Internet2, NOAA partner for NWave national research network

July 14, 2010
JULY 14, 201 -- Internet2 and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will deploy NWave, a high-capacity nationwide network designed to enhance the capabilities of NOAA's researchers and their partners across the country.

JULY 14, 201 -- Internet2 and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will deploy NWave, a high-capacity nationwide network designed to enhance the capabilities of NOAA's researchers and their partners across the country.

Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), NWave will be built on a set of 10-Gbps dedicated wavelengths on the national Internet2 Network. The NWave network wavelengths will be used to provide dedicated, high-speed, and high-capacity connections among climate and weather researchers and NOAA's key high-performance computing (HPC) 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 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 and globally with timely and authoritative information.

NWave will provide the high-capacity network links to support these large data flows between sites as well as enable NOAA scientists to share computational resources with the U.S. Department of Energy and other U.S. government agencies.

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.

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