIC Activities

On June 15th, CENIC announced the connection of its high-performance California Research and Education Network (CalREN) to CAnet 4, the Canadian research and education network managed by CANARIE. This Gigabit link was announced at the Canada-California Strategic Innovation Partnership Summit which took place June 11-12 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

During the first Canada-California partnership summit in January 2006, held at UCLA, group leaders focused on a high-bandwidth connection between Canada and California as an absolutely vital part of any collaboration. According to the summary of proceedings from that event, "connecting California to CANARIE should be a high priority, as this powerful connection could serve as an enabling platform for all the other envisioned collaborations in our new Canada-California Partnership." The CENIC/CANARIE connection is can benefit a variety of researchers including those at the Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC) in Ottawa, the primary Canadian laboratory for research and development in advanced telecommunications.

For more information on CENIC, visit their website at

Pacific Wave Activities

10 Gigabit Ethernet Connects TransLight/Pacific Wave and TransLight/StarLight

As of June 30th, TransLight/Pacific Wave and TransLight/Starlight are now directly connected through a 10Gigabit Ethernet connection. The connection, donated by Cisco Systems in support of the TransLight project, is deployed by National LambdaRail. TransLight/StarLight and TransLight/Pacific Wave are projects funded by the National Science Foundation under the International Research Network Connections (IRNC) Program of the Office of CyberInfrastructure.

This new network fabric between the two TransLight entities creates a way for participating networks to easily configure direct connections whenever they are needed. In a demonstration of this new capability, engineers at SURFnet in Amsterdam and T-LEX (operated by WIDE) in Tokyo easily established a direct path between their two routed networks using the new Pacific Wave to StarLight network fabric and without using any routed third party network facilities.

Pacific Wave has nodes in Seattle, Sunnyvale, and Los Angeles and serves R&E networks throughout the Pacific Rim, including North America, South America, Australasia, Asia and the Middle East. The StarLight R&E exchange facility, an early leader and innovator in global networking, continues its networking leadership today with participating R&E organizations from Europe, North America and Asia.

For more information see

For more on these and other efforts, visit the Pacific Wave website at

AtlanticWave Activities

Progress is continuing with first tests from NYC to Jacksonville. Equipment has been ordered to connect all the way to Miami, and should be in soon.

CLARA Activities

Over 60 million researchers and students around the world are now benefiting from global collaboration through access to the GÉANT2 next generation research and education network. Celebrating its first anniversary, GÉANT2 is now 90 per cent deployed within Europe and has installed links to the US, Latin America and Asia to facilitate a true global research community.

The first hybrid network deployed on an international scale, GÉANT2 utilizes both packet and circuit switching. It was officially launched in June 2005 and is co-funded by the European Commission and 30 of Europe’s National Research and Education Networks (NRENs). coordinated by research networking organization DANTE, the pan-European network now has connections to research networks in the US (Internet2 and ESnet), Asia-Pacific (TEIN2), China (ORIENT), Japan (SINET), Latin America (ALICE-RedCLARA) and North Africa/Middle East (EUMEDCONNECT).

For more information on this topic, visit

For more information on CLARA, visit

CUDI Activities

CUDI has planned a series of “Virtual Days” as a forum to show what applications can do and to allow researchers to expose and explore the capabilities of the network.

Researchers are invited to participate in the Virtual Days planned for the remainder of the year. Interested parties should contact their community coordinators. Information about the coordinators can be found at

The planned virtual days are:

  • August 22
  • August 30
  • September 7
  • September 19
  • October 11
Special Education
  • November 9
  • November 16
  • November 27-28
Earth Sciences

For more information on CUDI, visit their website at


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