Mid-Atlantic Crossroads or MAX was awarded grants from national science foundation (NSF) and the global environment for network innovations (GENI) to be used in MAX’s research and high-performance networking infrastructure.
The grant, given to enhance big science research, amounts to more than $900,000. The awards will be given in allocations spanning a period of two years and is expected to start from October 1, 2013.
NSF will be providing the funding through the “CC-NIE integration: high-performance computing with data and networking acceleration (HPCDNA)” program. It will be led by principal investigators (PIs) Tripti Sinha, Tom Lehman, and Xi Yang from MAX and by Saurabh Channan from the global land cover facility (GLCF) and Paul Torrens from the geo simulation research laboratory, at University of Maryland.
This grant will facilitate research and development of technologies for integrating network-embedded storage systems with high-performance computation (HPC) facilities and cloud environments.
Researchers presently employ application-specific data that can be accessed from very few sources provided by compute environments. This restricts the achievement of a proper match between research problems and computational capabilities.
HPCDNA will now help scientists to seamlessly leverage common data sets from several computational resources encouraging more ambitious studies by researchers.
The second grant is funded by the GENI project office under the “GENI stitching and computation enhancements (GENIStitch)” program. This initiative is led by PIs Tom Lehman and Xi Yang. The grant will cover full involvement in the GENI project which strives to create a virtual laboratory for at-scale networking experimentation.
GENIStitch will help development of technologies that can ‘stitch’ distributed GENI resources together so that researchers can interconnect and conduct complex research and experiments. This is important in researches involving study of Internet technologies like software defined networking.
In April, 2012 MAX led by the University of Maryland, Georgetown University, and The George Washington University deployed a 100G fiber optic network. This milestone follows a successful test period by MAX, and the upgraded network meets the large scale data flow requirements of 44 universities, federal agencies, government laboratories, and non-profit institutions in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
Edited by Ryan Sartor