AmLight played a pivotal role in hosting Network Research Exhibitions

November 11-17, 2023

AmLight played a pivotal role in hosting Network Research Exhibitions, contributing to high-performance showcases for Research and Educational Networks (RENs). Two featured demonstrations included AmLight 2.0: Flexible control, deep visibility, and programmability @ Tbps! and Turbocharging 100G Link: A High-Speed Data Filling Demo from South Africa to Denver! These demonstrations highlighted AmLight’s hybrid network approach, utilizing optical spectrum and leased capacity to establish a reliable infrastructure. The showcase also introduced AmLight’s custom Software-Defined Networking (SDN) fabric, enabling experimentation with P4 and flexible forwarding pipelines. Additional NREs were supported over the AmLight infrastructure  … Read More


AmLight highlighted in the news: HPC Wire: The Annual SCinet Mandala

November 30, 2023 

SC featured the latest and fastest hardware on the planet. Including the latest and greatest connectivity on the planet makes sense. One example involves a telescope in Chile that can capture gigapixel images of faraway galaxies and send them to the rest of the world through the Florida International University in Miami fiber. AmLight (Americas Lightpaths), the network behind the project that makes the high-speed connection possible, demonstrated steaming data to SC23 show floor. There are not many locations that can provide 400G network endpoint to test connectivity. Another research goal comes into play when considering that all the latest and generated vendor-donated equipment must work together for SCinet to achieve its goal … Read More


AmLight highlighted in the news: HPC Wire: STEM – Trek NRG@SC23 Workshop: Inspiring and Enlightening!  

December 18, 2023

STEM-Trek, a nonprofit that supports scholarly travel, mentoring, and advanced skills training for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, hosted a pre-conference workshop ahead of the annual Supercomputing Conference, SC23, in Denver, Colorado, on November 9-11, 2023. This year’s workshop, NRG@SC23, showcased a range of energy-related research projects that are developing best practices, toolkits, and novel strategies to tackle global grand challenges … Read More


From the Ground to the Stars: Critical Big-Data Research in Africa

December 13, 2023

The sciences of observational astronomy, biology, medicine, geology, and genomics have many things in common, but two of the biggest are their dependence on high-performance networking and high-throughput computing (HTC) and the critical importance of cutting-edge research and researchers based in Africa. Many of the largest and most subscribed telescope arrays in the world are in the southern hemisphere – e.g. Chile, Australia, and South Africa, which offer excellent viewing conditions. Many locations in Africa offer equally superb conditions for biological, geological, and seismic field stations, and African researchers are in the top tier pursuing globally vital innovations in medicine, epidemiology, and genomics … Read More


Rubin Observatory Will Help Unravel Mysteries of Dark Matter and Dark Energy

October 11, 2023

Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time will help scientists map the large-scale structure of the Universe with finer precision than ever before. With Rubin’s wide field of view and high resolution, the subtle distortions of galaxy shapes caused by dark matter will be detectable, allowing scientists to map dark matter and explore its cosmic tug of war with dark energy … Read More


rednesp breaks academic data transmission record at Supercomputing 2023

December 5, 2023

At the Supercomputing 2023 conference in Denver, Colorado, rednesp (Research and Education Network at São Paulo) achieved a groundbreaking academic data transmission record, signaling its prowess in global data connectivity. Coordinated by Professor Harvey Newman from the California Institute of Technology, the demonstration aimed to create a global data tsunami. Rednesp contributed 260 Gbps (4% of the total) to the joint transmission of 6.2 Tbps, showcasing its capacity to transmit large project data. The Backbone SP, inaugurated earlier in 2023 and supported by FAPESP, played a pivotal role in connecting eight leading academic institutions in São Paulo to international networks, emphasizing rednesp’s position at the forefront of global academic data transmission capabilities … Read More on Portuguese


RNP Introducing the white hat hackers of Brazil

November 2023

In an ambitious endeavor to recruit a minimum of 30,000 students, RNP, the National Research and Education Network (NREN) of Brazil, along with its partners, has launched a groundbreaking cybersecurity initiative. The program, aptly named “Hackers do Bem” or “Hackers of Good,” focuses on cultivating white hat hackers to address a substantial shortage of cybersecurity professionals. RNP’s estimations reveal that over 300,000 cybersecurity positions remain unfilled, attributing this gap to a critical shortage of skilled professionals in the field … Read More


Colombia enters BELLA II through the National Academic Network of Advanced Technology

November 29, 2023

From November, the National Academic Network of Advanced Technology – RENATA will be part of BELLA II (Building the Europe Link to Latin America and the Caribbean), the initiative that supports the development of digital infrastructure to effectively promote science, innovation and technology in these regions. This alliance represents for Colombia, with RENATA as coordinator, the opportunity to generate new relationships and exchange of knowledge between the academic sector, the corporate sector, research centers, and national and international research and education networks … Read More


Panama: TICAL 2023 closes successfully celebrating the past and looking to the future

November 15, 2023

The challenges and opportunities of Artificial Intelligence for research and education and the importance of cybersecurity for the sector were some of the topics highlighted on the second and final day of activities of the TICAL2023 conference held in Panama City, which brought together more than 200 experts from Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe to discuss the role of NRENs in the digital transformation of education, research and innovation and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of RedCLARA … Read More


Announcement: RedCLARA invites you to participate in the Request for Information (RFI) to Interested Parties to be part of the BELLA II Project

December 15, 2023

Within the framework of the BELLA II project, RedCLARA calls on the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean, the EU delegations in this same region, telecommunications and related companies, and all interested parties in the public and private sectors, to participate in this RFI that seeks to determine potential existing and/or planned connectivity infrastructure projects that could have synergies with the objectives of BELLA II … Read More


[SAVE the DATE] South American-African Astronomy Coordination Committee (SA3CC) Meeting April 31- May 1, 2023


We are reserving the dates of April 30 – May 1, 2024, for the SA3CC meeting and May 2-3, 2024, for the Vera Rubin Network Engineering Team (NET) meeting (by invitation only). We are planning for a Face-to-Face meeting with remote participation. Both meetings will be hosted by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory located in Menlo Park, California, United States.


[Upcoming] WACREN 2024 Conference theme – Charting The Course: Forging Future-Ready Higher Education and Research Communities

March 7-8, 2024, Abudja, Nigeria

The WACREN conference offers participants invaluable insights into the strategic adaptations of African research and education networks in response to future challenges. Attendees will be empowered to chart their course, implement impactful changes, and capitalize on emerging opportunities in the field. Hosted by the Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN), the conference serves as a dynamic platform for knowledge exchange and forward-thinking discussions … Read More


Season’s Greetings from FIU CIARA!!!

May your days be filled with holiday gifts of new 400G programmable switches, gleaming computational and storage nodes, and an abundance of GPUs – to set your sights on science-driven AI-enabled Research and Education shenanigans!

Thank you for your continued support and partnership. We look forward to working with you in the years to come.

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AmLight-ExP project is supported by NSF Award #1451018 and #2029283. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in AmLight ExP materials are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.