Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

National Data Network Completes Installation of Phase One

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

National Data Network Completes Installation of Phase One

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WASHINGTON

National LambdaRail Inc. (NLR), a consortium of U.S. research universities and private sector technology companies has announced that it has made operational the optical-network path between Washington and Atlanta, giving the D.C., Raleigh, N.C., and Atlanta regions access to the national NLR network infrastructure. The lighting completes the route between Atlanta, D.C., Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Chicago. The deployment began in January.

"This is an important milestone for our region and represents the next phase in a tradition of collaborating in support of advanced networking capabilities. Since the establishment of the Research Triangle Park 45 years ago, the area has been an important site for innovation and collaboration between higher education and industry," said Tracy Futhey, vice president of Information and CIO of Duke University, representing a coalition of North Carolina universities participating in NLR. "Over the past several years, the North Carolina GigaPOP has been an active node in Internet2's development, including an early test site for new technologies in partnership with vendors within the networking industry. Participation in NLR reinforces a regional commitment to advanced networking and moves us into the optical networking realm. …

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