NCSA AND KURCHATOV INSTITUTE SELECT TELEGLOBE TO PROVIDE FASTNET HIGH
PERFORMANCE NETWORK LINKING U.S. AND RUSSIA
National Science Foundation and Russian Ministry of Industry, Science and
Technology Fund New High Speed Network For Scientific Collaboration
RESTON, Va. and MOSCOW, Russia, December 14, 2001 – NCSA and the Kurchatov
Institute, top research institutions in the U.S. and Russia respectively,
today announced they have selected Teleglobe (NYSE, TSE: BCE), the e-World
Communications Company, to develop a 155 megabit per second (Mbps) secure
data connection that will give the two countries’ scientific communities
unprecedented access to each other and facilitate joint scientific and
The link, called NaukaNet (For Advanced Science and Technology Network), is
funded in part by a $2 million grant from the U.S. National Science
Foundation (NSF) to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications
(NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Russian support
for the link is from the Russian Ministry of Industry, Science and
Technology. NaukaNet supports a strong alliance between NCSA, the Russian
Research Center “Kurchatov Institute” in Moscow, the Russian Academy of
Sciences, the Moscow-based Joint Supercomputer Center of the Russian
Academy of Sciences and Teleglobe.
The new NaukaNet network will increase the bandwidth between the U.S. and
Russia by orders of magnitude. NaukaNet will facilitate communications
through high quality video-conferencing that has never been possible on
such a wide basis between the U.S. and Russian scientific communities. The
network’s capabilities will be put to use during the U.S.-Russian Science
and Technology Dialog -- a series of science and technology working groups in
nine different scientific disciplines, scheduled to begin next month.
Following these dialogs, the discussions will expand to a broader range of
topics and disciplines.
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