October 12, 2012
The National Science Foundation recently awarded nearly $21.6 million to 34 campus-level networking projects to adapt and improve U.S. university and college computer networks that are necessary for movement of the large data sets required for data-intensive scientific research.
Made through NSF’s Campus Cyberinfrastructure-Network Infrastructure and Engineering (CC-NIE) program, the awards will enable academic research networks to run applications and share large, complex data, which are part of an expanding Big Data revolution.
Twenty-three states and 34 institutions across the country received awards.
The CC-NIE program was developed from a series of community discussions and input to enable NSF academic research communities to upgrade their campus-level fiber optic infrastructure and make improved, dynamic networks a reality. It leverages emerging networking capacities and capabilities, including research and innovation from the NSF-funded Global Environment for Networking Innovation project, which is some 250 times faster than networks available today.