Americas Lightpaths Express and Protect

Science research and education activities between the U.S. and nations in South America have been evolving, benefiting from the shared investments between the U.S., Brazil and other nations in Latin America. Astronomy, High-Energy Physics, Comparative research in Biodiversity, Ecology and Genomics, Materials Science, Seismology, Future Internet Research, Ultra-High Definition (UHD) video and streaming research collectively represent a suite of collaborative science research communities, with resources and cyberinfrastructure geographically dispersed across the U.S. and the nations of Latin America with diverse network services requirements. As data production of science applications increases, so to is the demand for high-throughput production network services to transport data from where it is collected, processed, then archived.

In response to the network requirements of these U.S.-Latin America collaborative science research communities, the AmLight Express and Protect (ExP) implements a hybrid network strategy that combines optical spectrum (Express) and leased capacity (Protect) that builds a reliable, leading-edge diverse network infrastructure for research and education. 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.

AmLight ExP is a reliable, leading-edge infrastructure for research and education. With significant investments from the Academic Network of São Paulo (ANSP), and Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa (RNP) and the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), the total bandwidth provided by AmLight ExP between the U.S. and South America is expected to grow to more than 680 Gibabits per second in aggregate capacity between 2015 and 2020. This serves as a flexible inter-regional infrastructure, enabling communities of scientists to expand their research, education, and learning activities uniquely empowered through access to unlit optical spectrum on submarine cables, and through AmLight ExP's use of dynamic circuits in a production environment. AmLight ExP increases the rate of discovery in the U.S. and across the Western Hemisphere. Faster discovery means quicker focus on the greatest benefit for society. AmLight ExP acts as a catalyst for new communities of researchers and learners with a bridge linking Latin Americans of the Western Hemisphere, benefiting U.S Hispanic students, teachers and researchers. FIU is committed to serving the needs graduate and undergraduate education through models that bring together students and the networking community with scientists from all domains.
View Press Release



Demand is growing to develop the capability to support end-to-end services, capable of spanning multiple Software Defined Networking (SDN) domains. SDN deployments that cross multiple domains continue to be constructed manually, involving significant coordination and effort by network operators. Moreover, the demand for more intelligent network services to support the evolving science research and education activities between the U.S. and South America are increasing; these network services, which include dynamic provisioning of end-to-end multi-domain layer2 circuits, and network programmability, are needed to foster innovation for application developers, and to increase efficiency for network operators. AtlanticWave-SDX is a response to the demand for more intelligent network services to foster innovation and to increase network efficiency.

Florida International University (FIU) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (GT) are implementing AtlanticWave-SDX: a distributed experimental Software-Defined Exchange (SDX), supporting research, experimental deployments, prototyping and interoperability testing, on national and international scales. A Software-Defined Exchange (SDX) will provide a capability to prototype an OpenFlow network where members of each Internet peering fabric could exchange traffic based in different layers of abstraction.

AtlanticWave-SDX is comprised of two components: (1) a network infrastructure development component to bridge 100G of network capacity between Research and Education (R&E) backbone networks in the U.S. and South America; and (2) an innovation component to build a distributed intercontinental experimental SDX between the U.S. and South America, by leveraging open exchange point resources at SoX (Atlanta), AMPATH (Miami), and Southern Light (São Paulo, Brazil).
View Press Release



Florida International University (FIU) proposes the SwitchOn project, which aims at exploring existing and future collaborative opportunities in Future Internet research between the US and Brazil. FIU will lead a coordinated effort for supporting, strengthening, and expanding research collaborations between the two countries. The project will achieve three specific objectives, including: creating a mechanism to stimulate participation of US and Brazilian researchers in Future Internet research, providing coordination for high-impact research collaborative activities between the US and Brazil, and exploring and identifying common interests in research and development to prepare for future large-scale collaborative research activities in Future Internet between the two countries.
View Website

OpenWave -AmLight

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.

Undersea telecommunications facilities connecting the U.S. to Brazil are constrained. To date, there are three oversubscribed undersea fiber optic cable systems in service between the U.S. and Brazil. All pairs are in use. All have extreme saturation near the blue end of the optical spectrum due to the legacy load of waves established over four years of growth. OpenWave's objective is to discover and implement how a 100G trans-oceanic wave can be deployed and tested on a highly constrained undersea fiber optic cable system without impacting production services.

Leveraging AmLight's long-standing research and education networking and industry partnerships, the OpenWave experiment sets out to test a 100G alien wave end-to-end from São Paulo to Miami. First, a 6-month trial is being conducted in the laboratory to determine through experimentation the feasibility of 100G transport between the U.S. and Brazil. Then, after the trial tests of the optical technology OpenWave will be deployed on industry partner Latin American Nautilus' available spectrum on a production transoceanic cable system via an alien wave.

OpenWave's broader impacts are to determine how to operate 100G at 5600 km effectively between North and South America to bring a new resource to science and education and transfer the understating of a new technology to the commercial space. AmLight's OpenWave provides a never before opportunity for U.S. computer science and engineering graduate students to be in on the ground floor of international technology innovation. The end result will be enabling a future of submarine connectivity towards available rate parity with terrestrial infrastructure. This network resource will foster a far reaching and trans-domain research and education enablement throughout the Western Hemisphere.
View Press Release

Secure Access for Everyone (SAFE)

Multi-institutional distributed scientific research collaborations involving the sharing of resources are challenging and fraught with a lot of effort in obtaining and managing multiple identities. Secure Access for Everyone (SAFE) creates an Identity and Access Management (IAM) infrastructure that facilitates easy access to campus Cyberinfrastructure (CI) resources for local, state, regional and national researchers. SAFE will achieve this by implementing the following three-part strategy: (1) Integrating CI resources with opensource IAM software; (2) Facilitating collaboration and coordination of multi-institutional resources; and (3) Leveraging custom gateways using InCommon for federated access. The gateways to these resources are enhanced to include multiple access methods, including web and command line and integrate the use of HPC schedulers and access from the Open Science Grid. The SAFE architecture initially provides federated access to library databases, High Performance Computing resources, Virtual Computing Lab (a cloud based compute reservation environment), and the Sunshine State Educational and Research Computing Alliance?s (SSERCA) collaborative storage ecosystem. CI resources such as these perform a key role in supporting scientific collaborations across campuses, regional, national, international and virtual organizations, and spanning scientific communities. These multi-institutional science research collaborations involving the sharing of resources are challenging and fraught with a lot of effort in obtaining and managing multiple identities. SAFE solves this by allowing researchers to login to CI resources with their local institutions credentials for trusted access.
Secure Access for Everyone (SAFE) is a well coordinated usable federated identity and access management system that leverages and enhances campus CI in order to support trusted collaboration and sharing of compute and data resources that is now essential to facilitate multi-institutional scientific research collaborations.
View Award Abstract


FlowSurge proposes to build a science network and a Science DMZ at FIU that can be tailored to support the needs of high- performance science applications and data-intensive flows. Researchers, from their laboratory, will be able to generate science flows to shared CI or CI- connected resources on the campus; at other campuses; or at regional, national or international sites. "FlowSurge Rack" optimized for high-performance and programmability of science applications, and instrumented for monitoring and measuring science flows, will be installed in the laboratories of researchers and connected to the FlowSurge Science Network and Science DMZ. FlowSurge leverages CI resources for Software Defined Networking (SDN) on the FIU campus network, at the AMPATH International Exchange Point, and at national and international networks at AMPATH to support end-to-end science flows.

The initial suite of science applications suggested for this proposal are in the physical and computational sciences with applications in the domains of high-energy physics, optical astronomy, climate modeling, real-time large-scale network simulation, and cloud computing.
View Wiki
View Press Release


Unparalleled Access across the Western Hemisphere AMLIGHT interconnects research and education networks from across the hemisphere, including those of CLARA (Cooperation of Latin American Research networks encompassing Latin American countries), RNP (the Brazilian NREN), ANSP (the State of Sao Paulo network) and ESnet, Florida LambdaRail, Internet2, National LambdaRail, and regional networks serving the United States. Today's applications depend on low latency and jitter. AMLIGHT's direct, global peerings mean that video conferencing works, that 4K video is a reality, and that experiments are iterated and understood in near real time. AMLIGHT delivers interconnectivity that uniquely supports these dynamic interconnections. AtlanticWave AMLIGHT connects to AMPATH in Miami, and, because of AtlanticWave, AMLIGHT is also in New York City, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Sao Paulo. AtlanticWave is a unique infrastructure that AMLIGHT leverages to provide a single peering fabric from New York to Sao Paulo—those connected to it have the same interconnectivity benefits as those in New York City. Meaning, a concert hall in Manhattan can be connected to a concert hall in Miami as easily and as quickly as if they were next-door neighbors. Leadership and Support for Research AMLIGHT responds to partner needs and enables an evolving terrain of research and education infrastructure. This robust system includes:
• Advanced technical infrastructure
• Responsive maintenance
• Hurricane-proof facilities

Engagement in Evolving Network Technology AMLIGHT plays a role in the next generation of network and collaborative research so it is poised to support its connectors when they need it. To ensure these future needs are met, we must work on them today. To that end, AMLIGHT has obtained more than $20 million to participate in federally funded research—the benefit of which will manifest directly to connectors, who will have access to tomorrow's new technologies, such as dynamic networking and the streaming of uncompressed 4K video.
View Brochure
View Website

Open Science Data Cloud (OSDC)

Miami, FL. – The NSF has awarded a 5-year grant to the OCC Open Science Data Cloud project. Florida International University has been selected as a participant and will be sending students to Universities from ourInternational Partners this summer to conduct research for the OSDC-PIRE program.

The international PIRE project aims to narrow the growing gap between the capability of modern scientific instruments to produce data and the ability of researchers to manage, analyze, and share those data in a reliable and timely manner.

The emerging technology of cloud computing is a step forward from the current cyberinfrastructure. Cloud computing involves clusters ,the "clouds", of distributed computers that provide potentially less expensive, more flexible, and more powerful on-demand resources and services over a network, usually the Internet, while providing the scale and the reliability of a data center.

Scientists at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Florida International University will collaborate with six international research groups located in Europe (Amsterdam and Edinburgh), Asia (Seoul and Beijing), and South America (Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo). The team includes experts in cloud computing, high-performance networking, e-Science, education and outreach.

Renowned astronomer, Dr. Alex Szalay of Johns Hopkins University, is working with the OSDC for developing cloud computing infrastructure for managing and analyzing the Sloan Digital Sky Survey astronomical dataset. Dr. Kevin White from the University of Chicago is partnering for developing cloud computing infrastructure for analyzing biological data.

This PIRE team intends to help develop a large-scale system of distributed computing capabilities – the Open Science Data Cloud (OSDC) – to provide long term persistent storage for scientific data and state-of-the-art services for integrating, analyzing, sharing and archiving scientific data. In addition to the research dimensions of this project, OSDC-PIRE will conduct workshops in the use of the cloud cyberinfrastructure aimed at many domain scientists and their students. Graduate students and early career scientists can apply to work with our OSDC foreign partners.
"The Open Science Data Cloud will contain over 1 petabyte (1000 terabytes)* of persistent scientific data from a variety of fields. It will not only store the data but also allow scientists to compute over it
View Brochure
View Website


FIU Computer Science and CIARA proposal receives funding from the National Science Foundation
FIU Computer Science's Jason Liu, and CIARA's Julio Ibarra and Heidi Alvarez submitted a winning proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) program. The NSF GENI program is creating a virtual laboratory for computer scientists and network researchers to explore the design and behavior of future internets, which will lead to increasing understanding on how to innovate and transform global networks and their interactions with society. The GENI grant to FIU's proposal recognizes the investigators strengths in network research and network operations. The funds are for the implementation of real-time network simulation capabilities into the GENI computational and network research environment to support large-scale experiments involving both physical and simulated network objects. The award extends the GENI infrastructure to partnership programs in Brazil including the Academic Network of Sao Paulo (ANSP) and the National Research and Education Network of Brazil (RNP). The project will utilize key network infrastructure to create an environment in which real-time network simulation experiments can be conducted between FIU, computer and network researchers in the U.S. and Brazil including the AMPATH International Exchange Point,, a project of FIU, serving as the premiere interconnection point for network-enabled U.S.-Latin America and Caribbean science research and education; the international research network connections, managed at CIARA on behalf of the NSF, which connect the U.S. science and engineering research and education community to Latin America (h; and the Southern Light International Exchange Point in Sao Paulo co-managed by CIARA, ANSP, and RNP.
View Website


Housed at the NAP of the Americas, the mission of AMPATH is to serve as the pathway for Research and Education Networking in the Americas and to the World and to be the International Exchange Point for Latin America and the Caribbean R&E networks.
View Brochure
View Website


AtlanticWave is an international peering fabric interconnecting: US, Canada, Europe, and South America. With distributed IP peering points in New York, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Miami, and Sao Paulo.
View Website


Florida International University (FIU), in collaboration with partners at Florida State University (FSU), the University of Florida (UF), and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), operate an inter-regional Grid-enabled Center for High-Energy Physics Research and Educational Outreach (CHEPREO) at FIU, encompassing an integrated program of research, network infrastructure development, and education and outreach at one of the largest minority schools in the US.
View Website


The Academic Research and Technology Initiatives (ARTI) team is focused on engaging the Research and Education community in creating innovation, research and development opportunities for advanced networking infrastructures in research and education networks and related projects around the world. We work with National Research Networks (NRN), Gigapops, government research networks, and higher education institutions to identify emerging technologies and solutions and to foster research and collaboration on networking technologies. We fund forward-looking research that may have long term systemic impact on networks and networking technologies.
View Website


CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research, the world's largest particle physics laboratory, situated on the border between France and Switzerland, just west of Geneva. It is the world's largest research centre for particle physics and the birthplace of the World Wide Web. The convention establishing it was signed on September 29, 1954. From the original 12 signatories of the CERN convention, membership has grown to the present 20 Member States. Its main function is to provide the particle accelerators needed for high energy physics research and numerous experiments have been constructed at CERN by international collaborations to make use of them. The main site at Meyrin also has a large computer centre containing very powerful data processing facilities primarily for experimental data analysis, and because of the need to make them available to researchers elsewhere, has historically been (and continues to be) a major wide area networking hub. CERN currently employs just under 3000 people full-time. Some 6500 scientists and engineers (representing 500 universities and 80 nationalities), about half of the world's particle physics community, work on experiments conducted at CERN.
View Website


CyberBridges is a multidisciplinary pilot program that will fund 4 graduate student fellowship positions in Science or Computer Engineering, each receiving a stipend, tuition, and a CIARA IT Science Certificate from FIU. The goal of CyberBridges is to bridge the divide between the Information Technology communities and the science disciplines by presenting students with an avenue where they can explore applications of Cyber Infrastructure research within their domains. CI-TEAM proposal will be funded by the National Science Foundation from October 1, 2005 thru September 30, 2006.
View Website


The CIARA model will likely have a much larger impact: a Global CyberBridges project (GCB) funded by the NSF for three years, from October 2006 - 2009. The adoption and use of cyberinfrastructure is further complicated by the fact that collaborations between globally distributed researchers are subject to a variety of global “Gaps” between the work-sites. Even with all our emerging information and communication technologies, distance and its associated attributes of culture, time zones, geography, language, and social protocol affect how humans interact with each other. Seldom are these failures of technology or lack of economic resources. Often they are social failures, born out of inappropriate workflow and protocol designs. Thus, consciously managing the consequences of these “Gaps” and the resulting “Polycontextuality” is essential to the success of global collaborations. Polycontextuality occurs in a distributed environment and can be described as the challenge experts face when they attempt to bridge multiple communities or contexts. Global CyberBridges will help in two ways – it will develop a body of experience, guidelines, and theory that will be useful in designing global research communities in the future. Second, it will also help build such collaboration between scientists from the US, China, and Brazil, nations with very different cultures, traditions, and infrastructures. Furthermore, we will be developing a community – as a proof of concept – and while building this community we will also create a body of knowledge that will be useful for building future e-Science communities.
View Website


The Open Science Grid is a distributed computing infrastructure for large-scale scientific research, built and operated by a consortium of universities, national laboratories, scientific collaborations and software developers.
View Website


Collaboration of US scientists participating in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.
View Website


UltraLight is a collaboration of experimental physicists and network engineers whose purpose is to provide the network advances required to enable petabyte-scale analysis of globally distributed data. Current Grid-based infrastructures provide massive computing and storage resources, but are currently limited by their treatment of the network as an external, passive, and largely unmanaged resource.
View Website


Western-Hemisphere Research and Education Networks - Links Interconnecting Latin America (WHREN-LILA) is a project made possible from funding provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Award #0441095 and the State of Sao Paulo Research and Science Foundation (FAPESP) Award #2003/13708-0. It is also made possible from the participation of the following projects and organizations: Florida International University, AMPATH, CENIC, the Academic Network of Sao Paulo (ANSP), the Cooperation of Latin American National Research Networks (CLARA), the National Research Network of Brazil (RNP) and the National Research Network of Mexico (CUDI).
View Brochure
View Website



View Recent News and Events or look through our archives