NLR Member: The University of New Mexico (on behalf of the State of New Mexico)
About The University of New Mexico (on behalf of the State of New Mexico) (UNM)
The University of New Mexico (UNM) is the flagship university of New Mexico, serving nearly 35,000 students statewide. UNM is home to the state's only schools of law, medicine, pharmacy and architecture and operates New Mexico's only academic health center. UNM is noted for comprehensive undergraduate programs and research that benefits the state and the nation. UNM offers a wide variety of academic programs through twelve Colleges and Schools. These academic options include more than 215 degree and certificate programs.
Owned by the University of New Mexico, the Albuquerque Gigapop (ABQ-G) is an aggregation point of numerous networks that provide high-bandwidth accessibility to New Mexico, with particular focus on research and education within the state. ABQ-G was designed and implemented as a high-tech connection for research and education between rural and urban institutions in New Mexico, and serves as an essential link between Native American Indian reservations, schools, hospitals and emergency services, reduces network costs for members and contributes to economic development. With the five-fold level of Internet access increase, this interconnection network puts New Mexico at the forefront of national bandwidth connectivity.
Innovation Case Study: Rendering cutting-edge 3-D graphics for a major movie studio - long distance - with high-speed networking from ABQ-G and National LambdaRail
One of ABQ-G's most recent projects was a collaboration with the New Mexico Computing Applications Center, Cerelink and DreamWorks, which resulted in the animated films "Shrek Forever After" and "How to Train Your Dragon." These high-profile films were rendered remotely in CG3-D in New Mexico through the high-speed connection provided by ABQ-G, and have opened the door to many other film and media possibilities in the state. The potential for economic development and job creation in such a relatively rural state is great. ABQG, UNM and National LambdaRail were key partners in establishing, testing and demonstrating the high-speed link connecting New Mexico to Hollywood, and the possibilities for future film projects in the state, utilizing this technology, are endless.
By developing partnerships, leveraging technological assets, and sharing large bandwidths, ABQ-G will push network access to rural points where local commercial ISPs can complete the outreach to the most rural areas. As the on-ramp for other high-speed national networks such as National LambdaRail and Internet2, ABQ-G provides availability, access and interconnection between separate Internet networks. This in turn provides more efficient traffic, a higher bandwidth connection, reduced Internet traffic and network reliability.
ABQ-Q is committed to providing higher education, research, medical, and commercial opportunities and services, as well as leading-edge, high-performance Internet capabilities to its many customers, including the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, New Mexico State University, the New Mexico Council for Higher Education Computing Communication Services (CHECS) and the New Mexico State Agency of IT, among others.
UNM participants in the National LambdaRail network include: Cerelink, Inc. and Cerelink Digital Media Group; New Mexico Computer Application Center; New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology; New Mexico State University; and the University of New Mexico.