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1 CLARA: Towards a New Era in Advanced Networking in Latin America CLARA Executive Committee June 13, 2003

2 Academic Networking in LA

3 NRENs Present Status ArgentinaRETINAOperational BrazilRNPOperational BoliviaBOLNETOperational Colombia - Organizing Costa RicaCRNetOperational CubaRedUnivOperational ChileREUNAOperational EcuadorCEDIAOperational El SalvadorRAICESOrganizing Guatemala-Organizing Honduras-Organizing MexicoCUDIOperational Nicaragua-Organizing PanamáRedCytOrganizing Paraguay - Organizing PerúRAPOrganizing UruguayRAUOperational VenezuelaREACCIUNOperational

4 RETINA2: The Argentinean NREN

5 RNP: The Brazilian NREN

6 Iquique Antofagasta Copiapó La Serena Valparaíso Santiago Talca Con cepción Temuco Valdivia REUNA2: The Chilean High Speed Backbone 155 Mbps ATM Backbone Covers Chile from Arica to Puerto Montt DS-1 Internet2 connection thru Ampath

7 CANCUN Tijuana To SDSC Cd Juárez REYNOSA To HOUSTON vBNS To UTEP México Guadalajara Monter rey 155Mbs CUDI: The Mexican NREN 8,000 Kms of STM1 backbone provided by Telmex and Avantel

8 NRENs in Latin America are embryonic but ….. With the exception of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Venezuela, the NRENs are based on commercial Internet services at low speeds (frequently 256Kbps to 2 Mbps) Most NREN´s in Latin America are still getting organized, but all countries in the region are betting on developing their organizations and infrastructure in the coming months A clear common view exists on the importance of this type of infrastructure for the development of science, technology and education

9 Ampath: The present of LA Advanced Networking

10 New Submarine Cables in Latin America Panamerican Global Crossing & Emergia ImpSat Transandino UniSur Global Crossing

11 Central America & Caribean Arcos Plan Puebla-Panamá in Planning Process

12 Ampath: The GC-FIU Innitiative In 2000 thanks to an innitiative by FIU, Global Crossing donates 10 DS-1s to be used by 10 countries in LA to connect to the Internet2 thru a POP located in Miami In June 2001, Chiles REUNA becomes the first LA NREN to get connected to the Ampath POP In December 2001, both Argentina (RETINA) and Brazil (RNP) get connected to Ampath In January 2002, FABESP from Brazil connects to Ampath separetly from RNP In April 2003, Venezuelas REACCIUN gets connected to Ampath All links are DS-1 All connections are free of charge from GC for 3 years

13 The Latin American Connections to Internet2

14 ALICE: The EU-LA Networking Initiative

15 Motivation Interregional Internet Bandwidth

16 CAESAR Feasibility Study Connecting All European and South American Researchers Promote EU-LA connectivity through regional connectivity within LA plus a large pipe to Europe Support collaboration and communication Results: New infrastructure available, cost attractive 30 Mbps data flow rate A rich set of collaborations projects

17 The ALICE Project America Latina Interconectada con Europa The three years project have just started (june 2003) –Coordinator: DANTE –Partners: FCCN, RedIris, Renater, GARR and 17 LA- NRENs Phase A –Network design and procurement Phase B –Implementation and operations training HR, support collaborative projects Total budget: 12.5 M Euros (20% LA, 80% EU)

18 CLARA: An Organization to Coordinate Efforts in Academic Networking

19 The Clara Organization Cooperación Latino-Americana de Redes Avanzadas Coordination amongst LA-NREN and other stakeholders Cooperation for the promotion of scientific and technologic development Planning and implementation of network services for regional interconnection Development of a regional network (here called RedCLARA) to interconnect the NRENs operated by its members

20 CLARA features Association of NRENs in LA open to all LA Countries –constituted in Uruguay (like LACNIC) –Bylaws signed on June 10 in Mexico CLARA is not limited time scale and restrictions RedClara will connect LA to GEANT, Internet2 and possible other regional networks as APAN

21 More on CLARA CLARA responds to long-standing need for coordination between LA NRENs. Builds on trust-building already carried out between major partners Offers support for NREN building in other LA countries by provision of support and intl connectivity The joint EU-LA project, ALICE is a very important initiative but not CLARAs only goal

22 Argentina (54) Brasil (382) Bolivia (6) Chile (14) Colombia (43) Costa Rica (-) Cuba (21) Ecuador (9) El Salvador (7) Honduras (-) Guatemala (10) México(69) Nicaragua (-) Panamá (10) Paraguay (28) Perú (11) Rep. Dominicana (-) Uruguay (7) Venezuela (7) CLARA Members and users organizations

23 RedClara: The Upcoming LA Academic Advanced Network

24 CLARA - ALICE network design Main characteristics: –use of submarine cable infrastructure, where possible (except Cuba) –single connection to Europe (GÉANT) from the region –At least one and desirably more connections to the US –connectivity to LA NRENs through regional backbone network –respect for heterogeneity of NRENs

25 One possible CLARA network topology Major connectivity between AR, BR, CL, MX (at least 45 Mbps, ideally 2x155 Mbps) Other countries connect to major nodes (between 10 and 155 Mbps) Large pipe to GEANT (at least 155 Mbps, ideally 622 Mbps) final topology and capacity will depend on results of tender (August 2003) Additional contributions will add to the backbone and intl links capacity Internet2 connectivity thru several points

26 Backbone Timetable Project ALICE - América Latina Interconecta Con Europa May 2003: technical definitions complete June 2003: Open tender for provisioning of links and equipment August 2003: Contract(s) assigned November/December 2003: Initial network established Notes: DANTE is the project coordinator and will sign contracts with users and providers CLARA is expected to take over DANTEs management and operational role in a short term (one year)

27 CLARA in the Long Term

28 CLARA Funding Components The CLARA Network in the context of the ALICE Project The organization, coordination and promotion of the use of advanced networks thru the CLARA Organizatioon The NRENs themselves

29 Sustainability Clearly sustainability depends on building a strong user community Scientific and Educational applications will create the basis for university, private and government support Joint efforts in creating awareness and helping users is crucial

30 The Medium Term Plan We have a window of oportunity to create a strong network in LA During rhis 2-3 years period we have to coordinate efforts An outreach plan is a clear issue The concentration of funding resources that support different projects can provide funds for a sustainable and high quality network

31 CLARA as an Oportunity for Collaboration

32 The Oportunity CLARA is a place to find counterparts for networking needs in scientific and academic projects CLARA is interested in promoting the use of advanced networks in all countries in LA, this will help develop networks in all the region creating new oportunities for collaboration The effect on strengthening NRENs is very important since now every country will have a counterpart for scientific and educational needs

33 Possible Actions Create awareness of the potentials of the new network among scientists working on collaboration projects and those who could consider that in the future: e.g. Workshops Following the lines of the Cyberinfrastructure Report, it would be great to have a similar document developed by each NSF Counterpart in LA. Maybe the question could be raised in a future meeting of Ministers of S&T

34 A Transpac like model? Create a line of funding to support connectivity of joint scientific and technological projects. CLARA and the NRENs could provide the access thru the RedCLARA Backbone and the National Backbones Added funding coming from projects would increase intl connectivity as well as backbone

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