NSF International Research Network Connections (IRNC) Program. Kevin Thompson NSF OD/OCI December 4, 2006. OCI Website - Visit often and provide feedback on the Vision document. www.nsf.gov/oci/. www.nsf.gov/od/oci/ci-v7.pdf. Mission of OCI.
To provide strategic capacity for excellence in achieving NSFs stated mission to lead the development and support of a comprehensive cyberinfrastructure essential to 21st century advances in science and engineering. This mission is also implicit in many places in the new NSF Strategic Plan.
OCI will serve the Foundation and the NSF community in this mission through three types of activity:
1. provisioning of shared cyberinfrastructure together with mechanisms for flexible, secure, coordinated sharing among collections of individuals, institutions, and resources;
2. partnerships with others in science/engineering-driven, transformative use of CI in research and education; and
3. partnerships with others in the transfer of the fruits of relevant R&D into the next generation of CI.
OCI is fundamentally a cross-cutting enterprise that builds mutually beneficial relationships will all parts of the NSF, with other Federal agencies, and with the large and growing CI/e-science initiatives in other countries.
Virtual Organizations document.
NVO and ALMA
ATLAS and CMS
The number of nation-scale projects is growing rapidly!
staff R&D interactions document.
use of components
shared developmentSome Existing & Potential Interactions
International Science Projects, e.g. ATLAS, CMS
• U.S. part of international science/engineering research projects.
• Open Science Grid (OSG)
• TeraGrid & Science Gateways
• Grid Interoperabilty Now (GIN)
• Condor Technologies
• Virtual Data Toolkit (VDT)
• NMI Build and Test
Funding & science collaboration
• Experience with large, production, international Grid operation
Other National/Regional Grid Projects
“NSF expects to make a small number of awards to provide network connections linking U.S. research networks with peer networks in other parts of the world”
“The availability of limited resources means that preference will be given to solutions which provide the best economy of scale and demonstrate the ability to link the largest communities of interest with the broadest services”
NSF 04-560 at www.nsf.gov
Follow-on to “High-Performance International Internet Services” (HPIIS) 1997IRNC Program Solicitation 2004
“ network connections linking U.S. research networks with peer networks in other parts of the world”Primary Goal – enable U.S. science&engineering in the international context through high performance network connections and services
Economy of scale – linking largest communities-of-interest
Increase capacity and reach into new and existing regions
Deploying new networking technologies driven by production needs
E.g. Insertion of layer2 and “hybrid” services
Leverage and share resources, tools, and ideas where feasible
Not just ideas and tech from within IRNC (e.g. EIN)
Maintain and build strong relationships with colleagues and partners outside U.S.
Opportunities to contribute directly to the Network Research community
Technical emphasis areas – security and measurementIRNC Motivation & Goals
Program Funding - $25M over 5 years network connections linking U.S. research networks with peer networks in other parts of the world”
5 Main Awards
TransLight/PacificWave - (Australia), PI - John Silvester, USC/ISI
Translight/Starlight - (Europe), PI - Tom Defanti, UIC
TransPac2 - (Japan and Asia), PI - Jim Williams, Indiana Univ.
WHREN - (Latin America), PI - Julio Ibarra, FIU
GLORIAD - (detail on next slide), PI - Greg Cole, UT KnoxvilleIRNC 2004-2009
CA*Net4 POP network connections linking U.S. research networks with peer networks in other parts of the world”
POP SydneyTranslight/PacWave Pacific Connections
GÉANT2 PoP @ AMS-IE
Performance and measurement studies leading to best practices for IRNC
Led by Matt Zekauskas (Internet2) and Matt Mathis (PSC)
Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC)
Partial support from NSF
Support development/deployment of networking technologies in Africa, Asia/Pacific, and elsewhere
Led by Dale Smith, Steve Huter, Dave Meyer and others at the University of Oregon
Many other NSF-supported activities (DRAGON, PRAGMA,…)
Address the future of IRNC beyond 2009 network connections linking U.S. research networks with peer networks in other parts of the world”
Potential NSF Workshop in 2007 to help inform and guide IRNCv2
Expected support needed for a broader range of infrastructure and deeper engagement with applications
Engage user communities (scientists), international networking experts and officials from other parts of the world
International input and dialog in multiple settings
Other recommendations (selection)
Start a focused IRNC measurement group
Improve student engagement (REU)
Opportunities for new user engagementIRNC Program Review October 2006 - Program wide recommendations