On February 22nd, 2019, the Master’s program in Applied Computing (PPGCA) from the University of Passo Fundo (UPF) had the pleasure to host the visiting collaborator Jerônimo Bezerra, from the Florida International University (FIU). Jerônimo is Assistant IT Director and Chief Network Engineer of the AMPATH and AmLight projects. He is also responsible for managing activities related to the network infrastructure of one of the major links connecting South America to the rest of the world.

At the UPF, Jerônimo collaborates in research projects with professors Ricardo Schmidt and Marco Trentin, and the PPGCA master students Pedro Camera and Alisson Zanetti. During Jerônimo’s visit, the group had technical meetings to discuss the progress of research projects as well as the future of this collaboration. Jerônimo also gave an open talk, in which he presented the current networking infrastructure connecting Brazil to Future Internet technologies that are being assessed and implemented to improve such infrastructure.

These infrastructures are part of an international network connecting academic and research institutions and enable the communication and data transfer between large scientific projects such as the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). The LSST is currently under construction, in Chile, and it will start operating in 2019, mapping the skies over the course of 10 years. During its operation, the LSST will generate a massive amount of data that will have to be distributed over the Internet, in high-speed and without quality loss.

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