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Asia Pacific Ring: Major Milestone in Pacific Research Collaboration

Jan 11, 2018, by Robert Vietzke
Tags: Advanced Network Services, Advanced Networking, Asia and Oceania Research and Education Community, Frontpage News, International, International Community, international exchange point, International Partners, international partnerships, Internet2 Network, North American Research and Education Community, Recent Posts, Research & Education Networks

The research and education (R&E) community has known for a long time that the most pressing research are driven by global collaboration among scholars, scientists, researchers, and students. Whether those teams are combatting tropical diseases, protecting the earth from hazardous asteroids, or participating in Large Hadron Collider experiments, their ability to work seamlessly across borders is essential to the success of their research projects.

In December, collaborators from across the Pacific announced the successful completion of a major new science support facility; the Asia Pacific Ring. This new collaboration connects the R&E communities of Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan to the R&E communities in North America via Seattle, Washington, and Los Angeles, California.

Photo of team holding hands after the collaboration agreement was signed.
On December 1, 2017, the Asia Pacific Ring MoU for advanced research and education collaboration across the Pacific Ocean was signed by SingAREN, NICT, NII, Internet2, WIDE Project, Pacific Wave, and TransPAC. Image Source

Through the coordination of four separate R&E network investments made by the U.S., Singapore, and Japan programs, the Asia Pacific Ring ensures access to a resilient, high speed network system in excess of 100-Gigabit per second (Gbps) through major areas of the Pacific.

The new coordinated topology assures several resilient paths from multiple exchange points in Asia and North America and has been an ambition of the collaborators for many years. The four contributing programs include:

The TransPAC-Pacific Wave, which is a joint effort of two National Science Foundation (NSF) funded projects:

  • TransPAC4, which supports backbone circuits between the U.S. and Asia
  • Pacific Wave, a distributed open exchange created by the Pacific Northwest Gigapop and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC)

The Singapore Advanced Research and Education Network (SingAREN) and Internet2 100Gbps collaboration. This 100Gbps link spans the Pacific from SingAREN’s open exchange point in Singapore to Internet2’s open access backbone node in Los Angeles, California—which is also interconnected with Pacific Wave and the Pacific Research platform.

Japan’s Science Information Network (SINET) operates Super SINET, an ultrahigh-speed network intended to develop and promote Japanese academic researches by strengthening collaboration among leading academic research institutes. SINET also operates a 100Gbps link from Tokyo to Los Angeles, California.

The Asia Pacific Ring was made possible in early December 2017 with the completion of a 100Gbps circuit connecting Singapore and Japan via Hong Kong. This is the first 100Gbps international research and education link in Asia, and is co-funded by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) in Japan and the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) in Singapore, with coordination efforts by SingAREN.

Asia Pacific Ring
Courtesy: SingAREN