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IRNC:ProNet – TransPAC3

In response to NSF solicitation NSF 09-564, the TransPAC3 Collaboration proposes a powerful, cross-organizational plan to provide multi-gigabit bandwidth and services connecting researchers in the US with their counterparts in Asia that will have an immediate impact on the research environment and that also anticipates future service and technology advances. Indiana University (IU) will lead the TransPAC3 Collaboration in a cooperative partnership with the Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) and DANTE, and in coordination with Internet2 and numerous other R&E networks that will be interconnected through the project. TransPAC3 will connect APAN in Asia to the US high performance infrastructure, including the Internet2 Network, National LambdaRail, and other US-based R&E networks. In Asia, the collaboration will connect to the APAN XP in Tokyo and, via that, directly to 15 countries in Asia. TransPAC3 will connect to China via Hong Kong and the CNGI Exchange Point and to the TEIN3 network via Singapore. The TEIN3 network currently provides connectivity to 12 Asian countries and Europe with 7 additional countries soon to be connected. The R&E networks included in the TransPAC3 Collaboration cover all of Asia excluding only North Korea, Brunei, Myanmar, and Mongolia.

The TransPAC3 Collaboration will immediately deploy 20Gbps of bandwidth between Asia and the US using 10G carrier service offerings. This will be expanded in Year 3 as demand and pricing evolve. With the progress of 40Gbps and 100Gbps in terrestrial networking and as 40Gbps and 100Gbps become available and affordable at transpacific distances during the period of the project, the TransPAC3 Collaboration will upgrade the capacity.

IU and its partners are eminently qualified to provide this service and have a well-known history of successful networking partnerships in the NSF-funded TransPAC and TransPAC2 programs. IU has extensive international networking experience and is the network operator for the Internet2 Network, NLR, and other US domestic and international networks. APAN has historically represented research and education interests in north and southeast Asia and in more recent years has extended its influence and now represents countries across much of Asia. DANTE is the operator of the TEIN3 network in north, southeast, and south Asia and connects almost all countries in those parts of Asia.

Intellectual merit

The TransPAC3 Collaboration will expand and enhance services in security, measurement, identity management, and operational integration. Close cooperation among the participants will maximize US-Asia connectivity, increase collaborations (particularly with respect to security), ensure deployment of accurate and useful measurement technology, deploy dynamic circuit services to meet the needs of high-bandwidth applications, and decrease costs by eliminating duplication of expensive network links.

Broader impact

The TransPAC3 Collaboration will facilitate direct US-Asia research interactions and provide greatly expanded opportunities for US research collaborations across all the regions of Asia due to the greater numbers of countries reached and the higher capacities deployed. Particularly noteworthy is recent IU-APAN-DANTE cooperation in connecting Pakistan to the global R&E infrastructure.

Integrating Research, Education and Diversity

IU will partner with the existing Gerald L. Bepko Internship Program at IU, which has as its goal “identifying, connecting and working with students in populations under-represented in information technology,” to extend educational reach and integrate diversity into the TransPAC3 program. See the accompanying letter of support.