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1 The Lariat Networking Project
Gwen Jacobs Montana State University Supporting Connectivity for Biomedical Research Internet2 Spring Meeting April 24, 2006 National Center for Research Resources, NIH Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center

2 What is Lariat? 10M project funded by National Center for Research Resources, NIH Upgrade IT infrastructure for 6 institutions in the rural west Connect each site to the closest Gigapop IDeA Program: INBRE, COBRE, IDeANet

3 Partnerships are essential:
Montana State and University of Washington Gwen Jacobs, Montana State University Ron Johnson, University of Washington Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Wyoming INBRE PIs and CIOs from each state National experts in networking and biomed research Partner institutions: University of Washington, UCSD

4 Opportunities: Expand communities Grow the network
Research Public health, health disparities Education Grow the network Fill in gaps in connectivity Promote access to resources awareness, training, infrastructure Promote inclusion in national science initiatives

5 Challenges Improving communication Improving access to resources
Promoting the importance of cyberinfrastructure Understanding bandwidth needs Improving access to resources Local, regional, national, international Building regional networks Applications driven Research, education, health care

6 Impacts of Lariat: Infrastructure improvement:
Leveraging Lariat to build out the network Increased access to regional and national resources Shared tools, data, expertise New collaborative activities Centers of excellence, distributed research collaborations Regional initiatives Clinical/Medical Education - The WWAMI Classroom project

7 New infrastructure in place: Hawaii online at 10Gbps through SX TransPORT !
Jan. 21, 2005 Honolulu, HI

8 Regional impact in Idaho: Lariat was a catalyst for this effort
Idaho University Consortium to strengthen research across University of Idaho, Idaho State, Boise State University and Idaho National Laboratory Goal: connect the research universities and INL to the National Lambda Rail through a high capacity network for research and education. Proposal for Public high-capacity fiber- optic network Development of the High Capacity Fiber Optic Network is the single most important action the Legislature could make to bring Idaho research and technology up to the national standard.

9 Leveraging Lariat in the Northern Tier
NSF funded Northern Tier Study to study advanced networking in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Idaho State government and Universities are partnering to implement plan Montana and North Dakota are working with Washington and Minneapolis to buy and light fiber to connect universities and state capitals Partners: Universities, State Government, PNWGP, Northern Lights

10 New Mexico: an unfunded outcome…
New Mexico will join the Lariat Network via the National Lambda Rail Leveraged a $300K investment in INBRE into a ~$10M investment by the state and others for advanced networking initiatives No Lariat $$$ were invested - the project served as a catalyst for New Mexico

11 Wyoming INBRE: making resources available: remote microscopy
The UW Imaging/Microscopy Core Facility is a valuable resource Research Teaching Outreach TEM SEM Confocal Sample preparation Enhance Collaborations and Capabilities Provide remote access to university facilities for community colleges and support international research collaborations.

12 Access to remote instruments
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry - Montana State University Valerie Copie Structure/function large proteins NMR Spectroscopy - John Peters and Robert Szilagyi Metalloenzymes - nitrogen fixation and nitrogenase activity: X-ray spectroscopy and computational chemistry Bandwidth needs - 1GBps Remote control of instrumentation PNNL, SSRL, ALS Movement of large data sets Access to supercomputers

13 WWAMI Regional Center of Excellence in Biodefense
Participants: Washington (UW), Wyoming, Alaska (UAF), Montana (MSU, UM, Rocky Mountain Labs), Idaho (UIdaho) Focus: microbial pathogens gram negative bacteria zootic diseases Idaho INBRE Workshop Infectious Disease Symposium April , 2006

14 Medical and clinical education:
Goal: Create a leading edge interoperable, distributed classroom environment Phase I: WWAMI sites in Seattle, Spokane, Pullman and Bozeman Phase II: Anchorage and Laramie Outcomes: Create a common experience and equivalency through a distributed expertise. Formal and informal learning CME and community outreach Partners: Microsoft Research: Conference XP Project Seattle Pullman/Moscow Bozeman Spokane

15 Building awareness: The Lariat Workshops 2006
Regional information resources: e-journals, library resources March 2 - 3, Seattle, WA Accelerating research through Grid Computing April , Bozeman, MT Evolutionary Bioinformatics Network March , Bozeman, MT Supporting Connectivity for Biomedical Research NCRR - TATRC - Internet2 - April 24, Washington, DC Imagining the Digital Healthcare Future in the Rural West July 7- 8, Bozeman, MT Advanced Research and Education Networks: Minority Serving Institutions in the West July , Bozeman, MT.

16 Grid Computing Workshop: new partners, new projects
New partners: 10 experts in grid enabled science and IT infrastructure - spanning research/industry domains UCLA, ANL, SDSC, Microsoft Research, Apple Computer Two initial projects Sharing Lariat Research Data Make unique data sets available to the community Lariat Computational Science Grid Instructional resource for Lariat partners to learn how to apply computational approaches to computing and data management Provide a regional computing resources

17 Evolutionary Bioinformatics Network: a nationally distributed research team
Goal: Create the Retrome Characterize/annotate sequence, expression and predict action of retroviruses in mammalian tissue Multidisciplinary Research Team Expertise: evolutionary molecular biology, chemistry, bioinformatics and computer science Arizona State, Montana State, U Idaho, U Michigan, U Washington, Yale Develop Genome Parsing Suite for sequence identification Microarray analysis of expression data Predict and test host, retrovirus interaction Make all sequence and experimental data available on the Lariat Science Server

18 Lessons learned Talent is everywhere, infrastructure is not…
Local, regional, national expertise is required The wide area network is the easy part… Each campus network/community is a unique challenge Will there ever be a level playing field? Find creative solutions for each problem Lasting partnerships are essential for success Lariat has been a catalyst for change in the West

19 Contact us! Gwen Jacobs Ron Johnson Lariat Project
Ron Johnson Lariat Project


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