iCAIR Research Partners

As an international center focused on large scale projects, iCAIR undertakes major initiatives with partners from around the world. Some of the organizations with which iCAIR undertakes cooperative research and development projects are described here.

   Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

   StarLight

   California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)

   Laboratory for Advanced Computing (LAC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago

   National Center for DataMining (NCDM) at the University of Illinois at Chicago

   Advanced Internet Research Group, Informatics Institute, University of Amsterdam

   Mathematics and Computer Science Division (MCS), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)

   National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

   Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL)

   NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

   CERN

   Japan Gigabit Network 2 (JGN-2)

   NTT

   KDDI Research Labs

   Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information KISTI

   National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

   San Diego Supercomputing Center (SDSC)

   Widely Integrated Distributed Environment (WIDE)

   MREN

Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
The Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago has been active in a wide range of advanced infrastructure research and development design initiatives, including many directed at developing new types of networking for advanced science applications, including innovative visualization. EVL developed a series of important new 3-D VR visualization technologies, including the CAVE (Cave Automated Virtual Environment), a 10'*10'*9' room sized, multi person, high resolution environment with audio and video features. EVL has also created an ImmersaDesk, a smaller, drafting table sized version of the CAVE, and the PowerWall, consisting of four 1280*1024 screens. Increasingly these technologies are being used for new network based applications across multiple disciplines. (
http://www.evl.uic.edu)

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StarLight
StarLight, the next generation STAR TAP (Science Technology and Research Transit Access Point), is an international advance exchange facility for global advanced networks that will lead federal, state and international research networking. StarLight is designed to support large-scale global eScience based on Grid computing and advanced applications related to next-generation optical networking. Located at Northwestern University, StarLight was designed and developed in partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, and is funded by the National Science Foundation. (
www.startap.net/starlight/)

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California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)
The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) was designed as a new type of organization to address large-scale societal issues by forming partnerships among multidisciplinary research teams in new ways. Calit2 takes ideas beyond theory and puts them into practice, to try to accelerate innovation. Universities traditionally focus on education and research. Calit2 extends that focus to include development and deployment of prototype infrastructure for testing new solutions in a real-world context. Calit2 is one of the lead institutions on the OptIPuter project (
www.calit2.net)

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Laboratory for Advanced Computing (LAC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Established in 1988 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Laboratory for Advanced Computing (LAC) is a research center that addresses complex algorithm, software, and systems issues related to data intensive computing, distributed computing, and high performance computing and networking. LAC developed the popular UDT protocol for data intensive transport over high performance networks. At the SC05 supercomputing conference, the lab won an analytic award for "Real Time Change Detection and Alerts from Highway Traffic Data" (
www.lac.uic.edu)

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National Center for DataMining (NCDM) at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Established in 1998, the National Center for Data Mining (NCDM) was established at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) as a research center focused on research, standards development and outreach for high performance and distributed data mining and predictive modeling. Research areas include scalable algorithms, applications and systems related to massive data sets, mining distributed data, and establishing standard languages protocols and services for data mining and predictive modeling. (www.ncdm.uic.edu) Back to top.

Advanced Internet Research Group, Informatics Institute, University of Amsterdam
The Advanced Internet Research group (AIR) at the University van Amsterdam (UvA) has undertaken multiple research projects related to developing new services and technology for the Internet, including Quality of Service (QoS), policy and security architectures for Grid applications and infrastructure middleware. These research activities include participating in standardization organizations, including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the related long term research organization Internet Research Task Force (IRTF). AIR is particularly active in the Authentication, Authorization and Accounting Architecture Research group. The AIR group participates in multiple research and development projects on the national, European and international research networks. (
www.science.uva.nl)

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Mathematics and Computer Science Division (MCS), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
The MCS Division of Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). ANL is a large multiprogram laboratory operated by the University of Chicago for the Department of Energy. ANL's mission is basic and applied research that supports the development of energy related technologies. In support of that mission, ANL has developed one of the world's most advanced capabilities for advanced and high performance computing, especially in the area of parallel processing, GRID development, e.g., Globus, advanced applications for advanced networks and advanced networking.. MCS was one of the developers of the pioneering I-WAY project in 1995. (http://www.anl.gov). Globus is a project being developed by a national collaboration led by Ian Foster of the Argonne National Laboratory MCS Division and Carl Kesselman of the California Institute of Technology, that is creating an integrated set of basic Grid services, termed the "Globus Toolkit." This toolkit is a collection of components that provide basic services such as security, resource location, resource management, communication, interfacing and linking utilities, as well as related object libraries, development systems, and compilers. Globus will be available as an underlying component Grid resource that will be used by Grid applications. (
www.mcs.anl.gov)

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National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
The National Computational Science Alliance (NCSA), with core facilities at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana,, is a nation-wide consortium devoted to state-of-the art information technology research in support of science. Northwestern is a partner which was recently awarded one of two ten-year National Science Foundation Partnerships for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (PACI) grants. NCSA is establishing national research teams to explore advanced enabling network technologies and application technologies that will be made available for broader applications through regional technology. NSF Partnerships for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (PACI). NCSA is connected to MREN and I-WIRE. (
www.ncsa.uiuc.edu)

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Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL)
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is a Department of Energy funded facility operated by a consortium of universities that advances the understanding of the fundamental nature of matter and energy by providing leadership and resources for qualified researchers to conduct basic research at the frontiers of high energy physics and related disciplines. High energy physics research requires the generation, distribution, and analysis of more data than any other single activity. Consequently, FNAL is involved in multiple activities that are designing and developing new techniques for managing such large scale volumes of data, especially data related to the Large Hadron Collider, which will become production in 2007. (
www.fnal.gov)

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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is devoted to supporting the nation's largest organization of scientists and engineers who are dedicated to investigating the Earth, solar system, and Universe. The mission of the Goddard Space Flight Center is to expand knowledge of the Earth and its environment, the solar system and the universe through observations from space. To accomplish that mission, the Center undertakes many projects related to designing leading edge technology and communication systems in support of its science and engineering activities. (
www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/)

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CERN
CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which is the world's largest particle physics center. It is located on the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. CERN is a laboratory where scientists collaborate in partnership to study the fundamental particles that comprise the universe and the forces that unit them. CERN provides the large scale instruments, accelerators, that enable these particles to be studies. These instruments accelerate particles to almost the speed of light and detectors to make the particles visible. Most of the resulting data is distributed world-wide. To accomplish its mission, CERN, which is where the web was invented) requires leading edge information technology and communications networks. CERN has a 10 Gbps circuit to the StarLight facility. (
www.cern.ch)

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Japan Gigabit Network 2 (JGN-2)
Japan Gigabit Network II (JGN II) and iCAIR have formed a research partnership that is exploring many aspects of layer 1 and layer 2 based communication services and technologies. JGN II is a major research and development program, which has established the largest advanced communications testbed to date. The JGN2 testbed was established in 2004 to explore advanced research concepts related toa wide range of advanced applications, network services, and new communications architecture, protocols, and technologies. Among the research projects supported by the JGN2 testbed are many that are exploring advanced techniques for large scale science and Grid computing. (
www.jgn.nict.go.jp)

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NTT Research Labs
Research Labs investigate many areas of communication applications, services, protocols, technologies and systems, including advance optical networking and photonics. NTT has many research labs deveoted to addressing the challenges of next generation communications. They are partners in the JGN2 project (
www.ntt.com)

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KDDI Research Labs
KDDI Research Labs investigate many areas of communication applications, services, protocols, technologies and systems, including many related to IPv6 and digital media. They also engage in many projects on international testbeds including experimentation and demonstrations. They are partners to the JGN2 project. (
www.kddi.com)

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Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information KISTI
Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information KISTI is a research institute investigating new methods for managing knowledge and information infrastructure. KISTI was formed by the merger of Korea Institute of Industry and Technology Information (KINITI) and Korea Research and Development Information Center(KORDIC) in January, 2001. KISTI is assiting in the design of a National Science and Technology Innovation System. The institute works with partners world-wide (
www.kisti.re.kr)

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National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
In 2001, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) was established as a newly formed research organization that combined 15 previously established research institutes reporting to the former Agency of Industrial Science and Technology (the former AIST) in the Ministry of International Trade and Industry and another related ministry. AIST is Japan's largest public research organization with many research facilities devoted to a wide range of topics including many related to communications. (
www.aist.go.jp)

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San Diego Supercomputing Center (SDSC)
Established in 1985, the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) provides specialized instrumentation to enable international science and engineering discoveries through computational science and high performance computing. Currently, SDSC is developing cyberinfrastructure as strategic resources for science, industry and academia, specializing in data management, grid computing, bioinformatics, geoinformatics, high-end computing as well as other science and engineering disciplines. (
www.sdsc.edu)

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Widely Integrated Distributed Environment (WIDE)
Established in 1988, WIDE is the Widely Integrated Distributed Environment, a research project that is organized by a consortium including industry, public institutes and academia. Over seven hundred researchers and engineers from more than hundred private companies and more than forty universities are participating in this project. The WIDE project operates the nation-wide research and education testbed, which is connected with many other R&D testbeds around the world, and its communications exchange is one of the largest IXes in Japan. (
www.wide.ad.jp)

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MREN
The Metropolitan Research and Education Network (MREN) is an advanced regional high-performance digital network. Designed in 1993, and operational in 1994, MREN's mission is to provide advanced networking for advanced applications. MREN was developed by a consortium of universities, national laboratories, and a major communications corporation, in part to develop concepts that would lead to the design and develop a next-generation Internet. Designed as an advanced network for advanced applications, MREN, became a model for next-generation internets. For example, MREN pioneered such concepts as "GigaPOP"s, regional aggregation points that provide a wide-range of value-added network benefits. MREN has been acknowledged as the world's first GigaPOP. Currently, the partnership includes 15 major midwest research universities, three national laboratories (Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and the National Computational Science Alliance, NCSA), six state networks, several national agency networks, including DREN and NREN, and an international network consortium, including CA*net4. MREN allows for flexibility because it provides for AUP-free transit. MREN's many partnerships and its interconnection with national networks, and international networks through StarLight. (
www.mren.org)

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