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StarLight is a 1GigE and 10GigE switch/router facility for high-performance access to participating networks, and a true optical switching facility for wavelengths. Since summer 2001, StarLight management and engineering has been working with the international academic and commercial communities to create a proving ground in support of grid-intensive e-Science applications, network performance measurement and analysis, and computing and networking technology evaluations.

StarLight users include a global scientific community conducting advanced networking, database, visualization and computing research using IP-over-lambda networks. StarLight also supports experimental protocol and middleware research of high-performance application provisioning of lightpaths over optical networks.

StarLight is being developed by the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the International Center for Advanced Internet Research (iCAIR) at Northwestern University, and the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory, in partnership with Canada's CANARIE and the Netherlands' SURFnet.

Funding for StarLight comes from the National Science Foundation (Award #SCI-0229642).

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