100 Gbps international connections between Brazil and the United States are activated July 12, 2016

The Brazilian National Research and Educational Network (Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa – RNP) announced 100 Gbps international connections between Brazil and the United States are activated.

On July 7, two 100 Gbps connections between São Paulo and Miami were activated, which expand the international output of the Brazilian academic network. The links, which go through submarine cables in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, are maintained by the Amlight consortium, which manages the connections between the United States and Latin America for teaching and research purposes.

The new interconnections are part of the Amlight Express and Protect project (Award #1451018), financed by the National Science Foundation (NSF), by the Research Support Foundation of the State of São Paulo (FAPESP) and by the Brazilian National Research and Educational Network (RNP). According to network engineer Jeronimo Bezerra, from the Florida International University (FIU), who participates in the Amlight consortium, six other links with the same capacity between Miami and Latin America are expected to enter into production in 2017.

So the 100 Gbps capacity is used in full by the academic network, RNP also works to elevate the capacity of its national backbone, which serves universities and research institutes in the entire country. Only in São Paulo, the channel may benefit institutions connected to the academic network of the state of São Paulo (ANSP), as well as those connected to RNP, responsible for over 40% of the national scientific production. “With this international 100 Gbps capacity, we shall be prepared for the demand that is shaping up for the next three years”, said the RNP’s Engineering and Operations Director, Eduardo Grizendi.

Read the full announcement on the RNP website.

Regional Heritage Meeting & FARNET 30th Anniversary Reunion July 07, 2016

Quilt members and current regional networks are invited to participate in the Regional Heritage Meeting & FARNET 30th Reunion October 19-20 in Philadelphia, PA. The Reunion is being led by the Internet Legacy Institute. Visit the FARNET Reunion page for more information. Please note: Online registration has closed, however if you have interest in attending, please send email to and you will be contacted.

16th Annual Global LambdaGrid Workshop June 30, 2016

Registration is now open for the 16th Annual Global LambdaGrid Workshop which will be hosted by Internet2 on 29-30 September 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Miami, USA. This is being held in conjunction with the Internet2 Technology Exchange 2016.

This workshop will bring together leading network personnel from around the world to collaborate and exchange knowledge on new lambda networking technologies, middleware and applications. The workshop will focus on global network architectures and initiatives, SDNs and SDXs, as well as the latest high bandwidth applications.

You can register, book accommodation and pay online at

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