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Louisiana Optical Network partners with SC10 for SCinet

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The Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI) is partnersing with SC10 to provide high-speed network resources for SCinet, the conference's ultra-high bandwidth network.

From 13-19 November, New Orleans' Ernest N Morial Convention Center will be home to one of the most powerful networks in the world – SCinet. Built each year for the annual SC conference, SCinet will deliver more than 300 Gigabits per second (Gbps) in bandwidth, which would allow the entire collection of books at the Library of Congress to be transferred in under 27 seconds. SCinet provides the platform SC exhibitors and attendees require to showcase the revolutionary high performance computing (HPC) applications and networking experiments that have become the trademark of the conference.

The SC10 conference – formerly called Supercomputing – is the premier international conference on high-performance computing, networking, storage and analysis that is held annually in November.

Key leaders from LONI, along with high-performance computing staff at Louisiana State University, will work with the conference on planning and logistics throughout the year to ensure adequate networking operations and support, and will begin building the network on-site in September. This robust infrastructure will support the more than 10,000 attendees expected for SC10.

Jamie Van Randwyk, principal member of technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories and chair of SCinet, said: 'We are pleased to partner with LONI to provide the wide area networking resources that ensure SCinet has the capacity and connections needed to support the bandwidth intense demonstrations that are key to SC10 attendees and exhibitors’ experience.'

'We are honoured that SC10 will take place in our state, and we are pleased to provide staff support so LONI and Louisiana's higher education institutions can show their support for this world-renowned conference,' said Les Guice, LONI Management Council chairman. 'As we continue preparations for the next several months, we look forward to more opportunities to use Louisiana's networking and high-performance computing technologies to benefit SC10.'

LONI is a high-speed, fibre optic network that connects supercomputing resources among six universities and the two LSU health sciences centers in state. LONI connects Louisiana to the major national research networks, including Internet2 and National LambdaRail, and is one of 11 resource providers on TeraGrid, the backbone of national cyberinfrastructure.