Louisiana Researchers Connect with 600 Megabit Ethernet Deployment
TW Telecom is
helping connect 12 research universities in Louisiana through a 600
megabit Ethernet connection, recently deployed as a part of the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI).
Through deployments like the latest with TW Telecom, LONI provides
infrastructure and bandwidth required by the state's researchers.
Additional capacity aids in a variety of data-intensive research
applications, such as hurricane modeling, among others.
"The goal of LONI is to support the state's colleges and
universities with high quality, secure and reliable Internet
connections that support their educational missions," said Lonnie
Leger, program director of the LONI network, in a prepared statement.
"We needed a network solution that will consistently work in the face
of the severe weather we get here in Louisiana. The TW Telecom team
worked with us to design a solution that will support our efforts and
meet the needs of our member and associate institutions. We are very
pleased to be working with TW Telecom."
As an inter-state fiber optic network, connecting research
institutions in both Louisiana and Mississippi, LONI has more than 85
teraFLOPS of computing capacity. Universities in Louisiana that are a
part of the network include Louisiana State University (LSU), Louisiana Tech University, LSU Health Sciences Centers in New Orleans and Shreveport, Southern University, and Tulane University, among others.
Chris Riedel is a freelance writer based in Illinois. He can be reached here.