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NCREN Enhancements in Charlotte Region Provide Foundation for Innovation and Economic Transformation
- From: "Heather Hefner" <>
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- Subject: NCREN Enhancements in Charlotte Region Provide Foundation for Innovation and Economic Transformation
- Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2007 11:19:12 -0400
The advanced networking infrastructure is an enhancement to the statewide N.C. Research and Education Network (NCREN) in collaboration with UNC Charlotte, UNC General Administration and DukeNet, a subsidiary of Duke Power.
NCREN, developed and operated by MCNC, provides high-speed
Internet, video, audio and other network-related services to all public
The enhanced networking infrastructure, called the Charlotte Ring, improves connectivity for the UNC Charlotte main campus and establishes a new NCREN connection for the university’s research campus. The direct connection to NCREN provides the ability to support multiple fiber-optic connections up to 10 gigabits of bandwidth each, on par with the state’s largest research universities in the Research Triangle region.
“In today’s world, high-speed network access can
be the foundation for a region’s economic growth,” said Charles
Price, director of research computing at UNC Charlotte. “The ability to
increase our network bandwidth to meet future needs, the enhanced access to
universities and other research institutions through NCREN’s partnerships
with national research networks, and the enhanced reliability through the ring
network architecture are all significant achievements in support of our
university and community. The advanced networking capabilities in the Research
Triangle have been instrumental to both the development of a high-tech corridor
and the economic growth of surrounding areas. The Charlotte Ring provides
similar potential for the greater
Replicating the success of the Research Triangle Park through advanced technology and collaboration of universities is the vision behind the creation of a new N.C. Research Campus currently under construction in Kannapolis, N.C. – about 30 miles northwest of Charlotte. The biotech campus is being built on the former site of Cannon Mills and the Pillowtex textile mill. Pillowtex laid off thousands of workers when it closed in 2003. The campus is expected to generate more than 5,000 technology jobs, with an economic impact that will help create thousands more jobs across the state.
The N.C. Research Campus is a public-private, 350-acre life
sciences hub involving UNC Chapel Hill, N.C. State University,
“From high performance computing and sharing of scientific equipment across the network, NCREN can provide a communication and information technology infrastructure to enable all the partners to work together and collaborate with leading research institutions around the world,” said Tom Shircliff. Shircliff and Rob Murchison, co-founders of Intelligent Buildings, are developing the information infrastructure for the N.C. Research Campus.
For example, the research campus plans to feature the world's premiere superconducting magnet. The two-story, eight-ton machine will allow scientists to research three-dimensional structures of molecules and study their interactions with greater clarity than ever before, significantly enhancing such key areas of research as drug development and nutrition. Through NCREN, scientific equipment and data can be shared with researchers across the state and around the world.
“The Charlotte Ring and the regional networking
prospects that it enables are prime examples of how NCREN is evolving to meet
the needs of
Other Regional Networking Opportunities
The Charlotte Ring also continues a tradition of establishing Regional Points of Presence (RPoPs). RPoPs are regional “on ramps” to the NCREN network, hosting network equipment to support regional networking initiatives. The regional hubs enable communities to establish their own network services for colleges, K-12 schools, and local government organizations, becoming catalysts for regional economic development.
For example, the Institute for Social Capital was established by the UNC Charlotte Foundation to collaborate with local non-profits, governmental agencies and community-based organizations. The Institute is working with local and regional social services agencies, public libraries and schools to improve Internet access in underserved communities.
In addition, the Charlotte Ring is the foundation for a new
research-only fiber network to support the Carolina MicroOptics Triangle, a
regional optical research partnership among UNC Charlotte,
Since 1985, MCNC has developed and operated the North
Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) in collaboration with the
The oldest public university in the nation, the
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Largemouth Communications (for MCNC)
UNC General Administration
Division of Information Resources
Paul Nowell (for UNC
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- NCREN Enhancements in Charlotte Region Provide Foundation for Innovation and Economic Transformation, Heather Hefner, 06/05/2007
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