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Western Regional Network (WRN): Enhancing Advanced Research and Education Across the West

Time 04/26/17 10:30AM-11:45AM

Room Mount Vernon A

Session Abstract

The Western Region Network (WRN) represents a highly successful and innovative collaboration among the leading regional network providers in the western United States: ABQG (Albuquerque GigaPop), CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California), FRGP (Front Range GigaPop), PNWGP (Pacific NorthWest GigaPop) and UH (University of Hawaii).

WRN members have seven years of experience in leveraging a high speed layer two network constructed on I2, CENIC and PNWGP fiber and lambda infrastructure. WRN directly enables research and scientific projects, supports the sharing of scientific and network resources, and provides access to instruments and services, which are key to the researchers within their respective organizations. WRN has utilized Layer 2 networking but is transitioning to a Layer 3 network to provide greater flexibility and interconnectivity.

WRN partners’ facilitate and directly participate in the the Pacific Research Platform (PRP), which is exploring the future of research and education networks and on a broader scale trust and identity. PRP investigates the opportunities and challenges for data-intensive collaborative science. The goal is to build a science-driven high-capacity data-centric “freeway system” on a large regional scale. NOAA leverages WRN to optimize interconnectivity of their multiple distributed offices across the WRN region to the NOAA Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) in Denver, Colorado and Seattle, Washington. WRN provides the high-speed interconnect, which provides resiliency and efficiency.
WRN provides the wide area connectivity from the Mauna Loa Research Facility on the Big Island of Hawaii. NOAA-Boulder and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) scientists benefit from the data from the instruments on the summit of Mauna Loa, which enable their scientific research and dissemination of data to the public.

WRN proposes a panel of presenters made up of representatives from the participating organizations and from organizations that have directly benefited from the WRN collaboration. Proposed panelist are: Jen Leasure (The Quilt), Dave Reese (CENIC), Rob Sears (NOAA), Curt Dodds (University of Hawaii), Marla Meehl (UCAR).

Speakers

Speaker Jen Leasure The Quilt

Speaker David Reese CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, The)

Speaker Robert Sears NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration)

Speaker Marla Meehl UCAR / NCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)

Speaker Stanley Dodds University of Hawaii - Manoa

Presentation Media

media item thumbnail Western Regional Network: Enhancing Advanced Research and Education Across the West

Speaker Stanley Dodds University of Hawaii - Manoa

Speaker Jen Leasure The Quilt

Speaker Marla Meehl UCAR / NCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)

Speaker David Reese CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, The)

Speaker Robert Sears NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration)

Primary track Research and Education

Secondary tracks Applications and Services

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