OpenWave, a project under the NSF IRNC AmLight ProNet Award, is deploying an unprecedented experimental 100G of interconnectivity between the U.S, and Brazil. The OpenWave experiment’s intellectual merit is a breakthough undertaking of a single 5600 km submarine link using a 100G wave. AmLight OpenWave utilizes optical hardware that has never before been commercially deployed underwater at this distance. The 100G will be first on a wave between St. Croix, USVI, and Fortaleza, Brazil, then Miami to St. Croix and Fortaleza to São Paulo. AmLight will experimentally deploy the OpenWave 100G of interconnectivity with industry partners and then develop the infrastructure to ensure the bandwidth is effectively integrated into the fabric of AmLight – enabling the frontier of science today. Read More...

AmLight ExP: In response to the growing network requirements of these U.S.-Latin America collaborative science research activities, the Americas Lightpaths Express and Protect (AmLight ExP) project implements a hybrid network strategy that combines the use of optical spectrum (Express) and leased capacity (Protect), in order to build a reliable, leading-edge network infrastructure for research and education.

Principal Investigator, Dr. Julio Ibarra, the Assistant Vice President for Technology Augmented Research at FIU said, “Researchers will be able to leverage the resources of AmLight ExP to foster network innovation and to address increasing network services requirements between the U.S. and the nations in South America.”  Co-Principal Investigator Dr. Donald A. Cox, from Vanderbilt and Fisk Universities, said, “AmLight EXP is possible through the commitment to the sharing of resources and participation in the discourse and governance of the project by institutions representing the science and engineering research and education communities of interest for the Western Hemisphere”.

The project partners include: Association for Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA, USA), Cooperación Latino Americana de Redes Avanzadas (RedCLARA: Latin America), Internet2 (USA), Red Universitaria Nacional (REUNA:Chile), Academic Network at São Paulo (ANSP: São Paulo, Brazil), Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa (RNP: Brazil), Canadian Advanced Research and Education Network (CANARIE, Canada), the Florida Lambda Rail (FLR, USA) and Florida International University (AtlanticWave and AMPATH, USA). Read More…