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The Cloud

Bright Computing to release new OpenStack distribution at the OpenStack Summit ...

IBM's silicon photonics technology ready to speed up Cloud and Big Data applications ...

Supermicro debuts new X10 3U MicroCloud with 8x hot-plug server nodes supporting Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor family ...

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Peter Lodahl receives prestigious ERC Advanced Grant ...

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Indiana University gets NSF grant of nearly $9 million to improve international research networks


12 May 2015 Bloomington - Two new National Science Foundation grants to Indiana University (IU) - totaling $8.6 million - call on long-standing expertise to manage and analyze the networks that power the agency's international research and education collaborations. Indiana University has now earned more than $13 million in NSF international networking awards this year.

The IU Global Research Network Operations Center, or GlobalNOC, won a $3.6 million award to manage the Network Operations Center for the NSF's International Research Network Connections-funded infrastructure projects. The programme supports the continuous high-performance network connectivity required by today's researchers to analyze and share vast amounts of data with colleagues around the world.

"Through its management of several of the world's most advanced research and education networks, the IU GlobalNOC and its team of highly talented network engineers and technicians continue to enable major developments and discoveries in science, education, engineering and the humanities. Indeed, they are shaping the future of advanced academic research", stated IU President Michael A. McRobbie, who helped found the GlobalNOC in 1998. "We are extremely pleased to receive these generous grants, and we look forward to helping the NSF better connect our nation's top researchers with colleagues, knowledge and information all across the globe."

The new Network Operations Center will focus on proactive support and end-to-end performance assessment, taking advantage of GlobalNOC's networking monitoring toolset for comprehensive availability statistics, dashboards and operations reports. The GlobalNOC Service Desk will serve as the centralized first point of contact and communication for the international network's management, including all the backbone connections and exchange points that enable information exchange between networks.

With this new visibility, National Science Foundation leaders can make informed decisions about future growth of International Research Network Connections, improve network troubleshooting and quickly and effectively solve end-user issues. To directly address end-user issues and involvement, the grant includes two important components:

  • The end-to-end Performance Engagement Team will serve as a central point of contact focused on solving performance issues that span multiple networks. In addition to investigating individual reports of performance problems, this team will work with partner networks to define and implement a framework and common process for performance troubleshooting and measurement.
  • The International Research Network Connections Network Operations Center Advisory Council, chaired by Ronald A. Johnson, professor in the Information School at the University of Washington, will include members from each of the International Research Network Connection's backbone, exchange point and measurement projects. These representatives will guide interaction to ensure consistent operational practices across the international network's programmes.

"The GlobalNOC has nearly 20 years of experience managing some of the most powerful research and education networks in the world, and we plan to capitalize on this expertise as we move forward with the IRNC project", stated David Jent, IU associate vice president of networks and project principal investigator. "Thanks to this new NOC, the NSF will have its first-ever snapshot of the entirety of its IRNC programme: Who's using it, what the usage levels are like, how it works - and that's exciting to us."

The second award is a five-year, $5 million grant to fund NetSage, a network measurement, analysis and visualization project addressing state-of-the-art challenges in today's international research and education networks. IU will serve as the lead institution, working with partners at the University of California, Davis and the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.

"NetSage gives us a measurement-based understanding of how the NSF's research and education network infrastructure performs and how it's used, allowing us to better engineer future networks in support of large-scale scientific data flows", stated Jennifer Schopf, IU director of international networks and NetSage principal investigator. "Think about it like a traffic sensor on the freeway that provides the data state officials need to make decisions about new roads and traffic patterns. In effect, NetSage is our network traffic sensor, helping us see network congestion and other traffic issues."

NetSage will help network engineers gain a better understanding of:

  • current traffic patterns across the International Research Network Connections' links, and the ability to anticipate growth trends for capacity-planning purposes;
  • the main sources and sinks of large data flows to know where to focus outreach and training opportunities; and
  • where network transmission problems are occurring, whether the cause is congestion or other issues, and what impact it has on end-to-end performance.

The two new awards come on the heels of IU's announcement in March of a five-year, $4.8 million NSF grant to fund TransPAC4, the high-speed network that connects researchers in the U.S. with their counterparts in Asia.

"I am delighted that the NSF has again selected IU to lead the important work of NetSage and the IRNC network operations centre", stated Brad Wheeler, IU vice president for information technology and chief information officer. "Along with IU's recent NSF award for Asia Pacific networking, and with our many partners, we again affirm almost 20 years of IU leadership in the critical areas of international research networks."

Both grants are part of the NSF's International Research Network Connections programme. NetSage is award #1540933, and the IRNC Network Operations Center is award #1450934.
Source: Indiana University

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Primeur weekly 2015-05-18

The Cloud

Bright Computing to release new OpenStack distribution at the OpenStack Summit ...

IBM's silicon photonics technology ready to speed up Cloud and Big Data applications ...

Supermicro debuts new X10 3U MicroCloud with 8x hot-plug server nodes supporting Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor family ...

Oracle collaborates with Mirantis to bring Database as a Service powered by Oracle Multitenant to OpenStack-based private Clouds ...

New Zealand Ministry of Health selects IBM Cloud ...

EuroFlash

Altair PBS Professional to manage workload for Met Office supercomputer ...

Welding simulation now offered by GeonX through the Altair Partner Alliance ...

New data centre and new supercomputer for TU Dresden strengthen research in Saxony ...

Bright Computing signs partnership agreement with NTS Africa to drive adoption of infrastructure management ...

Peter Lodahl receives prestigious ERC Advanced Grant ...

Quantum 'gruyères' for spintronics of the future ...

USFlash

Harper Government in Canada invests in leading-edge technologies to advance market growth and commercialization ...

Indiana University gets NSF grant of nearly $9 million to improve international research networks ...

Chombo-Crunch sinks its teeth into fluid dynamics ...

Cray installs India's first petaflop supercomputer at the Indian Institute of Science ...

Lopsided Star Explosion Holds the Key to Other Supernova Mysteries ...

Center for Computational Research at University at Buffalo receives $9 million award to improve tool that maximizes supercomputing performance ...

Earthquakes reveal deep secrets beneath East Asia ...

HP to help drive Aimia's globalization and business expansion through new IT services ...

Supermicro launches new high end 4-way SuperServer solutions supporting up to 6TB in 96x DDR4 DIMMs ...

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