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  • Subject: [I2-NEWS] Internet2 and NOAA Partner To Provide New High Capacity National Research Network
  • Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2010 09:09:22 -0400

Internet2 and NOAA Partner To Provide New High Capacity National Research

New NWave Network To Support 80 Terabytes of Climate Research Data Per Day

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – July 13, 2010 - Internet2 and the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today announced a partnership to deploy a
highly reliable, high capacity nationwide network that will serve to
significantly enhance the capabilities of NOAA’s researchers and their
partners across the country.

Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the new
high capacity research network called "NWave” will be built on a set of
10-Gigabit per second dedicated waves on the national Internet2 Network. The
network waves will be used to provide dedicated, high speed, and high
capacity connection between climate and weather researchers and NOAA’s key
high performance computing sites across the nation.

Climate scientists around the country leverage these HPC resources to
understand, predict, and explain changes in climate. This is accomplished by
developing and applying state-of-the-art, computationally intensive coupled
climate models for advancing climate research, predicting climate from weeks
to decades, and projecting future climate out to several centuries. These
climate predictions and projections are expected to generate approximately 80
terabytes of data per day to support decision makers regionally to globally
with timely and authoritative information. NWave provides the critical high
capacity network links that can support these large data flows between sites
as well as provide the capabilities to allow NOAA scientists the ability to
easily share computational resources with the U.S. Department of Energy and
other U.S. government agencies.

“NOAA is world leader in understanding and predicting the earth’s environment
through its global network of observations, advanced modeling, and weather
and climate research,” said Joe Klimavicz, CIO and director of high
performance computing and communications at the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration. “This new high speed research network will
greatly increase our ability to transparently access large volumes of higher
resolution and more complex climate and weather analyses, predictions and

“The Internet2 community is excited to be an enabler of NOAA’s critical
climate and weather research. The Internet2 Network will connect researchers
across the country to the high-performance computing resources that are an
absolute requirement for the kinds of distributed, collaborative
environmental observations and analyses that will unleash the next wave of
discoveries about our natural world,” said Rob Vietzke, Internet2 executive
director of network services.

NWave will be backed by the operational expertise of the Indiana University
Global Research Network Operations Center (GRNOC), which will provide
24x7x365 professional network support as it does for the Internet2 Network
and other advanced research and education networks in the country.


Internet2 is an advanced networking consortium led by the research and
education community. An exceptional partnership spanning U.S. and
international institutions who are leaders in the worlds of research,
academia, industry and government, Internet2 is developing breakthrough
cyberinfrastructure technologies that support the most exacting applications
of today—and spark the most essential innovations of tomorrow. Led by its
members and focused on their current and future networking needs since 1996,
Internet2 blends its human, IP and optical networks to develop and deploy
revolutionary Internet technologies. Activating the same partnerships that
produced today’s Internet, our community is forging the Internet of the
future. For more information, see


NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth’s environment, from the
depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our
coastal and marine resources. For more information, visit

Lauren Rotman
202 331 5345


  • [I2-NEWS] Internet2 and NOAA Partner To Provide New High Capacity National Research Network, Lauren Rotman, 07/13/2010

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