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Friday, February 20, 2009

NLR Partner Darkstrand Names Technology Luminary CTO

NLR partner Darkstrand has named Dr. William Wing, a recognized expert in high-performance computing and networking research and one of the few individuals in the world who has successfully built a 10G fiber-optic network, as its Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Prior to joining Darkstrand, Dr. Wing was a Senior Research Staff Member in the Network Research Group of the Computer Science and Mathematics Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Dr. Wing's charter will be to assist Darkstrand's commercial customers with fully leveraging NLR's infrastructure and expertise, building collaboration between NLR and companies in need of advanced production and infrastructure capabilities.

For additional background on Dr. Wing's appointment, see:
Thursday, February 19, 2009

Linking New Mexico to Hollywood: NLR, Members Enable Digital Media Delivery

NLR and members ABQG University of New Mexico and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) provided the ultra high-speed network linking a DreamWorks/Cerelink digital media studio in Rio Rancho with Hollywood. The demonstration, on February 17, showcased how large, 3D animation files can be created in New Mexico and delivered quickly, securely and reliably to Hollywoood studios.

NLR provided a 1-Gigabit FrameNet circuits between the New Mexico and the Los Angeles points-of-presence (PoPs). New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson referred to the demonstration as a "major advance in digital media production."

Governor's Office of New Mexico news release pdf (PDF - 27 KB)
Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Quilt Creates First President and CEO Position

The Board of Directors of The Quilt, Inc. is pleased to announce the selection of Jen Leasure to serve as the organization's President and Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Leasure was appointed to the position of President and CEO by a unanimous vote of the Board on Thursday, January 29.

The Quilt, Inc., a coalition of 30 advanced regional network organizations, enters its second year as an independent organization. The Quilt provides a dynamic forum where leaders from the advanced research and education network community build on the intellectual capital and best practices of network service providers worldwide.

Four-year universities create opportunities with ARE-ON

All of Arkansas’s four-year public universities will soon be connected to ARE-ON, the high-speed fiber based optical communications network that will expand research, academic, healthcare and emergency preparedness capabilities throughout the state.

ARE-ON (Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network) provides access to national/international high speed infrastructure such as the National LambdaRail, an ultra-fast national Internet infrastructure that will allow researchers to send and receive large files; give classrooms access to ultra high-definition video conferencing and expand opportunities in telemedicine for the state’s healthcare providers, among other benefits.

FY 2008 Data Show Downward Trend in Federal R&D Funding

From the National Science Foundation:

"The most recent data from the National Science Foundation (NSF) show a $3.5 billion decline—from $116.7 billion in FY 2007 to $113.2 billion in FY 2008—in federal funds obligated for research and development and R&D plant (facilities and fixed equipment). Adjusted for inflation, the data reflect a 4.8% decrease in R&D and R&D plant obligations."
Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Community Update

We're excited about the many contributions NLR has made recently to the research and education community and we wanted to take this opportunity to give you a brief update. The update focuses on three areas: 1) magnitude of research use of NLR; 2) cost-value examples of dedicated capacity; and 3: financial strength of NLR. You can find the full update at

Search Firm Retained, New CEO Position Description Available

NLR has retained the services of Russell Reynolds Associates to assist in the CEO search. A new position description has been posted at .