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Creating New Opportunities for U.S.-Latin America R&E Collaborations

Time 09/28/16 10:20AM-10:40AM

Room Trianon

Session Abstract

This session will highlight an approach to creating new opportunities for U.S.-Latin America research and education collaborations through the development of an intercontinental 100G optical network infrastructure.

America's Lightpaths Express and Protect (AmLight-ExP) is a project of the U.S. National Science Foundation International Research Network Connections (IRNC) program to facilitate science research and education between the U.S. and the nations of Latin America. The first 100G ring between the U.S. and South America was accomplished by the AmLight Consortium, achieving a significant milestone of the AmLight-ExP project.

The AmLight Consortium is a group of not-for-profit universities, state, national and regional research and education networks, that includes Florida International University (FIU), Academic Network of São Paulo (ANSP), Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa (RNP), Latin American Cooperation of Advanced Networks (RedCLARA), Red Universitaria Nacional (REUNA), Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), Florida LambdaRail (FLR), Internet2, and Latin American Nautilus.

The AmLight Consortium is preparing for its next major milestone in the AmLight-ExP project: the provisioning of 300GHz of spectrum between Boca Raton, Florida, and São Paulo, Brazil. Once in service, this spectrum will initially support six 100G links between the U.S. and South America. Open exchange points in Miami; São Paulo; Santiago, Chile; and Fortaleza, Brazil, will enable policy-free interconnections between collaborating research and education networks.

The U.S.-Latin American science communities' activities and applications define the science drivers supported by AmLight-ExP. Science drivers in astronomy, high-energy physics, large-scale testbed networks, and inter-continental multi-domain Ultra-high definition (UHD) video will be able to explore new ways of utilizing the bandwidth capacity offered by multiple 100G links. Futhermore, AmLight Consortium network operators will have the opportunity to explore novel methodologies tailoring the 100G network infrastructure towards supporting the requirements of science drivers.

Since 2014, AmLight has been a production Software-Defined Networking (SDN) environment offering researchers the ability to prototype SDN applications using network virtualization. Network virtualization allows multiple SDN applications to share the same physical infrastructure, alongside production network applications. With network virtualization, an SDN application is protected from other applications sharing the physical infrastructure. The AmLight-ExP 100G network infrastructure will build upon the achievements of the AmLight project to enhance network virtualization capabilities to support SDN science driver applications.

This presentation will describe the 100G network infrastructure that is operating and coming that will be based upon spectrum; the anticipated challenges, such as (1) the integration of spectrum with existing 100G network services; (2) multi-domain provisioning and network management; and (3) supporting SDN applications and network virtualization.


Speaker Julio Ibarra Florida International University

Presentation Media

Primary track Advanced Networking

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