IRNC: Core Improvement: Americas-Africa Lightpaths Express and Protect (AmLight-ExP) (NSF Awards #2029283) Dec. 15, 2020 – Nov. 30, 2025, Big data science in South America and Sub-Saharan Africa will dramatically evolve over the next five years, with increasing dependency on advanced cyberinfrastructure and programmable networking. Significant projects include The Vera Rubin Observatory, the High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider experiments and the Square Kilometer Array in South Africa. AmLight-ExP supports high-performance network connectivity required by international science and engineering research and education collaborations involving the NSF research community, with expansion to South America and West Africa. AmLight-ExP increases the rate of discovery. Faster discovery means quicker focus on the greatest benefit for society. AmLight-ExP is a catalyst for new communities of researchers and learners with a bridge, linking U.S. Hispanic and African students, teachers and researchers. AmLight-ExP is committed to serving the needs of graduate and undergraduate education through models that bring together students and the networking community with scientists from all domains
IRNC: Core Improvement: AtlanticWave-SDX: A Distributed Experimental SDX Supporting Research, Experimental Deployments, and Interoperability Testing on Global Scales (NSF Awards #2029278) Dec. 15, 2020 – Nov. 30, 2025 Open Exchange Points (OXPs) serve as meet points for connecting and facilitating the exchange of data between Research and Education (R&E) networks. They are critical cyberinfrastructure in the transit of data over long geographical distances, switching data flows from one R&E network to the next, to its destination. Operationalizing the transit of data flows across OXPs is increasingly important to minimize the impact from events on network services (hardware failures and soft failures). Florida International University (FIU), University of Southern California – Information Sciences Institute (USC-ISI) and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – RENCI are furthering AtlanticWave-SDX: a distributed experimental SDX, supporting research, experimental deployments, prototyping and interoperability testing, on national and international scales.
Vera Rubin Observatoty
AmLight’s has been awarded the long-term support for a high-speed network, linking the NSF-funded Vera Rubin Observatory to the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and beyond through a sub-award from the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA).
Vera Rubin Observatory Construction: Construction of the Vera Rubin Observatory under the MREFC. Intellectual Merit: Vera Rubin Observatory will map the inner and outer Solar System, study stellar populations in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies, revealing the structure of the Milky Way disk and halo and other local objects, find transient and variable objects at both low and high redshift, and survey the properties of normal and active galaxies at low and high redshift. Broader Impacts: The image archive and resulting catalogs will be widely and freely available. A sophisticated data management system will enable work ranging from simple queries from individual users to computationally intensive scientific investigations that could use the entire data set.