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IU, international partners light 100G transatlantic link over subsea cable

Jan. 25, 2017

Research flowing between the United States, Europe and Africa got a significant boost early this year when IU and its partners flipped the switch on a new 100 Gigabits per second transatlantic link. The new network runs over the America-Europe Connect subsea cable system provided by vendor Aqua Comms DAC in support of the Networks for European, American and African Research, or NEAAR, grant.

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Data sharing between the U.S., Africa and Europe is now three times faster thanks to a new undersea cable, furthering discovery around the globe.

Jennifer Schopf, director of International Networks at IU, is the principal investigator on the NEAAR award, which provides services and bandwidth connecting researchers in the U.S. with their counterparts in Europe and Africa. NEAAR is funded through the U.S. National Science Foundation’s International Research Network Connections program. In fact, NEAAR supports the majority of the NSF-funded research sharing between Africa and the United States.

“Indiana University has a long history of supporting high performance networking as a tool to advance research and education collaborations around the world,” Schopf said. “This new circuit continues that mission, enabling important work in bioinformatics, geoscience and medical research. We’re excited to be able to offer this additional capacity to U.S., European and African researchers.”

The new link, which runs over the AEConnect cable between the U.S. and Ireland, marks IU’s latest foray into transatlantic networking. The university collaborated with the pan-European network for research and education and NEAAR co-lead, GÉANT, as well as Aqua Comms to bring the 3,431-mile undersea cable network to life this month. AEConnect replaces the previous connection between the researchers and provides three times faster connectivity than previously possible.

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