Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Universities Advance High-Speed Trans-Atlantic Network

Campus Technology (06/21/11) Dian Schaffhauser

The University of Indiana is working on two projects aimed at linking U.S.-based universities with research institutions in Europe and Asia. The American Connects to Europe Project will use Hibernia Atlantic's transatlantic fiber-optic network to connect participating universities and labs with European counterparts. The project will receive funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation and GEANT, a multi-domain topology that includes 34 European countries connecting 30 million researchers. The infrastructure is supplied by the Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe. Indiana University also has received funding to develop the TransPAC3 project, which aims to connect with Asian researchers under the International Research Network Connection program. "It facilitates sharing of expensive resources, such as telescopes and microscopes, and also physical locations," says Indiana University's James Williams. "If we're going to study the effect of climate change on the withdrawal of glaciers in the Himalayas, we need some way to figure out how to get our measurement instruments to the Himalayas."