Dr. Julio Ibarra presents his NSF-sponsored AmLight Express and Protect network project


Dr. Julio Ibarra, Research Professor at KFSCIS and FIU Assistant Vice President for Technology Augmented Research will present his NSF-sponsored AmLight Express and Protect (AmLight-ExP) network project linking Africa-LATAM-Caribbean on Thursday, Jan 13, 2022, at 11:00am via ZOOM.

The AmLight-Exp project is focused on production R&E networking and network innovation. His talk will present how AmLight-ExP is leveraging technology innovations, such as In-band Network Telemetry (INT), autonomic networking functions, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Software Defined Exchanges (SDX) to respond to the growing complexity of its environment and increasing demand for bandwidth for customized traffic prioritization, and service level agreement (SLA)-grade network resilience.

The NSF-sponsored AmLight Express and Protect (AmLight-ExP) network links the scientific research and education (R&E) communities in the U.S. to Latin America, Africa, and the U.S. territories of the Caribbean. Over the past 15 years, under the stewardship of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, Florida International University (FIU) with its partners, have evolved a network infrastructure that connects four continents. The program connects research peers with R&E networks in Brazil, Chile, Panama, South Africa, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands; and operates a production R&E network with an upstream aggregate bandwidth capacity of 600 Gbps.

Dr. Ibarra is responsible for furthering the mission of the Center for Internet Augmented Research and Assessment (CIARA) – to contribute to the pace and the quality of research at FIU through the application of advanced Cyberinfrastructure. Under his leadership and stewardship, NSF has funded the AMPATH International Exchange Point and the Americas Lightpaths (AmLight) network in its portfolio of international science cyberinfrastructure. AMPATH provides its international research and education network connectors with access to U.S. production and experimental backbone networks, such as Internet2 and ESnet, to facilitate international science research and education collaborations.

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