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NSF Reports

Volume 3, Issue 1
January 31, 2007

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.

January 2007 Issue:

  • WHREN-LILA Activities
  • FIU-AMPATH Activities
  • CENIC Activities
  • Atlantic Wave Activities
  • Pacific Wave Activities
  • RNP Activities
  • CUDI Activities
  • CLARA Activities


WHREN-LILA Activities

The WHREN-LILA East link capacity was increased to 2.5Gbps in November, 2006, in time for the Super Computing 2006 (SC06) event. This ahead-of-schedule increase was made possible from funds provided by the Inter-regional Center for High-Energy Physics Research Education and Outreach (CHEPREO) project, NSF Award# 0312038.

The WHREN-LILA links were used extensively in the SC06 bandwidth challenge. New protocols and tools, such as Fast Data Transport (FDT) and LStore, used the LILA links to test data intensive transfers from the U.S. to Latin America. The WHREN team is actively working with these teams to ensure optimal performance.

FIU-CIARA Activities

CIARA Goes Global with CyberBridges :
CIARA, in collaboration with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), recently won a 3-year, $765,000 Nation Science Foundation Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Team grant to implement Global CyberBridges. The program expands on CyberBridges, which was initiated in 2005 to help FIU scientists and engineers from a wide range of disciplines, including biology and physics, advance their research through CI. CyberBridges relies on graduate students to serve as bridges, transferring CI know-how from CIARA technical staff to FIU scientists.

For more information on this, go to http://globalcyberbridges.net/pdf/ciaragoesglobal.pdf

For more information on CIARA, visit their website at http://ciara.fiu.edu/

CENIC Activities

CENIC’s annual conference will take place on March 12th through the 14th at the La Jolla Marriott Hotel in San Diego, California. The theme for the 2007 conference is “Innovations in Networking”. For more information on the conference, go to http://cenic07.cenic.org/.

For more information on CENIC, visit their website at http://www.cenic.org/.

Atlantic Wave Activities

Physicists Set New Record for Network Data Transfer:
An international team of physicists, computer scientists, and network engineers led by the California Institute of Technology, CERN, and the University of Michigan and partners at the University of Florida and Vanderbilt, as well as participants from Brazil (Rio de Janeiro State University, UERJ, and the State Universities of São Paulo, USP and UNESP) and Korea (Kyungpook National University, KISTI) joined forces to set new records for sustained data transfer between storage systems during the SuperComputing 2006 (SC06) Bandwidth Challenge (BWC).

One link provided by AtlanticWave from NYC to DC and Miami was used to carry traffic from CERN coming over the USLHCNet NYC-Geneva circuit and one link provided by UltraLight/FLR from Jacksonville.

For more information on the record, go to http://www.physorg.com/news85246030.html

For more information on Atlantic Wave, visit the website at http://atlanticwave.net/

Pacific Wave Activities

In November, Pacific Wave added a second 10 gigabit port in Los Angeles for NLR.

Pacific Wave is also working with SingTel to bring up a new connection for National University of Singapore-GigaPoP in Los Angeles.  It is expected to be installed in the first quarter of 2007.

Discussions are also underway to connect Google to the exchange at multiple points.

Jacqueline Brown chaired the Global Collaboration Workshop at the 23rd APAN meeting held in Manila, The Philippines January 23, 2007 where John Silvester presented a talk on the evolution of the Pacific Wave architecture in his PacificWave Update.

Jacqueline Brown was elected as the Chair of the APAN Program Committee.

For more on these and other efforts, visit the Pacific Wave website at http://www.pacificwave.net/ .

CUDI Activities

CUDI’s conference, Reunión de Primavera 2007, will be held on March 21, 22 and 23 in Torreón, Coah., México. For more information, go to http://www.cudi.edu.mx/primavera_2007/index.html

For more information on CUDI, visit their website at http://www.cudi.edu.mx

CLARA Activities

Peering is operational between National LambdaRail (NLR) and redCLARA. CLARA reaches the NLR Seattle router through the PacificWave exchange point in Los Angeles.

To find out more about CLARA, visit http://www.redclara.net/


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