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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Why Connect to NLR and the Regional Optical Networks

Why Connect

  • Your research and/or education needs demand cost-effective networking
  • Your research and/or education needs demand high performance networks that enable collaboration with colleagues globally
  • Your research and/or education needs demand that you remove the boundaries of the laboratory and give colleagues an opportunity to participate remotely
  • You want to attract high-caliber research and/or education faculty with state-of-the-art network connectivity

How to Connect

For almost all of the NLR services, NLR provides the national backbone, or wide-area network component, of an end-to-end service with an NLR Member or Associate organization providing or coordinating the regional component and an individual institution the local component.

While NLR does not provide the regional components of its service, it is able to facilitate the entire connection either through providing contacts for each end site or through providing the coordination necessary to implement the entire path.

In addition, the NLR members list shows the administrative and technical contact information for each of the NLR Members, including the RONs. These contacts can provide additional technical and cost information for the regional components of the services.

NLR staff, in cooperation with RONs, will assist researchers in developing preliminary costs for their proposals. Researchers can send costing requests to

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

University of New Mexico, Sandia National Laboratories Sign MOU to Attract Top Students and Improve Research Opportunities

UNM President David J. Schmidly and Sandia National Laboratories President Tom Hunter have signed a memorandum of understanding to increase cooperation between the two institutions.

“This MOU brings together two of the greatest gems we have in New Mexico, to partner with one another in a mutually beneficial way – a way that will strengthen UNM, a way that will strengthen Sandia Labs and a way that will be better for all of New Mexico,” said Schmidly.

The partners will work to enhance the opportunities for top students from UNM to find placement at Sandia, and to assure that the university is viewed as one of the most competitive suppliers of top talent to Sandia.

Working together, they will help to secure external funding for research projects in computing and information infrastructure that include LambdaRail, a new, high-speed version of the Internet.

Other highlighted areas include informatics (an emerging area of information research with a wealth of applications in data-rich fields like biology, ecology, climate science and homeland defense), and cognition (targeting rapid advances in health sciences and national security).

Another part of the MOU is the creation of the Institute for Science and Engineering Studies (ISES) that will support joint recruiting and appointments and facilitate shared access to laboratory facilities and intellectual property agreements.

Friday, March 14, 2008

NLR NOC Weekly Reports

Were you ever curious about what is really going on in the operational guts of NLR? The NLR NOC creates three weekly reports that cover the network layers: 1 (WaveNet), 2 (FrameNet) and 3 (PacketNet). You can find information on what happened that week plus upcoming maintenance windows. Allow yourself a geeky moment and surround yourself with the warmth of network operations data at:
Wednesday, March 12, 2008

CineGrid Receives CENIC 2008 Innovations in Networking Award for World’s First 4K-over-IP Live Performance Transmission from Amsterdam to San Diego

The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives (CENIC), which operates CalREN, the California Research and Education Network, honored CineGrid, the one year old international research consortium for networked media arts, with a CENIC 2008 Innovations in Networking Award at its annual conference in Oakland, Calif.

The CENIC award recognized CineGrid’s contribution to “Experimental/Developmental Applications” through its ground-breaking efforts in June 2007 to successfully organize and produce the first successful demonstration of trans-Atlantic streaming over photonic IP networks of 4K digital motion pictures. The transmission carried four times the resolution of today’s consumer high-definition TV with 5.1 surround sound, live from the Holland Festival in Amsterdam to a 4K theater at the University of California, San Diego.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

ARIN Survey on IPv6 Use

[Ed: Please encourage your institution to participate in this survey if possible.]

The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), in cooperation with the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA), is conducting a survey to gather data regarding the current and future use of IPv6 throughout the ARIN Region. For a complete list of countries go to:

The survey will open on 10 March and remain available until noon ET on 24 March. The results of the survey will be presented and discussed at the ARIN XXI Public Policy and Members Meeting to be held in Denver 6-9 April 2008, and the survey data will support ongoing research.

Please take a few moments to complete the survey located at:
Friday, March 7, 2008

Caltech Researchers to Receive An Award

Caltech researchers will be rewarded for better connecting physicists worldwide

Lead project scientist Harvey Newman, professor of physics at Caltech, Julian Bunn of the Caltech Center for Advanced Computing Research, and their international team of researchers will receive a trophy for Innovations in Networking at a ceremony in Oakland on March 11, said a Caltech spokesperson.

The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California will reward the Caltech researchers for better connecting physicists worldwide, said Caltech spokesperson Elisabeth Nadin.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Northeast Connection Opportunities Expanded -- Boston Node Open for Business

National LambdaRail has built a new node in the Boston area. Now research and education institutions in New England have a much shorter path to connect directly to the NLR optical backbone. All NLR services are offered at the node including connections to our WaveNet (layer 1), FrameNet (layer 2) and PacketNet (layer 3) services. You can find out more about these services at the NLR web site under the Services link.

Connections to this node can be made through the NorthEast LambdaRail organization. NLR's Experiments Support Services staff would be happy to work with you to find contact information, understand the services available and help you understand how your application can best use NLR and its member RONs. You can reach them via email at or via phone at 1-866 NLR WAVE or 317-278-6627.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

University of Arkansas Appoints Executive Director for Arkansas Research and Optical Network

Michael Abbiatti, the associate commissioner of information and learning technology for the Louisiana Board of Regents, has been appointed as executive director of the Arkansas Research and Optical Network at the University of Arkansas. He will begin his duties on July 1, 2008.

ARE-ON, a high-speed, fiber-based optical communications network established and operated by a consortium of public four-year universities in Arkansas, is a state entity governed by the presidents and chancellors of participating institutions, in cooperation with the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Abbiatti brings a wealth of experience to his new position. He co-founded and co-created the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative, which was designed as an economic tool empowering research and academic communities to become a more effective economic development resource. Abbiatti was also Louisiana's initial member of the National LambdaRail board of directors and was responsible for the creation and management of the Louisiana Education and Research Network as a statewide Internet2 resource.