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Julio Ibarra- Americas-Africa Lightpaths Express and Protect (AmLight-ExP) Networks

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Bio: Julio E. Ibarra, Ph.D., is a Research Professor in the Knight Foundation School of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Computing, and the Assistant Vice President for Technology Augmented Research, in the Division of IT, at Florida International University (FIU). Dr. Ibarra is responsible for furthering the mission of the Center for Internet Augmented Research and Assessment (CIARA) – to contribute to the pace and the quality of research at FIU through the application of advanced Cyberinfrastructure. Under his leadership and stewardship, NSF has funded the AMPATH International Exchange Point and America's Lightpaths (AmLight) network in its portfolio of international science cyberinfrastructure. AMPATH provides its international research and education network connectors with access to U.S. production and experimental backbone networks, such as Internet2 and ESnet, to facilitate international science research and education collaborations. AmLight is an international network backbone that interconnects the research and education networks in the U.S. with peer networks in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa. Dr. Ibarra’s research interests include Software Defined Networks, Autonomic Network Architectures, Network Automation, and Network Control and Management.


Talk Abstract: The NSF-sponsored AmLight Express and Protect (AmLight-ExP) network links the scientific research and education (R&E) communities in the U.S. to Latin America, Africa, and the U.S. territories of the Caribbean. Over the past 15 years, under the stewardship of NSF Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, Florida International University (FIU) with its partners, have evolved a network infrastructure that connects four continents; peers with R&E networks in Brazil, Chile, Panama, South Africa, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands; and operates a production R&E network with an upstream aggregate bandwidth capacity of 600 Gbps. As a project focused on production R&E networking and network innovation, this talk will present how AmLight-ExP is leveraging technology innovations, such as In-band Network Telemetry (INT), autonomic networking functions, Software-Defined Networking (SDN)/Software Defined Exchanges (SDX) to respond to the growing complexity of its environment and increasing demand for bandwidth, lower latency and jitter, customized traffic prioritization, and SLA-grade network resilience.


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