April 29, 2015 - Today, the long-standing Australia-United States (US) joint venture to facilitate research and education (R&E) network capacity across the Pacific Ocean, informally known as Translight/Pacific Wave, was celebrated at a special event held at the Embassy of Australia in Washington DC.
AARNet provides the network infrastructure connecting Australia to the US West Coast in partnership with Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN). With the very generous support of SCCN, AARNet is upgrading the submarine optical fibre links known as SXTransPORT to 100 Gbps by the end of 2016. Building on a series of investments, the US National Science Foundation (NSF) this week announced funding for upgrading the US side of the infrastructure interconnecting AARNet to the US research networks.
Technology leaders from AARNet, NSF, REANNZ, Internet2, Pacific Wave and the University of Hawaii were among the guests celebrating the ongoing international collaborative effort that has contributed to the development of the trans-Pacific research network infrastructure over many years. [read full article]