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Northern Wave Announces First Light Across Northern Tier

Today the North Dakota State University (NDSU) and Pacific Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP) announced “first light” on a new 10 Gbps optical connection between Seattle and Chicago called Northern Wave. Built using National Science Foundation (NSF) grant funds, Northern Wave will ultimately provide for a shared 10Gbps network for research and education institutions choosing to participate from Seattle to Chicago.

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Connecting Researchers to Resources – NOAA Partners with the Pacific Northwest Gigapop

The Pacific Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP), one of several regional data transfer centers around the country that efficiently moves large volumes of data between regional, national, and other networks, announced today their partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in supporting a major milestone for the ongoing growth and development of the NOAA N-Wave Research Network. This partnership significantly enhances the current capabilities of N-Wave and the ability to interconnect NOAA researchers to NOAA’s national research resources.

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U.S. UCAN Selects 14 Affiliate Program Participants To Support Community Anchor Institutions Nationwide

The U.S. Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) today announced the selection of 14 affiliate program participants to facilitate advanced and innovative broadband applications to help community anchor institutions. These initial affiliates will work with U.S. UCAN to expand the program throughout 2012. The announcement was made at The Quilt and StateNets Joint Winter 2012 Meeting.

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2008 EDUCAUSE Catalyst Award

The Regional Networks that evolved in the late 1980s and early 1990s were an essential part of the collaborative dynamics that created the Internet. Evolving from and supporting higher education consortia with roots in supercomputing research centers, the Regional Networks were able to solve formidable technical problems and create critical interoperability standards, develop and share organizational models, evangelize for new applications, and bring together diverse academic and corporate entities in a trusted network environment that had not existed before.

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Amy PhilipsonEDUCAUSE
TransitRail on the Move: National Peering Program Announces East Coast Connection Point

The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) and Pacific Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP) today announced the expansion of the TransitRail national commodity peering program with the activation of a connection point in Ashburn, VA. The first TransitRail node to be activated east of the Mississippi, the Ashburn node has been put into service ahead of schedule and will soon be joined by a fifth node in Chicago, IL.

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Amy PhilipsonTransitRail
TransitRail on the Move: OneNet Joins and Sees Extraordinary Results

What does a major regional research & education network do when it must continue to affordably meet the burgeoning demand for commodity Internet bandwidth?  In the case of OneNet--Oklahoma's telecommunications and information network for education and government--the answer was to connect to TransitRail, a reliable, extensive commodity peering initiative designed to support the research and education networking community. 

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Amy PhilipsonTransitRail
10 Gigabit Ethernet Connects TransLight/Pacific Wave and TransLight/StarLight

TransLight/Pacific Wave and TransLight/Starlight are now directly connected through a 10Gigabit Ethernet lightpath connection. The connection, donated by Cisco Systems in support of the TransLight project, is deployed by National LambdaRail. TransLight/StarLight and TransLight/Pacific Wave are projects funded by the National Science Foundation under the International Research Network Connections (IRNC) Program of the Office of CyberInfrastructure.

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New Internet2 Land Speed Records Set

Internet2 today announced that an international team set a new Internet2 Land Speed Records (I2-LSR) in the IPv4 and IPv6 single and multi-stream categories. As an open and ongoing competition for the highest-bandwidth, end-to-end networks, Internet2 LSR awards represent the fastest rate at which data is transferred multiplied by the distance traveled.

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University of Idaho’s Boost in Bandwidth Opens World of Opportunities for University, as well as State

The University of Idaho’s reputation for leadership in information technology just got a huge boost. Today, the university announced that, effective immediately, it has a direct on-ramp to the world's information highway with a new high-speed, fiber-optic, 2.4 gigabits-per-second network connection. The university previously had only 45 megabits-per-second of bandwidth.

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Amy Philipson