A global cyberinfrastructure that uses supernetworks rather than supercomputers as its central architectural element, constructed from multiple wavelengths of light (lambdas) on single optical fibers, is emerging. New middleware technologies are enabling applications to dynamically manage these lambda resources just as they do any grid resource, creating a LambdaGrid of interconnected, distributed, high-performance computers, data storage devices, and instrumentation. This cyberinfrastructure is allowing researchers to carry out a new level of science and discovery, using persistent high-performance collaboration on a planetary scale that allows global teams to interactively obtain, analyze and share vast amounts of distributed data.

Documented here is a collection of some of the data-intensive e-science applications requiring advanced networking capabilities using the TransLight/StarLight Chicago to NetherLight link.