Research Partners

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Argonne National Laboratory
Mathematics and Computer Science Division

Argonne's Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS) Division has been, and continues to be, a strong supporter of U.S. international networking activities. MCS Senior Network Engineer Linda Winkler has helped facilitate STAR TAP/StarLight engineering since its inception, and now assists with TransLight/StarLight engineering.


The Canadian Network for the Advancement of Research, Industry and Education (CANARIE) is Canada’s advanced Internet development organization. It operates the CANARIE Network, a series of point-to-point optical wavelengths, most of which are provisioned at 10Gbps speeds, interconnecting Canada's provincial research networks with each other and international peer networks, and forming an innovative framework to support grids and e-Science.

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Owned by European NRENs, DANTE is an organization that plans, builds and operates pan-European networks for research and education. The GÉANT2 project is a collaboration between 30 National Research and Education Networks representing 34 countries across Europe, the European Commission, and DANTE. Its principal purpose has been to develop the GÉANT2 network, a multi-gigabit pan-European data communications network for research and education
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The Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), funded by the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, provides network and collaboration services in support of the agency's research missions, serving thousands of DOE scientists and collaborators worldwide. ESnet provides direct connections to all major DOE sites with high-performance speeds, as well as fast interconnections to more than 100 other networks.
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Global Lambda Integrated Facility (GLIF)

GLIF is an international virtual organization of NRENs, consortia and institutions that promotes lambda networking. GLIF provides lambdas internationally as an integrated facility to support data-intensive scientific research, and supports middleware development for lambda networking. It brings together premier networking engineers to develop an international infrastructure by identifying equipment, connection requirements, and necessary engineering functions and services.


GLORIAD, the Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development, is currently constructing a dedicated lightwave round-the-world, connecting scientific organizations in the US, Russia, China, Korea, Canada, the Netherlands and the Nordic countries.
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Internet2 is a consortium of leading US research universities working in partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies. Internet2 Network is its advanced national hybrid optical and packet network.
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National LambdaRail (NLR)

NLR is a major initiative of US research universities and private sector technology companies to provide a national-scale infrastructure for research and experimentation in networking technologies and applications. TransLight/StarLight considers itself, in part, to be the international extension of NLR, and wants to encourage data-intensive e-science drivers needing gigabits of bandwidth to use NLR and international links for schedulable production services not available with "best effort" networks.
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Northwestern University
International Center for Advanced Internet Research (iCAIR)

iCAIR provides a focal point for leading-edge Internet research and pre-production deployment, including advanced optical networking. iCAIR undertakes projects in advanced Internet applications, advanced middleware and metasystems, advanced infrastructure, and policy. iCAIR is based at Northwestern University. iCAIR director Joe Mambretti runs the StarLight facility and assists with connectivity issues.
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SURFnet, the national network for research and education in the Netherlands, is a key institutional partner of TransLight/StarLight. As such, it is responsible for procuring the TransLight OC-192 circuit(s) between Open Exchanges in the U.S. and in Europe. SURFnet also manages NetherLight, StarLight's sister facility in Europe.
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TransLight/Pacific Wave

TransLight/PacificWave is developing a distributed exchange facility on the West Coast (currently in Seattle, Sunnyvale, and Los Angeles) to allow interconnection of international research and education networks with U.S. research networks.
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University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL)

UIC's EVL is a graduate research laboratory specializing in the design and development of high-resolution visualization and virtual-reality display systems, collaboration software for use on multi-gigabit networks, and advanced networking infrastructure. EVL is a founding member of StarLight and the Global Lambda Integrated Facility (GLIF), and with UCSD is a lead institution working on the NSF-funded OptIPuter project.