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28th Annual NORDUnet Conference - September 23-25, 2014, in Uppsala, Sweden

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The 28th Annual NORDUnet Conference will be held on 23-25 September 2014. NORDUnet is happy to welcome you to historic Uppsala and Uppsala University. The NORDUnet conference brings together networking and cloud computing experts and users from the Nordic and global communities, and offers participants a great opportunity to be inspired and share knowledge about network use and development.

14th Annual Global LambdaGrid Workshop - Sept 29-Oct 1, 2014

The 14th Annual Global LambdaGrid Workshop will be held on 29 September - 1 October 2014 at the Rydges Lakeland Resort, Queenstown, New Zealand. Registration will be available online from May 2014. Demonstration Proposals should be submitted to the workshop organizers for full consideration before 31 March 2014. For more information:

Schedule (Provisional and subject to change)
09:00 - 12:30
GLORIAD Meeting - by invitation only
Room TBA

Steve Goldstein and Kees Neggers Inducted into Internet Hall of Fame (2013)

The Internet Hall of Fame's 2nd annual ceremony on August 3, 2013, continued with the important tradition of celebrating Internet visionaries, innovators, and leaders from around the world who have made significant contributions to the development and advancement of the open, global Internet.

Dr. Steve Goldstein, while serving as Program Director in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering Directorate’s networking division starting in 1989, played a key role in evaluating and funding development of Internet initiatives around the world. He was recognized in the ceremony as a Global Connector, an individual who has made major contributions to the growth, connectivity, and use of the Internet, either on a global scale or within a specific region or community. Dr. Goldstein was GLORIAD's first program officer at NSF.

Kees Neggers, retired managing director of SURFnet and a seminal GLORIAD partner, was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame as an Internet Pioneer. According to the jury of this

Northwestern, SingAREN, GLORIAD partnering for First SE Asia OpenFlow Testbed for GLIF 2013

In an effort to expand capabilities in using OpenFlow technologies for the R&E communities in SE Asia, Northwestern University (NWU), SingAREN and GLORIAD are partnering in creating the first SE Asia OpenFlow testbed during the GLIF 2013 meeting taking place in Singapore from Oct 2-4, 2013. Joe Mambretti (NWU/StarWave/Starlight) has provided a small OpenFlow switch and a Control Server that will be shipped shortly to Singapore to be deployed at the SingAREN's colocation space at the GlobalSwitch (2 Tai Seng Ave), a premier colo facility in Singapore. This will leverage the longstanding GLORIAD-SingAREN partnership and the underlying global network fabric spreading from Singapore's Research Institutions and Universities to Hong Kong and on to Seattle, in partnership with CSTnet (China), and finally to Starlight facilities in Chicago, tying it there into the global, GLIF-sponsored OpenFlow testbed. While details of the demo are still being worked out, a significant goal has been set to start doing signaling and communication over the IPv6 network footprint. July 3, 2013


The official 2013 GLORIAD map is available for download in high, medium and small resolutions for your convenience.

Third Call for Executive Summary - US-India Science & Technology 
Endowment Fund


To select and support through a grants program financially promising joint US-India entrepreneurial initiatives. These initiatives can originate from government, academic, non-governmental or commercial entities, and any combination thereof provided they focus on applied R&D, incorporate a business plan and proof of commercial concept, and have significant sustainable commercial potential.


Healthy individual: Affordable biomedical devices, diagnostic/preventive/curative measures, or food and nutrition products to improve health. (Drug development and clinical trials are not eligible activities in this category).

Empowering citizens: Reducing the digital/technology divide. This could include amongst others, information and communication technologies with societal impact in areas such as water, agriculture, financial inclusion, and education.

BixLight to meet long-standing need aiding research in drug discovery, weather forecasting

Source: Economic Times of India
June 23, 2012

Excerpt: "The idea of an Indian network connecting global research networks was first conceived in February, 2011, after a conference in Bangalore on data-intensive science. Leena Chandran, a computational physicist now working with the Observer Research Foundation in Mumbai, and some Bangalore scientists drove the effort. Tata Communications agreed to provide a free 1 Gbps link - for one year - each to Singapore and Amsterdam, to connect to the global science network Gloriad, which has multiple high speed links to 15 countries. Tata Communications also donated the equipment required to establish such a connection. The experiment was located at the Centre for Applicable Mathematics of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Sciences (TIFR) in Bangalore. The Gloriad extension to India was named Taj Gloriad, and the Bangalore node BixLight."

Go to The Economic Times website to read the entire article:

GLORIAD Activates Egypt Link

After several long delays due to the events following the uprising in Egypt that toppled the previous ruling regime, a high-speed fibre-optic network linking scientists and educators from around the world has finally linked Egypt into it’s network.

Researchers in Egypt will be able to use the high bandwidth connection, with speeds at more than a billion bits per second, to collaborate with their counterparts around the world in research such as high-energy physics, astronomy and climate.

Through the new link, GLORIAD hosted the first ever school-to-school exchange over the new network, involving the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Academy High School and a technology magnet elementary school in Knoxville and GLORIAD’s partners in Cairo.

GLORIAD is set to continue expanding, with a new connection reaching the Gulf States in the Middle East and linking into a science infrastructure in Africa.

Read more about it:

GLORIAD/Taj Link Connects Egyptian National Science and Technology Network to the GLORIAD Network

Cairo, Egypt. May 4, 2012 – After almost two years of intense planning for new advanced science communication services for Egypt-U.S. collaboration, on December 7, 2011, the Egyptian Ministry of Science “switched on” the new high-speed GLORIAD network connecting scientists, educators and students across the US and Egypt.

Immediately, Egyptian universities, researchers and students gained access to a vastly increased speed of data transfer with thousands of universities and science facilities across the U.S., Europe, Asia and the rest of the world.

At over a billion bits per second (Gbps), the new world class high-speed connection to the Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development (GLORIAD) enables Egyptian researchers and students to participate in the most advanced research programs around the world – in high energy physics, astronomy, remote sensing, weather and climate science – and hundreds of others – by connecting universities, research facilities and schools throughout the U.S. with their peer institutions across Egypt.

Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development

GLORIAD is built on a fiber-optic ring of networks around the northern hemisphere of the earth, providing scientists, educators and students with advanced networking tools that improve communications and data exchange, enabling active, daily collaboration on common problems. With GLORIAD, the scientific community can move unprecedented volumes of valuable data effortlessly, stream video and communicate through quality audio- and video-conferencing.

GLORIAD exists today due to the shared commitment of the US, Russia, China, Korea, Canada, the Netherlands, the Nordic countries (Denmark -- including Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden), India, Egypt and Singapore to promote increased engagement and cooperation between their countries, beginning with their scientists, educators and young people. The benefits of this advanced network are shared with Science & Education (S&E) communities throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas.

GLORIAD Topology

GLORIAD provides more than a network; it provides a stable, persistent, non-threatening means of facilitating dialog and increased cooperation between nations that often have been at odds through the past century. This new era of cooperation will provide benefits not only to the S&E communities but to every citizen in the partner countries through:

  • Improved weather forecasting and atmospheric modeling through live sharing of monitoring data;
  • New discoveries into the basic nature and structure of the universe through advanced network connections between high energy physicists and astronomers - and the expensive facilities GLORIAD makes it possible to share;
  • Support of the global community building the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), creating a technology which will someday provide a practically limitless supply of energy;
  • Advancing joint geological sciences related to seismic monitoring and earthquake prediction;
  • Enabling new joint telemedical applications and practices;
  • Strengthening current programs in nuclear weapons disposal, nuclear materials protection, accounting and control and active discussions on combating terrorist threats.
  • Increasing classroom-to-classroom cooperation to accessible scientists and students in other countries through the 24/7 EduCultural Channel, the “Virtual Science Museum of China,” the Russia-developed “Simple Words ” global essay contest, and a special partnership with International Junior Achievement.

These are a small sample of the literally thousands of active collaborations served by both the general and advanced network services provided by GLORIAD. To learn more about the applications using GLORIAD, browse the following pages. This site describes the currently operating GLORIAD network and plans to expand this to a much higher capacity and more capable infrastructure in the years ahead.

Download Official GLORIAD Maps

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