TransLight / StarLight History

July 2006

TransLight/Pacific Wave and TransLight/StarLight directly connect through a 10Gb Ethernet lightpath between Seattle and Chicago called TransLight. The connection, donated by Cisco Systems and deployed by the National LambdaRail, creates a way for participating networks to easily configure direct connections whenever they are needed.

September - November 2005

Major use of the TransLight/StarLight and SURFnet links takes place as part of a GLIF-supported global showcase of advanced, high performance computing applications during iGrid 2005 in San Diego, CA, and SC|05 in Seattle, WA.

July 2005

Delivery of two TransLight/StarLight OC-192 circuits:

- One 10Gb link connecting Internet2/Abilene in New York City and the pan-European GÉANT2 in Amsterdam via a routed network connection.

- One 10Gb link connecting hybrid networks, such as the U.S. National LambdaRail, to similar European networks from StarLight in Chicago to NetherLight in Amsterdam.

Febuary 2005

NSF funds two complementary efforts through its International Research Network Connections (IRNC) program -TransLight/StarLight and TransLight/Pacific Wave - to provide multi-gigabit links and supporting infrastructure to interconnect US. European and Pacific Rim research and education networks, as well as to supplement the available bandwidth that is being provided by other countries.
(OCI-0441094 IRNC: TransLight/StarLight award to the University of Illinois at Chicago, Thomas A. DeFanti, P.I.)

September 2004

As more and more countries began sharing bandwidth among one another, the experimental TransLight effort that was an outgrowth of Euro-Link dissolved its Governance body in favor of having the Global Lambda Integrated Facility (GLIF), an international body, assume this role.

November 2003

An OC-192 transatlantic circuit between Chicago and Amsterdam is purchased with Euro-Link funds in partnership with the Netherlands' SURFnet. This circuit provides the research and education community with both packet-switched (Layer 3) routed paths for many-to-many usage; and circuit-switched (Layer 2) lightpaths for high-speed, few-to-few usage.

TransLight is formally established as an outgrowth of Euro-Link, and becomes a two-year experiment to develop a governance model of how the U.S. and international networking collaborators would work together to provide a common infrastructure in support of scientific research. It quickly becomes a global partnership among institutions, organization, consortia and/or country National Research Networks willing to make additional capacity available for use by global teams of discipline scientists, computer scientists and engineers.

April 1999

The U.S. National Science Foundation funds Euro-Link to facilitate high-performance connections between the U.S. and Europe in support of advanced networked scientific applications from 1999-2005.
(SCI-9730202 award to the University of Illinois at Chicago, Thomas A. DeFanti, P.I.) UIC began Euro-Link with four charter NRNs - the Nordic countries, Netherlands, France and Israel - with CERN joining mid-year as the fifth member.