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Increasing of intercontinental capacity aids research collaboration between Latin America and Europe

24 April 2012

Faster links between RedCLARA and GÉANT networks help projects from radio astronomy to music and health

Scientists and academics from 13 Latin American countries will benefit from improved collaboration with 40 million researchers and students across Europe, thanks to an increase in the network bandwidth between the regional Latin American RedCLARA and pan-European GÉANT networks to 2.5Gbps. 

The higher capacity of the network will enable Latin American researchers in nearly 800 universities and research centres to quickly share information with the global research community, working together with their peers on critical projects that advance the frontiers of knowledge. Additionally it will further boost the development of science, research and innovation in Latin America, benefiting all the countries involved. The new network link has been delivered through the ALICE2 project, which is jointly funded by the European Commission through its @LIS2 programme and the Latin American RedCLARA community.

Since its creation in 2004, RedCLARA has been crucial for research and education in Latin America, interconnecting 13 countries and nearly 800 universities throughout the continent and connecting them with GÉANT in Europe. RedCLARA has enabled Latin American scientists and researchers to collaborate at a regional and international level with the global scientific community through its connections to GÉANT and Internet2 (USA) and, through them, the rest of the world.

Current collaborative projects carried out between Latin America and Europe that will benefit from the expanded capacity include:
  • The EVALSO, EXPReS and AugerAccess astronomy projects, which link observatories in Chile and Argentina with peer institutions in Latin America and Europe.
  • The GISELA and CHAIN grid computing initiatives, which enable researchers to process data faster through a shared interoperable infrastructure that spans both continents.
  • The LAGO project which brings together scientists from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Spain, France and Italy to measure the radiation of gamma ray bursts and solar activity.
  • Research on pre-Hispanic Andean musical instruments by students, academics, musicians, anthropologists and engineers from Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Venezuela and Spain.
  • e-Health projects which are bringing twelve Latin American countries together to implement regional public policies on telehealth.

“The expansion of network links between Latin America and Europe opens a new chapter in research collaboration between these two continents”, said Cathrin Stöver, Chief International Relations Officer, DANTE, the organisation which on behalf of Europe’s National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) has built and operates the GÉANT network. “Today’s research world is based on global collaboration and there are already a large number of joint Latin American/European research projects that are flourishing, in areas as diverse as astronomy, music, teaching and health. Better transatlantic links will underpin ever deeper collaboration, helping key projects that will bridge the digital divide and have a positive impact on the lives of people on both sides of the Atlantic.”

In addition to its collaboration with RedCLARA, the GÉANT network is at the heart of creating a global research community by providing the infrastructure essential to support global educational activities, regardless of distance or location. GÉANT has extensive links to networks in other world regions including North America, North Africa and the Middle East, Southern and Eastern Africa, the South Caucasus, Central Asia and the Asia-Pacific Region.

For more information, see:
RedCLARA: http://www.redclara.net/