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The São Paulo Academic Network: 2014 project

Grant number: 14/12051-1
Support type:Regular Research Grants - Academic Network of São Paulo Program
Duration: June 01, 2014 - September 30, 2015
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Electrical Engineering
Principal Investigator:Luis Fernandez Lopez
Grantee:Luis Fernandez Lopez
Home Institution: Faculdade de Medicina (FM). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil

Abstract

In 2014, the ANSP network will serve 50 of the largest and best research institutions in Brazil, reaching a total of over 300,000 users, including researchers, students and staff of these institutions. And it should do it in state of the art, especially to meet the peculiarities of major projects such as SOAR, LHCONE, SciElo and others.To serve those communities, ANSP must be prepared to use the latest experimental technologies on high capacity links and at the same time ensure the availability, security and integrity of data passing through its network.In October 2013, Gartner, Inc. has published the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014. From such trends, 1. Diversity and Mobile Device Management2. Apps and Mobile Applications,3. The Internet of Everything,4. The Hybrid Cloud and IT Service Broker,5. The Era of Personal Cloud,6. Hybrid IT & Cloud Computing7. Software Defined Anything,Eight. Web-Scale IT9. Smart Machines,10. 3-D Printing,at least eight relate to computer networks and computational cloud services directly, and it is not difficult to conclude that the other two depend on networks and clouds to a large extent. Making a comparison with the accurate predictions made by Gartner in previous years, the above topics appear as simple facts of technological development, with high probability of realization. Therefore, 2014 and the coming years should be characterized by strong investments in research on networks and computing clouds, and this trend can already be observed in Europe, USA, Japan and China, which have already begun giant projects with the objective of set the "Internet of the future."The ANSP network has to accompany such changes. And for that, it was proposed, in 2012, leaving the only role of network provider (which was played on exemplary manner during the previous decade) and start also acting as sponsor of the development and testing of new technologies and architectures. In 2012 and 2013, ANSP began to prepare for the new technologies, in particular for the OpenFlow protocol. In 2014, ANSP will continue to exercise the Software Defined Networking, the operation of clouds, the latter in colaboration with the University of São Paulo, and the problems caused by the Internet of Things. And, of course, will not forsake its immersion in transmission technologies such as 400 Gbps and 1 Tbps.In parallel, four Biannual Meetings of ANSPwere held since 2012, with a community response far above expectations. Because ANSP depends on the technitians and experimental researchers of the participating institutions (it will be useless to ANSP to master these new technologies if the universities do not dominate them too!), these meetings have been an invaluable tool to draw the community's attention to such issues and start training the technical staff and some students, in their basic concepts. (AU)