WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- The Internet2 issued the following news release:
The University of Missouri (MU), The Ohio State University (OSU) and Internet2 today announced substantial investments in technology to support researchers who collaborate from different locations. The new cyber-infrastructure supports valuable research, including brain-imaging innovations to better detect and treat autism and new capabilities for remote elderly care.
Recent advances in brain imaging technology are generating ever-large quantities of high-resolution data. Scientists engaged in this research--which aims to improve the detection, diagnosis and treatment of autism and better elderly patient outcomes--must transport, exchange, access and analyze hundreds of terabytes of imaging data on a regular basis.
"In addition, the global nature of such collaborative projects can strain network resources," said Caroline Whitacre, Ph.D., vice president for research at Ohio State. "Being connected in today's world of scientific discovery is absolutely required, but places enormous demands on individual institutions to provide the level of advanced technology, connectivity and bandwidth scientists now require."
"This new research environment will be a game-changer in the effort to accelerate important scientific outcomes and technological advancements," said Gary Allen, chief information officer, University of Missouri. "With this new cyber-infrastructure, researchers will experience less delay than they do opening a file on a local disk drive or physical storage medium - something unimaginable until recently.
"We're excited about the new capabilities we can provide our researchers, their collaborators at OSU and the entire research and education community using the Internet2 Network," said Dr. Gordon K. Springer, Missouri's director of research support computing.
Within the network, an experimental environment will co-exist to deliver other new research applications, as well. The project intends to catalyze interest in innovative 100-gigabit Ethernet (GE) network technologies in the broader research and education community. The network is roughly 100 times faster than Google Fiber in the Kansas City area.
MU catalyzed the joint effort by bringing 100 GE technologies to its campus and region by establishing a direct, on-campus connection to the Internet2 Network. The on-campus connection provides operations for the high-bandwidth environment and leading-edge technologies directly to the institution's technologists who support its scientists. The project has become an ignition point for 100GE technologies in the greater Missouri-Oklahoma corridor.
The Great Plains Network recently announced (http://www.greatplains.net/display/Home/2013/06/28/PRESS+RELEASE+-+GPN+Dramatically+Increases+Network+Capacity) capacity increases of its regional network in Tulsa and Kansas City to improve support for this project and others in the future. The Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet) is upgrading its optical network infrastructure to support these projects and others. The investment also has included the provisioning of University fiber resources to effect the network connections through Kansas City, Columbia, and St. Louis. The State of Ohio and its regional network OARnet announced similar network upgrades last February (https://www.oar.net/press/releases/2012/2012_100G) to support advanced research collaborators based at Ohio State and throughout the state.
Funded in part by two National Science Foundation grants worth nearly $1 million each, MU's and Ohio State's infrastructures have Internet2 Innovation Platform (http://www.internet2.edu/network/#innovation) technologies at their core. Forty Internet2 university members are now implementing the technologies, which bundle 100GE bandwidth-rich network environments, software-defined networking to enable dynamic network "reconfiguring" for individual applications, and the "Science DMZ" network architecture, http://fasterdata.es.net/science-dmz, to support the unique requirements of big data research.
MU and Ohio State scientists will be reciprocally authenticated to share, access and analyze each other's big data research assets through a shared cloud environment. Internet2's InCommon Identity Management Federation provides this collegial authentication. InCommon provides the policy and technical framework that allows more than 6 million individuals in the research and education community to authenticate locally and access resources globally.
"Our members, like Missouri and Ohio State, continue to lay the cornerstones of tomorrow's innovations," said H. David Lambert, president and chief executive officer of Internet2. "Their implementation of the most advanced technologies underscores the research and education community's leadership in providing global solutions that benefit people everywhere."
A case study with more information about this cyber-infrastructure project is available at, http://bit.ly/Mo_OSU_Internet2_Case_Study.