by Marie Kauna – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
Research plays an important role in developing innovations, creations, ideas and concepts, and in order to expand international research and education, a proposal has been approved to fund the Corporation Education Network Initiative (CENIC) and the Pacific Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP) for increased networking.
3.5 million dollars has been awarded to CENIC and PNWGP by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through its International Research Network Connections program (IRNC) and will be used to expand Pacific Wave to increase research capacity for the development of the Pacific Wave Software Defined Exchange (SDX), which is an integral component of the international efforts to connect research and education networks by using Software Defined Networking (SDN).
Pacific Wave SDX will work along with other IRNC awardees to support research, development and experimental deployment of multi domain SDX’s. It will be deployed on a parallel infrastructure to enable research and education networks to peer each other independent of their connection points to Pacific Wave.
CENIC President & CEO, Louis Fox, said “California research universities along with more than 200 other research institutions across US will benefit from these enhanced capacities, enabling them to access scientific instruments and exchange data with their research collaborations in the Asia-Pacific Region”.
He said the organisation is looking forward to working with the other IRNC awardees, NSF and the Asia Pacific colleagues as the organisation continues to develop the vital infrastructure for international scientific research.