BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—A team of international networks experts from IU were recognized for their work as part of last month’s 2022 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis, or SC22.
TransPAC, part of the International Networks at Indiana University portfolio, was one of 17 contributors who received the SCinet Spirit of Innovation Award at SC22. SCinet is the supercomputing conference’s high-capacity network. Designed, built, and managed by expert volunteers from industry, academia, and government, SCinet becomes the world’s most powerful network for its brief existence every year as part of the SC conference.
“Scientific collaboration and innovation are the heart of the TransPAC project, so it’s an honor to be recognized for our work in this area by SCinet,” said Jim Williams, director of International Networks at IU and co-principal investigator on the TransPAC award. “Any time we can work with scientists to maximize advanced networks for the benefit of their research, our team is there.”
TransPAC is a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded collaboration—managed by IU for the past 20+ years—that supports high-speed networks and their use for collaborative data sharing in science and research. In addition to supporting trans-oceanic high-speed circuits, the TransPAC team supports direct work with end-users to improve their data transfers, international networking testbeds, and the use of advanced network technologies.
We would like to thank our international and domestic partners for their incredible support of this research exhibition. It exemplifies the effectiveness of collaboration within the research and education community to support science.
Brenna Meade, a TransPAC engineer and the 2022 SCinet WAN chair, worked with engineers from the APOnet collaboration to design and implement an international network architecture that allowed for nearly 600 gigabits per second of traffic to flow from Japan to the Dallas show floor. This collaboration required six months of planning, including the configuration and use of domestic network resources provided by Pacific Wave, Internet2, and Verizon, as well as donated equipment from Ciena and Cisco, to complete connectivity.
“We would like to thank our international and domestic partners for their incredible support of this research exhibition,” said Meade. “It exemplifies the effectiveness of collaboration within the research and education community to support science.”
“The winners of the 2022 SCinet Spirit of Innovation Award have embraced the spirit of collaboration and cooperation that showcases the best there is to offer in demonstrating, implementing, and operating leading-edge solutions to challenging problems,” said Matt Zekauskas, SCinet Chair. “This collaboration is truly special to SCinet, and we are all encouraged by and appreciative of their efforts to showcase partnership and innovation.”