AmLight ExP receives NSF funding

Florida International University's Center for Internet Augmented Research and Assessment (CIARA) announced a five-year NSF award supporting the AmLight ExP (Americas Lightpaths Express and Protect) project.  This award will support the growing network requirements of U.S.-Latin American collaborative scientific research and educational activities, including providing the critical network bandwidth needed for the operations of AURA Observatory's newest project, LSST.  "As data generated through scientific activities increases, so too does the demand for high-throughput production network services to transport data between the locations where they are collected or generated, and subsequently processed, analyzed and archived.  These services must also support the advanced access and data mining uses of the scientific users distributed throughout the Western hemisphere and the world, together with the needs of the teachers and students using these datasets to open the minds of the next generations of researchers as well as citizen scientists," said Dr. R. Chris Smith, Director and Head of Mission of AURA Observatory in Chile. 

In response to the growing network requirements of these U.S.-Latin America collaborative science research activities, the Americas Lightpaths Express and Protect (AmLight ExP) project implements a hybrid network strategy that combines the use of optical spectrum (Express) and leased capacity (Protect), in order to build a reliable, leading-edge network infrastructure for research and education. Principal Investigator, Dr. Julio Ibarra, the Assistant Vice President for Technology Augmented Research at FIU said, “Researchers will be able to leverage the resources of AmLight ExP to foster network innovation and to address increasing network services requirements between the U.S. and the nations in South America.”  Co-Principal Investigator Dr. Donald A. Cox, from Vanderbilt and Fisk Universities, said, “AmLight EXP is possible through the commitment to the sharing of resources and participation in the discourse and governance of the project by institutions representing the science and engineering research and education communities of interest for the Western Hemisphere”.  The project partners include: 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), Academic Network at São Paulo (ANSP: São Paulo, Brazil), Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa (RNP: Brazil), Canadian Advanced Research and Education Network (CANARIE, Canada), the Florida Lambda Rail (FLR, USA) and Florida International University (AtlanticWave and AMPATH, USA). 

For more information, see the Press Release or visit the AmLight website.

FIU receives NSF funding for support of advanced network connectivity between the U.S. and Latin America for research and educational activities, including support for the high-speed networks needed for LSST operations.