Examples of Research and Innovation Made Possible by NLR
NLR provides a backbone for AtlanticWave, an international peering fabric enabling collaboration between researchers in the U.S., Canada, Eurpoe and South America.
NexCAVE is a 3D, virtual environment developed by the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at the University of California, San Diego from modified HDTV LCD screens. A broad range of scientists—from geologists and oceanographers to archaeologists and astronomers—can use NexCAVE to visualize massive datasets in three dimensions, at unprecedented speeds and at a level of detail impossible to obtain on a desktop display. Wide-area networking to national and international partners provided by NLR.
the Community Cyberinfrastructure for Advanced Marine Microbial Ecology Research and Analysis, leverages NLR infrastructure to build state-of-the-art, computational resources and to develop software tools to decipher the genetic code of communities of microbial life in world oceans.
The only research and education network with its own Cisco TelePresence exchange, NLR enables students, educators and researchers to virtually extend their classroom or lab environments to include counterparts across the country or around the world.
the Gobal Environment for Network Innovations sponsored by the National Science Foundation, takes advantage of all three NLR national service offerings to explore networks of the future.
Scientists from Georgia Tech become part of the K-12 curriculum in Barrow County, northeast of Atlanta—over a live video feed under the Direct to Discovery program, which NLR helped to make possible.
Iowa Health Systems:
Iowa Health System's hospitals and clinics in over 70 communities in Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska are connected to the company's hub in central Iowa, where traffic is carried by a 10-Gigabit Ethernet connection to NLR's peering facility in Chicago. A broad range of tele-health and tele-medicine applications are now being rolled out.
uses NLR for high-speed links between its facilities in California, Houston, Maryland and others.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory:
Leading, multi-million dollar scientific instruments from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, such as aberration corrector microscopes, can be used and manipulated in real time by researchers at London's Imperial College—over a high-speed, low-latency link from NLR.
Open Cloud Consortium:
The Open Cloud Consortium (OCC) has developed the first benchmark for comparing the performance of clouds of different architectures. The OCC's Open Cloud Testbed, which uses NLR as its platform, is the world's only wide area cloud that is built on 10-Gigabits per second networks.
Dedicated, high-capacity NLR circuits link research teams in Southern California and Chicago working on the OptIPuter project, a radically new, distributed cyberinfrastructure based on optical networking, not computers, to support data-intensive scientific collaboration. Scientists who are generating terabytes and petabytes of data will be able to interactively visualize, analyze, and correlate their data from multiple storage sites connected to optical networks.
NLR and its partners are making possible high-speed, high-performance connections between researchers around the Pacific Rim, bridging the gap between national and regional networks. NLR is helping to create, deploy and operate an advanced, extensible peering facility along the entire US Pacific Coast. Recent applications included a demonstration of “4K” video teleconferencing, which has 4x the resolution of HDTV, between Tokyo, San Diego and Chicago.
the world's largest, distributed cyberinfrastructure for scientific research funded by a major grant from the National Science Foundation, uses NLR as a backbone network.
Texas Advanced Computing Center
Using the Ranger supercomputer and high-speed links from NLR and NLR member LEARN, researchers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas at Austin retrieved and analyzed comprehensive U.S. and global data to map the spread of the H1N1 virus and study mutations that could lead to drug resistance.
NLR is the vital, high-speed, high-capacity link between Sunnyvale, CA and Chicago for UltraScience Net, an experimental research testbed funded by the Department of Energy's Office of Science and managed by Oak Ridge National Laboratories. UltraScienceNet develops hybrid optical networking and associated technologies to meet the unprecedented demands of large-scale science applications.
U.S. Large Hadron Collider network, funded by the Department of Energy, leverages the NLR platform to connect U.S. institutions to the Collider in Geneva, Switzerland.