Networking Research Projects and Technology Tracking
||The Quilt, a consortium of Regional
Optical Networks (RONs), provides a forum for collaboration and technical
development amongst RONs. This diagram shows the rapid expansion of fiber
optics owned and operated by the RONs throughout the country. The FRGP is
an active participant in the Quilt and owns an operates hundreds of miles
of fiber as well, which enables high-speed, easily expandible, and
flexible networking to our users.
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NETS is a principal collaborator in several nationally recognized
networking and data communications research and development projects.
NETS hosts and presents at national and regional meetings on a variety
of networking projects. NETS continued work on an NSF STI award for
the Network Path and Applications Diagnosis (NPAD) project, and NETS
contributed to the NIH BRIN (National Institutes of Health)
(Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network) Lariat project.
NETS staff serve on the board and the executive committee of the
National LambdaRail, Inc. (NLR), a consortium of leading U.S. research
universities and private-sector technology companies building and
operating a network infrastructure for new forms and methods for
research in science, engineering, health care, and education as well
as for research and development of new Internet technologies, protocols,
applications, and services. NETS has completed network connections
between the NCAR computing facility and the TeraGrid, an open scientific
discovery infrastructure combining leadership-class resources at partner
sites to create an integrated, persistent computational resource. NETS
participates in the Hybrid Optical and Packet Infrastructure Project
(HOPI) that will provide dedicated bandwidth for specialized applications
and an experimental platform for testing future architectures.
NETS staff serve in a number of leadership roles in the Quilt
including the Steering Committee, Executive Committee, the Peering
Committee, and the Regional Optical Network Committee. The Quilt's
specific purposes and objectives are to promote the delivery and
geographical aggregation of advanced network services to the broadest
possible research and educational community; promote end-to-end
continuity, consistency, reliability interoperability, efficiency
and cost-effectiveness in the development and delivery of advanced
network services by means which, at the same time, reflect the
diversity of its participants and foster innovation; and represent
the participants' common interests to national advanced research
and educational networking organizations, backbone network service
providers, industry, government, standard-setting organizations,
and other organizations involved in or influencing the development
and delivery of advanced network services. Through NETS involvement
in the Quilt, we are able to effect and track technology trends in
networking equipment, fiber optic technologies and implementation
methods, regulation, and commodity Internet services and technologies.
NETS will continue their leadership roles in these areas in
FY 2007 and use the experience and knowledge gained to advance
UCAR and the FRGP networking technology and infrastructure.
NETS' research activities support NCAR's strategic priority of
"Developing and providing advanced services and tools." This work has
many funding sources: NSF Core funds, FRGP, and UCAR Communications Pool