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AtlanticWave-SDX demo at Supercomputing 2016

AtlanticWave-SDX Team participated in collaborative demonstration “AtlanticWave/SDX Controller for Scientific Data Flows” at the Supercomputing Conference 2016 (SC16) in Salt Lake City, UT, on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. “AtlanticWave-Software Defined Exchange: A Distributed Intercontinental Experimental Software Defined Exchange (AtlanticWave-SDX)” is a collaborative project between Florida International University (FIU) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (GT), funded by National Science Foundation (NSF Award ACI#1451024).

supercomputing2016_seanThe first version of the SDX distributed network controller was demonstrated during the Global Lambda Integrated Facility (GLIF16) meeting, co-located with the Internet2 Technology Exchange, in Miami in October 2016. At SC16, Sean Donovan, Lead Software Developer from GT, demonstrated an updated version that will support research, experimental deployments, prototyping and interoperability testing, on national and international scales.

A Software-Defined Internet Exchange Point (SDX) is a new technology that has many, often conflicting definitions. The AtlanticWave-SDX Team hope to cement the definition to refer to two specific aspects: first, a SDN-based data plane that connects various networks together, and second, participant networks are able to define forwarding policy within the exchange point by way of a configuration API. Participants can make forwarding decisions based not only on BGP, but based on other considerations.

The AtlanticWave-SDX controller is still under development, but a prototype version will be release by the end of 2016.

AtlanticWave-SDX Team demonstration at SC16:

Title: “AtlanticWave/SDX Controller for Scientific Data Flows”
Download pdf presentation
Date: Nov 15th, 2016
Presenters: Sean Donovan

Booth: 2501 (NCSA), 2437 / 2537 (Caltech)

 

About AtlanticWave-SDX: Florida International University (FIU) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (GT), funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF award ACI#1451024), implemented AtlanticWave-SDX: a distributed experimental Software-Defined Exchange (SDX), to supporting research, experimental deployments, prototyping and interoperability testing, on national and international scales. AtlanticWave-SDX is comprised of two components: (1) a network infrastructure development component to bridge 100G of network capacity between Research and Education (R&E) backbone networks in the U.S. and South America; and (2) an innovation component to build a distributed intercontinental experimental Software-Defined Internet Exchange Point (SDX) between the U.S. and South America, by leveraging open exchange point resources at SoX (Atlanta), AMPATH (Miami), and Southern Light (São Paulo, Brazil) (www.atlanticwave-sdx.net).

About Caltech: The mission of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. We investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, while educating outstanding students to become creative members of society. The contributions of Caltech’s faculty and alumni have earned national and international recognition, including 35 Nobel Prizes (www.caltech.edu).

About CIARA: Florida International University’s Center for Internet Augmented Research and Assessment (CIARA), in the Division of IT, has developed an international, high-performance research connection point in Miami, Florida, called AMPATH (AMericasPATH; www.ampath.net). AMPATH extends participation to underrepresented groups in Latin America and the Caribbean, in science and engineering research and education through the use of high-performance network connections. AMPATH is home to the Americas Lightpaths (AmLight) high-performance network links connecting Latin America to the U.S., funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), award #ACI-0963053 and the Academic Network of São Paulo (award #2003/13708-0) (http://ciara.fiu.edu/)

About Georgia Institute of Technology: Georgia Institute of Technology, also known as Georgia Tech, is one of the nation’s leading research universities, providing a focused, technologically based education to more than 21,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Georgia Tech has many nationally recognized programs, all top-ranked by peers and publications alike, and is ranked in the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report (www.gatech.edu).

About SC16: Each year the SCinet’s Network Research Exhibition (NRE) showcases and number of interesting network-based experiments during SC. The goal of the NRE is to showcase technologies that will impact HPC in general and SCinet in particular. Topics for SC16’s Network Research Exhibition demos and experiments range from software-defined networking (SDN) to security/encryption and resilience (www.sc16.supercomputing.org).

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AtlanticWave-SDX demonstrates its first distributed Software-Defined Exchange controller

 

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AtlanticWave-SDX demonstrates its first distributed Software-Defined Exchange controller

Miami, Florida, September 29th, 2016 – During the 2016 Global Lambda Integrated Facility meeting, co-located with the 2016 Internet2 Technology Exchange, in Miami, the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and Florida International University (FIU) demonstrated the first version of the AtlanticWave-Software Defined Exchange (SDX) distributed network controller. Conference participants had the opportunity to interact with the development team, provide feedback and establish new partnerships. The lead software developer, Sean Donovan, presented the challenges of developing an SDX controller to domain scientists and network engineers. These challenges range from identifying switches that support 100GE and OpenFlow 1.3, to interpreting the language of network to domain scientists that may not be familiar with it, to allow network control Application Programming Interface (API) development possible.

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The AtlanticWave-SDX controller under development will support research, experimental deployments, prototyping and interoperability testing, on national and international scales. During the demonstration, the SDX controller source code was made available [1], and an updated demonstration is planned for the Supercomputing 2016, from November 14-17th, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Russ Clark, Senior Research Scientist at Georgia Tech, also announced that the first prototype would be released before the end of 2016 and production deployments will start early next year, involving three Academic Open Exchange Points: Southern Crossroads (SoX) in Atlanta, AMPATH in Miami and SouthernLight (SoL) in Sao Paulo/Brazil, using the AmLight Software Defined Network (SDN). During the Internet2 Technology Exchange, Julio Ibarra, PI of the AtlanticWave-SDX (NSF Award ACI#1451024) and AmLight-ExP (NSF Award#ACI-1451018) projects, said, “The AmLight SDN network is being expanded to support the SDX controller in parallel with other academic applications.”

The AtlanticWave-SDX is a collaborative project led by Florida International University (FIU) and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and supported by California Institute of Technology (CalTech), Princeton University (Princeton), Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa (RNP), Academic Network of Sao Paulo (ANSP), Internet2 (I2) and Florida Lambda Rail (FLR). More information about the AtlanticWave-SDX project can be found at [2].

[1] – https://github.com/atlanticwave-sdx/atlanticwave-proto

[2] – http://www.atlanticwave-sdx.net/

 

About Florida International University: Florida International University is a vibrant, student-centered public research university, ideally located in Miami, that is worlds ahead in its commitment to learning, research, entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity so that our graduates are prepared to succeed in a global market (http://www.fiu.edu).

About CIARA and AMPATH: Florida International University’s Center for Internet Augmented Research and Assessment (CIARA), in the Division of IT, has developed an international, high-performance research connection point in Miami, Florida, called AMPATH (AMericasPATH; www.ampath.net). AMPATH extends participation to underrepresented groups in Latin America and the Caribbean, in science and engineering research and education through the use of high-performance network connections. AMPATH is home to the Americas Lightpaths (AmLight) high-performance network links connecting Latin America to the U.S., funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), award #ACI-0963053 and the Academic Network of São Paulo (award #2003/13708-0)(http://www.ciara.fiu.edu).

About Georgia Institute of Technology: Georgia Institute of Technology, also known as Georgia Tech, is one of the nation’s leading research universities, providing a focused, technologically based education to more than 21,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Georgia Tech has many nationally recognized programs, all top-ranked by peers and publications alike, and is ranked in the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. It offers degrees through the Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Sciences, the Scheller College of Business, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. As a leading technological university, Georgia Tech has more than 100 centers focused on interdisciplinary research that consistently contribute vital research and innovation to American government, industry, and business. (www.gatech.edu).

About SoX: Southern Crossroads (SoX) also known as Southern Light Rail (SLR) is a 501(c)3 organization that serves the Southeastern U.S. Research and Education community. SoX provides high-speed, global connectivity and other commodity services. SoX also serves as the Southeast connector to National Lambda Rail (NLR), Internet2 and other major U.S as well as International research networks (www.sox.net)

About SouthernLight (SoL): SouthernLight is the GOLE (GLIF Open Lightpath Exchange) in São Paulo, Brazil, collaboration between ANSP and RNP, and is responsible for providing end-to-end circuits between Brazilian scientific institutions and their international collaborators.

About California Institute of Technology: The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is a world-renowned science and engineering research and education institution, where extraordinary faculty and students seek answers to complex questions, discover new knowledge, lead innovation, and transform our future. Global Caltech’s facilities are Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech Seismological Laboratory, and International Observatory Network (www.caltech.edu).

About Princeton University: Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. As a world-renowned research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. At the same time, Princeton is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching (www.princeton.edu).

About RNP: The Brazilian Education and Research Network (RNP), qualified as a Social Organization (OS) by the Brazilian government, is supervised by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), and is maintained through the inter-ministerial RNP program, which also includes the Ministries of Education (MEC), Health (MS) and Culture (MinC). The first Internet provider in Brazil with national coverage, RNP operates a high-performance nationwide network, with points of presence in all 26 states and the national capital, providing service to over 1200 distinct locations. RNP’s more than four million users are making use of an advanced network infrastructure for communication, computation and experimentation, which contributes to the integration of the national systems of Science, Technology and Innovation, of Higher Education, of Health and of Culture (www.rnp.br/en)

About ANSP: The Academic Network of São Paulo (ANSP) provides connectivity to the top R&E institutions, facilities and researchers in the State of São Paulo, Brazil, including the University of São Paulo, the largest research university in South America. ANSP directly connects to AmLight in Miami at 20G. ANSP also provides connectivity to Kyatera, a 9-city dark-fiber-based optical network infrastructure linking 20 research institutions in the state and a number of special infrastructure projects like GridUNESP, one of the largest computational clusters in Latin America, supporting interdisciplinary grid-based science (www.ansp.br).

About Internet2: Internet2® is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions. Internet2 consists of more than 250 U.S. universities, 80 leading corporations, 70 affiliate members and government agencies, 39 regional and state education networks and more than 65 national research and education networking partners representing more than 100 countries. For more information follow @Internet2 on Twitter (www.internet2.edu).

About Florida LambdaRail: Florida LambdaRail (FLR) is Florida’s Research and Education Network. With its 100 Gbps 1,540 mile dark fiber network, FLR provides a cost effective, ultra-high speed, inter-connected, broadband service delivery network that enables Florida’s higher education institutions and partners to collaborate, connect, utilize and develop new innovative broadband applications and services in support of their scientific research, education, and 21st century economy initiatives (www.flrnet.org).

 

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AmLight Team at I2 Technology Exchange

julio_techex16The 2016 Technology Exchange presented by Internet2 is co-hosted by Florida International University, the University of Florida, and Florida LambdaRail from September 25-28 in Miami. The Internet2 TechEx organized U.S. and global technology leaders and visionaries including pioneers, technologists, architects, scientists, operators and students in the fields of networking, security, trust and identity, virtualization, cloud services, high-performance computing, and storage to share expertise in a forum designed to facilitate the cross-pollination of technical ideas and information.

AmLight and partners sessions and presentations:

09/25 1:00 PM EDT – Performing Arts and Advanced Networking New World Symphony

06/26 9:30 AM EDT – A Secure SDN Science DMZ

09/26 8:40 AM EDT – Troubleshooting AmLight: Handling Network Events in a Production SDN Environment

09/26 3:10 PM EDT – Programmable Privacy-Preserving Network Measurement for Network Usage Analysis and Troubleshooting

09/28 10:20 AM EDT – Creating New Opportunities for U.S.-Latin America R&E Collaborations

09/28 11:10 AM EDT – Interconnecting Spectrum Between Multiple Domains to Support Science Applications: A Use Case with FLR

09/29 01:30 PM EDT – Challenges When Designing a Distributed SDX

09/29 04:10 PM EDT – Assessing the Quality of Flow Measurements from OpenFlow Devices Lightning talk

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The Brazilian National Research and Educational Network (Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa – RNP) announced 100 Gbps international connections between Brazil and the United States are activated

On July 7, two 100 Gbps connections between São Paulo and Miami were activated, which expand the international output of the Brazilian academic network. The links, which go through submarine cables in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, are maintained by the Amlight consortium, which manages the connections between the United States and Latin America for teaching and research purposes.

The new interconnections are part of the Amlight Express and Protect project (Award #1451018), financed by the National Science Foundation (NSF), by the Research Support Foundation of the State of São Paulo (FAPESP) and by the Brazilian National Research and Educational Network (RNP). According to network engineer Jeronimo Bezerra, from the Florida International University (FIU), who participates in the Amlight consortium, six other links with the same capacity between Miami and Latin America are expected to enter into production in 2017.

Amlight ExP 100G According to the FIU, the 100 Gbps international connection sets new high-performance connectivity parameters in the Americas and enables opportunities for scientific collaboration. One of the benefitted initiatives shall be the international Astronomy project Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which features the participation of 50 Brazilian researchers. The LSST is a telescope under construction in Cerro Pachón, in Chile, and is expected to enter into operation in 2022. It shall be able to map almost half of the sky for a ten-year period.

So the 100 Gbps capacity is used in full by the academic network, RNP also works to elevate the capacity of its national backbone, which serves universities and research institutes in the entire country. Only in São Paulo, the channel may benefit institutions connected to the academic network of the state of São Paulo (ANSP), as well as those connected to RNP, responsible for over 40% of the national scientific production. “With this international 100 Gbps capacity, we shall be prepared for the demand that is shaping up for the next three years”, said the RNP’s Engineering and Operations Director, Eduardo Grizendi.

One of the main challenges for the activation of this high-performance infrastructure was cleaning the optical fiber cables in the land connections, since any vestige of dirt and oiliness in the interface between the fibers may melt with the heat propagated by data traffic, damaging the physical integrity of the network. “Dirt may not only ruin the signal, it may make the fiber burn”, explained Jeronimo Bezerra, stressing that the problem is more common in connections between telecommunications and last mile operators, up to the users, or even within data centers.

Another challenge shall be traffic monitoring in extremely high speed, which shall depend on complex computational resources. One of these resources habilitated in the international connection between Brazil and the United States is the Software Defined Networking (SDN), which allows more flexibility, robustness, and the possibility to program traffic operation.

For the original RNP article click here.

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TERENA Networking Conference

The TNC16 Networking Conference is the largest and most prestigious European research networking conference, with more than 650 participants attending this annual event. TNC brings together decision makers, managers, networking and collaboration specialists, and identity and access management TNC_2016experts from all major European networking and research organizations, universities, worldwide sister institutions, as well as industry representatives.

Through keynotes speeches by renowned specialists, varying parallel sessions, demonstrations, and presentations, the Conference presents participants with a unique overview of the latest developments in research networking, both in the technical field and in the area of application and management.

Dr. Heidi Morgan, Dr. Julio Ibarra, and Jeronimo Bezerra participated in TNC 16 with presentation “Coexisting Production and Experimental Testbeds: The AmLight experience after one year” at the session “SDN data plane”. The article presented by Jerônimo Bezerra describes and discusses how production and experimental networks may coexist using the same OpenFlow-controlled infrastructure, represented here by the Amlight community’s network connections between North and South America. In order to avoid undue interference with production traffic, the team has developed a sanitizer module, which filters and validates the controller messages used by the experimental networks.

Session: SDN data plane
Presentation: Coexisting Production and Experimental Testbeds: The AmLight experience after one year
Video presentation: https://tnc16.geant.org/web/media/archive/6C
Time: Tuesday, 14 June from 14:00 to 15:30

SBRC

Brazilian Symposium on Computer Networks and Distributed Systems (SBRC)

AmLight Team (NSF Awards # ACI 1451018 and 0963053) participated in the Brazilian Symposium on Computer Networks and Distributed Systems (SBRC), an annual event promoted by Brazilian Computer Society (SBC) and the National Laboratory of Computer Networks (LARC). For more than three decades, SBRC has become the most important national scientific event on computer networks and distributed systems, and one of the most crowded in the computer science field.

The 34th edition of this Symposium is held from May, 30th until June 3rd in Salvador, Bahia. The event coordination is under the conjunct responsibility of the Department of Computer Science of Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) and the Federal Institute of Bahia (IFBA). The event is composed of technical sessions, mini courses, panel discussions and debates, workshops, tools salon, speakers, tutorials presented by internationally renowned researchers.

XVII Workshop of the National Network of Education and Research (WRNP) May 30, 2016

WRNPRNP Workshop (XVII Workshop of the National Network of Education and Research) will be held 30 and 31 May in conjunction with the SBRC 2016. Promoted since 1999, the RNP Workshop (WRNP) aims to bring the public of the technological advances and main topics for discussion in the area of research and development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), both inside and outside Brazil. This year, the 17th edition of the event brings in its programming the key challenges in the implementation of 100 Gb / s networks, as well as presentations on applications of SDN (Software Defined Networking), video applications, testbeds, solutions for education environments distance, open data, among other topics.

Presentation: 100Gbps: challenges, implications and consequences (100 Gb/s: desafios, implicações e consequências). Panel participants: Michael Stanton (RNP) Jeronimo Bezerra (AMPATH) Eduardo Grizendi (RNP)

VII Workshop Experimental Future Internet Research (WPEIF)

The Workshop Experimental Future Internet Research (WPEIF) aims to create a forum of discussion and exchange of information, knowledge and experiences on experimental research related to future networks, particularly the Future Internet, and promote experimental research in this area within the community of computer networks

Presentation: “Moving an IP network to SDN: a global use case deployment experience at AmLight” presented by Humberto Galiza (FIU – EUA), Marcos Schwarz (RNP), Jeronimo Bezerra (FIU – EUA), Julio Ibarra (FIU – EUA) (download presentation, paper)

Presentation: “AmLights OpenFlow Sniffer dissected: Troubleshooting production networks” presented by Jeronimo Bezerra (FIU – EUA), Humberto Galiza (FIU – EUA), Julio Ibarra (FIU – EUA), Marcos Schwarz (RNP) (download presentation, paper)

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I2 Global Summit 2016

The theme for the 2016 Global Summit in Chicago—site of the first official meeting that eventually led to the formation of Internet2 focused on honoring the members who have shaped and developed Internet2 over the past 20 years, and showcasing visionaries whose work and strategies will shape the next 20 years for Internet2 and the entire R&E community. Dr. Julio Ibarra, Dr. Heidi Morgan, and Jeronimo Bezerra participated in Internet2 Global Summit. The following collaborative session presentations were made.

Sessions and Presentations:

SDN Optimized Advanced Network Services for Experiments

Session abstract: The upcoming and next generation of major science programs exploring the nature and history of the universe, our planet and own biological makeup, from the LHC to LSST and SKA to the Human Genome Project face unprecedented challenges in harnessing the wealth of knowledge hidden in Exabytes of globally distributed data.

Scientists, network and system engineers and architects have come together to meet these challenges, and clear the way to the next round of discoveries. In this workshop we will present the recent major advances in software defined and virtualized Terabit/sec networks, intelligent global systems, workflow optimization methodologies, and state of the art long distance data transfer methods.

TIME 05/17/16 08:00AM-10:00AM, Denver (5th Floor)

SPEAKERS: Harvey Newman CALTECH (California Institute of Technology), Joe Mambretti Northwestern University, Julio Ibarra Florida International University, Shawn McKee University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

The Latin American Landscape: Updates and Discussion with NREN Leaders

Session abstract: From the tip of Chile to the shores of Cuba, the National Research and Education Network ecosystem in Latin America has changed and expanded significantly over the past few years. In this panel session, NREN leaders from Latin America will come together to compare experiences and discuss the current state of their network’s connectivity and services. Panelists will share their goals and challenges and will provide a glimpse into future plans and expected developments.

TIME 05/17/16 03:00PM-04:00PM, Michigan/Michigan State (6th Floor)

SPEAKERS: Juan Pablo Carvallo CEDIA (Consorcio Nacional para el Desarrollo de Internet Avanzado), Jose Palacios REUNA (Red Universitaria Nacional), Carlos Casasus CUDI (Corporación Universitaria para el Desarrollo de Internet), Julio Ibarra Florida International University, Lucas Giraldo Rios RENATA (Red Nacional Academica De Tecnologia Avanzada)

Open Exchange Points and SDX’s – Attributes for Understanding

Session abstract: Currently, there are almost as many definitions of an open exchange point or SDX as there are exchange points. Several different groups, including GLIF and the GNA, are working to unify and standardize these definitions. This is reaching a critical point as more exchange points behave in different ways, but all are called “open”.

This session will include presentations from several current exchange point operators all being compared on the same set of attributes, followed by a discussion of possible definitions and the ways forward.

TIME 05/17/16 04:30PM-05:30PM, Indiana/Iowa (6th Floor)

SPEAKERS: Jennifer Schopf Indiana University, Julio Ibarra Florida International University

For I2 Global Summit 2016 program click here.

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Americas Lightpaths Express and Protect Activates First US – Latin America 100G Networking Link Enhancing Infrastructure for Research and Education

 

Miami, Florida, April 26, 2016 – Florida International University’s Center for Internet Augmented Research and Assessment (CIARA) is pleased to announce the first 100G research and education network link between the U.S. and Latin America, a major component of the five-year AmLight ExP (IRNC BACKBONE: Americas Lightpaths Express and Protect) NSF Award#ACI-1451018.

On April 18, 2016 the AmLight Consortium activated the first 100G link of the AmLight-ExP project. It has 106ms delay and it goes via the Atlantic between Miami, FL and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 100G link is under evaluation for the next 30 days. “To date, we have not seen any packet loss or errors and, to evaluate it, we are using an IXIA 100G packet generator,” said Jeronimo Bezerra AmLight Chief Network Engineer.

The AmLight Consortium is a group of not-for-profit universities, state, national and regional research and education networks including the AmLight ExP project at Florida International UniversityRNPANSPRedClaraREUNAFLRAURALatin American Nautilus, and Internet2.

Robert Grillo, Vice President and CIO at Florida International University said, “This milestone for FIU sets new standards for high speed networking and bandwidth in the Americas that will promote new and innovative activities for all education and research institutions. Our vision will continue to advance scientific research and scholarship across the globe in collaboration with all our partners.”

Elias Eldayrie, Vice President and CIO at the University of Florida and Chairman of the Florida LambdaRail Board of Directors said, “FLR and its 12 Partner Institutions are collaboratively working with FIU to determine the resource requirements, timelines and milestones needed to contribute and collectively achieve FIU’s objectives in the NSF IRNC AmLight-ExP, AtlanticWave-SDX through the use of optical spectrum. Utilizing our 100 Gbps network, we look forward to participating in this experiment to connect multiple U.S. locations through Florida to Brazil and Chile, moving forward together.”

Jeffrey Kantor, of the LSST Project Management Office said, “LSST has partnered with FIU AmLight for our high-speed network needs between Chile and multiple locations in the U.S, including a 100 Gbps ring connecting Santiago and Miami.  This capability will be critical in connecting LSST’s operational sites and permit us to perform near-real-time transient alert processing at our main archive site at the University of Illinois National Center for Supercomputing Applications in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.”

David Lambert, President and CEO of Internet2 said, “This 100G implementation is extremely valuable to our members, providing them resilient, scalable, long term bandwidth that connects research and education institutions globally. In this global ecosystem, it pays off in spades when researchers and scientists can lean on sophisticated infrastructure to simplify their work and connect in meaningful ways to propel innovation and discovery. Congratulations to FIU, AMPATH and the NSF for this wonderful accomplishment”

“RNP began to collaborate with AMPATH in 2001, and has been a partner since 2004 in the series of IRNC links, co-supported by NSF and ANSP, which provide Research and Education connectivity between the US and Brazil – the AmLight Consortium. These links have constituted Brazil’s principal support for international collaboration, and have steadily grown in capacity over the years. The adoption of 100G links this year represents an increase in capacity of almost 500%, demonstrating ample support for the growth of important data-intensive international science collaborations”, said Dr. Michael Stanton, Director of Research and Development at Brazil’s National Research and Education Network, RNP.

“The Academic Network of Sao Paulo (ANSP) provides connectivity to more than fifty institutions, which are responsible for more than forty percent of Brazilian science production. The AmLight Consortium implementation of 100G protected capacity on the international links is a milestone in our partnership with RNP and FIU for over a decade,” said Dr. Luis Lopez, Principal Investigator (PI) of ANSP.

The AmLight Consortium works together to provide submarine cable connectivity between Miami, FL and Fortaleza and Sao Paulo, Brazil as well as Santiago, Chile for research & education purposes. The AmLight Consortium needs connectivity in the furtherance of its research and educational goals, to promote the development of advanced network applications, content, and services between the US and Latin America. The networking team is currently working on the activation of a second 100G link, going via the Pacific route. After that, the team will establish a 100G link with Fortaleza, Brazil.

Link evaluation is being performed using OpenFlow, a recent innovation of the previous methodologies such as virtual local area networks (VLANs), route loops and TTL (Time to Live) change. The OpenFlow protocol enables network controllers to determine the path of network packets across a network of switches.

The AmLight Consortium is actively seeking new scientific and educational applications for the new 100G network. Researchers involved with Big Data, Networking and/or Software Defined Networking (SDN) can request a virtual network on the new 100G ring from AmLight SDN by sending email to sdn@amlight.net describing your research, how AmLight could help your research, information about your controller, etc., and we will reach you to discuss next steps.

For full press release click here.
To download pdf click here.

ONS

Open Networking Summit 2016

ONS 2016 brought together the global SDN / NFV ecosystem and open source community to showcase solutions that are transforming networking for service providers, data centers and enterprises and to help developers and architects keep up with the SDN/NFV tools and technologies ready for evaluation and deployment.

The focus of the 2016 event was on enabling the understanding of the open networking landscape and how it advances SDN and NFV through pragmatic use-cases, making ONS the ideal forum for companies to share their thought leadership positions and production innovations in the area of open source networking.

Jeronimo Bezerra, CIARA  IT Assistant Director, presented an overview of the AmLight migration to an SDN approach and describe the experience of using ONOS/SDN-IP.

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SDN Global Deployment Powered by ONOSAbout Open Network Summit: Created by the founders of SDN, Open Networking Summit (ONS) is the premier technical conference focused on fostering collaboration to address the opportunities, challenges and key developments in the quickly evolving world of SDN, OpenFlow, and NFV. For the past five years, ONS has gathered the leading minds, companies, and other organizations to collaborate on the future of networking, which has increasingly moved towards open source. ONS brings together the networking industry ecosystem of early adopters, end users, disruptive and incumbent vendors, open source projects, leading researchers, business executives and investors to discuss breaking SDN and NFV developments for immediate impact to shape the future of the networking industry.

Software Defined Networking (SDN) is an emerging technology with the potential to revolutionise the way networks are provisioned and managed. SDN offers solutions for improving network flexibility and reducing costs via software-based management and control.

For CIARA presentation click here.
For ONS website click here.
For ONOS website click here.
For Monitoring portal click here.
For Video portal click here.

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Angola Cables & Americas Lightpaths Consortium Sign Memorandum of Understanding; Infrastructure for Research and Education

      

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Angola Cables & Americas Lightpaths Consortium Sign Memorandum of Understanding; Infrastructure for Research and Education

Miami, Florida, April 1 , 2016 – Angola Cables, SA and Florida International University’s Center for Internet Augmented Research and Assessment (CIARA) are pleased to announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly collaborate on the development of a next-generation Internet network for research and education between Africa, the U.S. and Latin America.The AmLight Consortium is a group of not-for-profit universities, state, national and regional research and education networks including the AmLight ExP (IRNC BACKBONE: Americas Lightpaths Express and Protect) NSF Award #ACI-1451018 who have come together to develop the AmLight Africa project.  The AmLight Consortium provides submarine cable connectivity between Miami, FL and Fortaleza and Sao Paulo, Brazil as well as Santiago, Chile for research & education purposes.  The AmLight Consortium needs connectivity in the furtherance of its research and educational goals, to promote the development of advanced network applications, content, and services between the US, Brazil and Angola and the rest of Africa.Angola Cables is a long distance operator based in Angola, managing, operating and maintaining its facilities in the West Africa Cable System (WACS) which is an undersea cable system linking Yzerfontein, in South Africa and Highbridge, in the United Kingdom. Angola Cables is constructing the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), an undersea cable system linking Luanda, in Angola, and Fortaleza, in Brazil. Angola Cables is offering 33 GHz of optical spectrum in SACS and the MONET undersea cable system linking Santos and Fortaleza, in Brazil, and Boca Raton, Florida, in the Unites States of America, during a ten-year period, for usage restricted solely to research and education applications. This will create a new chapter in research and education between the people of Angola, Brazil, and the U.S. as well as between the Americas and Africa as never before, restricted solely to research and education applications.The major goal of the MOU between Angola Cables and the AmLight Consortium is to link the researchers, students, knowledge creation, and knowledge sharing communities of the the nations of Africa, the US, Brazil, and other Latin American countries towards building effective multi-institutional research collaborations. The FIU AmLight Consortium Principal Investigator, Dr. Julio Ibarra, said,” This is the first step to provide a bridge from the current infrastructure, to one that will provide access to information abundance and unprecedented resources for research and education communities.” Antonio Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables said, “The new research and education infrastructure will enable research and education amongst the people of Africa and the Americas through the operation of production network infrastructure for communication and collaboration. This is one of the purposes of SACS, our main project, to give people the opportunity to share ideas and knowledge and improve social and economic development.”Plans are underway to interconnect the research and education communities of the U.S. and Africa by establishing a high-performance network link between the AMPATH International Exchange Point in Miami, and Angonix, a nascent exchange point in Luanda, Angola as well as fostering the development of emerging international exchange points in Fortaleza, Brazil. This infrastructure will connect with the Atlantic Wave-Software Defined Exchange (SDX) in Sao Paulo, Miami, Boca Raton, and Atlanta, GA. The collaboration will work to provide efficient peering between National Research & Education Networks (NRENs) and communities of interest through a distributed open SDX model.

The AmLight Consortium partners include: Academic Network at São Paulo (ANSP: São Paulo, Brazil), Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa (RNP: Brazil), Association for Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA, USA), Cooperación Latino Americana de Redes Avanzadas (RedCLARA: Latin America), Internet2 (USA), Red Universitaria Nacional (REUNA:Chile), Canadian Advanced Research and Education Network (CANARIE, Canada), the Florida Lambda Rail (FLR, USA) and Florida International University (AtlanticWave and AMPATH, USA).

Fostering the development of emerging international exchange points (IXPs) in Fortaleza and Luanda: In Fortaleza, RNP will operate a new open exchange point. This exchange point will support both the infrastructure to Luanda and Miami, as well as terrestrial and submarine links to the south, expected future connectivity to Europe, as well as additional newly planned intercontinental connectivity. In Luanda, Angola Cables is coordinating the establishment of a new open exchange point, the Angonix, as well as a national research and education network. The exchange point in Luanda is planning to connect to the EU, developing West African Regional Education Network, and with support from SANReN (South African Research Network) Competency Area (CA), will leverage some existing TENET resources to interconnect with both South Africa, and UbuntuNet.

About Angola Cables: Angola Cables is an Angolan telecommunications company founded in 2009, which operates in  the wholesale market and whose core business is the commercialization of capacity in international circuits for voice and data through Submarine Cable Systems throughout the South Atlantic and Africa.
Angola Cables is responsible for the management and development of WACS (West Africa Cable System) proving carrier level services to operators in Angola and in Subsaharan region of the African continent, fast becoming one of the leading capacity providers in the region. It also operates the Angonix (Angolan IXP) in its data center in Luanda.  Africa is today the fastest growing region of the internet penetration in the world.  Angola Cables’s goal is to transform Angola into one of the telecommunication hubs in Africa.  For more information visit www.angolacables.co.ao

About CIARA: Florida International University’s Center for Internet Augmented Research and Assessment (CIARA), in the Division of IT, has developed an international, high-performance research connection point in Miami, Florida, called AMPATH (AMericasPATH; www.ampath.net). AMPATH extends participation to underrepresented groups in Latin America and the Caribbean, in science and engineering research and education through the use of high-performance network connections. AMPATH is home to the Americas Lightpaths Express and Protect (AmLight-ExP) high-performance network links connecting Latin America to the U.S., funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), award #ACI-1451018; and the AtlanticWave-SDX: NSF Award# ACI- 1451024, 2015-2020, IRNC: RXP: AtlanticWave-Software Defined Exchange: A Distributed Intercontinental Experimental Software Defined Exchange (SDX); (www.ciara.fiu.edu).

About ANSP: The Academic Network of São Paulo (ANSP) provides connectivity to the top R&E institutions, facilities and researchers in the State of São Paulo, Brazil, including the University of São Paulo, the largest research university in South America. ANSP directly connects to AmLight in Miami at 20G. ANSP also provides connectivity to Kyatera, a 9-city dark-fiber-based optical network infrastructure linking 20 research institutions in the state and a number of special infrastructure projects like GridUNESP, one of the largest computational clusters in Latin America, supporting interdisciplinary grid-based science (www.ansp.br).

About RNP: The Brazilian Education and Research Network (RNP), qualified as a Social Organization (OS) by the Brazilian government, is supervised by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), and is maintained through the inter-ministerial RNP program, which also includes the Ministries of Education (MEC), Health (MS) and Culture (MinC). The first Internet provider in Brazil with national coverage, RNP operates a high-performance nationwide network, with points of presence in all 26 states and the national capital, providing service to over 1200 distinct locations. RNP’s more than four million users are making use of an advanced network infrastructure for communication, computation and experimentation, which contributes to the integration of the national systems of Science, Technology and Innovation, of Higher Education, of Health and of Culture (www.rnp.br/en).

About AURA: The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a consortium of 40 US institutions and 4 international affiliates that operates world-class astronomical observatories. AURA’s role is to establish, nurture, and promote public observatories and facilities that advance innovative astronomical research. In addition, AURA is deeply committed to public and educational outreach, and to diversity throughout the astronomical and scientific workforce. AURA carries out its role through its astronomical facilities (www.aura-astronomy.org).

About CLARA: CLARA, the Latin American Cooperation of Advanced Networks (Cooperación Latino Americana de Redes Avanzadas), is a non-profit organization whose members are the NRENs of Latin America, and which is in charge of the management, development and operation of RedCLARA as well as the coordination of Latin America’s research networking activities. RedCLARA directly connects to AmLight links in São Paulo, Santiago, Miami and Tijuana. Latin American NRENs connected to redCLARA: Argentina (Innova-Red), Brazil (RNP) ,Chile (REUNA), Colombia (RENATA), Costa Rica (RedCONARE), Ecuador (CEDIA), El Salvador (RAICES), Guatemala (RAGIE), México (CUDI), Panamá (RedCYT), Perú (RAAP), Uruguay (RAU) and Venezuela (REACCIUN) (www.redclara.net).

About Internet2: Internet2, U.S. national backbone network, peers with Latin American R&E networks over AtlanticWave and PacificWave, from multiple peering points. Internet2 comprises 252 U.S. universities, 82 leading corporations, 68 affiliate members, including government agencies, 41 regional and state education networks, and more than 65 national research and education networking partners representing over 100 countries (www.internet2.edu).

About REUNA (Chile): Red Universitaria Nacional, REUNA, provides a leading digital platform that articulates, connects, and fosters collaboration between those entities that based in Chile belong to the fields of science, education, and the Chilean local culture, connecting them to the rest of the world throughout innovating services. With over 20 years’ experience and currently made up of 31 institutions, REUNA’s digital platform covers 13 regions between the northern city of Arica and the southern city of Osorno (www.reuna.cl/en/).

About CANARIE (Canada): Canarie, Canada’s NREN, interconnects with U.S. R&E networks at PacificWave (Seattle), StarLight (Chicago), MANLAN (New York), and peers with Latin American NRENs over AtlanticWave and PacificWave. One million researchers, scientists, and students at nearly 2,000 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network (www.canarie.ca).

About Florida LambdaRail: FLR is the regional optical network of Florida, formed as a consortium of the Florida’s research universities, to support their research and education mission. FLR operates a robust and scalable 1,540-mile 100G capable network that spans the state of Florida and provides members and affiliates with a cost effective, ultra-high speed, interconnected, broadband service delivery network.(www.flrnet.org).