The GLORIAD network connected over 15 million end-point addresses across the Research and Education Internet during its active service from 1999 – April, 2016.   Supported by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) in the US and numerous national science ministries, national research and education networks, science institutions and universities, the network provided an advanced infrastructure supporting the broadest range of joint science and education projects and included partners in Russia, China, Korea, Egypt, India, Singapore, Canada, Netherlands and the five Nordic countries.  Its final report to the NSF, describing usage of the network from 1999 (when it was known as MIRnet) to late 2015, is provided here.

We are working to establish a non-profit foundation to continue the global science engagement efforts.   This site will describe those efforts as they develop.

The GLORIAD family expresses sincere gratitude to the sponsors, supporters, users and staff who helped it build and manage a useful infrastructure and who will help it continue to support global science cooperation in the future.  We offer a special thank you to the University of Tennessee and the University of Illinois which provided the U.S. home for GLORIAD during its many years of service.


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Background and History

The Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development (GLORIAD) represents the outcome of a 10+ year international collaboration that began with a chance meeting via the Internet between two people – one from the US, one from Russia – and the January 1994 launch of a web-based collaboration, “Friends & Partners”, designed to encourage scientists, …

Launch Ceremony, January 12, 2004

Scientists and networkers from the USA, Russia and China, meeting in Beijing, formally launched a new advanced network linking the three countries on January 12, 2004. A substantial step forward in science and education cooperation between the three countries, the “Little” Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development (Little GLORIAD) represents a first step towards …