AboveNet, University of Houston establish research network

JANUARY 28, 2010 -- Bandwidth connectivity provider AboveNet Inc. (NYSE:ABVT), in partnership with the Texas Learning & Computation Center (TLC2) at the University of Houston (UH), has created the Research & Education Network of Houston (RENoH).

JANUARY 28, 2010 -- Bandwidth connectivity provider AboveNet Inc. (NYSE:ABVT), in partnership with the Texas Learning & Computation Center (TLC2) at the University of Houston (UH), has created the Research & Education Network of Houston (RENoH). The network is intended to enable the collaboration of widely spaced environments and locations. Examples include HD video and data intensive research collaborations among Houston higher-educational institutions and their collaborators in Texas, the U.S., and internationally.

As described by Dr. Lennart Johnsson, director of TLC2, "RENoH is the ultra-high-capacity Houston metropolitan fiber-optic network established by TLC2 and AboveNet to facilitate collaboration among UH faculty and collaborators at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine in the Texas Medical Center, and collaborators elsewhere."

Added Dr. Johnsson, "RENoH's connection to the national high-speed networks for research and education, Internet2, and the National Lambda Rail enables global data-intensive research and education collaborations through the international connectivity of those networks."

For example, RENoH allowed Houston institutions to participate in the multi-year preparation for the analysis infrastructure of data from the multi-billion dollar Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest particle accelerator built in Geneva, Switzerland.

"We are pleased to be able to provide our expertise in creating high performance networking to the University of Houston and their extended community," said Bill LaPerch, AboveNet President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are excited to be part of this cutting edge research and education effort."

The AboveNet connectivity plays a major role in the network. RENoH initially provided more than 500 miles of fiber-optic connectivity linking the Houston area institutions with each other and with LEARN, Internet2, and the National Lambda Rail.

"AboveNet's high-bandwidth fiber enables the high-performance computing, storage, and visualization infrastructure that can help accelerate the transition of research into products and services. This will improve economic competitiveness, serve as a catalyst for enterprises in designing and operating their infrastructure, and help secure the nation's future competitiveness," Dr. Johnsson concluded.

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