Florida LambdaRail’s state of the art 100Gbps network supports discovery and outreach by enabling our members’ research and experimentation projects.

 

Atlantic Research Platform

A joint FLR/AMPATH/SSERCA proposal, the Atlantic Research Platform (ARP) will be a science driven, high capacity data exchange and transport facility that links campuses to other regional, national and global science DMZ’s, the AtlanticWave, Internet2, Energy Sciences Network, and the Global Lambda Integrated Facility. The ARP will integrate campus Science DMZs (following a model developed by ESnet) and link together many of the NSF funded Campus Cyberinfrastructure initiatives (e.g., CC-NIE, CC-IIE, CC-DNI) funded in recent years. With the ARP, FLR foresees extensive benefits for research within and around Florida and the East Coast by extending and interconnecting campus research, HPC and instructional technology environments beyond campus borders to the global research and education networking fabric with integration of campus Science DMZs as secure enclaves for data intensive science and high speed data transport.


FIU/AMPATH

FIU/AMPATH serves as the premiere interconnection point for network-enabled U.S.- Latin America and Caribbean science research and education. Through its exchange point facilities in Miami, Florida, high-bandwidth network services are available for U.S. and international research and education networks to extend participation to underrepresented groups in Latin America and the Caribbean. AMPATH works as a major research facility recognized by the U.S. National Science Foundation, supporting international e-science. The exchange point, located at the NAP of the Americas, is a collaborative effort providing to its connectors:

    • Access to Internet2 network
    • Access to Florida LambdaRail (FLR)
    • Access to AMPATH connectors and peers
    • Access to the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet)
    • AtlanticWave Layer2 Transport service for national research networks
    • Commodity Internet service through AMPATH’s multi-homed connections to Tier-1 providers
    • Settlement Free peering to networks, such as Google, Akamai, gTLDs, Verisign, Limelight and others…
    • Collocation Space
    • Smart Hands and Engineering Service
    • 120 Gbps of upstream bandwidth capacity via AtlanticWave and FLR

SSERCA

FLR is a member of the Sunshine State Education and Research Computing Alliance, which brings together university-based, geographically distributed high-end computing resources in such a way that their collective impact is far greater than the sum of their individual parts. The Alliance’s mission is to further the development of a statewide computational science infrastructure of advanced scientific computing, communications and education resources by promoting cooperation between Florida’s universities.


LSST

The goal of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project is to conduct a 10-year survey of the sky that will deliver a 200 petabyte set of images and data products that will address some of the most pressing questions about the structure and evolution of the universe and the objects in it. The LSST survey is designed to address four science areas:

  • Understanding the Mysterious Dark Matter and Dark Energy
  • Hazardous Asteroids and the Remote Solar System
  • The Transient Optical Sky
  • The Formation and Structure of the Milky Way

FIU/AMPATH provides major support to transport LSST data from South America to Miami where it crosses FLR’s network on its way to researchers across the United States.


 

The Innovation Platform

Internet2 created the Innovation Platform to inspire a new generation of community-developed applications and empower members to deliver a new breed of tailored, better-yielding services for scientific researchers and educators.

In Florida, FLR’s partner institutions are working to construct their own innovation platform infrastructure that includes a 100 gigabit Ethernet (GE) technology Layer 2 connection, support for software-defined networking (SDN), and implementation of a Science DMZ.

  • 100GE Layer 2 Connection – Unconstrained Bandwidth Availability:Extraordinary increases in network capacity and speed, delivered across a 100GE national backbone, deep into the places where tomorrow’s innovators are at work, enabling widespread application development and delivery.
  • Software Defined Networks – A New Class of Control:Entirely new dimensions of possibility, allowing previously untouchable, inflexible networks to be deeply programmable and optimized for compute, storage, visualization and transport capabilities so all can be driven by applications.
  • Science DMZ – Fewer Bottlenecks:
    Pioneering concepts like the Science DMZ** provide a blueprint for architecting and optimizing local networks to support the very unique needs of passing high-bandwidth research data. Using this model, campuses experience improved application performance without sacrificing security—and as a result, can fully leverage their investments in 100GE connectivity.

On the network level, FLR answered the challenge presented by Internet2 and deployed the three legs of the innovation platform – and then added a fourth leg – a Regional Science DmZ across its network. The following is a list of FLR partner institutions’ progress on establishing the three legs on their campuses, in turn, connecting to the FLR Regional Science Dmz:

CAMPUS 100G Science DMZ FLR MPLS
(OF/SDN)
 FLR Regional
Science DMZ
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida International University
Florida State University
Nova Southeastern University  In Progress
University of Central Florida
University of Florida
University of Miami  In Progress
University of North Florida
University of South Florida
University of West Florida