Stories from the Circle

The latest edition of The Quilt Circle is now available.

Download Your Copy of the 2020 Quilt Circle PDF
FRGP-NTUstar: Using Air (Technology) to Learn and Understand New Things

National Science Foundation Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) award grants improve scientific research by supporting improvements in campus and regional networking on large and small higher education campuses. Navajo Technical University (NTU) in Crownpoint, N.M., received a CC* in 2019, with the..

Read More
OneNet’s Next Generation Classroom Initiative Transforms Learning

Today’s education system is in the midst of a digital transformation. As classrooms become increasingly dependent on technology, tablets are beginning to replace textbooks and educational apps are transforming the way students interact with learning material. The adoption of technology..

Read More
MOREnet KIDS: The K-20 Interoperable Data Solution

As key stakeholders in educational institutions make decisions to mold the best learning environment for today’s students, accurate and comprehensive data is crucial. Many struggle with downloading, uploading and merging data from multiple systems to provide information for education leadership,..

Read More
OARnet Partnership Supplies Network to Boost Ohio Drone Research

For more than 30 years, OARnet has provided statewide connectivity for a wide variety of innovative projects across Ohio. These projects include a booming esports industry, a growing number of next-generation 911 systems, an ever-widening network of telehealth services, K-12..

Read More
CENIC Builds 400G Super-Channel Between Los Angeles and Riverside

CENIC has built a 400 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) single-carrier optical circuit between Los Angeles and Riverside in California, one of the first-ever production 400G super-channels to be deployed by a US regional research and education network. Construction included upgrading nodes in..

Read More
Networkmaine Cultivates Collaboration to Expand Research Capabilities

When faced with a computational biology student who needed to analyze a data set over 11 terabytes in size, Colby College in Waterville, Maine, realized it had a challenge. The data set required for the student’s research took over 11..

Read More
KyRON Connects Rural Kentucky – One Parking Lot at a Time

What do you do when the neighborhood gas station has a better wireless connection than the local community college? In parts of Kentucky, you turn your car into a personal computing center. The Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS),..

Read More
LONI Speeds Up Research to Improve Machine Parts

A few decades ago, it was common for automobile transmissions to wear out despite having an engine in relatively good condition. Engineers soon discovered that the life of machine components operating at high temperature, pressure, and speed can be significantly..

Read More
UETN Provides Leadership for High Performance Networking at International Event

The Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN) provided a leadership role in planning, building and operating SCinet – the lightning fast network at the heart of SC19, the International Conference for High-Speed Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, held in Denver..

Read More
LEARN Uses $800K Grant to Accelerate Connectivity at Small Texas Colleges

In September 2019, LEARN was awarded its first National Science Foundation (NSF) grant as a lead organization – a two-year, $800,000 CC* Regional award titled: Accelerating Research and Education at Small Colleges in Texas via an Advanced Networking Ecosystem Using..

Read More
Indiana’s I-Light to Build, Manage Network for First 2020 Presidential Debate

When the spotlight falls on the University of Notre Dame as host of the first presidential debate of the 2020 election season, I-Light will be there. As Indiana’s research and education network, I-Light has a starring role in this high-profile..

Read More
CEN Celebrates 20 Years of Growth with Strategic Plan for the Future

In 2020, CEN celebrates connecting Connecticut’s communities and citizens for 20 years! CEN provides end-to-end, Gigabit-plus connectivity to community anchor institutions in every Connecticut community serving more than 1.8 million students, educators, researchers, state and municipal employees. Developed with the..

Read More
WVNET Powering Teaching and Learning Commons in West Virginia

The West Virginia Network (WVNET) is one of the longest-running, research and education networks in the United States – celebrating 45 years of operation this year. Their customers include higher education, K-12 education, state government, and non-profit organizations. WVNET has..

Read More
MAX Supporting Research in Turbulent Hypersonic Flows

Cyberinfrastructure is critical to the advancement of research and Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX) has a critical role in this complex ecosystem. MAX supports the University of Maryland’s Department of Aerospace Engineering by providing computing resources and research support for the Cluster..

Read More
OSHEAN Celebrates 20 Years of Innovation and Growth

As we celebrate two decades of collaborating with community anchor institutions (CAIs) across Rhode Island and Massachusetts, we have an opportunity to pause and reflect upon our early roots and just how far we’ve come since OSHEAN’s founding in 1999…

Read More
Link Oregon Boosts Marine Research and Aims to Close State’s Digital Divide

In 2019, the University of Oregon transitioned the long-standing Network for Education and Research in Oregon to Link Oregon. With this shift, the organization acquired a ready-made research and education network as well as a committed community and experienced engineering..

Read More
KINBER Gets in the Game with E-Sports

The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) is making big moves in e-sports – competitive, team-based online video gaming – which has steadily grown over the past two years. KINBER recognized the potential growth in infrastructure needed..

Read More
KanREN Stabilizes Region by Expanding Fiber Footprint

For 28 years, the Kansas Research and Education Network (KanREN) has worked with community anchor institutions to connect, collaborate, and share resources to realize the full potential of a robust statewide network. KanREN’s core membership is anchored by public universities..

Read More
MREN Continues to Push Networking Boundaries for Data Intensive Science

The Metropolitan Research and Education Network (MREN) was established specifically to meet the requirements of data-intensive science. Increasingly, science research requires gathering, analyzing, and transporting extremely large volumes of data. Frequently, this transport requires support for high-capacity single end-to-end data..

Read More
Cybera Helps Citizens Get Online by Connecting Via Alberta Libraries

When you look at the total geographic region that the Peace Library System covers, you get a good sense of some of the challenges faced by its IT services manager, Janet Ayles. Peace Library basically serves the entire top-left corner..

Read More
MCNC Creates Value by Putting Clients First

The Microelectronics Center of North Carolina (MCNC) is more than just the operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN). It is a valuable technology resource and partner benefiting North Carolina. MCNC believes reliable, fast, and affordable Internet..

Read More
FLR Engages Members to Identify Future Needs

Florida LambdaRail (FLR) takes pride in customer service; knowing it’s both an obligation and a privilege to serve the needs of Florida’s research and education community. Meeting that obligation, FLR recently surveyed members about their technology needs over the next..

Read More
Merit Partners with Quello Center on Groundbreaking Research Study

When it comes to K-12 students, disparities in broadband Internet access have often been referred to as the “homework gap.” This lack of access diminishes the capacity of students to succeed in the knowledge and information-based economy of the 21st..

Read More
Edge Delivers Business Systems Modernization Success

Institutions are realizing the need to modernize their business processes and technologies, including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Student Information Systems and Constituent Relationship Management software, to improve performance and results in the digital economy. In service to its members, Edge..

Read More
ESnet: Deep Science Understanding Leads to Enhanced CI Capabilities

Research and Education (R&E) networks form the “circulatory system” for science. These critical technology components serve as the linkage of the global data architecture and are the mechanisms that allow collaborations to move, store, and analyze the output of sophisticated,..

Read More
GPN CyberTeam Uses Mentoring Program to Grow Their Network

The Great Plains region was settled by pioneers. Spread out homesteads fostered a feeling of community and camaraderie that persists to this day. This heritage continued when Great Plains Network (GPN) members submitted a grant proposal for and were awarded..

Read More
ICN Steps into the Future with High-Speed Digital Learning

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently launched Connect Illinois, a statewide initiative to expand broadband access across the entire state. Connect Illinois includes $20 million for the Illinois Century Network (ICN), to upgrade and expand the broadband network for schools, refresh..

Read More