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NSF Reports

Volume 3, Issue 2
March 30, 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.

March 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

A virtual meeting on oceanographic studies was held to share information about oceanography projects in the U.S. and Latin America. Participants were from the University of Florida, Universidad de Concepción en Chile, Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, ICMyL, UNAM, and CICESE of Mexico. Salma Jalife of CUDI organized the virtual meeting, and along with Heidi Alvarez of FIU and AMPATH, informed this group of the availability of networking resources in the region through local NRENs, RedCLARA, and the LILA links.

Next steps are to create a community of interest for oceanographic studies. CUDI offered to host the community resources and to create a working group mailing list at < oceanography@cudi.edu.mx>. Presentations from the virtual meeting are available at http://www.cudi.edu.mx/aplicaciones/dias_cudi/07_02_13/index.html

FIU-CIARA Activities

AMPATH Activities
AMPATH engineer Ernesto Rubi, along with Justin Trieger from New World Symphony (NWS), set up a multicast stream via AMPATH’s 7609 to the Internet2 community for the NWS Shostakovich: Music For Orchestra concert. The concert was held on February 24, 2007 in Knight Concert Hall at the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, FL. The concert featured cellist Yo Yo Ma and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. In addition, Yo Yo Ma conducted a master’s class in cello where four students had a chance to perform. Music program students from universities including USC, IU/Bloomington and Northwestern had the opportunity to participate in this exciting event.

For more information on AMPATH, visit http://www.ampath.net/

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

CENIC Activities

CENIC announced its partnership with Open Student Television Network (OSTN) to deliver IPTV via the California Research & Education Network (CalREN) to 9.5 million end users.

“OSTN not only delivers educational content to California's colleges and universities, but it also provides opportunities for students at those institutions to work together to create content themselves," said Jim Dolgonas, President and CEO of CENIC. "CENIC created the CalREN network to enable precisely this sort of active, collaborative learning environment, and we're delighted that students at our member institutions will be able to take advantage of what OSTN has to offer."

OSTN CableTV can include educational channels NASA TV, C-Span, University of California Television (UCTV) and the Florida Educational Channel. The foreign language channels include CCTV (Chinese), TV5 (French), RAI (Italian), ART (Arabic), TV Polonia (Polish), SBTN (Vietnamese), MBC (Korean), RTN (Russian), TFC (Filipino), TV Asia (South Asian), TV JAPAN (Japanese), CTI Zhong Tian Channel (Chinese), and C1R (Russian).

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

Atlantic Wave Activities

RedCLARA is peering with Abilene and NLR now using the AtlanticWave, which interconnects with the LILA East link in Miami at the AMPATH International Exchange Point. AtlanticWave is offering Ethernet-based layer 2 connections for international peering with networks connected at AMPATH, SoX/SLR, NGIX-East and MANLAN.

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

Pacific Wave Activities

Softbank Telecom (ODN) joined Pacific Wave with Gigabit ports in Sunnyvale and Los Angeles in February 2007.

Agreements were signed to bring Google onto the Pacific Wave exchange in all three locations: Seattle, Sunnyvale and Los Angeles.  Installations are underway.

Delays on the participant side have prevented the new connection for National University of Singapore-GigaPoP in Los Angeles from being realized. New installation date is scheduled mid-April.

John Silvester gave a talk entitled "International Networks (and Networking)" on March 12, 2007 at the CENIC '07 Making Waves Conference held in La Jolla, California, USA. The slides are available at http://cenic07.cenic.org/abstract.cgi?abstract=a&num=3

Progress was made on bringing up the second 10 Gigabit link on Translight/Pacific Wave from Australia to California via Hawaii.

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

CUDI Activities

To recognize the importance of the CUDI community, CUDI is creating a variety of committees and is looking for nominations for committee members or coordinators. The coordinator is a leader who can position his respective community in the national and international arena. The following committees will be formed:

  • Health
  • Earth Science

The selection procedure will be based on nominations and recommendations from members of the CUDI community.

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

CLARA Activities

RAGIE and RAICES: The New Members of the Official Clan
With only two days difference, the Guatemalan Advanced Network for Research and Education, RAGIE, and the Salvadorian Advanced Network for Research, Science and Education, RAICES, officially launched their networks in November 2006.

After waiting for several months, RAGIE had its official launch party. An event with important personalities gave the finishing touch to this Network which has grown out of sheer strength and which after a year of being connected to RedCLARA already has several scheduled projects and convenient offers.

The official launch of RAICES took place on 24 November 2006. The event was attended by representatives from CLARA's member national networks, as well as its President and Executive Director. The Salvadorian Deputy Minister of Education also attended the ceremony and he highlighted the importance of RAICES for the country's educational policies.

For more information on this, go to http://www.redeclara.org/en/07/02_03/11_03.htm

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


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