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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Global Lambda Integrated Facility Infrastructure Maps

These illustrations of GLIF infrastructure show the international research and education network bandwidth made available for scheduled application and middleware research experiments as of May 2008. Visualization courtesy of Robert Patterson of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory (AVL) of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign UIUC); data compilation by Maxine Brown, Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Funding was provided by GLIF, NCSA, and US National Science Foundation grants # SCI-04-38712 to NCSA/UIUC and # OCI-0441094 to EVL/UIC.

Cool stuff.

Ginger Armbrust Named Lowell and Frankie Wakefield Professor

Dean Arthur Nowell named Professor Ginger Armbrust as a Lowell and Frankie Wakefield Professor of Ocean and Fishery Sciences. She and her oceanography colleagues Professors Ger van den Engh, Gabrielle Rocap and Bob Morris moved recently to be co-located with faculty from several other departments focussing UW's work in environmental genomics. In the same ways that genome sciences have advanced our understanding of human health, these researchers work toward new insights into how oceanic ecosystems respond to environmental change. Their brand new laboratory is located in Benjamin Hall Interdisciplinary Research Building on the southwest fringe of campus. One highlight of this state-of-the-art facility is an advanced computing visualization system, the OptIPortal: a 63 megapixel display that catalyzes understanding of massive sets of data and is connected to a cooperative center at UC San Diego via the National LambdaRail.
Monday, June 23, 2008

Optical Upgrade RFP Issued

NLR has issued an RFP from qualified providers for optical equipment installation, test and turn-up and de-installation services. This will support NLR's soon-to-be-announced network upgrade beginning in 2008. Interested providers should contact Grover Browning, NLR's Engineering Director, via email at Proposals must be received by July 3, 2008.
Saturday, June 7, 2008

Schools Close On Linking to Network: LambdaRail about 100 times faster than commercial Internet

(Albuquerque Journal (NM) (KRT) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Jun. 6--Two New Mexico universities are close to tapping into LambdaRail, the high-speed nationwide data network that's about 100 times faster than the commercial Internet.
Thursday, June 5, 2008

HealthGrid 2008 Papers Online

HealthGrid is an interdisciplinary community of computer scientists, physicians, medical educators and students, epidemiologists, bioinformatics and medical informatics experts, military medicine specialists, security and policy makers, economists and futurists.

The conference program included a number of high-profile keynote presentations, complemented by a set of refereed papers.

Chicago firm to sell untapped fiber bandwidth

A Chicago-based company has bought half of a high-powered fiber-optic network and will sell that capacity to businesses, giving them access to technology that used to be the exclusive property of academic researchers.

Darkstrand Inc. will announce [did announce] Thursday its purchase of half of National LambdaRail, a 5-year-old network that spans 12,000 miles and is owned by a consortium of universities. Financial terms were not disclosed.