CALRENCalifornia Research and Education Network
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The potential for harnessing the combined capabilities of systems like the Edison and Hopper supercomputers at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), and the Gordon system at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) served by ESnet and CENIC's CalREN respectively to study challenges such as climate change or cleaner energy is only one such example.
CENIC designs, implements, and operates CalREN, a high- bandwidth, high-capacity Internet network specially designed to meet the unique requirements of California's K- 20 research and education communities.
Both ESnet and CalREN have seen enormous growth in recent network traffic, and all projections of traffic promise greatly increased growth in the not too distant future, said Louis Fox, President and CEO of CENIC.
The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, CENIC, and the California Research and Education Network (CalREN) are partners in combining resources to implement the K12HSN with high capacity, high-speed connectivity to schools and research institutions in California.
CENIC and CalREN acknowledge the increasing significance of high performance connectivity to California K-12 schools.
CalREN also links to the national Internet2 network as part of the Internet infrastructure dedicated to education.
"The CalREN initiative is evidence of California's commitment to providing its residents with the most advanced education tools available today and with the facilities required to prepare for tomorrow's innovations," said Tom West, CEO, CENIC.
In 1993, Pacific Bell created CalREN, a $25 million program to stimulate the development of new applications for high-speed data communications services.
The nonprofit organization operates the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity network designed to meet the unique requirements of over 20m users, including the vast majority of K-20 students together with educators, researchers, and individuals at other vital public-serving institutions.
The contract will reportedly serve every segment of California's public education system and the 9.5 million Californians who use CalREN every day.