NLR in the News
NLR: America's Most Advanced Network
Cisco News, May 3, 2010
One of several articles on NLR appearing on Cisco News highlights that NLR is an unfettered resource for research and commercial innovation, that it is the only national fiber optic network in the world that hosts research traffic from universities and government agencies alongside data from corporations, and that NLR has catalyzed regional broadband development around the country.
NLR Director of Engineering and Operations Grover Browning was interviewed on NLR's aggresive reliability standards, and he describes how NLR's reliability is now as good or better than that of virtually any other network. "We try to be conservative in our reliability estimates, but in most all cases we are now hitting at 99.999 percent reliability or better."
A separate story revolves around how Sandford-Burnham Medical Research Institute is using the NLR network to conduct research under a $100 million NIH grant, connecting its campuses is Florida and California.
GENI's Cluster D Research Centers Interconnected by NLR
HPCWire, April 12, 2010
GENI's Cluster D projects are using the dynamic VLAN provisioning tool, Sherpa, developed by National LambdaRail (NLR), over NLR's Layer 2 switched Ethernet service, FrameNet, to interconnect all participating testbed networks. "With NLR, we have a national, research resource as a backbone and Sherpa gives us the easy to use, dynamic control and provisioning capabilities we need to make increasing use of GENI resources connected in North Carolina to BEN, with the other Cluster D testbeds across the country," stated RENCI Director of Network Research and Infrastructure Ilia Baldine.
NLR's Glenn Ricart on Internet Evolution Radio
Internet Evolution, April 15, 2010
President and CEO of NLR, Glenn Ricart, was interviewed by Internet Evolution's Editor-in- Chief Terry Sweeney in this wide-ranging interview conducted live over streaming audio. Read Glenn's exchange with the audience via a live-chat board. Topics included NLR's mission for supporting high-end science, innovative applications NLR's seeing over its network, NLR technology strategy, and the role for research and education networks like NLR in achieving a national broadband plan.
Government Asks Colleges to Enhance the Nation's Internet Capacity
The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 18, 2010
NLR's president and CEO Glenn Ricart spoke with The Chronicle about the Federal Communications Commission's National Broadband Plan and the prominent role given to existing research and education networks including NLR in exploring how broadband can be extended to community anchor institutions across the country. Glenn mentioned that "the higher-education-networking community is being challenged to extend and serve community-anchor institutions." According to the article, "The benefits of extending academe's Internet umbrella are enormous, advocates say."
TelePresence: Not Just for Meetings Anymore
Connected Planet Online, March 10, 2010
NLR's Chief Technology Officer Wendy Huntoon was interviewed on the growing appeal of TelePresence for higher education and research and how TelePresence can evolve to even better serve a growing number of potential applications. On NLR's wish list, according to the article, is a "visualization environment" that would graphically display large data sets. "People could have interactive discussions, zooming in and out on the data set with everyone seeing the same thing," Huntoon said.
Supporters Call for Nationwide 'Community Network'
Internet Evolution, February 18, 2010
Article on the filing of comments with the FCC by NLR, Internet2 and 25 state and regional research and education networks advocating a Unified Community Anchor Network (UCAN). The fact that such a broad group is advocating for UCAN is very promising, according to the article, would cost much less than starting from scratch and the private sector hasn't been successful at addressing this void. "We recognize the historic opportunity here to better serve a broader community and that this will require unprecedented cooperation," according to Glenn Ricart, NLR's president and CEO
NLR, Internet2 on TelePresence at Joint Techs
TelePresence Options, February 08, 2010
Highlights and key links from the joint NLR-Internet2 presentation at the Joint Techs Conference on the new, unified Cisco TelePresence service for research and education.
Internet2, National LambdaRail Propose Ambitious Community Network
ConnectedPlanet, February 2, 2010
"In reply comments about the National Broadband Plan due from the FCC later this year Internet2, National LamdaRail and 25 co-filers propose to create a "Unified Community Anchor Network" by extending their existing networks to community anchor institutions. "A UCAN does not need to be created—it needs to be completed," the organizations wrote in the filing, which argues that providing broadband to community anchors has been a market failure.
National LambdaRail Advocates for a Unified Community Anchor Network
HPCWire, February 1, 2010
NLR and Internet2, along with 25 state and regional network groups, urge the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deploy a Unified Community Anchor Network (UCAN), which would bring broadband to all interested schools, community colleges, libraries, healthcare providers, public safety agencies and other ‘community anchor' institutions across the country. Already interconnected, or capable of being interconnected, to over 30 state and regional networks, NLR offers its coast-to-coast, non-profit network as a basis for UCAN.
From Feast to Famine: Dark Fiber Gets Hard, And Expensive, to Find
InfoWorld, December 28, 2009
Interview with NLR President and CEO Glenn Ricart on the changing dynamics in the market for dark fiber, and implications for enterprise connectivity.
NLR Enables SC09 Bandwidth Challenge Winners
HPCWire, (December 11, 2009)
National LambdaRail Does SC09
Light Reading, (November 16, 2009)
Research Networks Could Foretell Net's Future
Supercomm Daily News, (October 23, 2009)
An overview of how NLR and Internet2 are actively shaping what's possible, not only for research networks but for the Internet as well. Includes an interview with NLR's Director of Engineering and Operations Grover Browning on future trends, such as new tools enabling researchers to directly provision the networking resources they need, and blade servers or partitionable routers making possible much more efficient use of available capacity.
New Leader for Universities' High-Speed Network
The Chronicle of Higher Education, (October 5, 2009)
Appointment of NLR's new CEO, Glenn Ricart.
Some Broadband Projects Self-fund Without Stimulus
blog.telephonyonline.com, (September 25, 2009)
NLR via Cornell University considered as broadband connection for New York's Ontario County.
LightRiver Deploys Next-Generation DWDM for National LambdaRail
Reuters, (July 29, 2009)
NLR has completed its significant infrastructure upgrade, further boosting the performance of the NLR backbone and setting the stage for total capacity increases beyond the current 400 gigabits per second (Gbps). LightRiver Technologies was a key partner in the deployment of the next-generation, multi-transport DWDM switches in 116 different physical locations across the U.S.
Benchmarking Your Cloud
HPCwire, (July 16, 2009)
NLR provides the 10-Gigabit Ethernet testbed for the Open Cloud Consortium's pioneering work around developing standards to compare the performance of computing clouds designed for data-intensive computing.
LambdaRail Wins Contract for US Networking to Support the LHC
International Science Grid This Week, (June 3, 2009)
NLR to provide ultra high-performance, fiber optic circuits which will enable researchers in the U.S. to participate in the next-generation experiments getting underway with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator located at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland.
Universities Angle for Billions to Build Obama's Broadband Network
The Chronicle of Higher Education, (April 24, 2009)
Highlights the joint white paper issued by NLR and other research and education groups, "Unleashing Waves of Innovation: Transformative Broadband for America's Future," arguing that higher ed is well poised to offer a solution to the search for an inclusive, national broadband network. For NLR news release and white paper, see: http://www.nlr.net/release38.php
National LambdaRail Supercharges Infrastructure
HPCwire, (April 28, 2009)
This major upgrade to NLR's backbone was completed in record time with the assistance of the NLR community and partners.
Calit2 at UCSD Teams with Darkstrand
InsideHPC, (April 14, 2009)
NLR's business alliance partner Darkstrand announced a collaborative agreement with the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) to help enable corporations to initiate real-time, high performance computing projects with researchers at UCSD.